Laiken describes herself as a self-love enthusiast, a lover of plant-based food and an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle. Her nutritious (and delicious) recipes inspire her 63.2k Instagram followers to eat well, live well and love well on a daily basis. What’s more, her self-love wisdom is top shelf – emphasising that when you choose to indulge in something scrumptious, never, ever flatten those feel-good vibes with guilt, and instead remind yourself that life is meant to be enjoyed, and food is a big part of that. So, in Laiken’s own words, “treat yourself with kindness, love and appreciation. All bodies are good bodies, and well-fed bodies are nourished and healthy bodies.” Well said Laiken, well said. 

Laiken has put together her fave places to eat, shop and sweat in her hometown of Adelaide, check it out!

Argo EspressoNorwood

Argo is one of my favourite cafes in Adelaide. Always pumping with patrons, it’s one of the busiest and most popular food spots in the city. They have an extensive multi-page menu offering plenty of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, sweet and savoury, and for any dietary choice or restriction including vegan and gluten free. No doubt, there will be something that suits your fancy. You name it, they’ve probably got it.

My go-to favourite is one their smoothie bowls which arrives in a heart-shaped wooden bowl, decorated with fruit, coconut and your choice of granola/muesli. I’d suggest the quinoa muesli – I’m yet to find anything that beats it!

Nutrition Republic, Goodwood

Nutrition Republic has a few locations – Plant4 Bowden, Flinders Uni, and their original location, Goodwood. Their food is health and paleo inspired with a few salad and bowl options – smoothie bowls, chia pudding, granola, bircher muesli and delicious desserts. They have a sizeable warm beverage menu that includes organic coffee and various lattes, such as beetroot, matcha, golden, chai and blue majik.

Nutrition Republic is also home to Adelaide’s Pana Chocolate – including the chocolate bars and their decadent raw cakes, all plant-based and refined sugar and gluten free.

Plant4 Bowden, Bowden

Plant4 Bowden is a relatively new spot in Adelaide. You’ll find it just out of the CBD, in the up-and-coming location of Bowden. The old Clipsal building has been revamped with an event and marketplace that’s open on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and all-day Saturday – be sure to check their website for exact opening hours. It’s pumping with market and food stalls, organic wine, flowers and other fine things.

I love coming on a Friday evening for dinner or on Saturday for lunch. On Wednesday evenings and Saturdays they also have fresh organic produce available for purchase, and the live acoustic music creates such a relaxed vibe. Friday evenings are more for drinks and food with a live DJ, a great chilled-out night spot..

Events can also be held here, either hosted by Jono, the owner of Plant4, or you can book a private event yourself such as weddings and birthdays.

In my opinion, this is a must-visit place in Adelaide, it’s so unique, everyone will have a great time.

Adelaide Central Markets

The Adelaide Central Markets is a popular CBD destination for both locals and visitors. It’s a great place to pick up fresh produce, either generic or organic – they have fresh breads, fruit and vegetables, miscellaneous shops, a food court, and a health foods store. If you’re thinking about dropping by they’re open from Tuesday to Saturday, but the most popular times are Friday evening and Saturday. You can do your produce shopping and get breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the same time – what’s not to love?!

Power Living Yoga

Power Living has a few locations around Australia but are relatively new to Adelaide. Located on Halifax Street inside the old Slatters Shoe Factory, the space is bright with natural light, high ceilings and exposed red brick walls.It’s such an incredibly welcoming studio and the teachers are so generous and kind.. You can choose from multiple classes a day, including heated Vinyasa or relaxing yin.

The Vinyasa classes come in Level 1 and Level 2 – Level 1 is yoga basics and Level 2 is for all levels of experience and skill. For the heated classes, the temperature of the room is about 31-33 degrees celcius, but on hot days the heaters are off. To me, this is a more pleasant temperature – warm enough to work up a nice sweat without feeling too hot.

Classes run every day, (including most public holidays) multiple times a day, and vary between 60 and 75 minutes. They all end in savasana and usually allow an extra 10 to 15 minutes of meditation following the class, if yogis desire.

If you’re keen to get a taste of what’s on offer, they have an intro pass of $49 for 30 days of unlimited yoga, otherwise, they have membership deals or casual classes at $22 a visit.

The great outdoors

If you’re looking to get outdoors and get your body moving that way, check out some of these walking trails:

Morialta Falls

A beautiful walk in nature featuring a few different tracks, varying in length and intensity, there is sure to be one that’ll suit you, your friends and your family. Quite a few of the tracks also boast waterfall views.

Mount Lofty

A more intense walk compared to Morialta, this is more of an upward and return hike up Mount Lofty. When you get to the top there’s a beautiful view of Adelaide to enjoy. Some choose to run the course, or at least run down, but you can of course walk the whole way too, soaking up nature with every step. .

Hallett Cove Boardwalk

I’m yet to do this one myself, but it’s a clifftop boardwalk along the rocky coastline between Marino and Hallett Cove. The trail consists of pathways, a boardwalk and lots of steps to really get those legs pumping.

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