Being the most isolated city in the world, you cannot miss paying the Australian city of Perth and its beautiful surroundings a visit – whether you’re travelling through Australia or nearby Asia, hop on a flight and look forward to dazzling skyline views, deep blue oceans and white sandy beaches! From the 8 must-do’s in Perth city to its best restaurants and bars to where to stay, The Asia Collective’s Ultimate Perth Travel Guide has your travel plans covered!
8 MUST-DO’S IN PERTH
Mary Street Bakery is the boutique neighbourhood go-to for takeaway and dine-in breakfast options all day long. The mouthwatering food, stylish décor, and friendly local service have created a new feeling for the word ‘bakery’ entirely. Everything is made in-house using sustainable local ingredients from their fresh selection of baked goods; from doughnuts, fresh breads, quiches, tarts and savouries, to their quirky menu where you will find anything from Asian and middle-Eastern inspired dishes to much loved favourites such as boiled eggs and toast soldiers. Drop in on your next visit to Perth for a delicious coffee and breakfast, we can guarantee you’ll be back for more and labelled as a local resident in no time!
Address: State Buildings, Corner St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth
The 19th-century State Buildings are a cultural must-visit in the heart of Perth’s buzzing CBD – and even have their own Instagram account! The State Buildings have been re-furbished into a vibrant hub of retail shopping, dining, bars and luxury accommodation featuring a Victorian-era façade encompassed by Perth’s modern cosmopolitan surroundings.
TAC TIP: Enjoy a long lunch, glass of wine, or afternoon tea at Petition Kitchen– a dining gem serving the best of Western Australia’s seasonal and local produce in the State Building Complex.
The stunning Elizabeth Quay is one of Perth’s coolest cosmopolitan spaces where you will find an array of restaurants serving up delicious cuisine, swanky bars, weekend markets, and pop up boutiques. Elizabeth Quay is stretched along the fringe of Perth’s well-known Swan River, enjoy a leisurely walk or hire a bike and cycle your way around the Quay enjoying the sunshine and sights!
TAC TIP: Stop by Chicho Gelato for a world of new wave gelato wonder. Chicho like to bend the rules when it comes to creating flavours creations and we love them for it! Try the lavender honeycomb or the jalapeno pineapple and matcha green tea with caramelised white chocolate. After choosing your out of this world flavour creation top it off with chocolate sauce from Chicho’s free flowing chocolate tap. Yum!
Address: Cottesloe Beach, Perth
Western Australia is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, crystal waters and excellent surf breaks so of course a trip to Perth wouldn’t be complete without visiting the ever so popular Cottesloe Beach. With more than a kilometre of pure white sand, Cottesloe remains Perth’s most popular spot for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. Look out for the Pylon, a landmark and popular diving platform for beach users! After a day of water leisure watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean with a glass of wine and fish & chips on the sandbanks. If the beach isn’t your thing the Cottesloe Esplanade offers a wide grassy shaded space perfect for family picnics.
Fremantle is a super cool neighbourhood just 30 minutes from Perth City and is renowned for its eclectic mix of hip creatives and alternative types, boutique shopping, hip cafes, and happening bars. On any night you will find the streets buzzing with buskers, sidewalks filled with bustling wine bars, live music, and art gallery events.
TAC TIP: Sample boutique beer and delicious bites at Little Creatures Brewery. Head down on a Sunday afternoon for live Jazz music – the perfect accompaniment to a cold glass of ale or cider in the sun!
How to get there: 45min by public ferry – book your tickets here.
Rottnest Island is a protected nature reserve oasis located off-shore from Perth’s buzzing inner city that is just waiting to be discovered. Rottnest is the perfect spot to enjoy white-sand beaches, beautiful coral and snorkelling, secluded coves and crystal clear bays. The island is home to the Quokka, a cute little wallaby-like creature who loves attention and a close up photo-op – the perfect Instagram buddy!
Enjoy warm nights and movies under the stars in a relaxed laid-back atmosphere at Luna Outdoor Cinema, the go-to summer spot for young and old to enjoy new release features, classics, arthouse films, and movie premieres. Visit the Luna Lounge Bar before the movie for a selection of premium wine, beer, snacks, and their delicious gourmet cheeseboard.
One of Perth’s best kept secrets is the Jazz Cellar in Mount Hawthorn – a real hidden gem with a secret entrance. Enter an old telephone box, head down a flight of stairs and find yourself in a cosy room just big enough to fit 100 people max. The Jazz Cellar Perth is intimate and an incredible space to hear traditional live vintage jazz by The Corner house Jazz band. The Jazz Cellar isn’t licenced which means you can B.Y.O. food and drink – a bottle of red and pizza from down the road is a popular food of choice for the music-loving crowds!
