At first glance Perth city may seem somewhat of a gourmet wasteland of office blocks and shopping malls. This is slowly changing with the opening of a number of small bars, in addition to the quality restaurants. Perth city’s treasures still lie hidden, to be discovered by those foodies in the know.
When you arrive at Perth airport for the first time, don’t feel left out if you forgot to pack any high-vis clothing. It seems that everyone travelling through Perth Airport is adorned with this apparel. No this isn’t Australia’s national dress, nor are they are super conscious about safety. Rather the fly-in fly-out mining sector has a significant impact on Western Australia’s and especially Perth’s city economy.
This can also be felt with the price of accommodation and restaurants in Perth CBD. There are higher occupancy rates at hotels and therefore higher accommodation rates than Sydney and Melbourne. So come prepared; for example, $46 for (great quality) steak and chips.
While Perth’s CBD does have a number of commendable establishments, a good proportion are in the nearby suburbs of Northbridge, Leederville, Subiaco, and Mt Lawley.
Within the Perth city a few of our favourites include;
Lowdown or Standing Room Only - Both of these locations are great for the caffeine addicted. Score your hit of single origin coffees, served by barista’s who know their trade.
Helvetica Bar - dont worry about the dodgy dimly lit Perth laneway, this chic little bar is a great spot for a range of classy cocktails, scotches and wines (with a noticeable proportion coming from South Australia).
The Cheeky Sparrow - a friendly spot for casual shared plate and a drink. Can be quite busy at times, so be flexible.
Pata Nedra - in Nedlands (easy staggering distance from Perth CBD). Spanish tapas bar with relaxed service and incredibly tasty food.
Greenhouse - both the building and the menu are designed with sustainability in mind. A funky restaurant with a diverse winelist from WA and around Australia.
Halo - Right on Perth’s Swan River’s edge, delivering modern Australia cuisine with enthusiastic and attentive service.
1907 - in Queen Street. Classic fine dining cuisine with a contemporary edge. With a broad and an enthusiastically priced wine list.
Print Hall is Perth’s latest multilevel dining and bar venue to open at Brookfield Place precinct on St Georges Terrace, in the Perth CBD. Print Hall has four levels of eating and drinking options. Paying homage to the heritage-listed Newspaper House on St George’s Terrace the Print Hall offers a bar and dining room headed up by David Coomer (Star Anise and Pata Negra). Print Hall was the winner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Award for 2013. The awards, presented by premium wine distributor Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.
While Western Australia may be in the middle of a resource boom, some of Perth’s treasures are there for the finding. And you don’t need to wear high-vis clothing to discover them.
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