Nestled between the Swan River to the south and Kings Park to the west, Perth’s CBD is a mixture of bustling museums and hole-in-the-wall bars that will take much longer than a day to explore.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t fit a heck of a lot into 24 hours. With a central hotel like the just opened DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge as your base here’s how to pace one day in the city. (The Parmelia Hilton on Mill Street is also central.)
Take a wander from the hotel down to Mary’s Bakery at Allendale Square, where eggs come scrambled, poached, boiled and slow-cooked, served with buttered toast or smashed pea, asparagus and fried polenta. It’s hard to go past the fried chicken buttermilk brioche bun served with slaw and chipotle chips for an indulgent breakfast.
Walk it off on the way to Max and Sons, a five-minute stroll along William Street in the CBD. The sleek white Synesso coffee machine matches the white tile and timber fit-out, and the coffee is sourced from top roasters including Five Senses, Mecca, Proud Mary and Loaded.
Sample some of Northbridge’s best shopping before lunch. Meander along William Street, where you’ll find independent fashion stores. Tu, a boutique-slash-tea parlour, stocks local designers such as 33 Poets and Monster Alphabets. Periscope, established in 1998, offers a mix of Australian and international fashion designers. Merge Clothing, run by fashion designer Julia Silk, stocks both menswear and womenswear from local labels like Jonté and Hoodedwept.
Or, wander around one of Perth’s green spaces – including the Hilton’s neighbouring palm-tree-lined Langley Park. Here, restless visitors jog, while those looking to relax can take a book and find a shady spot to rest.
Hummus is serious business at the Hummus Club, a popular lunch spot in Northbridge where the motto “in hummus we trust” is emblazoned on an interior wall in pink neon. Owners Kaitlin and Ziad Zammar opened Hummus Club in 2016 after raising $50,000 with a crowdfunding campaign. They’ve since earned a loyal following serving a menu of Lebanese-inspired mezza: baba ghanoush, mujadra, watermelon fattoush, lamb kefte and more. The delicious signature hummus is made from locally sourced chickpeas from Ord River in WA.
The Perth Cultural Centre located a 4 minute walk from DoubleTree in Northbridge is a landmark in Perth. Once a neglected and underused precinct known for its grey and uninviting brutalist architecture, the PCC’s redevelopment began in 2009. Today, it’s a thriving arts hub, home to the Art Gallery of WA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), the State Library, the State Theatre Centre and more. Spend an hour or two exploring the galleries and, once you’re done, grab a pre-dinner drink next door at the Mechanics Institute. Try a rye whisky or, if you dare, the house special, Hillbilly Bob’s Ruckus Juice, a mix of lager, fresh lime juice, orgeat, spiced rum and ginger beer.
Start your night with a drink at James St Bar and Kitchen at DoubleTree Northbridge. Open every day from breakfast until late, the bar has a vast selection of local beers and wine with small bites to accompany them – think arancini in a basil emulsion, baby octopus with lemon and garlic and pulled pork sliders with sauerkraut.
Long Chim is the Perth outpost of David Thompson’s restaurant empire, an operation that spans from Singapore to Sydney. Thompson has been an established authority on Thai cuisine since he opened Darley Street Thai in Sydney in 1992. At Long Chim, he serves up much-loved Thai classics such as pad thai and massaman curry alongside less familiar dishes, such as sour-orange curry with fish, and pickled mustard green soup with pork. The Thai influence extends to the cocktail list, from the Thai Basil Smash (Thai basil, chilli and gin) to the Som Saa Fizz (passionfruit, orange, rose, rum and bubbles). The wine list features a broad selection of international and local wines, many from WA, and beers include a range of craft brews and, of course, Singha Lager.
If there’s time, stop by QV1, the iconic 43-storey modernist tower designed by Harry Seidler, for a drink at Tiny’s. A multifunctional venue from the team that brought us Mary’s Bakery, Tiny’s houses a restaurant, bar and liquor emporium. The focus is on boutique wines and beers.
Finish the evening with a stroll to the buzzing Wines of While for a nightcap. A 50-seater bar that celebrates organic and natural wines, Wines of While has been a hit with Perth locals, filling to capacity most nights.
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