by Lana Coletto
Little ole Perth, all on our lonesome over here in the West. It’s okay, you can be honest— I am almost 98% sure that travelling across to Perth hasn’t even crossed your mind. It certainly isn’t known for its culture and coffee like Melbs or for the city slickness of Sydney. But as a former Eastern Stater I can honestly say that I love this city!
Perth is boasting a pretty great pool of creatives and there are so many eateries, cafes and bars that are popping up all over the place. And the beaches over here, sorry, Bondi- what? You have no idea. Next. Level.
Perth is a hidden gem that the rest of Aus is missing out on! Should you ever find yourself over here, let me give you a little list of places to check out.
Mary Street Bakery // 507 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003
My local. I’ve loved this place since it opened, I kind of see this as Perth’s version of Bourke St Bakery, long lines and all. Salted caramel donuts, silky sweet coffee, staff that don’t laugh at you when you spill your granola all over your lap (yep, yours truly). This is also home to my favourite chocolate croissant in Perth. You won’t regret a walk down Beaufort Street to find this gem!
Studio Bomba // 324 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
Studio Bomba is a cosy co op that kind of hugs you as you walk in. Here they host: a retail space, a café, a creative studio and they also run a bunch of workshops, which is why I think it’s so perfect. When my girlfriend and I discovered it for the first time and tried their turkish delight hot chocolate and a PB&J macaron, we knew were onto a goodie. Their workshops range from flower arranging to leather wallet assembling– something for everyone. I don’t think I have ever left empty handed.
Cottesloe Beach // Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011
The Bondi of Perth, Cottesloe Beach is truly a beautiful stretch of ocean and sand. This is one of the first places that I visited in Perth. I remember sitting on the hill eating frozen yogurt from Redspoon (do it- amazing!) thinking about how much I already loved it here. This place sold Perth to me: two years later I still enjoy sitting on the hill, eating my yoghurt and having a bit of a people watch.
This is also the beach that gets to play host to Sculpture by the Sea when it comes it WA.
El Publico // 511 Beaufort Street, Highgate WA 6003
What about a Mexican feast, you ask? Off you go, back down to Beaufort Street. Beaufort street alone is a great place to check out but this place especially kills it – amazing vibe, great drinks selection and off the chain Mexican. Fried crickets anyone? It gets busy quickly though so make sure you are there early!
Whether you visit the markets, sip coffee at one of the cafes lining the main strip or check out the Little Creatures Brewery, there is always something to do in Fremantle. My personal favourites over that way are the Roasting Warehouse for brekky and Bread in Common for dinner with some cheeky wine and dessert. Just a warning though, the dukkah and fresh bread at Bread in Common are a lethal combination.
Read: “you will want to demolish an entire loaf before actually ordering mains.”
Empire Highgate // 521 Beaufort Street, Highgate WA 6003
Yes, we are back in the Mount Lawley Highgate area but I honestly can’t help it! I love it over here. Empire Homewares have a series of stores throughout Perth but the one in Highate is definitely my favourite. Such a treasure trove of things that you… need. You will be able to justify 5 small glass jars, hand cream and a turkish towel in the middle of winter. Trust me. It’s been done.
And so ends my little tour of Perth, but these are just some of my personal favourites. There are more. Promise. You will just need to come over and find them for yourself!