Top spots to eat and wet your whistle when holidaying in Western Australia’s capital
Perth’s food scene is a heavy mix of highly lauded restaurants, trending food crazes, mouthwatering food festivals and a small bar and coffee culture that could very much rival Melbourne’s.
Being a coastal destination, the heart of Perth’s cuisine is its seafood… coupled with one of its many local wines including those from the famous Margaret River and Swan Valley regions, naturally.
Perth CBD is where you’ll discover the largest concentration of popular restaurants, bars and cafes. Precincts like Elizabeth Quay, The State Buildings and Brookfield Place have the big names and the brilliant views while Wolf and Grand Lanes are THE places to discover the hidden secrets of the city.
Where fresh tucker coupled with a casual setting is concerned, the place to be is on the beach with Fremantle taking the cake with its rich mix of high-end restaurants and casual fish ’n’ chippies. Alternatively, if you’re seeking international cuisine, Victoria Park has virtually every cuisine under the sun.
If you’re stuck for choice, we’ve narrowed down some of our favourite fine dining and trending hotspots to get you on your way to the ultimate food pilgrimage of Perth.
Perth restaurants, bars and cafes
As one TripAdvisor user has called it, Friends Restaurant is “fine dining as it should be”. With impeccable service, live entertainment and divine food offerings, it’s the real deal.
Helmed by chef Frederic Verschoore whose experience includes working the kitchens of one, two and three Michelin star restaurants, Friends Restaurant is just another lauded restaurant to add to his extensive CV. It’s not quite French, not quite Oriental, not quite fusion and is all one-of-a-kind.
Fortescue Centre, 20 Terrace Rd, Perth
Rambla on Swan
Exquisitely plated food, sweeping views of Swan River and locally sourced produce are just some of the attributes that make Rambla on Swan one of the most notable fine dining ventures in South Perth.
Open for lunch and dinner, Rambla has set the bar high ever since it opened its doors in 2016, being awarded the Best New Restaurant at The Catering Institute’s Gold Plate Awards. Book your table early. You’ll need to.
39/85 South Perth Esplanade, South Perth
Tuck Shop Cafe
A Northbridge favourite, Tuck Shop Cafe is a casual affair where each and every meal is prepared on the premises. For coffee aficionados, the roaster of choice is Toby’s Estate, which also has four of its signature cafes in and around the city.
Not your ordinary cafe, Tuck Shop Cafe is firstly a cafe and secondly and thirdly a pie shop and delicatessen. Urban List claims the beef, bacon and cheddar pie is a must-eat. You know what to do.
178 Newcastle Street, Perth
La Veen Coffee & Kitchen
Early morning pick-me-ups in the city centre can be fulfilled at La Veen. Located on the famous King Street, it’s not ashamed to call itself the no. 1 cafe in Perth – and it may well be.
Backing its claim for brewing a mean cup of java are Experience Perth and Perth Now which both list it as one of the best cafes in the city. Its breakfast and lunch menus are just as inviting with muesli bowls, free range egg plates and burgers to make your mouth water. Tuck in.
90 King St, Perth
An institution in the Perth bar scene, The Standard is a small bar in the heart of Northbridge with a laid-back vibe and stellar bar nosh. Its menu is a salivating mix of Asian and Modern Australian fusion dishes. Think Korean barbecue chicken grill, rice noodles, peanuts, herb salad, nuoc cham and caramelised kangaroo, sesame soy custard, pineapple, coriander & peanuts to pique your interest.
Pop by on Sundays for a lazy meal for four – served on a lazy Susan to help you share that food love around.
28 Roe St, Northbridge
In true hipster form 399 Bar is named so due to its address at 399 William Street. Highly regarded by Experience Perth and Urban List, it’s Perth’s worst-kept secret having served over 300,000 customers to date.
The cuisine of choice here is tapas, but you’re here for the booze – aren’t you? With more than 50 cocktails on the menu and a spirits and liquors list just shy of 100 offerings you will not be starved for choice. In the event of indecision, simply ask your bartender for their recommendation. Your bearded bartender, that is.
399 William St, Perth
Food tours and cooking classes
With so many quality coffee spots and seafood offerings on the table, there’s no better way to introduce yourself to the top fare of the city and its surrounds. Just another excuse to eat, right?