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5 best restaurants in Perth

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Blackbird

Flights of fancy in a cosy nest

For a romantic atmosphere and views of Claisebrook Cove, look no further than Blackbird. This warm, intimate restaurant isn’t flashy or ultra-modern – and it doesn’t try to be. It’s the same philosophy in the kitchen. The menu concentrates on substance over showmanship: deliciously simple flavours, charting the depth and breadth of a classic European bistro. Tuck into terrines, savour soufflés, chat over a cheese board. The Blackbird may be unassuming, but it’s elegant – and effortlessly so.

Shop 4, 10 Eastbrook Terrace, East Perth        + 61 8 9225 7880

2 The Beaufort St Merchant

Gourmet restaurant with deep roots

From a small produce store to a gourmand’s dream… That’s the journey The Beaufort Street Merchant has taken since its establishment some years back. Now it’s arrived at something which is good at practically everything: the gourmet fare and fine wine which makes up its rustic European menu, an uber-trendy brasserie, bar and café, serving all three meals of the day, and a refreshingly casual vibe. Best of all, they have a retail section, so buy your wine in the bottle shop and consume it in the brasserie!

488-492 Beaufort St, Highgate        +61 8 9328 6299

3 The Trustee

Down to earth meets uber-trendy

A tasty contradiction, this one. Peasant fare in the ultra-chic inner city. So yes, expect the unpretentious, the rustic, the down-to-earth. But clothe it in sophistication and panache, and you’ve an idea of The Trustee’s unique place on the food chain. Stylish yet modest interiors are matched by food just as accessible. Here, flavour is everything. Gnocchi heaped with rocket, parmesan, basil and sage seems simple but tastes sublime. And with a list of over 500 wines, the cellar is also well worth exploring

133 St Georges Terrace        +61 8 6323 3000


5 hottest bars in Perth

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Tiger Lil’s

The bar with the soul of a tiger

Every colour of Asia – and then some! Tiger Lil’s is the brightest feature on the Perth drinking circuit. A kaleidoscopic backdrop of lanterns, a laughing Buddha and a tattooed lady are all on hand to give your entrance the dazzle it deserves. Cocktails are its speciality so sip a Baby-San, made with passionfruit vodka, cranberry juice and Cointreau. And don’t worry if your taste runs more to the hop or the vine, you’ll also find a great an Aussie/ French wine list and beer selection.

437 Murray St        +61 8 9322 7377

2 The Brass Monkey

The Spoilt for Choice drinking hole

Meet The Brass Monkey, a Perth icon and the most photographed hotel in Western Australia. You’ll know why when you see it lit up at night, shining its welcome to the city’s drinkers. What’s tops about this tippling spot is its sheer variety. There’s an upstairs bar and balcony, a sports bar, a roof-top bar, three separate areas in the main bar, a lounge and even a walk-in bottle shop! Seems the Aussies don’t do things in halves.

Cnr James & Williams Sts, Northbridge        +61 8 9227 9596

3 The C Lounge

C stands for classy, curvy and cool

Forget the idea of “C” meaning average, this bar stands for anything but. Slowly revolving on the 33rd floor, not only does it offer outstanding views of the city, the river and the mountain ranges, but inside the “C”, it’s classy and cool. The crowd is young, sexy and hip - and martinis and Manhattan’s are the orders of the night. If your tastes run to Cuba, pop into the ventilated Cigar Lounge for a post-prandial Cohiba and Cognac – with cutting edge club vibes and the coolest crowd.

St Martins Tower, 44 St Georges Terrace        +61 8 9220 8333