Perth Travel Guide.

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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.

Enjoy!

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)

Sayers Sister

Milkd (I’m here almost every day!)

Cantina

Mary Street Bakery

Epic

Lowdown

Bossman

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.

Typika

See/Do

Saturday mornings at Mondo Butcher and/or Elmar’s on Beaufort St.
If you have a car and have time to do a short road trip, I would highly recommend spending a week or so in Margaret River and WA’s Augusta region (also known as ‘down south’ or the South-West). I have never felt so relaxed whenever I head down south. Winter there is just as beautiful as summer, in my opinion.
 
Spend a day at Rottnest Island and hire a bicycle which you can ride around the island on. Pack your bathers, slap on the sunscreen and you’re sorted. The first boat arrives 9-10am and the last boat leaves 6pm. If you want to stay the weekend, keep in mind that accommodation is scarce and in high demand at Rottnest so plan ahead.
 
A visit to Perth isn’t complete without a dip at the beach – I personally love Port Beach, City Beach, Leighton Beach and Mullaloo Beach. Cottesloe Beach is also worth a visit however it can get really crowded during the summer months. South Beach is also lovely – a wonderful vast green lawn with a beachside cafe with views to the Indian Ocean.
 
I contend that the best picnic spot in Perth is Lowvers Lane in Peppermint Grove or Hyde Park, North Perth/Highgate. Do both, if you can! Bardon Park in Maylands is also really lovely.
 
Browse some really cool artwork at PICA – my favourite contemporary art gallery, and it also has free entry Tues-Sun!

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.
Explore the grounds of Fremantle Arts Centre – it’s perfect for a picnic on a sunny day.
If you have a few days or a week up your sleeve, take the obligatory roadtrip ‘down south’ to Margaret River, Yallingup, Dunsborough or Denmark. If you’re lucky to have some more time spare, continue all the way to Esperance – it’s a long drive but well worth it.
Shop
Claremont Quarter
King Street, Perth
Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
Oxford St, Leederville
Napoleon St, Cottesloe
William St, Perth
Rokeby Rd, Subi (Ricarda & Emporia are my faves)
Whatley Crescent, Maylands (not recommended to go on a Monday as many of the shops and cafes are shut)
Wray Avenue, South Fremantle (start at Wild Poppy and go all the way up to Galati & Sons)
South Terrace, South Fremantle – lots of little boutiques and odds & ends.