Food & Drink
Brilliant seafood comes from the coast around
Perth, including king prawns, rock lobster (locals call this crayfish,
jewfish, dhufish or barramundi), and special freshwater lobster
There are excellent local wines in Western Australia
and vineyards at Mount Barker, Swan Valley and Margaret River.
A vibrant pavement coffee culture exists in Perth, and Fremantle’s
South Terrace is home to the appropriately named Cappuccino Strip
(and to the infamous Redback lager).
There is also a great quantity of international cuisine
and interesting dining experiences, for example, eating fish and
chips from a converted tram in Fremantle, sampling the brilliant
Asian food in Subiaco (Perth), enjoying a seafood barbecue in
the bush or partaking of a culinary feast in a riverside restaurant
along the Swan River. Tropical fruits are plentiful,
especially banana, mango and papaya.
Best buys include Argyle diamonds, opals and Aboriginal
art. Shops are open all day Saturday and some
shops in the suburbs are also open late night on Thursdays. Shops
in Fremantle and Perth are open Friday and Sunday nights.
There are several nightclubs in the Northbridge
area of Perth, which is located within easy walking distance from
the bus and train stations. Here you can find club venues to cater
for all music tastes, including hardcore, mainstream, gay and
The large Burswood Resort and Casino complex is also only minutes
from Perth city centre. Also, there are many cinemas in Leederville,
Fremantle and Perth, as well as several theatres (please see the
Theatre Association for more information).