Perth Accommodation

Restaurants, Nightlife and Shopping

There is simply no limit to eating and shopping in Perth and Fremantle. Stroll the streets and arcades and pick your fancy from classic grills to smart new eateries, and a limitless variety of retail therapists.

Over many decades Perth’s immigrants have added to the colour and culture of the city, not least in gastronomic terms: now it’s possible to choose from Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Greek, French and Russian culinary experiences, not to mention the lively array of innovative restaurateurs using a mix of regional influences to achieve something distinctly Australian.

There are plenty of clubs and night venues in Perth, particularly to the north of the railway line at Northbridge. Perth is well-known for its vibrant contemporary music scene. Check the newspapers and free periodicals for gigs and dates. Northbridge, once a shabby, rundown area of railway yards and poor housing, is now reputed to have the highest concentration of restaurants in the country.

On a more classical note, the splendid Perth Concert Hall hosts fine music and theatrical performances in a venue sporting a 3,000-pipe organ and a 160-person choir stall. Visit the website for more information, bookings and performances: (www.perthconcerthall.com.au). Perth also has many free public performances in the City’s parks and gardens, especially Forrest Place. See the city’s website (www.cityofperth.gov.au) for full details, or ask at the i-City information desk.

For innovative theatre go to the Performing Arts Centre website www.pacs.org.au, and don’t miss the elegant His Majesty’s Theatre, a brilliant example of fine Edwardian architecture (www.hismajestystheatre.com.au) which, apart from sophisticated evening performances, has $7 lunchtime music. Then there’s The Blue Room, a tiny but powerful new theatre in Northbridge (www.theblueroom.net.au). Tickets for all these venues are available from BOCS Ticketing on 09 9484 1133 or www.bocsticketing.com.au.

And if it’s a flutter at the tables you’re after, go to the Crown Perth Casino, located by the Causeway to the east of the city. Here you will find a hotel and convention centre as well as a world-class casino (www.burswood.com.au), plus shows, bars and restaurants.

If you’re a shopaholic in need of constant retail therapy, you’ll be happy in Perth. The ultra-chic King Street in Perth’s West End heritage precinct will satisfy all your desires in terms of designer and handcrafted clothes, shoes and homewares. Perth itself has large department stores and arcades of shops, while the suburbs have specialist shops and trendy streets of boutiques and cafés.

Subiaco (the Colonnade shopping centre), Claremont (Bayview Terrace) and Cottesloe (Napoleon Street and The Grove) all have nice streetscapes of shops and restaurants, without the high-rise bustle of the city. Fremantle is famous for its under-cover market, on the corner of Henderson St and South Terrace, open Friday 9am - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. Monday Public Holidays 10am - 5pm (www.fremantlemarkets.com.au).

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