The exterior of Adelaide Arcade with the fountain in the foreground

Adelaide + Gay's Arcade

Gorgeous details give way to an eclectic mix of fashion boutiques and retailers in the iconic Adelaide Arcade.

Adelaide Arcade, and adjoining Gay's Arcade, is an exciting shopping experience within Rundle Mall that is rich with history.

Take the time to meet a friend for coffee or just browse through the specialty shops for a while – you'll be surprised by what you find!

An iconic history

When Adelaide and Gay's Arcades opened in 1885, they were hailed as the most modern shopping precinct in the Southern Hemisphere. Located between Grenfell Street and Rundle Street (now Rundle Mall), to this day they remain one of Rundle Mall's leading arcades with an exciting and colourful history.

During Adelaide Arcade's construction, Gay's Arcade was announced. It would adjoin Adelaide Arcade and create a 30.5 metre frontage on Twin Street.

Completed in 1885, the Arcades were praised as the most modern —and the largest— shopping precincts in the Southern Hemisphere. Each of the 50 retail spaces featured large windows and roof skylights with the ground floor used to retail products and the first floor acting as a workspace, accessed via an internal staircase. The Arcade was also one of the first buildings in Australia with electric lights.

Then-Governor, Sir William Robertson, officially opened Adelaide and Gay's Arcade on the 12 December 1885. The surrounding streets were closed and crowded by the public, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremony. Signor R Squarise composed 'The Adelaide Arcade Polka' especially for the occasion.

Over the years, both Arcades have seen significant changes in their appearance. In 1980, a fire completely gutted Gay's Arcade and caused extensive damage to Adelaide Arcade resulting in complete closure for over a week and a repairs bill in excess of $2 million.

A haunted history

There are rumoured to be at least six ghosts that call Adelaide Arcade home. Haunted Horizons run an Adelaide Arcade Ghost Tour, where you get to explore Adelaide Arcade after dark, listen to the stories and maybe even take a ghostly tale of your own home!

The Adelaide Arcade Museum

Adelaide Arcade boasts its very own museum, showcasing its colourful history. The free attraction houses artefacts, photographs, newspaper clippings, clothing, trinkets and even an accordion that plays The Adelaide Arcade Polka!

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