Take a bite out of the culinary diversity of the capital of Western Australia with our guide to Perth’s best restaurants.
Perth is the most isolated city globally, but there’s nothing parish about the restaurant scene. Here you’ll find award-winning restaurants, trendy bars, and laid-back cafes worth a visit from the East Coast.
Perth’s central business district is home to some of the city’s best food and watering experiences. A must visit if you are looking for something to satisfy your taste buds in Perth. Check out the state buildings, Brookfield Place and Yagan Square, followed by a stroll through Northbridge’s nightlife, where small bars scramble for space. Explore Mount Hawthorn, Leederville, Subiaco, Fremantle, and Victoria Park for further foodie finds. Are you tired after all that meal? Rest your head in one of the best hotels in town.
What is it? A contemporary space on the Perth rooftops where indigenous concepts guide the menu.
Why go to Wildflower? This innovative menu is part of the indigenous culinary calendar; the ingredients are harvested and harvested according to Noongar’s six seasons. Visit across the year, and you’ll be rewarded with a plethora of tasty treats while also enjoying some of Perth’s best skyline views. Not to mention the excellent wine list – with a wide range, you can create your perfect combination.
2. Long Chim
What is it? In Australia, David Thompson’s name goes hand in hand with Thai cuisine, and his adventure in Perth lives up to the hype.
Why go? The taste slaps you from the moment you walk in the door: brightly colored decorations, intense dishes, and exciting cocktails that go perfectly with the warmth of the menu. No time to spare? Feast on street food from the “tuck shop” menu, open for lunch on weekdays.
3. The Apple Daily
What is it? A vibrant city center restaurant with a menu packed full of share dishes based on South East Asian street food.
Why go? Fresh, fun, and snappy dishes accompany an extensive drinks menu. Try one of the original cocktails or savor Asian whiskeys, sakes, and homemade liqueurs.
What is it? One of WA’s liveliest and most spacious restaurants with a Middle Eastern-inspired menu, set in a former bus garage.
Why go? Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s hard to go wrong with Propeller’s creative and flavorful options. Enlist the help of a few fellow foodies and sample a selection of their spicy dishes—a place of choice for vegetarians.
5. Lulu La Delizia
What is it? The place for pasta in Perth.
Why go? Chef Joel Valvasori-Pereza had previously had customers looking for his northern Italian dishes at inner-city bar Lalla Rookh. Its cozy tavern is all about pasta, with an Italian road trip that includes regional specialties and creative interpretations of classic combos. The extensive wine list features local producers and varieties from northern Italy.
6. Billie H
What is it? Much more than the standard neighborhood wine bar.
Why go? For exceptional service, a great wine list, and a menu that impresses. The moody and comfortable setting means that a quick bite can quickly turn into an afternoon when the time has stopped, and the wine list begs to be discovered. Plus, you can BYO wine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
7. Petite Mort
What is it? One of Western Australia’s brightest hidden gems, where French cuisine gets a special treat.
Why go? The Shenton Park destination is hidden on a suburban side street, but this address is high on Western Australia’s foodie list. Prepare for an elegant meal full of surprises, pizazz, and complexity from Chef Todd Stuart. His intricate modern French cuisine is offered either by a full tasting or by a fixed price of three courses.
8. Clarke’s of North Beach
What is it? A reliable, upscale favorite for foodies since 2003.
Why go? Chef and owner Stephen Clarke take pride in using the finest local ingredients and using an expert technique to transform them into classic, elegant dishes. A visit to Clarke’s promises a refined and confident menu combined with sophisticated service.
What is it? A trifecta of Instagram-worthy dishes, great coffee, and attentive service.
Why go? Be sure to try the typical homemade scones, which have reached legendary status. Rumbling tummies should arrive early, as the line winds through the gate most weekends.
10. Swallow Bar
What is it? A hip neighborhood bar that is popular with the locals.
Why go? Vintage train seats with art deco prints, retro staging, and live jazz transport customers to another era. A warm welcome from knowledgeable and convivial staff ensures that first-time visitors are home to regulars. The crisp wine list accompanies a French menu.