I’m going to let you in on a secret. Until about two years ago I didn’t like cheese (am I fired?) and I didn’t particularly care for antipasto in general. Shocker, I know! BUT, I have always, for some strange reason, loved any kind of shop that sells food. Drop me in the most exotic of locations and the first thing I want to do is check out their supermarket.
This weird obsession means many, many hours have been spent in gourmet delicatessens in Perth, buying things I don’t have any particular need for. And as it turns out, when you have a fridge full of cheese, you learn to love it.
Here are 18 of Perth’s best gourmet delis, so you can go forth and make the best damn cheese platter of your life.
The best thing you can do at Xarcuteria is hand over your hard earned dollars and ask for a selection of their finest. Simply tell them what you do or don’t like and they will give you the ingredients to make the finest antipasto platter of your life, full of some of your old favourites and a few new cheeses or meats you’ve never tried before.
The Re Store
Leederville and Northbridge
Everyone loves The Re Store and for good reason. Fresh pasta, a massive range of cheeses and cured meats, all of the best antipasto and a pretty impressive bottle shop to boot. The staff behind the deli counter are super helpful so feel free to ask for their advice!
Smoult’s Continental Deli
Fresh and cured meats, huge wheels of cheese, fresh bread and some of Perth’s best conti rolls, Smoult’s Continental Deli is definitely one of Perth’s finest. These guys can take care of your picnic and catering needs and they also do gift hampers for the foodies in your life.
Di Chiera Bros
Di Chiera Bros has been family owned and operated since 1953 and they have a killer selection of cured meats and cheeses. The store is massive and it's impossible to just buy one thing. These guys also take care of catering to ease the entertaining pain and they have an app so you can order on the go.
The Black Truffle
The Black Truffle has every kind of cheese you could hope for plus the most amazing pâtés, plenty of international meats and a huge range of olives, oils and relishes. The team here will whip you up a cheese board if you don't want to make it yourself and you can also grab some amazing arancini, homemade pastas, soups, salads and some of the best rolls going around! They also do awesome coffee and plenty of sweet treats to takeaway.
George Street Merchants
Pop in to George Street Merchants to stock up on groceries, sweet and savoury deli items, salads and some of the best muffins in Perth. These guys are right next door to George Street Quarters so you can head in after breakfast for a quick shop. Talk about convenient!
Galati & Sons
You’ll find absolutely everything you need to stock your Italian pantry at Galati & Sons, plus fresh fruit and veg and some good lunch-on-the-run options. The crew here will also whip up platters and do some of the best arancini in Perth.
Fremantle and Nollamara
Anyone who’s been Kakulas Sister knows it is a treasure trove full of continental goodness. If you can make it past the barrels of coffee beans and every different grain you can possibly imagine, you’ll find quite the selection of cheese and meat at some pretty decent prices.
With olives for days, all the best cheese and everything you’ll need to make one fine lookin’ (and tasting) antipasto plate, Napoli Mercato also have an espresso bar and all the Italian gourmet goodies you need like gelato and biscotti. Yes, I said need, not want.
The Little Deli
Guildford is having a moment and we’re pretty excited about it, mostly because it means we get to stop in at The Little Deli whenever we are there to pick up some gourmet goodies. With cheeses and meats sourced from far and wide, you’ll only get the best of the best here.
Oh man, going to Herdsman makes me want to throw my credit card at the checkout peeps and just buy errrrythang! They don’t do anything by halves and their deli is no different. They’ve got over 600 different cheeses to choose from plus their fresh fruit and veg is the bomb so grab some grapes or strawberries to go on that cheese platter of yours!
Not the most economical place to shop in Perth, but if you’ve got money to burn, the Boatshed Market sure is one of the nicest places to do it. They have a massive range of cheeses, dips and antipasto, plus an awesome bakery and ahhh-mazing fruit and veg selection. If you want to try before you buy head in on a Sunday for some samples #freeloading.
C Lo Presti & Son
With more olives than you can poke a stick at and all of the hard-to-find cheeses that you'll never stumble across in your regular old supermarket, you'll be the most popular person around when you bring these out to the party! Thank you C Lo Presti & Son!
The Dutch Butcher
The Dutch Butcher has got all the gourmet cheeses, meats and baked goods you could ever want. Top tip: don’t go shopping here when you're hungry unless you want to be the proud owner of the entire store.
Charlie’s Fresh Food Market
Charlie’s Fresh Food Market has got you covered on all fronts. All the usual gourmet delicatessen suspects, plus when you’re done shopping you can sit back and relax in their cafe. Grab a conti roll on your way out and thank us later.
Balcatta Growers Fresh
Balcatta Growers Fresh is your one stop shop for antipasto, pasta, paninis, lunchtime goodies and so much meat and fresh veggies. Make sure you take an extra big shopping bag! You'll need it.
Little Cheese Shop
So they aren’t really a deli, but when you’re talking about cheese you can’t not talk about That Little Cheese Shop. They’ve got #allofthecheese (obvs) but you can also get your cheeseboard and knives and whatever other cheese stuff you need. If you’re feeling lazy you can also get them to make a cheese board for you.
Passione Gourmet Deli
Passione have a huge selection of cheeses and meats plus everything else you’d ever need for an Italian feast. They also serve coffee and a huge selection of lunch rolls and take home dinners to make nights in nice and easy!
Want more delish deli bites? Check out Perth's Best Continental Rolls.
Smoult's Continential Deli | Image credit: Louise Coghill