Perth Rooftop Bar Guide

The highly anticipated season of the year is here. Summer is the perfect time to sit atop a building, cocktail in hand, taking in some of Perth’s amazing views. Whether you’re chasing a sanctuary away from the CBD street-level buzz, or a place to pop a bottle of champers after work, Perth’s rooftop bar scene has got you covered.


Mechanics Institute

While this hidden gem may have recently been labeled Australia’s best small bar, the crew here haven’t let that get to their head. The rooftop bar here may be well hidden, but it is by no means a secret. The exposed brick and long plank tables make it the perfect place to down an Epic Bloody Mary and kick up your heels on a Friday night.

222 William St, Northbridge


Bob’s Bar

Bob’s Bar is easily one of Perth’s best rooftop bars, after all it is named after one of Asutralia’s most famous Prime Ministers. It’s the perfect watering hole for casual drinks after work, drinks before dinner and even after. Drink recommendations include the Bob-zie – mulled apple cider with cinnamon cloves, ginger, maple syrup and vanilla spiced rum. However, if you’re after something to share, a jug of Bob’s Homemade Ice Tea won’t go astray.

125 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Sweetwater Bar 

New to East Fremantle and taking its position on the top floor of the new Richmond Quarter building is Sweetwater Bar, bringing us flamingly good cocktails with a side of seriously good Asian eats. While this venue is accessed via its own exclusive lift and cordoned off by a red rope, you don’t need to be a VIP to get in (but you sure will feel like one). Cocktail wise it’s hard to pick a favourite, but the Sweetwater is pretty much always a crowd pleaser.

Level 6, Shop 116 1 Silas St, East Fremantle


The Reveley

The Revely was the first café, restaurant and bar to open at Elizabeth Quay. Once you’ve satisfied your pork belly cravings downstairs, head upstairs to Henry’s Rooftop and check out the view of our favourite city, Perth. The cocktail list has all the classics as well as a few ‘creations’ like Sweet Tooth Fairy – Vodka, blue curacao, watermelon, bubblegum and lemon juice. But the real winner here is the food. The buttermilk fried chicken wings are extremely hard to share, and the spicy pork belly bao buns are just as the name suggests, spicy!!

Eastern Promenade, Lot 901 Riverside Dr, Perth


New Normal

Tucked away on Railway Road, New Normal has claimed the iconic Simon Chugg building as its stomping ground. This hidden gem is bringing with it a community-focused wine bar and kitchen, all thanks to two of Australia’s most exciting chefs; Charlie Vargas and Chris Malone. Being a wine bar, the drinks menu is quite vino-heavy, but never fear, the waiters here are more than happy to bring you one of their finest glasses of Red, White or anything in between. However, it just wouldn’t be right to disregard their cocktail menu, especially when their signature cocktail contains the word Pavlova…

2/23 Railway Rd, Subiaco WA 6008

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48 Hours At COMO The Treasury

We’re officially into the second half of 2017, and I think it goes without saying that we’re all in need of a little getaway. But with most of Perth having used up their annual leave to experience that European sun, some of us can only afford a two-day weekend escape. Thankfully, I’ve come up with the ultimate not-so-getaway that will have you returning to work on Monday feeling refreshed and relaxed. All you need to do is cancel your weekend plans and pack your overnight bag.

Nestled in the heart of Perth’s CBD is COMO The Treasury. This urban hotel was awarded Gourmet Traveller’s Hotel of the Year in 2016, and you can certainly see why. Taking over what was formerly a post office and treasury, the hotel is housed in the 19th century state buildings. It contains over 40 rooms and suites all boasting a serene retreat away from the hype of the city, giving off that ‘home away from home’ vibe.


DAY 1

9AM

Leave your car in the hands of the hotel Valet and head over to the 24-hour concierge to grab the keys to your very own suite and begin your mini holiday. Once you’ve unpacked that overnight bag and tested out the custom-made king beds draped in Egyptian cotton bed linen, head downstairs to Post for brunch.

10:30AM

Treat yourself to some lemon scented pancakes with banana, berries and cashew maple cream, or opt for something light and healthy like the egg white and kale omelette with mushrooms and roasted tomato.

