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The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Perth

by Travelbag on 05 February 2019, 09:02AM

Perth dining

Melbourne may be known as Australia’s brunch haven, but Perth is very much on track to steal the crown. The gateway to Western Australia, this glorious city is fast becoming the country’s foodie capital. Filled with drool-worthy delights, Perth’s neighbourhoods boast laidback cafés, edgy bars and sleek restaurants – not to mention the cosy gastropubs and retro theatres. With everything from food festivals to farmers’ markets, this southwestern corner of Australia has plenty for you to feast your eyes – and stomach – on. Whether you want to experience the city’s chilled-out café culture or sip cocktails on a secluded rooftop, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s your ultimate guide on where to wine and dine in Perth.

 

Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

If you like your lunch to be served with a good helping of Instagrammable surroundings, you’ll love Beaufort Street. Cutting through the hip suburb of Mount Lawley, this six-kilometre stretch is lined with cute cafés and diverse restaurants. You’ll find everything here, from buttermilk pancakes – don’t miss Mary Street Bakery – to tasty tacos with a Japanese twist in Ramen Lab. But Beaufort Street isn’t just about the food. It’s also home to Perth’s most-loved jazz club, The Ellington, while the beautiful art-deco Astor Theatre offers a line-up of music and theatrical performances.

Al fresco dining in Perth

South Terrace, Fremantle

Stretching all the way from the train station to South Fremantle, picturesque South Terrace is just a stone’s throw from the harbor. It’s best to visit during the day, when this affectionately nicknamed ‘Cappuccino Strip’ is at its liveliest. Soak up some Australian sunshine in one of the many al fresco cafés, ranging from 30-year-old Gino’s to hipster-haven Ootong & Lincoln. For something stronger than coffee, the lovely Norfolk Pub is a great spot for an evening drink.

 

William Street, Northbridge

Popular William Street ticks all the boxes. It’s most famous for its top-quality Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants, but you’ll also find a sprinkling of sophisticated wine bars and authentic Italian food. If you come here in the daytime, it’s worth riffling through the trinket-filled vintage shops, or why not treat yourself to a souvenir in one of the sleek boutiques? After sunset, though, William Street is all about a different kind of treat – ice cream. Chicho Gelato create weird and wonderful flavours, including cactus fruit, avocado and bacon, and salt and pepper. Or you could grab an ice cream in Northside Books and browse the shelves until 10pm. For some late-night music, make your way to The Bird and settle in for a chilled-out evening of live music and DJs.

William Street, Perth

Oxford Street, Leederville

If you’ve ever been to Melbourne, this road in Perth might feel vaguely familiar. Peppered with trendy cafés and sleek restaurants, Oxford Street has a distinct Melbournian vibe. Coffee connoisseurs will feel right at home in cafés like Pixel, and you can expect to find health foods, brightly-coloured smoothies and frozen yoghurt all over the place – NOOD is our pick of the bunch. When you fancy some lunch, head to Low Key Chow House for Asian street food with an Aussie twist. Or Tsuke-Ba offers experimental Japanese dishes – although classics like tempura prawns, rice bowls and tuna sushi are all available too.

 

The Esplanade, Scarborough

You’ll find the Esplanade next to one of Perth’s most popular beaches, Scarborough, which is famous for its long sandy beaches and surf. This part of town is always very busy in summer – but your sandy feet are more than welcome in laidback cafés like The Local Shack and Health Freak Café. After a day by the sea, you can sip cold beer in the sunshine in one of the many pubs, or head to a live music venue for drinks and dancing. If you’re in Perth in summer, make sure you drop by the Scarborough Sandpit late on Sunday afternoon. This outdoor venue blares Latin music as the floor fills with salsa dancers – and the lessons are free, so there’s no excuse to not join in.

Beach dining, Perth

Rokeby Road, Subiaco

As well as being a popular shopping district, Rokeby Road boasts some of Perth’s best restaurants. You’ll find Mediterranean bistros, traditional Greek eateries, and Middle Eastern places. Our top pick for lunch is Boucla Café. This cosy spot is always buzzing, serving great coffee and flavor-filled food. And the cakes are dangerously tasty – one just isn’t enough. If you’re into history, you might also like to know that some of the oldest buildings in Perth have a postcode on Rokeby Road. Keep your eyes peeled for the age-old Subiaco Hotel – which has stood since the late 1800s – and the iconic Regal Theatre. A range of entertainment icons have walked the boards here, including Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and John Cleese.

 

Albany Highway, Victoria Park

Last but not least, there’s Albany Highway. Originally famous for its range of Asian cuisines – including Malaysian, Balinese and Japanese – this street is now a popular haunt for brunch aficionados. If you want a delicious plate of Eggs Benedict and a steaming cup of artisan coffee, this is the place to come. We’d recommend grabbing a table at Sixteen Ounces Café or Harvest Espresso. Alongside its daytime offering, Albany Highway has a growing bar scene, with contemporary watering holes like Daddy Long Legs. Or you could enjoy a session at craft beer-serving Dutch Trading Co – they were awarded ‘Australia’s Best Beer Venue 2018’.

Pub dining, Perth

If you’ve started drooling, it’s probably time to start looking at our holidays to Perth and Western Australia. Or, why not see even more of Down Under with a tour that includes Western Australia’s famous Margaret River wine region?


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