Din­ing choices aplenty in Perth and be­yond

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Visi­tors are spoilt for choice in Perth, with more restau­rants per capita than any other cap­i­tal city in Aus­tralia. Many of them have re­ceived awards for their com­mit­ment to food ex­cel­lence. The city is cur­rently en­joy­ing a ‘‘din­ing boom’’ with new small bars, cafes and restau­rants open­ing up in the CBD and its cul­tural hubs of North­bridge, Mount Law­ley, Leed­erville and Fre­man­tle.

Here you can en­joy mod­ern Euro­pean and east-meets-west fu­sions, suc­cu­lent seafood and or­ganic lo­cal pro­duce paired with the state’s best wines. Some of the city’s new­est venues in­clude Wildflower, Post, Long Chim and Pe­ti­tion (all si­t­u­ated at Cathe­dral Square in Perth), Odyssea Beach Cafe´ (City Beach), The Reve­ley (Perth), Strange Com­pany (Fre­man­tle), The Shore­house (Swan­bourne) and the new­est kid on the block, Sweet­wa­ter Rooftop Bar (East Fre­man­tle).

Lo­cated an easy three-hour drive south of Perth is the Mar­garet River wine re­gion. The world-renowned re­gion is home to more than 220 wine pro­duc­ers and 100 cel­lar doors, and pro­duces more than 25 per cent of Aus­tralia’s pre­mium wine.

Restau­rants in Perth pride them­selves on of­fer­ing qual­ity food, in­clud­ing as much fresh, lo­cal, sea­sonal pro­duce as pos­si­ble and tak­ing new and mod­ern twists on recipes. Menus are ro­tated reg­u­larly to show­case the amaz­ing ar­ray of pro­duce, par­tic­u­larly from the north­ern and south­ern ar­eas of the State.

Visi­tors can in­dulge the senses with a trip to the Swan Val­ley, lo­cated an easy 25-minute drive from Perth city. WA’s old­est wine re­gion is home to charm­ing fam­ily-run winer­ies, award­win­ning bou­tique brew­eries, gourmet food pro­duc­ers and cre­ative ar­ti­sans. Be­sides fine food and wine, there are many other pas­sions visi­tors can par­take in, from horse rid­ing, cy­cling and hik­ing, to wildlife, art, his­tory and In­dige­nous cul­ture.

It’s not just restau­rants and bars that are pleas­ing Perth lo­cals and visi­tors; food trucks have also started ap­pear­ing on the streets, sig­nalling an­other new trend for the city. Then there are the night mar­kets and other food events which have popped up in the CBD and ur­ban vil­lages.

Air New Zealand flies twice­weekly non-stop from Christchurch to Perth from De­cem­ber 10, 2016, to April 29, 2017. This will be the first time a 787-9 Dream­liner will op­er­ate from the South Is­land. Air New Zealand’s in-flight prod­uct ‘‘Seats to Suit’’ means you can choose how you want to travel. Choices in­clude Seat, Seat+Bag, The Works, Econ­omy Sky­couch(TM), Pre­mium Econ­omy and Busi­ness Premier(TM).

Visit in­spire.airnewzealand.co.nz/ des­ti­na­tion/perth

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