Is discovering new food ideas a big priority for you when you go on holidays? In Perth, there is so much to love, with a brilliant local seafood industry, prolific wine regions just a short drive away and countless artisanal food producers eager to show off their wares.
Here, we bring you a tiny snapshot of five things to do in Perth if you love food, mostly to inspire you to delve a little deeper and do some further research based on your own food loves.
Think you could handle a three-hour walking tour? What if it involved chocolate? Well you’re in luck because Perth boasts a number of incredible chocolatiers and the Foodi Chocolate Walking Tour is a delicious opportunity to sample their wares and learn more about how chocolate is produced.
You’ll find out how chocolate is described by industry experts when they need to define a product by its smell and taste as well as the origins of the cacao beans used. Of course you’ll have to taste the chocolate itself! But not only will you taste them, you will also learn how to do it properly and find out how to discern different cacao qualities.
This is a tour you won’t soon forget, and if you purchase some of the sublime chocolate treats you encounter, you’ll be able to enjoy them even when you leave Perth!
Jump on board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and be taken to ten delicious locations in Swan Valley (approximately 16km from Perth), where you will enjoy more than 25 unique tasting experiences. The half day Speed Grazing Tour has won multiple awards due to the personalised attention and small groups. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and you’ll listen to expert commentary as the bus travels between destinations.
You may visit an ice cream café, a honey producer, a winery, a brewery, a coffee roaster or other foodie location and at each, you’ll be treated to tastings while you learn about what goes on behind the scenes. Being Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region, Swan Valley is a prolific wine producer but lots of other gourmet food producers have established in the area too.
Every Saturday morning from 8am to noon, the Subi Farmers Market comes alive with delicious aromas, colourful sights and inspiring sounds. Located just 10 minutes from Perth CBD, the markets are a popular drawcard for tourists and locals alike.
You can’t even imagine the unusual types of stallholders that operate there weekly! In addition to freshly baked breads, just-picked fruits and vegetables and free range eggs, you can buy amazing edible weed salad mixes and edible flowers, fine teas including those made with herbal flowers, gloriously colourful macaroons, local pistachios and Australia’s only biodynamic certified saffron.
If you get hungry – of course you will! – you can choose from authentic Moroccan shakshuka, satisfying fritters, artisanal bratwurst, French crepes and so much more. To get to Subi Farmers Markets from the CBD, simply take the Fremantle line train from Perth station to Subiaco station and then it’s about a 12-minute walk.
The ultimate high tea experience is found at Rochelle Adonis, Perth’s famous cake and confectionery shop where you can buy incredible hand crafted nougat, cakes and tarts. An exquisite selection of dainty sandwiches, fresh handmade cakes and pastries plus single origin French press coffee and quality loose-leaf teas are all served upon magnificent marble tables. The menu changes frequently so you will always enjoy something different if you go along again.
Attention to every last detail is the hallmark of everything Rochelle Adonis does so prepare to be absolutely delighted with all you see, smell and taste. Once your high tea is finished, shop for signature nougat or other treats to take back with you for yourself or for lovely gifts. By the way, brunch and lunch are also available so you can sample even more of the menu. Rochelle Adonis is easily reached by bus from the CBD.
An unusual dining experience, you literally go to restaurateur Karl’s home and he will cook for you. You’ll enjoy authentic German home-style cooking which is in the form of a set menu each evening. As the menu rotates over a number of weeks, you never know what will be served but that’s a big part of the charm. Café Mueller’s décor is eclectic with the walls covered in unusual art works, and the furniture and serving ware are all mis-matched.
As for the food, well you will receive an entrée, a main course and a dessert all for around $35! The menu could feature soup with fresh homemade bread, schnitzel, lamb roast, potato salad, cheesecake or whatever other dishes Karl and his friend Len care to dish out. Don’t expect silver service or a quick meal, but instead, look forward to a fun evening hosted by a charming man with a quirky sense of humour. Travel by train for around 30 minutes, followed by a quick walk to Karl’s.
Transperth is the best resource to find your way around Perth using public transport. To travel around the city, you can use the free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus. There’s also a free transit zone in the city, indicated by the red FTZ logo on the bus stops which show the free travel boundaries.
Throughout Perth, you’ll find a never-ending selection of cuisines from all over the world. Particularly if you go to Northbridge and Highgate, you’ll find authentic Asian food from Thailand, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Korea and Indonesia. There’s also Mexican and Italian so if you’re craving tortillas, burritos, or pasta- it’s all there. Yum cha, stir fries, curries and satays abound so fire up your tastebuds and make your way over.
There’s nothing like food to tell you the story of a city. Let your tummy guide you through Perth and you’ll come away feeling totally satisfied.