Once again, the week has flown by and the weekend is here. We’ve curated a list of awesome things to do in Perth this weekend: from a new eateries to sunset markets and more.
1. Get your truffle on
This weekend-long festival could be your kind of tantalising experience if you’re a fan of the fungus that are truffles. Head on down to the Manjimup Truffle and Wine Festival between Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June to bask amongst the region’s best truffle producers, winemakers and chefs for three exquisite days of fine food and drink. Whether it be attending dog hunts for truffles and cellar door tastings, meeting growers, tucking into degustation dinners or learning how to grow your own truffles at home, there’ll be something for every truffle enthusiast.
Read the full scoop here
2. Check out Beaufort Street’s new osteria
This neo-Italian osteria located in Mount Lawley is about to become your go-to for wine and fine, but casual dining. Testun brings a focus on ‘injecting fun and youthful vigour’ into Perth’s Italian dining scene. They offer a fare of bold flavour combinations, textures, and colours and manage to remix classic Italian cuisine with familiar ingredients that radiate modernity.
Read all about the new osteria here
3. Eat Biscoff doughnut fries by a fire at Scarborough Sunset Markets
Winter is fast approaching and the weather is getting noticeably cooler. It won’t be long before we’re in cosy sweaters and sipping on warm drinks all day. Just in time for winter, Scarborough Sunset Markets are throwing an epic winter edition that’s launching this weekend.
Every Saturday evening from May 14 till the end of winter, you’ll be able to wander up the Scarborough esplanade, which will be filled with a lengthy selection of food trucks and artisanal market stalls.
More info here.
4. Enjoy a candlelit performance at the Supanova Comic Con and Gaming Expo
Taking place at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on the Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Expo weekend, superhero and pop culture fans will be able to experience the best of the exhibition during the day and stick around for a fantastically dreamy candlelit performance in the evening. It’s going to be the perfect way to cap off a spectacular day. You’ll be flying through space with the Guardians of The Galaxy medley or into interdimensional planes with the Doctor Strange theme tune when Dolce Ensemble takes to the stage.
Read about the full event info here
5. Get your new pair of sneakers customised at Sneaker Life
Calling all sneakerheads, ’cause some awesome local artists are taking residence at Cockburn Gateway. Anyone who purchases a new pair of sneakers from the centre will be able to take their new kicks to Sneaker Life and get them a glow up from one of the artists. Sneaker Life will take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from June 16 – 26.
6. Treat yourself to a sweetie treatie at this Portuguese tart cafe
Café Pastel is the only place in Perth dedicated to Portuguese tarts. The sweet morsels are made up of a oozy custard interior and a perfectly crisp pastry exterior – they’re then baked ’til those nice little caramelised bits form on top, so dreamy. Here, you’ll find Portuguese tarts in four different flavours; traditional vanilla, salted chocolate, Biscoff as well as apple and rhubarb with a Biscoff crumb. If you’re after authentic, fresh-baked Portuguese tarts every ten minutes, look no further than Café Pastel in Northbridge.
Get the full scoop here
7. Lose yourself in the immersive world of Van Gogh Alive
You’ve probably already heard that the multi-sensorial Van Gogh Alive experience has landed in Perth. This event showcases the masterpieces of the Dutch post-impressionist painter—think The Starry Night, Sunflowers and over 3000 more images— but now swirl, sway and soar, drawing as they are digitally displayed on giant screens, columns, walls, the ceiling, and even the floor. This experience is truly like no other and you’ll be guaranteed to be absorbed into a whole other universe.
Check out some more details here
8. Head to the Swan Valley to check out Limeburner and Giniversity’s newest venue
Limeburners & Giniversity in the Valley is housed where the old Carilley Estate winery was. Located in the heart of the Swan Valley, this new bar, restaurant and cellar door seats 200 people and showcase the labels in a new way.
More info here.
9. Hop aboard this Swan River lunch cruise
Available daily from Perth, this unique cruise includes a buffet of Western Australia’s abundant seasonal fresh produce as well as full bar facilities on board. Upon boarding the vessel you’ll be shown to your reserved table. Enjoy Captain’s commentary during the cruise downstream to the port city of Fremantle and upon the return journey, you are invited to enjoy the hot buffet complemented by seasonal salads, all followed by a scrumptious dessert buffet. With a fully stocked bar on board why not enhance your light lunch with an ice cold beer, chilled chardonnay or smooth shiraz? There is no better way to combine a delicious lunch and a wonderful cruise than on this Fremantle Lunch Cruise!
Nab your tickets here.
10. Find your next favourite tipple at one of Perth’s best gin bars
11. Take the plunge from HALO Rooftop
Experience Perth’s newest attraction, HALO; a dare-devil’s adventure tour to the top of Optus Stadium. After climbing the 78 steps up to the roof, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding city and stadium views! Check out the field from the highest seats Optus Stadium has to offer, and if you’re brave enough, get in some stunt action and lean out over the edge for a photo.
Nab your tickets here.
12. Become mesmerised by the Michaelangelo Sistine Chapel exhibition
Tickets are on sale to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, which has opened at The Naval Store in Fremantle. The fascinating exhibition has already wowed crowds around the world in cities like Madrid, Chicago, Shanghai, Berlin and Vienna before making its way to Australia. It’s now our turn to be looking up to the heavens and admiring the 34 frescoes as if we were standing on the marbled floor of the hallowed hall itself.
More info here.
13. Slurp a bowl of ramen at one of these delicious spots around Perth
It’s that time of year in Perth when the weather turns a bit chilly and has us thinking of ramen because, well, it’s delicious and the perfect seasonal pick-me-up. With so many unique varieties and combinations of broth, tare (seasoning), noodles and toppings, there’s a taste and flavour to satisfy every palate as well. And while a trip to Japan to slurp on a bowl of ramen would certainly be memorable, Perth has quite a few ramen restaurants serving up their own tasty variations of the iconic Japanese dish.
Check out our list of 6 ramen restaurants around Perth.
14. Unleash your inner pirate and set sail on this 45-minute immersive boat adventure
Ahoy, matey! Take your seat on the pirate ship and depart from the eastern foreshore on a 45-minute cruise through Mandurah’s inland waterways and canals. You can have a go at steering the pirate wheel and ringing the bell, or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Keep an eye (or pirate telescope) out for the local wildlife, including the famous bottlenose dolphins that call Mandurah’s canals home.
Grab your tickets here.
14. Enjoy breathtaking views at the Perth Bell Tower Experience
The Bell Tower, located on the banks of the Swan River in vibrant Barrack Square, is one of the largest musical instruments on Earth and was built to house the bells of Saint Martin in the Fields church, in Trafalgar Square, London. Entry into the Tower provides access to all five public areas of the Tower. There are state-of-the-art audiovisual screens situated through-out the Tower, with 16 cameras focused on the bell room and the bells, making it one of the top activities to do in Perth. During the interactive Bell Chiming Experience you can try the art of bell ringing yourself with an experienced tour guide. Learn about the history of the Bell Tower and the historic royal bells, marvel at the Swan River views from the Observation Deck, and, while there, hear the Carillon bells play a tune.
Grab your tickets here.