Saturday 19 October 2013

24 Hours in Perth

My first day in Perth was an art and gourmet filled day of discoveries that delighted the senses and nourished the soul. A highlight was the wonderful Venn Gallery!

Breakfast ~ The Greenhouse

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As a fan of Joost Bakker’s work, it was a pleasure to begin the day with
Margaret River organic poached eggs on sourdough and bunker mushrooms.

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After the success of Melbourne’s Greenhouse recycled project, his eco-friendly pop-up eatery was shipped to Perth, and the CBD is now home to Bakker’s innovative urban oasis. {I also captured Joost’s inspirational Sydney pop-up in 2011 here.}

* If you are too late for breakfast, the Greenhouse is open for lunch and has a rooftop bar which is popular on Friday night with its funky DJ music, cocktails and open air views of Perth’s night skies.

Greenhouse Perth, 100 St Georges Terrace, Perth   Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 7:00 am – 12:00 am

Mid-morning ~ A Cruise down the Swan River to Freo

Perth's Swan River floods about twice a year.

Take a 90 minute Capt Cook scenic cruise to Fremantle from Barrack Street Jetty in Perth is a quintessential introduction to Perth with some wonderful views along the Swan River including the homes of the rich and famous that line the river’s edge. Once you reach Freo, you can get around on foot or via CAT bus and then take the train back to Perth (approx 30 minutes).

Lunch and wanderings ~ Fremantle 

Finding my land legs, I wandered over to enjoy the character and charm of the historic port city of Fremantle, where the streets are filled with Victorian-era buildings, funky boutiques and great cafes. I explored the bookshops, boutiques and homeware stores, scattered along South Terrace and Market Street.

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For lunch I headed to Canvas at Fremantle Arts Centre which is ideal for breakfast, a quick coffee or a leisurely lunch. Fremantle Arts Centre is housed within an iconic heritage building and beautiful grounds. It is one of Australia’s leading arts organisations. Visit for free exhibitions, a shop selling the finest WA hand-made wares, an expansive live music program, special events, an idyllic cafe and free wifi. Located on Finnerty Street and open 7 days.

Fremantle’s original market place on Henderson Street, is a hive of activity and bursts with an eclectic blend of stalls and buskers intent on entertaining shoppers. Open Friday to Sunday and Monday public holidays.

Other cafe options are: New Edition Bookshop & Cafe housed in an old bank building on High St with a classical looking façade the space inside is like visiting a book-loving friend’s home. Visit the website here.

Moore & Moore is popular with the locals and is eclectically decked out with kooky chandeliers, vintage finds and cosy hiding spots. The adjacent arts space/gallery adds to the atmosphere and musicians regularly entertain adding to the Freo atmosphere. There is the all day breakfast and the counter options include muffins, gourmet sandwiches and salads. Moore & Moore is at 46 Henry St, Fremantle, and open from 7-5 Mon-Fri, 7-4 Sat-Sun.

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Culture +++ Venn Gallery

I headed back to Perth on the train to experience Venn Gallery ~ a must visit!

Venn is a fusion of creative worlds where art and design is created, exhibited and experienced. It features an art gallery, design shop, artists’ studios and bar/cafe, all housed in a three level historical building in the heart of Perth. At the forefront of contemporary art and design, Venn Gallery aims to support and strengthen the arts in Australia by providing a platform for emerging artists and designers and showcasing leading local and international art and design.

On display was NEW WORLD ORDER is a group exhibition featuring new work by artists, Tom Mùller (Perth), Yarra Vega (New York) and Augustyn Schwarzwald (Berlin).  The show featured prints, sculpture, installation and video by Mùller and his alter egos. The works were diverse and engaging, with elements of intrigue. I am dreaming of living in a space that would be home to the light installation.

Visit Venn Gallery in 16 Queen Street, Perth CBD.

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Linton & Kay Gallery

This CBD gallery is housed on the second floor of the historic Old Perth Technical School, one of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings. LK Galleries is a contemporary fine art gallery established in November 2005. The Gallery’s heritage-meets-modern luxe style creates a striking backdrop for a premium selection of Australian and international artists, and sophisticated events.

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Drinks at The Print Hall – Bob’s Bar

I continued my gallery exploration with the CFWA Spring Rose Art Show at  Woodside Plaza. Then Sarah and I headed for a vino at the roof top bar of The Print Hall ~ an ode to Australia’s larrikin former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.  Bob’s Bar is popular with all ages.  It is part of the Brookfield Place complex in the city, the Print Hall comprises of several bars and restaurant in the old West Australian newspaper building.

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Almost unfolding like a book, each level becomes a chapter,

representative of the building’s printing origins creating a unique experience for everyone.

Print Hall  pays homage to its heritage-listed history, the old Newspaper House on St Georges Terrace. Designed by Projects of Imagination, key aspects of the historical building have been utilised including the internal atrium. The venue boasts four levels of culinary and refined drinking options including lunch / dinner at Print Hall Dining Room, two bars and breakfast at Small Print Bakery.  Print Hall, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth.

Moana Project Space ~ Curator’s Talk  ::  We then dropped by Moana Project Space,  an artist-run contemporary art gallery located on the second floor of the historic Moana Chambers building, in the heart of Perth’s CBD. The space co-inhabits a heritage-listed ballroom alongside six creative studios and a cafe. It’s a stunning space that provokes conversation and artistic boundaries, bravo!

Moana Project Space at 1F 618 Hay St Perth   Opening Hours: Tu, Th, Fr 10am – 5pm  & Sat 12pm – 5pm

Dinner ~ Gordon St Garage

After such a big day, I was happy for a casual dinner that had an energised good vibe… GSG was the perfect place to dine! I’d read great reviews and it didn’t disappoint. Bravo!

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A former auto electrics workshop on a quiet street in West Perth is transformed when an eclectic mix of industrial meets op-shop chic furnishings with an added dash of culinary sensations. Bustling with patrons morning, noon and night, there is a buzz as you enter this airy converted workshop. Gordon St Garage is brought to you by the men behind Balthazar (Nic Trimboli), Il Lido (Daniel Goodsell) and Duende (Graham Arthur).

Gordon St Garage, 16 Gordon Street West Perth  

Opening Hours: 7.00am – late, for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Party the night away

Full circle :: I return to the Greenhouse rooftop bar for a nightcap, which goes off on a Friday night. There’s funky DJ music, cocktails and open air to Perth’s beautiful clear night. Perth’s laneways and rooftops are a buzz with small bars and cafes.

These blogs have some good recommendations: We Love Perth, Experience Perth and Foodie Cravings.  To discover Perth’s gourmet offerings check out The Food Pornographer and The Breakfast Confidential.

Images: 1, 2 and 4 by Cathryn Farrar, others via Google images.

 

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