The clean, cold waters of the Indian Ocean, the rugged outback of the bushland and the modern, friendly vibes of Australia. It’s all here in the clean, peaceful city of Perth, providing a stunning backdrop to some of the best dining experiences this country has to offer.
During the summer (December for down under, remember) Cottesloe Beach is Perth’s best destination for people watching, sun bathing and catching waves. Whether you prefer to test the surf yourself or just watch from the safety of the sand, there’s tons to do around here.
Grab a basket of fish n’ chips and battered seafood from one of the little shops, throw down a big beach blanket and have a beach picnic. Afterwards, head to Cottesloe Beach Hotel with the local surfers to sit in the patio and window sills (oh, those irreverent Aussies!) and watch the sunset with a cold drink in hand.
Photo: Cottesloe Beach / Fvanrenterghem Flickr
Kings Park is more than just 400 hectares of amazing picnic spots (more on that in a bit). It’s a beautiful inner city parks with a rich Aboriginal and European history. It is also home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, with over 3,000 species of the unique Western Australian flora.
Take a walk up through the bushland for sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Mountain Ranges.
Anywhere you decide to spread out your picnic blanket will be fine, but if you’re up for a real Aussie BBQ, head to the Pines Picnic Area, Synergy Parkland, the Lotterywest Family Area or the Saw Avenue Picnic Area for cooking facilities. Grab fresh veg, steaks and sausages and proceed to cook up a storm!
Perth City and Fremantle
In Perth, eclectic cafes are tucked among skyscrapers. It’s true that Perth’s is probably not the most bustling city around, but that’s exactly why it’s so loveable. Even the city center is a breath of fresh air with clean, wide roads, a friendly and diverse population and lots of great food.
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Chef Neil Perry’s unique steakhouse, keeps people coming back again and again with their excellent produce and wine list showcasing over a thousand wines from Australia and around the world.
Samson’s Paddock, a bar and restaurant in the suburb of Mosman Park, is best known for big plates of local produce served family style. Riverside Brewhouse, located near the leafy King’s Park is a great place to enjoy a cold Aussie beer and the view of the Swan River.
Head south from the city just a bit to Bib and Tucker in Fremantle to have lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean. Try Head Chef Scott Bridger’s seasonal menu of modern Australian fare; simple, fresh, and always with the best quality.
One of the best ways to dine in Perth is al fresco – while shopping! Outdoor markets are a weekend staple in Perth and provide exciting hidden gems for food lovers. Old Perth Road Markets in the suburb of Bassendean is open on the last Sunday of the month. This market has everything from food trucks serving up juicy burgers to handmade arts and crafts from the local area.
But true foodies love Subiaco Farmers Market, or the “Subi Markets” if you want to sound like a local. Located in the inner city, the market is open Saturdays from 8 am to noon. It’s a great place for a breezy brunch and shopping session.
Take a little excursion to Perth’s funky seaside neighbor, Fremantle. Freo is a gorgeous beach town with a bit of history (tour the old haunted prison if you dare) and healthy dose of modern culinary culture.
Start at Freo’s “Cappuccino Strip”, a boulevard lined with outdoor seating, to grab a cuppa and people watch with your mates. European and Western Australian cultures have mixed and melded over the decades to produce some amazing Italian restaurants. A tiramisu would go nicely with that cappuccino!
Another quintessential Australian experience is Little Creatures Brewery. This brewery now has outposts all around Australia (with Southeast Asia on the way) but Freo is the original hub for this proud Aussie brand. Order up tapas dishes like kangaroo tenderloin marinated in local herbs to go with that fresh brewed Australian beer.
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