12PM

It’s time to unwind and be selfish. Check yourself into the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape for some ‘me time’. Specialising in hands-on-healing and holistic treatments, they offer a variety of different massages as well as facials and hydrotherapy. Once you’ve finished being pampered, take a dip in the 20m heated indoor pool to cool off.

2:30 PM

Replenish your energy levels and fuel up on caffeine downstairs at Telegram Coffee. The head barista here has spent 20 years perfecting his brew, so you can expect a nice smooth latte. If you’re feeling peckish, they’ve also got a few treats on offer like Honest Goods coconut bread – 100% guilt free.

4PM

Head back to your room, roll up those Roman blinds and take in the view of Perth city through the oversized windows before running yourself a nice long bath in a German deep-form Kaldewei free standing tub.

6PM

It’s been a long day, you deserve a drink (or two). Head up to the fourth floor and order yourself a signature cocktail from Wildflower. The Wildflower Martini with West Perth Vodka, Gerladton wax and Victorian vermouth goes down nicely while admiring the view of both the city and the Swan River.

8PM

After you’ve quaffed down a few cocktails, it’s time you fill that hunger in your stomach. The menu at Wildflower boasts dishes that revolve around the indigenous six seasons, and is driven by farmer and forager style. For entrée you can expect dishes like salt baked heirloom beetroot with whipped goats curd and native thyme, and for main there’s options aplenty, from line caught wild fish to wood grilled Arkady lamb. Finish off your feed here with something sweet like the Whipped Bahen and Co Chocolate with wattle seed cream and Geraldton wax sorbet.

10PM

Head back up to your room and get comfortable in that king bed, taking full advantage of the Samsung LED television with endless movie options.


DAY 2

10AM

After that sleep in you’ll need something satisfying for breakfast. Get dressed and head down to Petition Kitchen for their signature baked slow eggs with beans, ham hock and kransky sausage. If that’s too much for 10am, their oatmeal porridge with mandarin and rhubarb is light and warm and perfect for those cold wintery mornings.

12PM

Now you’re out and about check out some of the little boutique shops within the building. Lust over some of the amazing luxury jewellery at Rohan Jewellery where they specialise in working collaboratively on bespoke pieces for their clients. Once you’ve picked out some of your favourite pieces, stroll over to Ginger B where you’ll find gifts aplenty (in case you needed even more reason to spoil yourself). From gourmet hampers, to facial and body products and even gifts for friends with newborns. Everything here is locally sourced, organic and eco friendly, so you can feel good about your purchase. The next stop is Sue Lewis Chocolatier aka coco heaven. Here you’ll find some of the world’s finest coverture chocolate all handmade with care and passion. The salted caramel block is a must try. With 70% Valrhona dark chocolate encasing a soft buttery caramel flavour throughout and pink Murray River salt flakes sprinkled on top, it’s hard not to finish the whole block.

3PM

It’s time to take a wander around the historic building and check out some of the art. The white sculpture standing before St George’s Cathedral is an abstract interpretation of St George and the dragon and was created by artists Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri in 2011. The name it takes has an interesting history that you can read more about when you head over there. Another interesting piece of art is Dirty Deeds. It illustrates exactly where the two holding cells for the Police Court used to stand, and shows the kind of people who spent time there.

5PM

After experiencing some old history and culture, it’s time to fill your belly. Head over to Long Chim for an early dinner and be prepared to eat your body weight in Thai food. Long Chim means to come and taste, and that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing here. Indulge in dishes like a coconut and turmeric curry of chicken, deep fried squid with garlic and peppercorns and fried rice with roast duck. Wash it all down with a Thai inspired cocktail like the Pomelo Spritz, made up of pomelo, grapefruit sherbet, Aperol, vodka and bubbles, then finish off the night with a palm sugar pudding topped with grated coconut.

8PM

If you’re feeling up to it, head over to the Treasury Lounge and Bar for a nightcap. Located on the ground floor, it spans three interconnected rooms with high ceilings, timber shuttered windows, and a drinks menu that’s available until late. Order yourself an old fashioned Cosmo before heading up to your room to pack your bags and run yourself one last bubble bath.


