Eating Around Perth, Western Australia

Perth, Western Australia’s capital city, is a great place to base yourself for a few days before heading out to explore all that the state has to offer: namely beaches and outback. The ‘real’ Australia if you like.

Perth Evening Sunshine
Although as a city, Perth doesn’t seem to have too much of a foodie culture (especially when compared with Melbourne), you can’t help but be impressed by the huge blue skies looming above the city’s skyscrapers. There is plenty of green space around and a myriad of beaches and waterside strolls. Kings Park is a must visit too, for the views down over the bay if nothing else!

Dave and the giant silver duck in Perth

Let’s be honest though, I’m not here to talk you through the wonders of Kings Park or the different things you can do in the city. That’s what google is for. I’m just here for the food!

Northbridge

Very close to the CBD, Northbridge is a cool place to visit. There is a vibrant arts community there and some nice boutique hotels (including one named after my good self). It’s also where you’ll find Perth’s Chinatown which means there are some good places for lunch.

Being lovers of Asian food, we headed straight to Old Shanghai, an open plan hawker style market. On the whole, East Asian food is waaaay better in Australia than here at home. It seems more authentic, possibly because the ingredients are more readily available but anyway, whatever the reason, it was all good news to my ears!

Leederville

We were a bit gutted to only discover Leederville on our last day. This is definitely the area we’d live in if Perth was our home. A funky main street lined with shops, cafes and bars, it has a slightly edgy feel to it and it reminded us a lot of places like Thornbury in Melbourne.

We enjoyed drinking great coffee and delicious spiced orange hot chocolates at Foam Coffee Bar. Good wifi (in a city which isn’t great for it) and a big communal work space made it feel like a cross between a cafe and a co-working space. We spent a really enjoyable few hours working there.

Spiced Hot Chocolate at Foam Coffee Bar

For evening drinks and/or a casual meal, head to The Garden. We loved the inside out feel of it and the coloured lights at night which created spooky shadows on the trees and walls. The food isn’t going to win any awards for originality, with a menu full of pub classics like burgers, pizza, pasta and steak. But, what they do, they do well.

The Garden bar and restaurant in Perth, Australia

Perth city centre

The city centre (or CBD – Central Business District) is pretty compact in Perth and you can get around easily on foot. Remember to look up – I enjoyed the bright blue vast skies against the skyscrapers mixed in with older frontier style buildings.

We really liked Livingstone’s Urban Jungle for coffee, bagels and grilled toasties. They serve out of a small hatch in a caravan type set up. And, they have a really nice seating area filled with plants and umbrellas for shade. Perfect in the heat of summer. It’s just next to the WA Art Gallery so make it a pit stop before or after going there.

Coffee at Livingstones in Perth CBD

For something more substantial, we also really loved our meal at Greenhouse Cafe. Although sadly, I’ve just read online that it’s closed now after struggling along. Perhaps due to its location in the heart of the business district in the city. Here’s a picture of some amazing Korean fried chicken which you’ll never get to try…

Fried Korean Chicken in Perth

We ate at Jaws Sushi on our first night in Perth and we loved it. Afterwards, we realised that it’s actually a small chain around W.A. but don’t let that put you off! The fish was really fresh and the takoyaki was awesome, some of the best we’ve had!

Takoyaki at Jaws Perth

Bonus: Herrison Island

This one (shock horror) is not food related. BUT, when you’re in Perth, you should make the time to visit Herrison Island. It’s a small island in the Swan River just outside of the CBD. As well as nice views across to South Perth, it’s a great place for a perfect nature and sculpture walk. As a tourist short on time, it’s a great place to see kangaroos and black swans without heading out into the outback too. For those of you with more time, it’s worth reading about the history of Herrison Island which was originally used as an Aboriginal hunting ground by the Beeloo Noongar people.

Gingey Bites meets a Kangaroo

15 Comments

    • 27th August 2017 / 9:50 am

      Great, glad you enjoyed my post! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  1. 27th August 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I haven’t been to australia at all but I am currently thinking about doing just that to see my godfather. Useful info!

    • 29th August 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Oh fab! There are plenty of Australia posts here to keep you informed (of the food at least!). 🙂

  2. 28th August 2017 / 6:35 am

    Wonderful post! I’ve always dreamt of visiting Australia, and all the glorious food that you write about here adds to my desire to plan that trip right now! Especially that orange hot chocolate – yummylicious!

    • 29th August 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. If you head to Melbourne, the food is even more incredible!

  3. 30th August 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Well you found a few gems for a more non-foodie city for sure….especially Asian fare and coffee shops. And love the kangaroo pics on Herrison Island!

    • 31st August 2017 / 8:17 am

      Yes, that picture is one of my favourites from our trip to W.A! Thank you 🙂

  4. 31st August 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I am so hungry! I need to go to Australia for this food! It looks so delicious.

  5. 3rd September 2017 / 4:37 am

    You’re making me want to go to Australia, and that’s not good! haha i have to save money, what are you doing to me?

    all that food looks so good! one of my favorite things about traveling is probably the food. I was so sad when I left Ecuador because that meant no more empanadas de verde for me!

    beautiful pics!

  6. 10th September 2017 / 2:57 am

    I have been to the East Coast of Australia, but not the West Coast. It’s such a vast country with so much to see! Can’t wait to get back and visit!

  7. 12th September 2017 / 9:14 am

    All of the food looks so good, I can’t decide which restaurant I like the look of the most

  8. Heidi Roberts
    12th September 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I have never been to Australia – love your photos though – maybe one day!

  9. 13th September 2017 / 2:03 pm

    As I’m reading this I’m getting so hungry. Asian food is definitely my weakness…I love it all. And that spiced orange hot chocolate…YUM. I’ve never been to Perth, only Sydney, but really would like to plan a trip back to Australia one of these days. I didn’t realize they had hawker centers in Australia either – we are definitely behind on that in the States 🙁

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