There’s never been a better time to visit (or live in) Perth. In addition to an attractive selection of cafes, restaurants, shops, and hotels, Western Australia’s laid-back lifestyle may make you want to stay a little longer than planned. We recently landed in Perth and picked up the keys to a MINI Clubman, before venturing out to some of our favourite spots in the city.
Eat & Drink
Big El’s X THE WKND
Yagan Square, Perth
A fun take on casual dining, Big El’s X THE WKND offers Latin American fusion cuisine, cocktails, and speciality coffee in a vibrant environment. Their mouthwatering menu of tacos, sandwiches, quesadillas and more uses fresh, local produce. It’s the ideal spot to head with a group of friends and enjoy some delicious food and top-notch drinks.
Small Print Baker & Coffee Maker
125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
With excellent coffee and a breakfast and lunch menu to match, Small Print Baker & Coffee Maker is a must-visit. Grab a seat inside or out – and enjoy a skilfully made coffee and meal. They also have a selection of house-brewed kombucha if that’s your thing, plus a variety of grab and go bites if you’re in a hurry.
Corner of St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth
The team at Telegram Coffee take their coffee seriously. They’ve got you sorted for espresso, filter, and cold brew, using beans from a selection of local roasters. Some of their line-up includes coffee from Loaded Craft Coffee and Twin Peaks Coffee. Head here when you need your weekday caffeine fix; you’ll find them in the beautiful heritage State Buildings in the CBD.
Nic & Kolo
45 Ardross Street, Applecross
If the idea of an all-day brunch consisting of options like warm mozzarella salad, mac and cheese egg benedict, or a “reloaded” Angus burger is appealing to you, then Nic & Kolo needs to be your first stop in Perth. What’s more is the cafe is fully licensed, so you can enjoy your indulgent lunch with a drink too. Nic & Kolo’s design is contemporary and clean, where materials such as marble, brass, and timber abound.
Bread In Common
43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle
Go for the bread, stay for the phenomenal dining experience. Bread In Common specialises in, you guessed it, bread, which is baked fresh daily in-house. You can buy it by the loaf, or sit down to enjoy a variety of delightful dishes that are made to accompany the bread. Housed in an expansive 19th-century heritage listed building, it’s a beautiful and unique space.
8 Bannister Street, Fremantle
Beyond the brick facade of Stable Hands you’ll find a contemporary, clean, and minimalist space. The restaurant delivers a delectable modern Australian lunch and dinner menu, and is open for an equally as impressive breakfast on the weekends. The drinks list is extensive, with a good selection of craft beers, wine, and spirits on offer.
2 Saunders Street, East Perth
If you’ve shopped online for Scandinavian homewares and furniture in Australia before, it’s likely you’ve stumbled across Arrival Hall. Their flagship is found in East Perth, in a huge light-filled warehouse. It’s the perfect space to showcase the latest pieces from brands like HAY, Menu, Muuto, and Normann Copenhagen.
246 Hay Street, Subiaco
Offering some of the best designer furniture from Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, District in Subiaco is a must-go. Their team is dedicated to helping customers find the right pieces for their home, choosing from an extensive range of brands like Studio Pip, Hem, and Magis to name a few.
Highs & Lows
74-76 King Street, Perth & 3/544 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley
For new threads and new sneakers, you can’t go past Highs & Lows. These Perth locals have been supplying the city with the latest from established brands and newcomers alike since 2005. With a welcoming atmosphere and shelves upon shelves of sneakers, their stores are stellar spots to pick up a couple of new pairs.
1000 Hay Street, Perth
The designFARM showroom, in the Perth CBD, is three stories of stunning designer furniture. You’ll recognise international names here like Walter Knoll, Great Dane, and Carl Hansen & Son, as well as locals Armadillo & Co and Tait. Head to the showroom when you need a bit of design inspiration or a new piece for your place.
William Street Cycle Co.
312 William Street, Northbridge
For all things bikes and accessories, check out William Street Cycle Co. in Northbridge. They stock brands like tokyobike, Papillionaire, and Brooks England. If you already have a bike and it needs a tune-up, William Street Cycle Co. can service it in-store. They also have a cafe and courtyard out the back if you need some caffeine before your ride home.
Hass & Co. Botanics
Suite 3A, 250 Oxford Street, Leederville
A relatively new store in Leederville, Hass & Co. Botanics sells all things indoor plants. They offer a rotating range of local and international varieties of plants as well as pots and other accessories. The space itself has a minimal design, with a neutral palette from floor to ceiling. This helps the plants stand out, making it easier to choose the right one for your home or office.
Compendium Design Store
49A High Street, Fremantle
Compendium Design Store‘s range of well-made stationery, accessories, homewares, and magazines is enough to satisfy any fan of design. The store stocks a tightly curated variety of brands and products like Bellroy carry gear, Monocle guides, and Field Notes notebooks. The store itself is beautifully laid out and makes browsing the shelves a nice experience.
50 James Street, Perth
Found in the heart of Perth, Alex Hotel is a vibrant choice with a homely feel. This is due in part to the communal ‘living’ spaces; the lounge rooms, outdoor terraces, and rooftop garden. The hotel’s rooms range in size and offer plenty of modern amenities and all the essentials you need for a comfortable stay.
59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle
Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle is a nicely designed and elegant accommodation choice outside of the CBD. The rooms here have a minimalist aesthetic with a mix of grey walls, matte black finishes, and light timber accents. Facilities include a gym, pool, bar, and rooftop terrace that delivers stunning views of the Swan River.
4 Walker Avenue, West Perth
Re-thinking the traditional hotel concept, Tribe in West Perth has been built with the modern traveller in mind. Doing away with unnecessary extras, the rooms include a comfortable bed, a large Smart TV, Nespresso machine, USB charging ports, premium bathroom amenities, and free WiFi. The hotel boasts a contemporary design with modern furnishings and accessories.
This guide was produced by Hey Gents in partnership with MINI Australia.