DAY 3

9AM

It’s time to check out, but before you go make sure you book yourself in for another stay, because chances are you’ll be needing another inner-city getaway in a few months!

For more info and details on COMO the treasury check out their website.

 

 

 

 

A Bakers Dozen – 13 Of The Best Bakeries Around Perth

Small Print Baker

A bakery in the heart of the CBD, what more could you want, Perth. While you’re waiting for your espresso-to-go, grab a loaf of their sourdough, multigrain or rye baked in-house every morning. But if you’re too ashamed to bring a baguette back to the office, their pies and pasties are the perfect hump-day treat.

125 St Georges Terrace


Chu Bakery

Nestled on William Street, Highgate, this little bakery packs in a big crowd. Aside from their light and fluffy donuts, they’ve got some of the best organic sourdough around town. But the real winner here is their avo toast with feta whip… the 20 minute wait is totally worth it.

498 William St, Highgate


Mary St

Now with four locations around Perth, getting your hands on a loaf of Mary Street Bakery’s organic artisan bread just got a whole lot easier. Their freshly baked bread is available every day, and goes down well with their salted caramel donuts and chocolate croissants.

507-509 Beaufort St, Highgate


Lawley’s

A local favourite in Mt Lawley, Lawley’s Bakery is like bread lovers heaven. Their bread is baked fresh on the premises every day, but if you can’t make it into ML, you can find it at your local supermarket. If you’re taking a loaf of rye home, grab a few danishes for the road.

606 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley


The Woodfired Baker

After recently opening their doors in Maylands, The Woodfired Baker is baking some of the best handcrafted artisan breads, pastries and organic sourdough in Perth. And they’re doing it all in their 100-year-old woodfired oven. Their Freeform Rye is the perfect accompaniment to soups, made from a blend of organic wheat & freshly milled wholegrain rye.

194 Whatley Cres, Maylands


Harvest Boulangerie Patisserie

Next time you’re out at Scarborough beach for a swim and some sun, make sure you check out Harvest Boulangerie. If the smell of freshly baked baguettes isn’t enticing enough, their croissants sure will be.

117b Brighton Rd, Scarborough


Baker St Cottesloe

This little bakery specialise in producing some seriously superior sourdough, and when you try a slice of their organic sandwich sourdough loaf you can really tell. Their bread selection is pretty neat, they’ve got everything from Batard to Ciabatta and even a Raisin and Hazelnut loaf. And their Croissants, Éclairs and Portuguese Tarts are seriously worth the calories.

44 Napoleon St, Cottesloe

Bittersweet Bake

Tucked away in Mosman you’ll find Bittersweet Bake, a bakery with more than just bread. Here you’ll find some of the prettiest cakes (almost too pretty to eat), as well as a selection of takeaway lunch options like baguettes with prosciutto, basil and slow roasted tomato, and quiches aplenty. Grab a loaf for brekky or a sweet treat to-go, and pre-order your birthday cake while you’re at it.

2/130 Wellington St, Mosman Park


Wild Bakery

You may have seen these guys at local Farmers Markets around Perth, slicing up some of their best ‘Wild Sourdough’. But if you can’t make the Farmers Markets in time, then you need to get yourself over to their bakery in Fremantle and try their doughy goods ASAP. Everything they sell is handmade by their bakers using traditional methods. Their bread is naturally fermented sourdough, making it super light without that ‘sour’ taste. Grab a few loaves to take home, and fill up on their pastries (their croissants are insanely good!).

390 South Terrace, South Fremantle


Bread In Common

Besides baking up some of the best hot cross buns around Perth, Bread In Common have got fresh baked loaves every day for you to gorge yourself on after you’ve shared a few of their breakfast dishes in their café. But if you can’t make it all the way over to Fremantle, there’s a few delicatessens stocking their lovely loaves around Perth. To produce some of the purest wood-fired bread, the guys here use a long ferment with a slow mixing technique as well as using specially sourced flour, spice, salt and fruit.

43 Pakenham St, Fremantle

 


Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie

If you’ve ever driven down Rokeby Road in Subiaco on a Saturday around 12PM, you may have seen a line of people patiently waiting to get their hands on one of Jean-Claude’s lunch-time baguette’s. Trust me when I say these baguette’s are totally worth going in early for. When it comes to bread, this 20-year-old This French bakery has got quite the selection. From crushed rye to potato bread (in case you needed more carbs?) and brioche loaves aplenty.

