Restaurants

  • A laid-back Thai spot that heroes underrepresented dishes. The spice-driven menu spans north-eastern favourites like koi (raw beef salad with herbs) and sticky rice, to fragrant fish curries from the south. Plus, Thai beers and creamy milk tea.

  • Fleur refuses to be pigeonholed. Take the French name, Japanese-ish food, and native produce. But what’s certain is that this one of Perth’s most exciting restaurants – with intricate cooking and excellent dishes.

  • Inside Como at the Treasury, this bright, all-day restaurant is serving upmarket breakfasts and crowd-pleasing Italian fare with plenty of twists. Also, an Italian-heavy wine list and classic cocktails.

  • Looking for an extra-special occasion spot? Como, the Treasury’s in-house fine diner, celebrates all things Western Australia, from local Indigenous ingredients to panoramic views of the CBD and Elizabeth Quay.

  • A meticulously imagined bistro where you can choose your own adventure. Commit to a full dinner (and knockout beef tartare) or keep it short with snacks at the wine bar next door.

  • Find this sophisticated Euro-inspired wine bar and dining room in the basement of an old Art Deco building. The menu focuses on local produce, and the wine and cocktails are equally as important as the food.

  • David Thompson is the most accomplished Western chef globally when it comes to Thai food. He spent 30 years in Bangkok, and plates up the classics here. Come for wok-fired pad see ew, high-definition curries and other staples.

  • Visit this compact Malaysian spot for a colourful buffet offering vibrant new dishes each visit. Pile your plate high with beef rendang, lamb shanks or chicken curry, then mop it up with rice and a sheet of roti telur.

  • Visit this fuss-free diner for some of Perth’s best Thai food. Order crowd-pleasing noodle soups, herb-heavy hotpots and papaya salads. Then cool down with Thai milk tea and house-made ice-cream (with sticky rice at the bottom).

  • This 180-seat Filipino joint follows the modern Asian aspirations of the Melbourne original. Order kangaroo skewers, Sichuan-glazed lamb ribs, and stir-fried Manila clams with squid XO.

  • This perky 50-seater is a love letter to Japan’s north – offering deeply flavoured curry (including vegan options) and rice, beer and wine from Hokkaido.

  • Feast on regional Thai food at this low-key neon-lit restaurant. Order its souped-up stir-fries, curries with house-made paste, and a Thai take on duck confit. Its BYO status and jazzy soundtracks are just a bonus.

  • This two-in-one-spot specialises in house-made udon noodles by day and transforms into a moody izakaya at night. Go for fragrant udon, takoyaki (octopus balls) and golden tempura around lunch, or karaage chicken and sake into the night.

  • A cavernous bar and restaurant complex.

  • A pretty good (read: great) pizza bar next to Northbridge's Ruin Bar. Get your pizza hit by the pie or slice and wash it down with an impressive array of tap and packaged beers. The resident beer vending machine is a novelty you won't tire of.

  • Descend the stairs to find this former record store serving loaded pizzas (either whole or by the slice), sharp cocktails and an impressive range of spirits. Bring a group and prepare to eat and drink a lot.

  • The Ritz-Carlton's signature restaurant uses smoke and fire to celebrate pristine West Australian ingredients.

  • The vast menu at this versatile izakaya leans hard into Japanese comfort dishes, while the equally deep drinks list keeps time with sake, beer and rare Japanese whiskies.

  • A restaurant, specialty liquor store and bar from the team behind Mary Street Bakery.

  • An impressive WA spin on Italian cuisine.

  • The Fremantle burger specialist is grilling in the CBD.

  • A cafe, bar and events space in the CBD's historic Moana Chambers.

  • Gourmet hot dogs with a side of French humour.

  • An African-inspired steakhouse

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  • Olden days rebooted in slick city watering hole.

  • An upmarket but unpretentious pub.

  • Asian food with a modern update.

  • After 40 years of making noodles, you can be sure this chef will impress you.

  • Perth’s original ramen joint is underpinned by perfectionism.

  • A sense of understated sophistication makes this all-day a popular spot for business folk.

