I’m a born and bred Perth girl, which means I waver between having this insatiable curiosity to uncover Perth’s best kept secrets; or simply spending my weekends learning to appreciate the simple things in life.
To many, Perth is sleepy and plain-Jane. To me, Perth is home and much like a very comfortable pair of slippers that you wear whilst enjoying some solitude on the couch with a mug of tea.
The list below is, by no means, a comprehensive guide (nor is it typically tourist-esque!) however it should definitely point you in the right direction. I have listed some of the things I like to do on the weekends as well as my go-to places to eat and drink. My recommendations are still a work in progress so I’ll be adding more to this list as time wears on.
Eat (in no particular order)
A slice of the lemon meringue pie at Jamie’s Italian.
The fried chicken at Miss Kitty’s Saloon.
Lamb & hommus burger and sweets at No 4 Blake Street. Also try the dinner degustation menu!
Breakfast at Cantina (I love their scrambled eggs). Be sure to return for dinner as their gnocchi is incredible.
Authentic Indonesian at Sparrow (I always order the beef rendang and gado gado).
Honest, Italian fare at L’Enoteca that is extremely reasonably priced. My favourite Italian restaurant in Perth.
The best buckwheat pancakes going around at Il Lido in Cottesloe.
The sticky black rice pudding with caramelised coconut & banana and the Campos coffee at Bib & Tucker.
The ‘manwich’ at Mrs S.
The red velvet cupcakes in Perth at Sherbet Bakeshop.
Nao to satisfy those ramen cravings in the middle of winter (be prepared to queue up though).
Adorable rosebud ice cream and French crepes at Marie Antoinette.
Rockpool, Jackson’s and Nobu for something a little bit fancy.
The Mussels Marinière at Bistro Guillaume.
The corn fritters (and the view) at Toast.
Pad thai and red duck curry at S&T Thai Gourmet.
Run Amuk for the best hotdogs in Perth.
Blissing out on a Sunday afternoon in the courtyard at Moore & Moore with a pot of tea.
Breakfast for one at Little Willy’s
Ace Pizza is also a must-try (lincoln lady, baby blue eyes and ms loren are my favourites).
A friend also recommends Solo Pizza in South Perth.
The Imp for some late-night sticky date pudding (the tea cosies are enough reason to visit).
The almond croissants at La Galette de France.
A picnic lunch from Smoults Continental Deli in Maylands.
The Apple Bar Daily & Eating House (amazing food – kind of like Gingerboy).
Arguably the best dim sum in Perth at Imperial Court in Como.
Tuckshop is unbelievably popular which you might want to try but I’m not a huge fan personally. Coffee is pretty decent, though.
Toastface Grillah – can’t get any more Melbournian than this.
Raw Pizza at The Raw Kitchen Cafe in Fremantle. One of my very favourites! You might want to leave the boy at home though.
The best Japanese in Perth at Kanta. There, I said it.
And Gogos Madras House in Mt Lawley for the best Indian.
Authentic Malaysian food at Tak Chee House.
Jaffle sandwiches at Love Thy Neighbour.
Tapas at Duende (save room for dessert).
Alfred’s Kitchen and Novembar’s for some of the best burgers in Perth.
Downey Cafe in Mt Lawley is also a favourite of mine for burgers (I usually come here to support the locals rather than head to Grill’d around the corner).
The apple strudel at Corica – an oldie but a goodie.
The muffin-tin house-made pies at Ootong & Lincoln. The interior is so lovely but I really recommend sitting out on the sun-drenched ‘porch’ (try the striped deckchair!) as the sun sets on a weekend.
I’ve had my fair share of fish and chips in my time but my favourite would have to be Nedlands Fish Tales.
Coffee (not many as I’m stupidly fussy about my coffee)
Milkd (I’m here almost every day!)
Mary Street Bakery
Hobart St Deli
Louis Baxter & Bib and Tucker (the only two places you’ll find Campos coffee here in Perth).
Studio Bomba – equal parts cafe/art studio.
Saturday mornings at Mondo Butcher and/or Elmar’s on Beaufort St.
Looking for a scenic route when walking or running? Head to Lake Monger, Mt Pleasant esplanade or Riverside Drive from the Causeway to UWA. I also love Hyde Park, especially at sunrise.