Known for its nightclubs and late-night excess, this inner-city Perth hub is diversifying with a variety of restaurants and bars, new cultural experiences and examples of the west’s latent entrepreneurial spirit.
From soba noodles to tempura, this popular izakaya ticks plenty of boxes for Japanese comfort. For the real James Parker experience, though, book the sushi counter for close-up views of chefs slicing pristine sashimi and turning rice and seaweed into excellent hand rolls and nigiri.
Standard by name, not by nature – especially if you’re referring to the technique-heavy cooking of chef Chase Weber. If seafood charcuterie and pressed lamb belly with native plum, pickled kohlrabi and cornbread don’t turn your head, this warehouse space’s drinks list and outdoor beer garden should do the trick.
This gelateria is making all the right chilled moves with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a fun space awash with colour. Core flavours (pistachio, salted caramel) aside, collaborations with local chefs have given rise to limited one-offs such as Friuli Apple Strudel.
A playlist of sing-out-loud songs; alfresco deck seating; food delivery from the attached Flipside burger bar; and great drinks. Little wonder Mechanics Institute is one of Perth’s premier cocktail venues.
No Mafia makes its “Southern-Italian-themed wine bar” brief look easy with a tightly stocked cellar, clued-up staff and a kitchen slinging wine-friendly eats.
Centrally located Alex Hotel encourages guests to mingle in tastefully appointed communal spaces. Streamlined rooms, meanwhile, are low on frills but have all the mod cons. At the in-house Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room, chef Sue Hutchins is all about Italian comfort, with the wine list fine-tuned to deliver Old World thrills.
Appreciate the art
Buy some vinyl
Sifting through the crates at Safari’s Record Shack should unearth plenty of treasures, especially for soul and hip-hop fans, while the selection at Noise Pollution Records leans towards the rock side of things.
Watch open-air cinema
But first, caffeine...
The traditionally named Koffie Winkel, or Dutch coffee house, is also au fait with modern techniques. Creamy nitro cold brew, anyone?
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