Year ago (more than I’d like to admit), I travelled to school suburbs away from my home. One bus and two trains each way – stopping off halfway in the city. I grew up with afternoons post classes in Orbit playing video games, on the Myer bridge watching my breakdancing friends practice and spending my spare money at the shops on clothes and accessories. Weekends I often returned back, eating, exploring and even watching movies when Hoyts still was around there.
The City of Perth has a certain nostalgic factor for me. There’s so many memories of days and nights there, and even as I’ve grown old I still count on it as one of my mainstays when considering dining options and places to catch up with friends.
Especially when it comes to breakfast. There’s no denying it’s my favourite meal of the day. Eggs, avocado, buttery toast – they’re all the things I love. So I’ve put together a list of some places I like to visit, including hidden gems that you may not have even heard of.
Shadow Wine Bar
How good does a staycation sound? Especially when it’s Northbridge’s own Alex Hotel, opposite the likes of Lot Twenty and Brass Monkey. Team up the gorgeous venue with their food offering, Shadow Wine Bar and you have the ideal breakfast spot.
It’s definitely more laid back and elegant than your normal haunts for the first meal of the day, but don’t let that put you off. The food is seriously good. Like rave about it good. Avocado, soy greens and miso, shakshuka and to-die-for house made crumpets with mascarpone. And best of all, you can wash it down with a cheeky bloody mary or brekky cocktail. YUM!
Isle of Voyage
In the days when I still was at my parent’s house, Voyage Kitchen was a regular haunt for me. Beachside views and runny eggs = bliss! And now they’ve opened a sister restaurant at Elizabeth Quay which boasts an equally beautiful setting to look out at while dining.
Before I like to sit down and eat there, a couple of laps around the quay are in order to work up an appetite. There’s lots to see – and more and more new venues or activities are popping up at this landmark.
My tip: try the Isle breakfast selection – a tasting board of several breakfast dishes so you get the best of all worlds. Granola. Bruschetta. Croquette. Yup, my mouth is watering already.
The beauty of Elizabeth Quay and heading in to the city is there’s lots you can do in conjunction with that visit. There’s a post office a few minutes walk away, dry cleaners and of course all the retail options.
The menu is pretty cheffy (but not in a bad way), and there’s plenty of options to choose from. Think the likes of cheese kranskis, lemongrass poached salmon and jacked up burgers and pies. The potato hash and huevos rancheros are standouts along a big lineup.
It’s often busy, but I’ve never had to wait for a table which adds to the appeal (I’m not great at lining up). And if you’re so inclined you can bring your pooch to occupy one of the few outdoor seating options.
When you’re done eating, stroll down the road to the various Vietnamese and Chinese supermarkets to stock your cupboards for some home cooking. Or grab a pastry from the relatively new joint Freddie’s Strudels – if you like durian they have you covered. But there’s also more conventional options too.
Starting the day right with yoga followed by a yummy feed is possible when you head over to the State Buildings. Como Shambala are offering a city oasis with a variety of yoga classes that will get your mind, body and spirit into a healthy and positive position.
Then stroll through the stunning restored building and head over to Petition Kitchen. Head Chef Jesse Blake and his team are pumping out refined and restrained plates that pack a punch. Flavour bombs are very common – especially on dishes like mixed mushrooms with warrigal greens and pikelets with banana and burnt maple.
Little Bird Cafe
It’s known for it’s ridiculously pretty but also healthy food – yet I think Little Bird Cafe offers so much more.
For those who like to eat paleo, vegan, gluten free or just want nourishing and tasty food, this needs to become a staple for you. Shoutout especially to the turmeric roasted cauliflower dish and the crunchy granola with coyo and matcha ice-cream. So much goodness that also looks beautiful on the plate.
Best of all, it’s located a hop, skip and a jump from the Re Store, you can pop in for breakfast and then get your European grocery shop on. From the likes of homemade gnocchi in their freezer section, to gourmet cheese and meats – this is where I immediately head when I need to stock up on Italian goods.
I’ve only just scratched the surface of breakfast in the city… there’s so many more places I love and frequent. From St George’s Terrace to the back lanes of Northbridge, my stomach is constantly being treated to new discoveries – or returns to old favourites.
Have I missed venues you love? Tell me in the comments below – I’d love to check them out.
Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post for the City of Perth.