48 HOURS IN PERTH
By Rhiannon Taylor, May 2016
Perth is on the rise. Artisan craft makers, incredible dining and a hip night scene are putting Perth on the map as a must-visit when down under. Top it off with jaw dropping beaches, fascinating wildlife and near perfect weather and you'll never want to leave.
MORNING: State Buildings Artisans
If you're after a sweet treat, check out the State Building's wide array of dessert vendors. Cupcake specialists, a chocolate maker and a Polish Honeycake store are all located in the State Buildings handing out generous samples. You'll also find Aurelio Costerella, Pink Diamonds and an elegant gift store.
BRUNCH : Odyssea Beach Cafe
It's one of the most picturesque restaurants in Perth. Situated atop City Beach's Surf Club, it has ocean views that stretch for miles. More than just a cafe, it serves up modern Australian cuisine that is simple, balanced and fresh. Classic starters may be figs and prosciutto or the popular chips with blue cheese and bacon. A main of fish was clean on the palate and a perfect trans-seasonal dish. Leave room for dessert, there's a mind blowing cake and pastry display with treats that taste just like home-made.
AFTERNOON: City Beach
Conveniently located 15 minutes out of Perth's CBD, City Beach has turquoise water and squeaky sand. It's perfect for an afternoon swim or surf. There are lifeguards on duty and the shore seems endless, providing for a great long walk to stretch out the legs.
EVENING: The Standard, Perth
A really cool spot in Perth's night life area, Northbridge. The cocktail menu is insanely good featuring fresh flavours such as nectarine and basil. Start off with a drink or three and move on to their grazing menu of shared plates. Moorish dishes such as Fava chips and a fried zucchini flower salad are a real hit. There's some really interesting dishes too - try the Kangaroo balls for fun. When you're done, move outside to the lush garden for a really vibey night.
BREAKFAST: Good Things
If you're looking for a reliable cafe for breakfast, Good Things serves up the usual's you'd expect from a hipster cafe and they hit the spot. Smashed avocado, poached eggs and hotcakes are all served up fresh and well balanced. A solid choice, with great coffee on the way to Freemantle.
EXPLORE: Rottnest Island
Probably one of Perth's most popular attractions, Rottnest Island is a piece of paradise only a short ferry away from the mainland. Rottnest Express have boats that leave directly from Freemantle or can pick you up from your CBD Perth hotel, leaving from the harbour in Perth, via a gorgeous cruise along the city. Once you arrive at Rottnest Island you can hire bikes with Rottnest Express or go on one of their many tours. If you have to squeeze Rottnest Island in on one day we recommend booking a bus tour with Rottnest Express so you can see more of the island.
If you choose to hire a bike, cycle to Georgie and Parakeet Bay for pure azure water. Here you'll also find Geordie's Cafe and Art Gallery for a bite for lunch, serving up 5 Senses coffee.
The Rottnest Express ferries leave regularly so you can explore the island at your own pace, departing in the afternoon.
DINNER: Lalla Rookh
We weren't lying when we said Perth's dining scene was incredible. Lalla Rookh is an Italian restaurant located underground St George's Terrace in Perth's CBD. Reminiscent of a New York hot spot, chef Joel Valvasori-Pereza serves up modern dishes that are classically inspired. Duck liver burschetta is wickedly good and a bowl of minted peas cleans the palate. A tear-jerking dish of ragu was perfect, bursting with flavour tossed between sheets of al dente pappardelle. Oh, the wine list is fabulous too.
DRINKS: Halford Bar
Located in the State Building, Halford Bar is a great spot for an evening tipple. With velvet clad armchairs and twinkling candles, its a contemporary take of a 1950's lounge. Martinis and Singapore Slings are served up with expertise and there's a succinct wine list on offer too. A small menu of nibbles is on hand if you've got the munchies for crisps, Jamon and cheese.