Perth is a-flurry with new openings—both long-awaited recent openings and hotly anticipated things to come are demanding our attention right now. From wine bars and neighbourhood coffee roasters to urban breweries and distilleries, all the way to sophisticated meat eateries and two-storey dumpling houses, Perth foodies have a lot to look forward to.
We’ve split this list up into the things that are already open (read: get there now!) and things that we are (not so) patiently awaiting, so you can prioritise your foodie hit list. Here are 20 new openings in Perth that we are seriously excited for!
Wines Of While
Here to clear up some confusion around the natural wine movement as well as bless your diet with incredible handmade bread, freshly cut meats, honest Mediterranean food and zesty lemon tarts is Wines of While, William Street’s newest resident. The new natural wine shop/bar/eatery opened up this week after an extremely long time coming, but boy was it worth the wait. Drop in after work for a glass of skin contact white and take home a bottle of red for later, or make a whole night of it and settle in for a low-key grazing feast.
Ready to add some flair to the beautiful Queen Street, Big Bopper promises to be a plush burger bar complete with booze laden milkshakes and an almighty wall of sauce that will hold 100 bottles of their homemade chilli sauce, courtesy of Executive Chef Danny Sanchez. The crew at Sneakers and Jeans (Hadiqa, Flour Factory, Varnish on King, Caballitos) are behind this, so expect big flavours, fun times and, reportedly, hot fudge sundaes. They’re opening any day now, so save room!
Artem Coffee Roasters
Ahem, there’s a new sandwich player in town and, just quietly, they’re killing it. Artem Coffee has taken up a spot in the MANY 2.0 building and is specialising in house-smoked meat sandwiches. They’re also roasting their own coffee and offering up some delicious baked goods!
Community Coffee Co
Subiaco’s answer to the burgeoning industrial-style coffee shops of Freo, Community Coffee Co is the suburb’s newest haunt for specialty brews, tucked into a laneway between Barker and Churchill. Housed in an old warehouse space that once hosted exhibitions, Community is quiet, spacious, and relaxed—equally good for a long morning coffee catch up as a quick takeaway. They’re also offering soup most days, as well as homemade Grecian pastries and will soon be roasting their own coffee!
Yefsi At Attika
Perth’s newest Greek eats offering, Yefsi has just opened on Newcastle Street on the ground floor of the Attika Hotel and is already blowing people away with their insanely good yiro, patates and spanakopita. Open for breakfast, lunch and meze, the full menu boasts deliciousness like baklava pancake (!!), saganaki and grilled squid with goats cheese, plus an ever-surprising plate of the day.
Queen of Leeds
Everyone’s talking about the new best coffee in Leederville, and we know where to find it. Queen of Leeds opened a few months back in the spot that once was the local laundromat—the Speed Queen washing machines being the joint’s namesake. Brought to us by the crew from Felix & Co, you can expect expertly crafted coffee from regularly changing beans, plus an assortment of pastries and sambos on offer ‘til they run out each day.
Bright Tank Brewing
The latest newbie on the Perth urban brewery scene, Bright Tank Brewing serves things up with a bit of a twist. Founded by a husband and wife team, this microbrewery, restaurant and bar is a social space offering quality, innovative food alongside passionately brewed craft beers. Winners like charred octopus and saison mussels grace the menu, but the thing here is their 7-course seasonal Beergustation—designed specially and hosted once a month, this’ll be the latest in a string of reasons to head to Perth’s east end.
Santini Bar & Grill
The new QT Hotel has just opened in Perth along with their signature restaurant, Santini Bar & Grill. The Creative Food Director, Robert Marchetti, hails from a seaside town in Italy and upon the prospect of Santini opening in Perth, thought of the idea ‘food of the sun’. Think fresh seafood produce, wood-fire grilled pizzas and rich vegetables cooked with seasonal flavours. It’s feel good food reminiscent of the Italian coastline, coupled with uniquely Australian flavours and ingredients.
Finally, an Italian-inspired coffee bar for the people of Guildford and beyond. Willing Coffee has just opened its doors with West Perth’s roasted Mano a Mano on offer alongside simple pastries and takeaway food. Reminiscent of the ‘50’s in Italy, the place is also pretty darn beautiful—a few cosy tables, high seats at the bar, curved lines and matte marble.
Longing for some healthy takeaway? Glory Bowls is your answer. They’re doing bowls full of goodness like chipotle beef and falafel, or if you’re into it, peanut butter smoothie. There’s limited seating on-site so if you get served your bowl and you simply can’t wait, you can pull up a chair—but we think this makes for the essential easy take-home lunch or dinner (and luckily, they’re open ‘til 8pm Monday to Wednesday!).
