Perth.

Qantas - - Travle Insider - MAX VEEN­HUYZEN

EAT FIRE UP THE SPICE

Home to Aus­tralia’s only Como ho­tel, the State Build­ings – a leisurely half-hour stroll from the WACA Ground – is Perth’s hippest ad­dress and its base­ment restau­rant, Long Chim (longchim­perth.com), is the precinct’s hottest place to dine. David Thomp­son’s buzzy ode to Thai street food pulls no punches so the Chi­ang Maistyle larb booms with pep­per and chilli, the cur­ries run the gamut from bench­mark-wor­thy red and green va­ri­eties to lesser seen boiled or­ange ver­sions and the spicy cock­tails fight the kitchen’s fre­quent bursts of heat.

MEET A PASTA MAS­TER

Joel Val­va­sori-Pereza is Perth’s most gifted pasta whis­perer. Af­ter mak­ing his name at Lalla Rookh, he set his sights on the in­ner-west­ern sub­urb of Su­bi­aco, where he and his wife, Ivana, opened Lulu La Delizia (lu­l­u­ladelizia.com.au), a cosy trat­to­ria that fo­cuses on the po­ten­tial of flour and wa­ter. Big-flavour win­ners such as pork-and-veal ragù tagli­atelle and squid-ink bigoli with an onion and an­chovy sauce are as much about lo­cal pro­duce as Val­va­sori-Pereza’s North­ern Ital­ian roots.

DRINK HIT RE­FRESH

Lo­cated on top of the Print Hall com­plex, Bob’s Bar (print­hall. com.au) com­bines a daz­zling se­lec­tion of craft beers with com­mand­ing vis­tas of the CBD. (The Bob in ques­tion is for­mer prime min­is­ter Bob Hawke, who was known to en­joy a beer or two at the cricket.) A tightly clipped menu of Amer­i­canin­spired snacks (burg­ers, ribs, hot wings) is on hand for when hunger hits, while the wine list has been as­sem­bled for max­i­mum re­fresh­ment.

GO WEST

Close-up views of the Swan River. An ad­dress that’s a short walk from the WACA Ground. Al­fresco din­ing and drink­ing ar­eas. Ku De Ta (kudeta.com) ticks plenty of boxes for the ideal pre- or post-Test bev­er­age. While the sprawl­ing river­side com­plex has sev­eral venues, our vote goes to West, Ku De Ta’s seafood and char­cu­terie bar, which com­bines Aus­tralian pro­duce with snappy beers, wines and cock­tails.

BE­TWEEN MATCHES JOIN THE CUL­TURE CLUB

Next to Perth train sta­tion, be­tween North­bridge and the CBD, the Perth Cul­tural Cen­tre is the hot­bed of the city’s bur­geon­ing arts scene. At its heart is the Art Gallery of West­ern Aus­tralia (art­gallery. wa.gov.au), with its broad reach­ing pro­gram cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from Aus­tralian land­scape ret­ro­spec­tives to sneaker ex­hi­bi­tions. Drop by the Six Sea­sons sec­tion to ex­plore the gallery’s im­pres­sive Indige­nous art col­lec­tion.

BREATHE DEEPLY

Kings Park (bgpa.wa.gov.au), Perth’s in­ner-city green lung, is big­ger than New York’s Cen­tral Park. While many come here to take pho­tos of the city be­low, the park has plenty of at­trac­tions in its own right. The wild­flow­ers and other na­tive plants draw botanists, while the open-air Moon­light Cinema (moon­light. com.au) is another good rea­son to visit over sum­mer.

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