With some of the best views in Perth, you can’t beat soaking in the city skyline while digging into some seriously good food in South Perth. With everything from brunch, to pub grub and unreal Italian feasts—you’ll be left satisfied in this special little suburb. And for those NOR, there’s no excuse—dip your toes south without having to venture too far.
These are the South Perth restaurants and cafes you should have been to.
Rambla on Swan
The Rambla on Swan is the place to go for a sugary cocktail and an epic grazing board, filled with either charcuterie meats and olives, fresh seafood, an assortment of cheeses or a veggie selection with dips and grilled bread. Grab a table on the deck, under one of the beachy white and blue striped umbrellas, and watch the sun reflect on the city skyline and dazzling river. For something a bit more substantial, order from the selection of meat or seafood delights, such as the prawn and scallop spaghetti, crispy fish tacos, Margaret River wagyu rump or Italian sausage pizza. These guys had a makeover in 2020, so if you haven't popped by for a few years, it’s worth booking in to suss the new and improved space.
Billing themselves as a fresh perspective on modern Chinese, Miss Chow’s in South Perth is equal parts warm and friendly service, delicious food, punchy cocktails and a gorgeous airy and open interior. There’s a generous menu of pan-fried and Shanghainese dumplings (flavours include lamb with lemongrass, crispy salmon and chicken and mushroom), plus there are soups, noodle dishes and rice dishes, with many Chinese favourites making an appearance—sweet and sour pork, anyone?
No South Perth list is complete without this much-loved cafe. Their menu is full of goodies, but you can’t go past the house-made crumpets. You’ll be left licking your lips with pear and berries, peanut butter crumble and yoghurt. Their doughnuts are also worth a mention, made fresh every morning. Try an old faithful cinnamon sugar or jam, but if you can handle it, tackle the lemon meringue, Nutella or cookies and cream flavoured doughnut, some filled with creamy custard.
The Acai Corner
Stay true to your health kick and pop down to the Acai Corner food truck. Acai berries are said to be one of the most healing fruits on the planet (and possibly the most Insta-famous). Here they’re blended with coconut water, banana, berries and mango and topped with granola and an array of healthy extras—you could go for the Ferrero Rocher bowl, topped with cacao nibs and homemade healthy Nutella. This food truck is right on the foreshore and on one of Perth’s most beautiful walks. Complete the 10 kilometre Swan River loop, then reward yourself with one of these bowls of goodness.
The Little Banksia
Welcome to your new favourite brunch spot—The Little Banksia. This cute cafe has a menu full of all the brekky classics plus some unique treats like vanilla and elderflower yoghurt pannacotta. The buttermilk pancakes are simply stunning and will make the urge to ‘gram your meal hard to resist. It doesn’t get much better than sitting in their garden and double-parking with freshly squeezed juice and coffee. It’s borderline in Kensington, but let’s not get caught up on technicalities.
While this espresso bar can make a mean coffee, they also dish up delicious breakfast and lunch. Go for the strawberry cheesecake pancakes with berry sauce and cream cheese, or for something on the lighter side, the lupin bowl with smashed pumpkin, avo, brown rice and lupin fritters.
Even if you’re not a local, you’ll want to make this your new neighbourhood pizza joint. They serve up authentic Italian pizzas that would make your nonna proud. The dough is made fresh daily in-house, and their crust is on the thin, crispy side, so if that’s your jam swing by and try one of their 30 plus flavour combos. If you have any room left, make sure you dig into some of the classic Italian desserts on offer.
Millpoint Caffe Bookshop
Get a side of culture with your coffee at Millpoint Caffe Bookshop. Once you’ve browsed the shelves for your next rave read (be sure to ask the Millpoint crew for suggestions), sit down and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or treat. The menu has all the usual suspects, including pancakes, waffles, a big brekkie, avo bruschetta and eggs benedict. We’ll take all our meals served with a side of books, thank you very much.
This Perth institution dishes up some of the best Italian in the whole city. Think woodfired pizza, delicious fresh pastas, chilli mussels and authentic chicken parmigiana—salivating yet? You’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to Italy with red and white check tablecloths and great service. If you’ve never been, just go. Eat. Thank us later.
You don’t need a special occasion to get stuck into fresh oysters and take in the incredible view of the Swan and city. Mister Walker serves up good grazing options, delish meals and drinks from brunch all the way through to dinner—we don’t blame you if you end up staying all day long. Come for brekkie to get the breakfast garlic flatbread with tomato, fetta, poached eggs and lentil dukkah, and dinner time for nibbles, fresh fish and perfectly cooked steak.
The Windsor Hotel
An old favourite for many, you can’t go wrong with a feed at The Windsor. More than just pub grub, the restaurant tucked inside the hotel has got the goods to please everyone. From a massive roast dinner to pizzas, steak sangas and local crayfish. Wash it all down with craft beers made by Ogden’s Brewery, brewed and poured exclusively at The Windsor.
The Boatshed Restaurant
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this waterfront eatery has you covered at all hours of the day. From 8am to 11.30am dine on faves such as eggs benny, potato rosti and fluffy pancakes, or book in later for a gourmet lunch of beef tartare, slow-cooked pork belly or seafood linguine. A prime spot to watch the sunset, this is a good spot for date night.
With a prime spot on the banks of the river, a massive wine list and food options for seafood lovers and steak enthusiasts, it's hard to go wrong with booking a table at Coco's Restaurant. If you're not sure what to order, try one of the tasting plates, either loaded with southern-style meat or fresh local seafood and go for a classic cocktail—such as a whisky sour, Aperol spritz or negroni—or choose from their long list of liqueurs.
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Image credit: Miss Chow's South Perth, Elle Borgward, Nancy Hanna