We love how multicultural Perth is. Not only because it means we get a nice variety of international cuisine right here in our back yard, but also because we get a taste of different cultural celebrations without having to get on a plane. And one of the biggest has to be Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year—or Lunar New Year—is the first day of the year following the lunisolar Chinese calendar. The day is considered sacred and celebrations usually involve lion dances to ward off evil spirits and wishing one another prosperity in the form of cash in red envelopes (we really like that part.)
Here are 14 spots in Perth to celebrate Chinese New Year in Perth.
Obviously, no Chinese New Year is complete without a visit to Chinatown. At the Roe Street end you will find traditional Chinese music, dancing, dragons and firecrackers for pretty much the entire day on Sunday 29 January. Go enjoy the free entertainment and then get a feed at one of the authentic Chinese restaurants.
As if a dining experience at Lucky Chan’s could get any better, they are taking things up a notch with their Chinese New Year special. Getting right into the spirit of the celebration, they’ll be offering traditional red envelopes filled with ‘Chan cash’ money redeemable for their delicious beers and bao. Heck yes. And of course, they will have dragon dancers as well, just for good measure.
From Friday 27 January to Sunday 5 February, Elizabeth Quay will come alive with a range of Lunar New Year celebrations including traditional performances, food, dance, music, Tai Chi classes and Chinese folk arts. But most importantly, lion dancing. The lion dancing ceremony is said to ward off all the evil spirits and help welcome the new year, so make sure you head down there to start your year on a prosperous note.
The Apple Daily
Celebrate the year of the rooster at The Apple Daily with their speccy Lunar New Year event on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January. Enjoy a five-course banquet menu for just $55, special event cocktails and Tsingtao beer. As for the entertainment, magician Robbie-T will be showing off his mystifying magic, while traditional Chinese dragon dancers will be frolicking around.
Chinese New Year Fair
As part of the Fringe Festival, James Street will be transformed in to a spectacular Lunar New Year fair on Sunday 29 January. The whole place will be buzzing with lion dances, firecrackers, Chinese music, Chinese folk dances, martial arts, and of course traditional Chinese food.
Ria Malay Kitchen
The good people at Ria are hosting a traditional Lou Sang dinner on Saturday evening. For those playing at home, lou sang is a traditional Chinese New Year dish in Malaysia and Singapore, and involves fish, vegetables and crackers. Traditional lion dancers will kick start your prosperous journey at Ria, as you enjoy four-courses of Malaysian cuisine, including the lou sang, paired with drinks.
Forrest Place Twilight Hawkers Market
On Friday 27 January, Forrest Place Twilight Hawkers Market will be transformed into a Chinese New Year celebration with authentic Asian food, Chinese music and dancing performances from 4:30–9:30pm.
This Claremont gem is getting into the spirit with a special Chinese New Year menu—and the best part is that the menu is running from the 27th January, all the way until the 11th February. So you have plenty of time to get down to Miss Chow's and sample it.
Perth City Farm
The people at Perth City Farm are hosting an event entitled Chinese New Year-ish. Intrigued? Yes, we are too. Join them for an evening of eating, drinking, dancing and good fortune. The Dolce Ensembles will be performing contemporary string arrangements and covers, followed by one man band Jimmy Wilson, and then Ari Davis with acoustic covers. The night will be catered by the Bangkok Jump Street food truck, plus, the PCF Backyard Bar will be open to keep you hydrated.
COMO The Treasury
COMO The Treasury is offering a whole package of Chinese New Year goodness! From now until February 28, you can book their Chinese New Year getaway so you’ll be right in the heart of the city during the celebrations, walking distance from all the festivities. Plus, you get champagne as part of your booking so you can kick off the CNY celebrations as soon as you arrive.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
The clever cats at Sweetwater Rooftop Bar have launched their Sunday morning yum cha just in time for Chinese New Year. For $40 a head you'll get one heck of a banquet, and for $45 they'll throw in a delicious mango mimosa on arrival. There are only two sittings each Sunday—at 10am and 12pm—so book ahead!
Gloucester Park will be transformed into a giant China-town for one night of Lunar New Year celebrations. The park will become a buzzing marketplace with typical Asian fare, lion dancing, entertainment and fireworks. Plus, if the Lunar New Year is making you feel all prosperous, there will be 10 races to try your luck in the betting ring.
While South African restaurant Baby Mammoth might not be the first spot to come to mind when you think of Chinese New Year celebrations, the crew here sure does know how to party, so hear us out. There will be three chefs each cooking a different dish with chicken as the main ingredient, but the best part is that it will only set you back $20 and it's BYO wine! There are three sittings over the course of the night which are sure to sell out so get tickets stat!
Atrium is putting on a special extended buffet menu which will make you want to eat everything you lay eyes on. There'll be more seafood than you can imagine, crispy chicken with sriracha sauce and dumplings as far as they eye can see. Yes please!
Find more things to do in Perth here.
Image credit: Louise Coghill at Miss Chows