  • Smart Japanese, relaxed dining.

  • Perth’s original food truck still has it.

  • Creole food and soul music in a roaming food truck.

  • Traditional Thai food on the go.

Cafes

  • This colourful NYC-inspired kiosk, from the team behind Soho Lane, is known for its chewy bagels, dense schmears and a mighty salt-beef bagel inspired by a London institution.

  • This tiny bakery serves superb danishes, sausage rolls, sandwiches and cakes in a semi-industrial pocket of Perth. Plus, Basque cheesecake and one of the city’s finest croissants.

  • This hole-in-the-wall cafe is open every day of the year and serves wonderful baked goods from Miller & Baker and specialty coffee, with zero pretentiousness.

  • Focusing on the flat white, takeaway options and classes for the domestic barista.

  • Visit this unique spot for Asian-inspired croissants filled with pandan, beef rendang, durian and more. Other sweet and savoury creations include Hainanese chicken-rice and smashed avo in pastry form.

  • A takeaway lunch spot that caters for raw, vegan and other specialist dietary needs.

  • Meet your new office-lunch favourite, with Asian- and Italian-inspired subs made to order. You might go for a classic conti roll, a vego panini with eggplant parmigiana and Napoli sauce, or a banh mi-inspired roll with slow-roasted porchetta, house pickles and chilli.

  • Two of Perth’s favourite cafes, shrunk down into a shipping container.

  • Seek out this hidden cafe for expert coffee, comforting Greek custard and phyllo-pastry pies, and a great house-made conti roll.

  • After mastering the art of the croissant, this popular bakery is shining a light on the croissant loaf sandwich. Come here for their take on Reuben and a four-cheese number, sandwiched between thick-cut slices of flaky, buttery croissant bread.

  • Location number four for Perth’s favourite cafe.

  • A reimagined retro corner shop with classic toasties, conti rolls, old-fashioned lollies and country bakery-style vanilla slices. This is a great option if you’re in the CBD and you’re after a takeaway lunch.

  • At this sibling cafe to Mo Espresso, coffee comes from a wide range of renowned roasters. Food ranges from the simple (blueberry bagels) to the extravagant (gelato doughnut burgers).

  • The Mary Street Bakery team’s roaster and dedicated coffee spot. There's also a self-serve food station that comes stacked with familiar treats, sandwiches, salad bowls and breakfast offerings.

  • This is one of the few Australian bakeries milling its own flour. Come for single-origin loaves, sweet pastries and vegemite scrolls, sandwiches, and coffee by Five senses.

  • Bagels in a bike shop.

  • An unpretentious, community-minded cafe in the west end.

  • Just like the original, only crunchy.

  • This Melbourne-born chocolate chain may have conquered Australia and New Zealand, but it hasn't compromised its methods one jot.

  • Fresh Vietnamese with an American fast-food bent.

  • It pumps out 900 coffees per day, but somehow, the baristas still manage to remember everyone’s name.

  • Gastronomique baguettes and toasties for less than a tenner.

  • Not your average toasted sandwiches.

  • Coffee, doughnuts and more by the founders of Max + Sons.

  • Some of the best bahn mi in town.

  • Outlandish crepes filled with popping candy, dill aioli and more.

Bars

  • Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Greek flavours are the game at this big rooftop cocktail bar and diner.

  • Kick your night off in the 120-seat dining room, with share-friendly lobster rolls and rigatoni alla vodka. Then, say hello to colourful glass teapots filled with fruity cocktails, neon light installations and a massive indoor tree.

  • This two-storey space can hold 725 guests and serves contemporary food and drinks.

  • A smart-casual wine bar slinging small plates and a diverse range of wines, inside a historic Perth boozer.

  • It’s grown from Perth’s first dedicated natural-wine bar to one of the country’s key wine destinations. Order Mediterranean share plates and wing it with the daily by-the-glass offering. Or grab a bottle to go.

  • Inspired by Eastern Europe’s bars set within abandoned buildings, this no-frills corner boozer and courtyard has 18 beer taps, pouring mainly West Australian beer and a handful from interstate.

