Where to eat, and what to see when on the west coast of Australia, Perth.
Perth City, can sometimes feel a world away for us east coast types. But a 5 hour flight away lies a mecca for food, wine & beach, which is not to be missed.
If you are armed with 3 days in the AFL loving, beach going, black swan city of Perth city rest assured we have got you covered for a gay ol' time.
9AM Boucla Kafe - 349 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
Tucked away in the leafy green suburb of Subiaco is this quaintly delicious gem of a cafe, Boucla Kafe. Stocked with a wide selection of cakes this is a sweet tooth's paradise. But that's not all they offer here, baked goods are their speciality so they venture into quiches, pies and sandwiches for those afraid of oven created lovelies. With a bric-a-brac of middle-eastern and balinese decor this cafe is truly eclectic and puts a spring in your step for the day ahead.
10.30 AM Kings park
A short drive down from Boucla, you will find the gorgeous kings park, thriving with Australian flora and fauna it's a magical place. Sporting some of Perth city's finest views take on some of the walking paths to get the full experience. Of particular note is Federation walk, with the elevated walkway made of steel & glass.
12.30pm Il Lido - 88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011
Take a drive down to Cottesloe Beach, where the sea spray hits you like a welcome hello. Surely you have worked up an appetite after your bush-walks in Kings Park so enjoy a lunch by the sea at Il Lido. The food is fresh, service is great and it's the perfect place to take in the picturesque sea scape.
2pm - Cottesloe Beach
Walk along the promenade to digest your long Italian lunch and take in the big blue. Nestled with beach vegetation it makes for a picturesque stroll.
4pm -Hotel Time
Head back to your accommodation for a rest and power nap.
7pm - Varsity - 88 Broadway Crawley WA 6009
Now if you are somehow feeling peckish after that long-lunch ( i'm sure the hunger will come eventually!). We'd head down to Varsity a american style sports bar, with pool, foosball & that match you didn't get to watch, because time-zones. Oh and there are burgers at varsity, with names like Notorious P.I.G and Presley you know you are amongst the greats. Plus if you are a bit of an aficionado of the american eatery, they also server killer size milkshakes, mac and cheese & chilli fries.
Head out to Swan Valley for the day, known for it's wine ( particularly the Verdehlo grape variety) you won't say no to a taste test. Oh, if I have to!
9.30AM - Harvest Espresso - 629 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park WA 6100
Stop in at Harvest Espresso for a big breakfast, you have to line the stomach before winery time after all.
When we stopped in, we got the basics - chocolate croissant & sambo but the menu looked so insanely good with the likes of a braised beef cheek or a smoked salmon fillet with a poached egg - this is breakfast re-imagined and we like it!
11AM - Wine Time at Swan Valley - Meadow St & Swan St, Guildford WA
There are so many wineries and stops along the way of the main swan valley drag ( map here), but our favourites for winery ambience & wine alike where:
- Lancaster Wines - a gorgeous shack amongst the vines, with a gorgeous rose and some of the best cheeses of the valley.
- Lamont's - gorgeous staff and a great Argentinean Malbec blend. The perfect spot to grab a bit to eat if you are feeling a little light headed from the vino. We'd suggest the duck arancini balls and the brie with crostini with a bottle of wine (of course!)
- Windy Creek Estate - This was our last stop, built in the back of a families garage with a gorgeous view of the vines and creek this is a great family run winery. Great deals on wines for around $10 a bottle. Now that's a bargain.
6PM - The Dominion League - 84 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
Spend some time winding down, sobering up in your hotel, watch a movie, order some room service - that's what I would do.
Or alternatively if you still feel like a tipple, feed and braving the city of Perth, head over to The Dominion League for a cocktail or two. Shimmy on to the downstairs area, with velveted wrap around booths and dim lighting this is where it is happening. specialties like the bananananana you will be giddy with laughter as you place your order.
Head over to Fremantle, affectionately know as freo by the locals, because it would just be un-australian not to nickname it. Freo is where hippies, travellers and yoga fiends gather. It's perfect for a beach day in summer or some more drinking.
11am - May Street Larder - 23/155 Canning Hwy, East Fremantle WA 6158
Have a bit of a sleep in and head over to May Street Larder for a big breakfast,With an all day breakfast menu on the cards, there is really no rush. I had the Mex-ican a baked toastada, smashed avocado, beans, poached eggs, haloumi and green salsa - basically all my favourite things in one dish.
Or if you are more of a sweet tooth they have a selection of cakes and tarts which are sure to please any bake aficionado. Alternatively if you are hunkering for something sweet, but don't want it going straight to your hips try their coco-whip a coconut yoghurt treat with your choice of toppings!
1.30pm - Little Creatures Brewery - 40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160
With all that eating, you are surely a little thirsty. So head over to the original Little Creatures Brewery and chug down a pint or two as you watch the waves roll in, spend the afternoon here chilling out and taking in the freo surroundings.
4pm -Helvetica - (off Howard Lane) Australia, 101 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Head back to the city and enjoy happy hour at small and hidden bar Helvetica, amongst the Perth alley ways. At happy hour they put out nibbles to eat for anyone who buys a drink, I'm talking cheese, hams, dips and all the crackers you could dream of. We loved it here.
6pm - Mechanics Institute - 222 William St, Northbridge WA 6000
If you are still feeling peckish, head over to Mechanics Institute where you can order burgers from the very delicious flipside downstairs right at the bar, as you enjoy your drinks. Mechanics Institute is above all the shops on the main drag, and is perfect for an al fresco beverage. With great beers on taps, and drinks that pack a punch this place is a local favourite.
9pm - Sneaky Tony's - ( mystery address, use your detective skills!)
The perfect way to end your 72 hours in Perth is with a rum cocktail in a secret bar. Sneaky Tony's can provide both. Hidden in the back streets of Northbridge, wait until the door pops open behind a wall of unsuspecting graffiti. Some days you may require a password to get in, which they release on FB so don't forget this otherwise you might miss out.
Inside it is beautifully decked out with rum selections which would make a pirate giddy. Ask the bar tenders for suggestions if you are low on rum cocktail inspo.
From The Table Top x