There’s nothing better than watching the world go by with a local vino in hand after a long day sightseeing, and as the sunniest Australian capital, Perth is a standout city for dining outdoors.
Alfresco dining is an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of a place whilst tucking in to some tasty treats. Here are 7 restaurants that tickle the taste buds and let you enjoy both the weather and culture of Perth.
1. OCEAN SPICE CAFÉ | COTTESLOE
For relaxed Thai dishes right by the beach, Ocean Spice Café has all your usual favourites and daily specials that promise to impress. Adopted by locals as the go-to alfresco Thai, this little café packs a punch when it comes to flavour. The Ocean Spice café is also BYO, so you can settle in with your favourite vino while enjoying the sunset and some great dishes. If that wasn’t enough, order 6 times and the 7th is free! Not staying in the CBD? Try their sister restaurant 40km north in Quinn’s Rocks.
2. OLIVER'S ON JAMES STREET | NORTHBRIDGE
On the fringe of Perth’s CBD, Oliver’s on James Street is a culinary highlight of this famously creative suburb. With an alfresco dining area that overlooks the vibrant hustle and bustle of Northbridge, you can people watch to your heart’s content from your comfortable seat in the shade. Popular dishes include the lamb’s liver that can be found in few other restaurants, and pizza night Wednesday when all wood-fired flavours are a steal at only $15.
3. POSITANO RESTAURANT | NORTHBRIDGE
Offering Italian and Balkan fusion with a modern twist, Positano serve traditional foods cooked to perfection. With an expansive alfresco dining area that looks onto the buzz of James Street, Positano offers a relaxed atmosphere and great dishes at a reasonable price.
4. THE LEFT BANK | FREMANTLE
If you’re on the banks of the Swan River looking for a relaxing vibe, great food and perfect view – it’s got to be The Left Bank. A meeting place for all, this pub offers European and Aussie dishes, from seafood platters to T-bone steaks. The large alfresco space allows you to catch some rays as the sun sets, or chill under the shade in the day’s heat.
To start your day off on the right foot why not indulge in the Buttermilk Raspberry Pancakes served with vanilla mascarpone and toasted granola.
5. THE MONK BREWERY & KITCHEN | FREMANTLE
It doesn’t get much fresher than a beer made on the premises, and at The Monk that’s exactly what you’ll get. Join a brewery tour at 11:30am each day to really understand the passion of this Perth institution and how they make a top beer.
The Monk’s menu is focused on showcasing great Aussie produce with a Mediterranean twist. Grab your beer tasting paddle and head out into the beer garden, choosing your favourite to sup with lunch.
6. KITSCH BAR ASIA | LEEDERVILLE
Straight from the night markets of Asia to the shores of Perth comes Kitsch Bar Asia. With vibrant décor and a private alfresco area, there’s an evening of delicious Asian cuisine just waiting for you.
7. LEEDERVILLE FOOD SAFARI | LEEDERVILLE
Finally, if you’re looking to take alfresco dining to the next level, the Leederville Food Safari will be a hit. On Friday and Saturday nights, hop aboard the rickshaw and be driven between three top dining spots! Kitsch Bar Asia for flavourful Asian street food, Ria Malay Kitchen for unique fusion dishes and Foam Coffee Bar for home baked treats to finish the night – now that’s alfresco dining! Find out more and book the Leederville Food Safari at leedervillefoodsafari.com.au.