Even though Perth is indeed a cultural melting pot, come Christmas Day, we reckon everybody’s days are pretty much identical.
Unless your family hails from Scandinavia and celebrates everything on Christmas Eve; or a Mediterranean family where they start prepping the roast lamb weeks in advance—if you live in Perth, we bet your Chrissie Day goes a little something like this:
Beach. Breakfast, with champagne (obvs). Presents. Swim in pool. Barbeque lunch with heaps of beers and more champagne. Afternoon nap. More beers. Another swim in pool. Leftover barbeque prawns and salad for dinner. More beers. More champagne. A drinking game of some sort. Pass out.
So if you’re keen to get out of your Chrissie comfort zone this year and do something a little different, here are 10 places where you can celebrate Christmas Day in Perth.
The worst thing about Christmas Day is waking up and remembering you don’t own a coffee machine; that instant coffee tastes like toilet; and that every cafe is closed. Fret not! Little Willy’s, the adorable cafe along William Street in Northbridge, is open on Christmas Day, ensuring you get your caffeine fix.
The team at Public House have a corker of a Christmas Day Feast menu. Ceviche, honey smoked lamb, aji panka chicken, steak, chocolate brownie, bread and butter pudding, unlimited wine and beer—oh and a SANGRIA STATION. Hell yes. Merry Christmas to all.
Elmar’s In The Valley
If you’re not opposed to a Christmas Day drive, let the team at Elmar’s in the Valley take care of the feast for you. They’re offering a gourmet Christmas lunch buffet, which includes a carvery station with their famous Christmas ham. Glazed with sweet spiced mustard and served with a shiraz jus, all your Christmases really will come at once. There are other things too, obviously, but we really think you should just go hard on the ham.
The Old Brewery
You can choose to have Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Old Brewery—or even all three? With prawns, oysters, duck, chicken, soft shell crab, steak, lamb, snapper and turkey all available for you to choose from, you’ll probably never opt to host Christmas at your own house ever again.
If you want one heck of a Christmas lunch, head to the State Buildings and let the team at Post treat you. With entrees like burrata with summer peaches and cured ocean trout with Shark Bay prawns and mains ranging from confit pork shoulder to turkey leg ballotine, this is Christmas done right. They'll also be open for breakfast and dinner, just in case you want to spend all day here!
If your fam aren’t here for you to raise a glass of eggnog with, The Aviary are hosting a Christmas Day rooftop bash for all the Christmas orphans in Perth. Feast on turkey rolls, boozy Christmas puddings and iced mulled wine. Add to that sunshine, festive tunes and games, and you’ve got yourself the perfect Christmas.
The Terrace Hotel
The Terrace Hotel have got an impressive Chrissie lunch menu, which includes seared scallops, pork belly, lamb cutlets, crispy skin barramundi and prime beef fillet. Just make sure you save room for dessert because they have full-blown traditional Christmas pudding—served with caramelised almonds, summer raspberries and brandy.
The good people at The Queens know that Christmas is stressful enough, without the hassle of entertaining. Which is why they are giving you the best Christmas present of all—no cooking or cleaning. All you need to bring is your Christmas cheer, and in return, the team will provide you with a three course lunch and all the merry beverages your heart desires.
If you want a taste of some festive fanciness this year, head to Frasers for Chrissie Day. Breakfast, lunch or dinner are all on offer—but we recommend making the most of the summer sunshine and doing the alfresco lunch. Feast on incredible entrees, mains and desserts, sip on beer and wine and take in the gorgeous surrounds of Kings Park. What a tranquil Christmas, indeed.
Ivy & Jack
The crew at Ivy & Jack know how much of a pain your fam can be with all their ridic dietary requirements, so they're putting on a Christmas buffet like no other. Think roast turkey with cranberry compote, champagne ham, so many salads and steamed plum pudding with brandy anglaise. Hello Christmas!
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