333 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco


New Norcia

This bakery has been around since the 90’s when they managed to get their hands on a 100-year-old wood-fired oven, so there’s a bunch of history behind your bread. And with over 3 locations around Perth as well as a stall at Mt Claremont Primary School markets, getting your hands on a fresh loaf of authentic sourdough has never been easier.

163 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn


La Patisserie South Perth

This French Patisserie will transport you to France without the thousand dollar airfare. From the house-made crepes to the tartlets, pies, croissants and coffee, everything here is traditionally French. And when it comes to their bread, where better to grab a baguette and coffee than a French Patisserie.

35 Mends St, South Perth

 

10 Under $10 – Cheap Lunch Eats In The Perth CBD

Escape the office at lunch time and ditch that crumby day-old sandwich, because I’ve hunted down 10 of the best lunches around the Perth CBD that won’t cost you a whole day’s work.


Chicken Rice Corner

If you haven’t been to Sinapore and experienced their signature Chicken Rice dish, then this is probably the closest thing you’ll get to it. Now opening a second shop in the heart of the CBD, you can eat Hainanese Chicken Rice for lunch until your heart is content. And at $6.50, you may even shout Sharon from reception a bowl!

77 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Hikaru Japanese

This place is your Japanese food go-to. When it comes to ramen, these guys have so a variation for every day of the week. Pick your broth, then your meat, and tuck in to a bowl of ramen noodles. If you’re in a hurry, grab some takeaway suchi and an ice cold Matcha latte. They’ve got three different locations over the Perth CBD, so you can slurp down ramen as often as you like.

Shop 5, 111 St Georges Terrace

Shop 4B, 50 St Georges Terrace

59 Barrack Street


The Cutting Board Eathouse

This neat little joint offers up a New York style deli and grill with an Italian twist, so there’s no way you’ll be heading back to the office hungry. Most of their sambo’s are under $10, and there’s quite the selection. If you’re feeling cured meat, the Brooklyn is your go-to, with pastrami, dill cucumbers, seeded mustard, coleslaw and swiss cheese between two pieces of fluffy white bread.

2/202 Pier St, Perth


Mary Street Bakery 

Now with their second CBD store open, you can pick up one of Mary Street Bakery’s pies or sausage rolls for lunch any day of the week. Their humble pies are available in either beef or chicken, and their sausage rolls are either pork or spinach and ricotta. And their even doing sambo’s with fresh bread for under $10! You may want to leave your wallet in the office to avoid buying a dozen donuts for the walk back…

QV1 – 250 St Georges Tce Perth

Allendale Square – 77 St Georges Tce Perth


Toastface Grillah

For your grilled three cheese toastie fix, head over to Toastface Grillah where the grilled goods are all under $10. The ham, cheddar and mustard is a savoury crowd pleaser coming in at just $7, and the Brie cheese, jam and mozzarella is the perfect amount of sweet.

Wellington St & Barrack St, Perth


Meet & Bun

Whoever said you can’t get a decent hamburger for under $10 hasn’t been to Meet & Bun. The organic beef is locally sourced, and the warm brioche bun cradles the onion, pickles, mustard and chipotle mayo perfectly. If you’re willing to splurge, their smokey fries are too good to share.

72 St Georges Terrace


Mo Espresso

Not only does this little espresso joint pump out some of the best coffee to the office workers of Perth, but they’ve also got some cheap takeaway lunches. Their ready-made bagels are all under $10, and if you happen to pass by their Trinity Arcade store on a Tuesday they’ve got a toastie/coffee combo for just $10!

Trinity Arcade – Shop 209 – 210, 72 St. George’s Terrace

Allendale Square – 72 St Georges Terrace


Slurp Soup & Salad Bar 

Before you even think about heading to the supermarket to grab a packet soup, take a walk over to Enex and check out the soup selection at Slurp. You can have your soup in a crusty bread roll bowl, or with a side of ham and cheese brioche fingers. Their large soups are all $10 and under and are the perfect lunch time meal. Favourites include Pesto Minestrone and Curried Pumpkin.