If you didn’t catch the memo about the insane soufflé pancakes, Turbo Espresso just opened in Northbridge and they are doing some of the most incredibly beautiful breakfasts we’ve ever seen! A small but mighty menu features favourites like porridge, smashed avo and brekky pannacotta, but the soufflé pancakes still top the hit list. Housed inside William Street Cycle Co, these guys are also whipping out coffee, toasted sambos and some delish vegan options too.
Perth’s newest cosy Italian joint, Piccolo Trattoria has brought new stakes to Nicholson Road’s foodie game. Offering Sicilian cuisine, Piccolo is all about handmade pastas, premium meat cuts and, of course, traditional Italian desserts. $16 mid-week pasta nights should sell it!
Pluck Salad & Juice Bar
Situated just off Canning Highway at the base of the new bridge, Pluck is your new go-to for a salad that actually tastes good and fills you up. The perfect spot for an easy lunch, Pluck offers Vietnamese and pan-Asian-inspired salads made fresh daily, seasonal specials (like their current winter warming laksa!) and delicious banh mi bowls and rolls. Also, their long list of juices and fruit smoothies is going to be our new best friend come summer!
A new addition to Shafto Lane, The Crêperie has been dazzling punters with their authentic and delicious modern French crepes—like, proper crepes. Expect sweet crepes, savoury buckwheat galettes and a fully stocked bar complete with Champagne and French cider.
King Somm is going to be bringing boutique wine and craft brews to the people of Bayswater in the not so distant future. This wine bar will be sitting pretty in a restored heritage listed building and it will be Bayswater's first small wine bar, so get excited! Word on the street is that this will also be a super cute events space, so if you've got something coming up, you might want to get in touch.
The Meat & Wine Co
The historic Palace Hotel in the heart of the CBD is about to be reborn as our fair city’s latest location for quality dining, fine wine and a touch of sophistication with the imminent opening of The Meat & Wine Co. As the name suggests, premium meat cuts expertly cooked and matched with award-winning wines is the name of the game here, but we’re also pretty excited to see the fit-out which is set to marry the building’s Gold Rush historical grandeur with cutting edge modern design and a contemporary African-inspired aesthetic.
Tim Ho Wan
If you hadn’t noticed the massive construction site that’s surrounded Raine Square for, like, eternity, the place is getting a bit of a revamp and the new development is going to be home to Tim Ho Wan, a Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant straight out of Hong Kong. Due to open mid-September, it’s safe to say we are counting down the days until Michelin dim sum mayhem. Stay tuned.
Just when we though Perth’s dim sum game had peaked, we get the news that Ian Chin (the man who brought us Noodle Forum and Ramen Boy) is taking it up another notch. Set to be the newest addition to your new favourite precinct Yagan Square, Shy John is taking two of the best things in life and meshing them together—yum cha and craft beer. The brewery and yum cha joint is going to take up two storeys when it opens in Yagan Square in August, and you can expect traditional and fusion yum cha, authentic Cantonese share plates and seriously epic dumplings.
Deus Ex Machina
After simply way too long of having to fly places to visit your favourite surf and speed-inspired temple of all things cool, Deus Ex Machina is (finally) biting the bullet and opening their new flagship store right here in Perth. To be housed in the old Wesley Church in North Freo (that spot between Piggy Food Co and Old Bridge Cellar—yep, epic!), Deus Perth will feature a cafe, bar and retail section, as well as the motorcycle and surf shops, shaping and servicing stations familiar to any Bali-goers. The place is set to open in October/November this year—just in time for balmy summer evenings spent knocking back a few cold ones.
The Republic Of Fremantle
Fremantle will become home to its first urban distillery next year (we know, it’s a wait) thanks to the three Freo-diehards who’ve also brought us Strange Company and Ronnie Nights. To be housed in a spot on Pakenham Street, the Republic of Fremantle will partner with Plantagenet Wines (Mount Barker) to make their spirit from scratch, to be enjoyed in a 350-seater bar and restaurant.
Madelena's By Comida Do Sul
It’s all happening in Freo. One of Perth’s favourite food trucks, Comida du Sol, has a small bar named Madelena’s in the works at 406 South Terrace. The main game here will be the delicious Brazillian eats we’ve come to love from Comida, such as choripan, prato feito and batata frita, accompanied by a wide offering of WA wines, beers and ciders as well as some South American booze. We’re not sure when it’s opening yet but it’ll be um bom dia when it does!
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Big Bopper | Image credit: Nancy Hanna