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Perth gets more sunshine per year than any other Aussie capital and so the city embodies the al-fresco lifestyle perfectly. A stay here often means relaxing on restaurant terraces with a glass of local Margaret River wine or a perfectly poured iced coffee.
To help you put together the perfect Perth itinerary, we’ve taken our pick of the best accommodation, restaurants and bars. With so many brilliant places to choose from and new places opening in the city all the time, it was tough to narrow down.
Where to stay in Perth
It’s all about the location, and with our pick of the coolest Perth hotels you’ll have the perfect spot to explore the city – and get over your jet lag.
1. QT Perth
The industrial-luxe interiors of this recently opened boutique hotel are achingly cool. Rooms are decked out in soft velvet, polished brass and local Jarrah timber. Flop down into the bespoke Dream bed, or head upstairs to the city’s highest rooftop bar on the 18th floor to savour the panoramic views of the city and Swan River with an impeccably mixed cocktail.
2. The Alex Hotel
Feel like a local at this friendly boutique hotel in the middle of Perth’s cultural Northbridge precinct, adjacent to the city centre. Here, cool communal spaces are the focus – which include a lounge room, roof garden and outdoor terraces. Retro bikes can be hired for free to get around Perth the easy way.
It doesn’t get much more central than this five-star hotel, set on the corner of Hay and Milligan Streets in the heart of CBD. The interior design pays homage to the gorgeous Victorian architecture of the building, drawing upon classic style with a modern twist. There are five bars and restaurants inside, including a rooftop lounge with outdoor decking – perfect for an al-fresco meal.
Right in the heart of historic and eclectic Fremantle, the Hougoumont Hotel is decorated in a quirky style that reflects the rich maritime past of the area. The hotel itself is built using innovative sea container construction, and rooms contain little luxuries like Nespresso coffee machines,artisan Rubra teas and toiletries by Aussie brand Appelles. Oh, and every evening free wine and cheese is served in the bar. Need we say more?
5. Crown Towers
We love the sweeping views of the Swan River from the bedrooms of this no-expense spared luxury hotel, and there’s no better way to unwind than lounging beside the hotel’s sprawling, palm-edged swimming pools or eating in one of its several restaurants. Rooms are decorated in a lavish fashion, with luxury fabrics – a modern mix of subtle beige, shiny chrome and lacquered wood.
Where to eat in Perth
Perth’s vibrant food scene delivers a comprehensive masterclass in modern Australian cuisine. It’s home to global flavours, too, and its food and drink scene is constantly evolving: new restaurants, bars and cafés open on a regular basis. if you’re only in town for a few days make sure and add these restaurants, cafés and bars to your to-do list.
1. Chicho Gelato
Nothing’s better than an ice cream on a hot sunny day, and when Perthians crave something cool they head to Chicho. Tickle your tastebuds with offbeat flavours like banana and parsley or stick to classics like pistachio. For a real treat, order a Gelato con Brioche – a scoop tucked inside a fresh-baked brioche bun.
Local art adorns the walls of this cute neighbourhood café, known for its top-notch coffee and tasty brunches. Hangovers are no match for the legendary breakfast burrito, packed full with bacon, eggs and zingy salsa. There’s a secret courtyard out back, so you can take your brekkie alfresco.
3. Il Lido
Just across the road from the pristine sands of the iconic Cottesloe Beach, Il Lido specialises in rustic Italian fare served at huge communal tables. If you miss out on one of the coveted outdoor tables, don’t worry – the inside, which is in an old 1930’s cabaret hall, is just as impressive.
Simple but delicious food and excellent coffee put this Fremantle café firmly on the map for people looking for brunch in Perth.There’s a huge focus on fresh, sustainable and locally sourced produce – the owners even make their own almond milk.
5. Long Chim
If you’re in the mood for Asian flavour, head to Long Chim, located in Perth’s historic State Buildings. The restaurant is the baby of acclaimed Aussie chef David Thompson – famous for his Thai restaurants Nahm, a big hit in Bangkok as well as London. The food is packed with flavour, studded with hot chilli and fiery garlic, so be prepared!
When it comes to fine dining in Perth, Wildflower is one of the city’s shining stars. The rooftop restaurant has a seasonal menu – following the Noongar calendar of the south-western Aboriginals – and only uses ingredients that are indigenous to Western Australia. The views from the terrace are incredible, too.
Where to drink in Perth
It’s all about American whiskey at this eclectic Perth bar. Try the bacon flight, where four types of bacon are expertly paired with matching drams. It’s worth dropping in on Monday nights for the Whiskey 101 masterclass, too.
2. Shadow Wine Bar
Whether you’re looking for an award winning Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon or something a little lighter, the team at The Alex Hotel’s Shadow Wine Bar will be able to help you pick the perfect bottle. The menu is an upgrade on classic European food, with bar snacks like chorizo and potato croquettes and cheese puffs made with Persian feta.
3. The Sail and Anchor
You can’t visit Fremantle without sinking one (or two) in the Sail and Anchor. This pub is a true landmark – its heritage listed with wood panelled walls, a spiral staircase and pressed tin ceiling inside. It’s a bit of a craft beer heaven too, with 40 cold taps, three hand pumps and four bars.
4. Little Creatures
If you love knowing where your pint comes from, head to Little Creatures in Fremantle. The huge brew tanks are hard to miss if you decide to sip your locally brewed pint inside. There’s also a huge terrace where you can soak up the sun and watch the portside life go by. Order some pizza and nachos, grab a blanket and settle in for the evening.
5. The Flour Factory
Spanning three floors inside a century old flour mill, The Flour Factory hits the spot as a drinking and dining destination. Gin lovers will enjoy sipping their way through 100 gins from around the globe, while cocktail connoisseurs will have fun choosing from the ever-changing list. Make ours a Sloe Black Betty (Bramble Am).
And that’s just scratching the surface. The best part about Perth’s hospitality scene is that it’s always changing, and there are loads of exciting new places opening every week. As well as visiting our favourite places to eat, drink and relax, it’s well worth leaving some free time in your holiday itinerary to simply stumble across hidden gems.
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