Perth—the capital of Western Australia—might not be as famous as its Australian counterparts i.e. Melbourne and Sydney but is definitely still a lovely city worth visiting. With its flourishing dining scene and laid-back beaches, we reckon the world’s sunniest capital city is a perfect holiday destination. In fact, Perth is only a 5.5-hour direct flight away from Singapore!
From the must-see attractions, restaurant recommendations, popular nightlife spots to getting around, here is our comprehensive guide to Perth and everything else you should know.
Prior to our recent trip to Perth, we noticed the lack of online recommendations for bakeries and cafes in this wonderful Western Australian city. So we took it upon ourselves and harassed our Perth-based friends for their favourite haunts.
Bear in mind that most establishments stop operating by the late afternoon in true-blue Aussie style, so wake up early or risk missing out!
There are more cafes in Perth than you think. And Australia really has the best cafes in the world. Here’s our guide to 16 Cafes & Coffee Shops in Perth That Are So Worth Visiting.
Hylin is hands-down our favourite cafe in Perth.
It may be a bit off the grid, but this neighbourhood cafe in West Leederville is totally worth travelling for. Its modern architecture and decor make the cafe a very cosy space to retreat to for breakfast. And we really liked the tables by the windows; perfect for a relaxing brunch session in Summer.
Great coffee, even better food… here’s everything we love about Hylin in Perth.
Chu Bakery is arguably among the top bakeries in Perth, and it is also one of our favourites.
Strategically located opposite Hyde Park on William Street, the takeaway-only bakery spots long queues every day. It is not hard to understand why the locals love Chu Bakery so much—an array of croissants and bakes, good coffee, and breakfast takeouts.
Ask anyone where the best Italian restaurant in Perth is and most of them will direct you to Ciao Italia.
The trattoria first opened its doors in 1999 as a tiny 20-seater humble eatery with a primary focus on takeouts. Word of its gourmet delicacies soon spread far and wide; today, Ciao Italia is a reputable household brand with throngs of eager fans queuing up every night.
Ciao Italia has gone from strength to strength over the past 1.5 decades, and they now have two outlets. The flagship restaurant at South Perth does not accept reservations, but bookings could be made at the newer location in Nedlands. We joined the eager queue at South Perth are here to present to you the low-down on our overall dinner experience.
Typika Artisan Roasters was one of our dining highlights in Perth, and we would recommend it to any epicurean who loves to indulge in excellent coffees and cafe nosh. The spacious warehouse-like establishment – located in the suburb of Claremont – boasts an on-site coffee roastery where patrons get to witness all the roasting actions firsthand.
Western Australian city Fremantle is conveniently located within a 35-minute car journey from Perth’s Central Business District. Known affectionately as ‘Freo’ amongst the locals, the port city is famous for its laid back vibes, extremely fresh seafood and maritime history.
Fremantle makes a great day trip destination when in Perth, and is extremely popular amongst locals and natives alike. Here are several recommendations on What To See and Eat at Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia.
Swan Valley is a fairly unexplored part of Western Australia, but after spending a fruitful five days here, we were sold. Everything about Swan Valley was better than expected and for just a short 30-min drive from the Perth airport, there is no reason why you should not visit this gem of Western Australia!
Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia, our journey was packed with exploring the breath-taking views and mouth-watering cuisine of Swan Valley. Besides being treated to world-class gastronomical delights, we were also greeted by gorgeous vineyards and a wide selection of fine wines and liquor.
There was so much to do in Swan Valley that every day was nothing less than fulfilling.
There was a stark contrast between the towering skyscrapers in Perth’s Central Business District and the rustic and homely feel of Swan Valley! Here are the 12 Reasons To Visit Swan Valley in Perth.