Enex 100 – 683-703 Hay Street, Perth

Cloisters Arcade – 6/863 Hay St, Perth


Roll’d

The guys are Roll’d are supplying some of the best vietnamese street food around town, perfect for any weekday lunch time pick-me-up. They’ve got rice paper rolls aplenty with all different combinations, from garlic prawn to lemongrass beef and even tofu. And if you’re after something heavier, their Banh Mi is a surefire winner.

Enex 100 – 100 St Georges Terrace

Cloisters – 861-863 Hay St & 200 St Georges


Freshii

Sometimes all you want for lunch is to tuck into a green salad. Thankfully the guys at Freshii get this. Their menu has a range of lunch options that are deliciously good without costing a weeks wage. From salads to wraps and even buddah bowls, you’ll feel good about eating out here.

Carillon – Shop 110 207 Murray Street
Allendale Square – Shop 1, 77 St George Terrace

The Latest Brunch Spots In 2017

The brunch scene in Perth is buzzing, and it’s happening faster than you can say maple syrup flavoured bacon. But with new openings popping up all over the place, it can be a little hard to catch up. Luckily I’ve come up with a list of newbies for you and your fellow brunch addicts to hit up.


Open Plan

If there’s one thing North Perth lacks it’s decent coffee. Thankfully, this little gem has graced NP with its presence, serving up in-house roasted coffee and all day breakfast. The guys here have done a complete 360 on the layout, with a fresh new open plan look. Food wise, the menu’s full of the favourites, baked eggs with chorizo, soldiers with a boiled egg and dukka and of course avo smash. For dairy-free coffee, there’s soy and almond milk, and for the few that aren’t caffeine addicts, they make a mean matcha chai latte.

408 Fitzgerald St, North Perth


Someday Coffee Co

Someday Coffee Co is the perfect fit for Floreat. Besides the fact they brew up some seriously smooth coffee, they’re also pumping out drool-worthy breakfasts. Think pimped up toast, Mexican beans and pancake stacks that will have you in a food coma for days. Vegans won’t be missing out on the good stuff here either, with the menu offering up something for everyone. The beans are supplied by Perth-based Micrology Coffee Roasters, and their coffee machine is treated like royalty. But if you’ve reached your coffee quota for the day, the drinks menu is overflowing with turmeric and chai lattes aplenty and Kommunity Brew Kombucha.

445 Cambridge St, Floreat


Tom Dick And Harry’s

All day breakfast and great coffee, what could be better than that you ask. Well, this new joint in Mt Hawthorn also allows pups, so you can rock up in the afternoon, order poached eggs on rye with a side of bacon and enjoy a hot latte with your best mate by your side. Whether you’re after a coffee, matcha latte or acai smoothie bowls, you can enjoy it all, all damn day.

144 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mt Hawthorn


Venery

In the heart of Subiaco, Venery is serving up some of the best coffee the ‘burb has to offer. It’s rumored that they’re one of the first cafes in the world to debute a fancy revolutionary coffee machine with milk frothing technology that promises to deliver only the best coffee every single time. If that’s not enough reason to visit, perhaps their jaffles will lure you in. I highly recommend you get yourself there ASAP.

420 Hay Street, Perth


96 Degrees

If you were ever chasing down Perth’s best Nitrogen infused cold drip, then you need to head over to 96 Degrees. This little café is new to Flora Terrace in North Beach, and specializes in all types of coffee. The team here share a common interest: coffee. After drinking cup after cup, they’ve finally perfected their blend thus opening their doors to the people of Perth. And if you love their coffee that much, take home a bag of beans and test out your coffee making skills.

117C Flora Terrace, North Beach


Violet Banks

Whether you refer to it as Oxfort Street, North End or Mt Hawthorn, Violet Banks has opened its doors on the popular café strip. They serve up one heck of a coffee, with only the best beans from Leftfield Coffee Roasters. The coffee goes down a treat with their warm peach and choc chip muffins. But if you’re hungry for something more delectable, go for the ham and three-cheese béchamel sourdough toastie. Is it lunchtime yet??

399 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn