The Flying Foodies Top 5 Food Experiences in Perth

Whiskey and bacon tastings, what! Luxe beach side dining, OMG! And ridiculously crazy cotton candy ice-creams, Perth has a hot food scene.

“It’s only two movies on the flight and you are in Perth,” Ryan Mossny, owner of Two Feet and a Heartbeat walking tours tells me.  East coasters think Perth is such a long way away, but movies such as Chef, Burnt and 100 Foot Journey should be on your viewing list to get you ready for your Perth food experiences.

Here are my top 5 food experiences you have to try in Perth:

1. Whiskey and bacon flight at Varnish on King

Follow your nose, catching the heady lead of the bacon scent wafting at street level taking you to Varnish on King.  Descend the timber-clad stairway into the depths of this American style whiskey basement bar.  The signature offering of a bacon and whiskey flight is definitely unique and gives small bars of the east coast a serious run for their money.  Four different bacons, two cured in house teamed with four whiskeys.  What’s not to love!

2. Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley

Only 25 minutes from Perth CBD, it is worth the trip to the Swan Valley.  The architecturally designed estate is certainly impressive providing the perfect 360-degree view of the surrounding grounds.  Sitting on the edge of the Swan River, Mandoon Estate houses a brewery, cellar door, a picnicking area and a fine dining restaurant.  There is also a weekend gourmet deli and Paella cooking station. 

3. The Shorehouse

A beachside lunch spot is what dreams are made of and the luxe beach pavilion is the perfect spot to brush off the sand and enjoy a sun-soaked luncheon.  Imagine a balmy summers day, raw timber floorboard and locally sourced produce paired with gin and tonics.  The perfect day!

4. State Buildings

The stunning 19th century State Buildings house some of the best bars and restaurants in Perth.  David Thompson and his Thai street food Long Chim, the casual, fun Petition Kitchen and the indigenous flavour inspired Wildflower make these building the hottest destination in the city.

5. Cottoni Cotton Candy Soft Serve Ice-Cream at Fremantle Markets

Satisfy your desire for freakishly ridiculous food.  Soft serve ice-cream is wrapped in coloured cotton candy and topped with sweet delights such as Oreos, smarties, musk sticks, basically anything sweet.  This is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Quick Facts 
Population Approx 1.5 million
Area 5,386 km2
Time Zone GMT +8
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
Share this article 
facebook Twitter Pinterest Google
Related Articles 
Travel tips
10 of the best beaches in Perth
These are some of Perth's best beaches, from Cottesloe’s photo-worthy bay to the snorkelers' paradise at Mettams Pool....
Read more
Travel tips
Perth after dusk: 12 things to do in Perth at night
There's more to Australia's west coast city than its postcard beaches and laidback lifestyle. After dusk, discover how Perth comes alive by checking out our top things to do in Perth at....
Read more
Eat and drink
The best bars in Perth - eat, drink and be merry
We’ve sorted you out with a guide to the best bars in Perth. Which will you visit first?
Read more