Perth offers some truly great eats—from brunch pancakes smothered in bacon to grilled barramundi under fresh mango salsa—and there’s only one way to get the best around: you have to taste test everything on our list. So for the latest on where to grab the best gastro experience in restaurant and cafes in the heart of Western Australia, check here first.
Where to go for breakfast: Beaches Cafe
This is not a place for fancy food or five-star service; this is an honest to goodness beach side cafe and even while it lacks the fancy factor, it certainly will not disappoint. Whether you’re there to grab brunch, or a real breakfast, everything from their tuna nicose salad to the poached eggs on olive toast sprinkles with herbed feta is destined to leave you wanting more, even after you’ve finished. Get fit with their acai bowl or splurge with a slice of orange and almond cake—whichever way you go, you can’t lose with a view of Cottesloe Beach that spectacular!
- Address: 122 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
- Hours: Breakfast & Lunch
- Website: Beaches Cafe Cottesloe
Where to go for coffee: Low Down
The service at Low Down is so renowned and the beans are so good that there is a bonafide line outside of the shop before 7am every morning. Between the classic Aussie favorite flat whites to the extra strong latte, these baristas get it right every time and the cozy, hipster vibe of the cafe is certainly one that requires a sit and sip session. Grab one of their freshly baked dark chocolate and pear muffins or their black pig sandwich if you’re feeling peckish, but the real MVP is the smooth coffee, so go get your morning fix here.
- Address: 16a Cloisters Arcade, 865 Hay Street, Perth.
- Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Where to go for lunch: The Partisan
This waterfront restaurant banks not only on a great location to bring the hungry people, but also the creative Mediterranean fusion cuisine. While Perth is well-known for it’s delicious seafood, The Partisan really out performs in this category ,from house-cured salmon to pale ale battered grouper; with a reservation here you’re in for a treat. Grab one of their fig and fennel sourdough loafs with gourmet preserves and butter or a taste of their homemade chorizo, and as an aside be sure to check out their special weekend lunch menu for even tastier goodies, because if you eat here once there’s no way you won’t want to grab a bite here again.
- Address: Shop 22, 60 Royal Street, East Perth.
- Hours: 7:00 am – 12:00 am
- Website: The Partisan
Where to go for snacks: The Delish Ice Pop Shop
As a seasonal favorite—this place is limited edition and closes for the summer on Sunday, March 30—the Delish Ice Pop Shop on William Street in Northbridge is home to an adorable vintage caravan that serves up popsicles in standard flavors with a couple of crazy twists; get your fingers around a watermelon lemonade, mint and lime, ginger beer, basil and elderflower, or coconut and chocolate chip for a taste test your buds won’t soon forget. For those of you who prefer to drink your icy treats, try one of the shops creamy iced coffees, made with locally roasted beans, and mixed with everything from pineapple and lime to salted, malted caramel.
- Address: 175 William Street, Northbridge.
- Hours: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm.
- Website: Delish Ice
Where to go for dinner: Matilda Bay on the River
For something that will definitely wow your senses, book a table at Matilda Bay—it’s an exquisite multi-course dinner experience that will leave quite the impression on its diners. With beautiful views of Perth to accompany your foodie dream, try any of the market fresh seafood specialties (like rice flake crusted prawns, grilled scallops, or Tasmanian salmon) and definitely try the bird if you’re partial (the confit duck leg and tomato peanut salad in Thai dressing is delicious). Save room for dessert too, or grab a pre-dinner snack at the bar, there’s really no way to go wrong at Matilda Bay.
- Address: 3 Hackett Drive, Crawley.
- Telephone: +61 8 9423 5000
- Website: Matilda Bay
Where to go for dessert: Chocolateria San Churro
While Australia may not be the first place that you think of when you think of the famed Mexican dessert, Chocolateria San Churro is here to give you a different idea about all things fried and cinnamon anyway. As one of the most popular places in Australia to go for a snack, the $8.95 churros for one comes with a sauce (caramel or chocolate) and the light dusting of cinnamon on the top goes great with either. If you’re in the neighborhood, no matter what time of day, grab a seat and a coffee, because this dessert is going to be an epic experience.
- Address: 91 Market Street, Fremantle.
- Hours: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm.
- Website: Chocolateria San Churro
Whether you’re heading for a snack or a great sit-down meal, Perth as a lot of options, and endless tastes to try, so give these picks a try and let us know what you think!