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Aside from the weather, which enjoys average highs of 18ºC - 30ºC from winter to summer, next time you’re holidaying in Perth, live like a local and frequent the HOT spots only residents know about.
Okay, let’s eat
You can’t let your neighbours beat you at anything, so while the rest of Australia has been upping its culinary game, so has Perth. The result is a hive of sought-after dining establishments and culinary excitements to please every palette.
For morning pick-me-ups, Mary Street Bakery on Beaufort Street craft their legendary fried chicken and then serve it with lashings of maple butter and a stack of pancakes. Heaven.
Sugar aside, you’ll find every flavour on the planet in Northbridge. A vibrant and eclectic mix of international inspiration, restaurants dish out everything from Italian meatballs to Japanese tempura; no country’s excluded.
Special occasion dining doesn’t get any finer than Restaurant Amusé. Widely considered one of the best dining venues in Western Australia, the degustation menu, complete with matching wines, is the result of husband-and-wife duo, Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy. You might need to be as rich as the sauce on your plate but it’s worth every Aussie cent.
What you gotta do to get a drink around here?
Not much actually.
Perth is awash with so much home brew, it’s not dissimilar to Virginia during the US Prohibition. West Winds gin is a locally crafted spirit infused with lemon myrtle, bush tomato and wattle seed, while the wine comes in readily from Swan Valley and Margaret River. As for spirits, there’s so much whiskey in the region, even the Scots raise an eyebrow.
Come the weekend, Perth locals make a beeline for Fremantle and Little Creatures Brewery. Housed in what was once a crocodile farm and flanking the water’s edge, the only thing better than the location is the pale ale. There’s a hugely atmospheric Beer Hall, but score a table outside and you’ll be able to soak up the Fremantle sunshine.
Inner city nightlife
Bars aplenty, you won’t go parched in Perth. For whiskeys from both home and abroad, Helvetica offers a carefully selected (yet ample) collection of hooch from across the world.
Take me out, show me about
From lazy days to a jam-packed month of Sundays, Perth's got something for every agenda.
Kings Park is the perfect place for a lazy ‘arvo’. With stunning views across the city as well as Swan River, there are cafes for coffee, barbies for your snags and ample picnic spots to siesta. If you start to feel too lethargic, attempt the 242 step staircase - known to the local fitness-junkies as Jacob’s Ladder.
Take a stroll along the banks of Swan River. Start in Nedlands and follow the Nyoongar Aboriginal Dreaming Trail. As well as black swans and pelicans, resident dolphins like to frequent the water.
As the closest beach to the city, City Beach is not only convenient, it’s beautiful too. With startling white sand and sapphire waves lapping its edges. Just eight kilometres west of Perth, it’s a calm haven with safe swimming and lifeguards patrolling the sand. At day’s end, nip into one of the many ocean-fronting restaurants. In the famed Clancy’s Fish Pub, the food is as fantastic as the view.
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