  • The 18-tap beer hall so serious it requires its staff to be accredited experts. Come for independent taps from across Western Australia and beyond, best paired with salty bar grub.

  • An elegant enoteca stocked with ready-to-drink wines and cheese plates. Stick around and try a rare drop from the vacuum-sealed Coravin, or grab a bottle to go.

  • A small whiskey and cocktail that’s as timeless and reliable as the Swiss typeface it’s named after. With around 500 whiskeys at the bar, a tasting can easily turn into a night of multiple cocktails – from diluted classics to more inventive house creations. You might also find cheese platters, charcuterie boards and baked Camembert.

  • Tapas, wine and charcuterie in the CBD.

  • French wines dominate the cellar at this Parisian-inspired bar. The kitchen bangs out sharp bistro-style plates and charcuterie, which are best enjoyed in the breezy courtyard planted with olive trees.

  • Take your pick from two separate venues: the moody intimate bar or the breezy all-day courtyard. Each has a different menu. But whichever you choose, you’re sure to find inventive cocktails (think a Mojito made with green ants), excellent food, and local beer and wine.

  • For lovers of fine whisky and bourbon.

  • Follow the nondescript steel door in a Northbridge backstreet to find Sneaky Tony’s, a secretive dimly-lit Prohibition-era bar with 300 bottles of rum. Go for classics like an Old Fashioned or Pina Colada, or order something off-menu. The staff are knowledgeable and unpretentious staff, so you're in good hands.

  • An exacting late-night bar with big echoes of Japan. Expect stockpiles of Japanese whisky, easy-drinking highballs and Japanese street food.

  • A basement cocktail bar inspired by Prohibition-era speakeasies. Go for its contemporary cocktails; classics like an Old Fashioned or a Martini; or shared cocktails served in teapots. Food comes from Heritage Wine Bar upstairs – its charcuterie plates, buttermilk chicken wings and classic hamburger with hand-cut chips are sure to hit the spot.

  • Descend some stairs behind St George’s Terrace to find this moody cocktail and whisky bar full of old-world charm. Settle into a Chesterfield lounge and order an Old Fashioned, Sazerac or classic Negroni. There are also charcuterie and cheese plates, and larger share plates from carpaccio to croquettes.

  • Descend into an underground bank vault under St Georges Terrace to find this cosy watering hole full of old-world nostalgia. This bar serves up classic cocktails, vintage and small-batch spirits, hearty jaffles and an easygoing vibe.

  • A little slice of Hawaii in Perth, complete with 175 rums to sample.

  • A Mexican good-time bar with an impressive collection of mezcal and tequila, and snacks.

  • Phase one of the Adelaide Brewery’s West Coast expansion includes a steakhouse-style restaurant, private dining rooms, plus an open brewhouse where punters can get up close to the action.

  • Live music, late-night pizza and rowdy rock‘n’roll swagger.

  • Head down Wolf Lane to uncover this bar enriched with Spanish-style hospitality.

  • Beards and suits, tattoos and ties. They’re all here.

  • It might have a fairytale theme, but that's the only childish thing about this cocktail bar.

  • An inner-city watering hole paying homage to its past.

  • One of the largest rooftops in Perth. Enough said.

Shops

  • A chic CBD bookstore with hard-to-find coffee table books, paperbacks and more. Peruse well-curated titles on travel, art, architecture, food, photography, film and music, including rarer publications such as those from luxury Italian publisher Assouline.

  • Multi-tasking your errands has never been so easy at this barber shop, cafe and clothes shop rolled into one.

  • A trio of streetwear stores where people get their (exclusive, high-end) kicks.

  • Alternative new records since 1971.

  • Classic female silhouettes given a conceptual Australian twist.

  • An extensive collection of new vinyl in a range of genres.

  • Elegant, handmade chocolates from a kitchen veteran.

  • The coolest optometrist and glasses retailer in Perth.

Events

  • This is an essential summer event. The big screen set against the city’s skyline makes for a perfect evening every time.