BEST RESTAURANTS IN PERTH
Address: State Buildings, Corner St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth
Cuisine: Fresh produce & Fine dining
Located in Perth’s State Building’s complex lies Petition Kitchen, a moody beer corner, kitchen, wine bar & bottle shop. Three spaces that were inspired by petitioners and the notion of coming together as one. Petition Kitchen serves craft beer, upscale wine & spirits, delicious tapas, and a premium, finger-licking good choice if dishes. Experience an assortment of rustic, quirky, fun dishes to share or simply enjoy them solo. Petition is the perfect spot for a delicious breakfast before a day of exploring the city, long lunch between shopping and sigh-seeing, an afternoon wine or tea, or a fantastic dinner in the heart of Perth’s history.
Inside the stunning InterContinental on King Street you will find the buzzing Heno & Rey Spanish Tapas Bar serving delicious Spanish inspired share plates, cocktails, sangria, craft beers and wine. Enjoy fresh locally caught seafood from the raw bar or tempt your tastebuds with a plate of bruschetta and a glass of Sangria. Heno & Rey is ideal for a long lunch, quick bite to eat, or lively dinner with friends.
Sauma has re-created the standards of authentic Indian food offering a new wave of classic Indian Cuisine combined with Australian influences. Enjoy their light aromatic fusion style of authentic Indian street food in a relaxed setting in the trendy neighbourhood of Northbridge. Sauma emphasises freshness, creativity, and raw charm – an obvious best restaurant choice for Perth!
TAC TIP: Order a little bit of everything from the menu to experience the various flavours of India!
A delightfully cosy Italian eatery and wine bar in the heart of Subiaco that is sure to be your new favourite Italian Restaurant. Lulu La Delizia specialises in crafting premium fresh handmade pasta and sauces from old Italian family recipes that have been passed down through generations – all of the pastas are made in-house using a wide variety of techniques, equipment, recipes, and flours. Bellissimo!
This trendy restaurant pronounced BIV-A-WHACK meaning “shelter” can be found in the buzzing suburb of Northbridge serving organic, local and sustainable produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inspiration behind the cuisine and atmosphere of Bivouac has been shaped on the basis of creativity and culinary experiences. For a fine art meets fine food experience, we believe Bivouac should not be missed!
BEST BARS IN PERTH
A sneaky little speakeasy that won’t stay secret for long. Sneaky Tony’s is set in an alleyway behind the popular Pleased To Meet You Bar. Source the password from this very hidden Perth bar’s Facebook page and find the hidden door to enter an atmosphere of charisma and charm with a selection of boutique rum-based cocktails.
Located on the border of Northbridge’s urban creative hub and corporate city lies The Standard Garden Bar & Kitchen, an establishment that is anything but standard. The venue offers incredible food & drinks, upbeat service, and cool music in a fun fresh and welcoming setting. Indulge in a relaxing long Sunday lunch in The Garden, evening drinks on The Deck for unparalleled views of Perth’s sparkling city lights, or a delicious dinner any night of the week in the main restaurant. The Standard is an essential Perth Restaurant & Bar you must experience for yourself!
Halford Bar serves charming cocktails in a unique atmosphere of decadence and lavishness inspired by the 1950’s era. Tucked into the basement of the State Buildings in the heart of Perth, CBD Halford Bar is the perfect spot to sneak away for an afternoon aperitif or after work drinks. The rich interior of Halford alone is truly amazing, featuring plush velvet seating in jewel tones, marble countertops, feathers, candles, and low hung crystal chandeliers. We recommend trying the Halfords’s signature martini made with Tanqueray No.10 Gin, apricot brandy and stuffed olives. Cheers!
BEST HOTEL IN PERTH
For a luxurious stay in the heart of Perth’s city centre look no further than the elegantly designed InterContinental – where sophistication and comfort meet. The InterContinental Perth is unique in all aspects from its alluring 20th Century architecture, beautiful colour palette, indulgent dining, stunning interiors, and rich heritage of global excellence in the hotel industry. Comprised with a variety of contemporary guest room and suite options to suit the needs of every guest the InterContinental truly feels like a stay that has been tailored for you.
Retreat and unwind to the sanctuary of your room after a day of exploring Perth’ s must-do’s. Each room has been designed with an elegant finish and features sweeping views of the city from your bedroom window, modern designer amenities, stunning interiors, plush comfortable bedding and a relaxing walk-in rain shower. When it comes to dining you will be spoilt for choice with indulgent cuisine from the InterContinental’s four in-house restaurants each serving innovative dishes created and plated to perfection. Whether it be refined dining at Ascua, Spanish tapas & cocktails at Heno & Rey, food truck inspired bites from Graffiti or bar snacks & a classic cocktail in the evening at The Loft, there is something to entice every tastebud.
Whether travelling for business or pleasure we highly recommend checking in to the InterContinental Perth City Centre for an unforgettable stay.
TAC TIP: Explore cool cafes and boutique shopping among charming laneways waiting to be discovered outside the InterContinental lobby.
- Rooms at the InterContinental Perth City Centre start at approx. US$280 per night.
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