Oh, the weather outside is frightful (well, a bit chilly, at least)
At this time of year it's easy to slip into homebody mode and become one with the sofa until the first wildflowers of Spring start poking out. But Perth is a magical place to be year-round, and it's definitely the place to be in the colder months! Whether you're spending time with your someone-special or getting together with the guys and/or girls, you don't have to sacrifice cosiness when venturing outside to make your best memories. Think fireside dining, country pubs, warm mulled cider, cottages in the forest, and baked treats that warm you up from the inside out. Feeling cosy just thinking about it? Us too!
Nothing says peak cosy like sitting by a fire; for many of us, it's a reminder of sitting by the fireplace as kids at home or at school camps, simpler times and the purest form of warmth. We’re also confirmed fireplace fans, so here’s some picks for fireside dining we reckon you'll adore.
West Perth local favourite Julio's Italian Restaurant at Sage Hotel West Perth, is located in a lovingly restored 115 year old heritage building beautifully blended with the hotel tower. The restaurant has indoor (with fireplace), private or al fresco dining options to enjoy fresh authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. The Windsor Hotel, in South Perth, is one of Perth's most iconic heritage-listed pubs, located just 100 metres from the South Perth foreshore, you can take the cheap-as-chips ferry across from Perth City. With multiple fireplaces to settle down by, they're the perfect places for easing those cold-weather chills; we especially love eating a woodfire pizza next to the fire for all the inner and outer warmth you've been craving!
Next up, Perth's food bowl of the Swan Valley is unsurprisingly delivering plenty of fireside dining cosiness! Oakover Grounds is a restaurant housed in an industrial-style warehouse with a casual, eclectic feel, surrounded by lush lawns, mature trees and stunning grapevines. There's even a diverse range of delish wines to savour, and a smokehouse on-site serving up mouth-watering smoked meats and gourmet pizzas (weather permitting). If you can tear yourself away from the fireplace there are also plenty of great activities to enjoy, including cruising the lake on free water trikes that can take you out to the island. Open for breakfast and lunch, it's a great place for your cosy weekend family getaway.
The Swan Valley is also home to The Henley Brook, a laid-back, family friendly pub with a homegrown focus on local wine, beer and produce. The Hen is a gorgeous spot for intimate fireside dining, showcasing a fabulous Modern Australian menu with an experimental flair (banh mi pizza, anyone? Yum!).
The Perth Hills are full of fireplaces galore! The Parkerville Tavern is a federation-style pub dating back all the way to 1902, serving up cosiness for many generations, and The Packing Shed @ Lawnbrook is a boutique winery with an acre of vines located on a 10 acre historic property on the Bickley Valley Wine Trail - stay for a glass of your favourite wine and a light country-style lunch snuggled up by the warm potbelly stove. Naked Apple Cider House is another top spot for cool-weather warming: there's nothing like sipping on a warm mulled cider in those chilly months!
And northern-suburbs dwellers don't have to head far from home to enjoy fireside dining; settle down by the fireplace and enjoy 200-degree panoramic views of Trigg Beach at Island Market, and nosh on some seriously fab Mediterranean/Levantine-inspired fare.
Perth is delivering some fabulous indoor entertainment over the mild season. Located in an iconic, unmissable heritage building towering from the top of a hill in East Perth, Girls School Cinema gives you a sense of travelling back in time to the grand days of cinema - long before tablets or even TV, when only the local film theatre was the height of cutting-edge entertainment. Treat yourself to mulled wine at East Perth's most vibrant bar, toast marshmallows over an open fire (yay, more fireside goodness!) and get cosy in colourful beanbags as you watch your favourite flicks on the big screen. These beautiful heritage halls are also the host to back-to-back double screenings, quiz nights, gallery exhibitions, immersive movie experiences and much more - check out their latest and greatest upcoming events and screenings here.
Down in everyone's favourite eclectic artsy city of Fremantle, you'll find the Kidogo Arthouse, housed in one of the port city's many gorgeous heritage buildings. The building itself is a majestic 1884 heritage listed limestone construction with a beautiful courtyard and deck overlooking Bathers Beach. Kidogo Arthouse holds a multitude of fascinating events all year round, including exhibitions, concerts, classes and most recently, Candlelit Soirées featuring a three-course menu and incredible live music. Check out their what's on page for upcoming events.
Families looking to escape the cold this season can take the kids to Scitech, where they can go on a voyage of our solar system at the Planetarium, discover what's needed for the perfect firestorm in The Perfect Firestorm science show, check out the current exhibition and of course, enjoy the centre's permanent exhibits and fun science activities.
Cosy places to stay
Nothing spells cosy like a staycation, and right now we're all about cottages nestled deep in the forest - perfect to bring your paramour and/or the family, or even to hide away alone for the weekend, enjoy the magic of solitude, and start working on that book you've always wanted to write. In the heavily forested the Mandurah & Peel region, you'll find adorable cottages in Dwellingup (Dwellingup Retreat and Snottygobble House) and in Boddington (Boddington Retreat).
Closer to home, the Warders Hotel in Fremantle is a small boutique hotel in the old limestone cottages that were once the Fremantle Warders' homes, offering a little pocket of calm among the vibrant heart of Fremantle. It's the perfect place to spend the night after enjoying one of the fabulous performances at the aforementioned Kidogo Arthouse, before waking up to eat breakfast at one of Fremantle's many legendary cafes.
Bakeries for a warm treat
We're obsessed with warm baked goods! After all, what food experience could be more perfectly cosy than nomming down on a buttery, warm, melt-in-your mouth pastry or pie? You'll find bakeries galore at our bakery listing page; some award-winning highlights include the Bindoon Bakehaus & Cafe in Chittering (FYI if you wanna eat like royalty: Prince Harry's pick was the banoffee eclair!) and the Miami Bakehouse with their four locations across Mandurah and Peel. If you're into organic and whole foods, make sure to stop in at The Organic Circle in Armadale - a boutique cafe and wholefoods store providing 100% organic goodness stocking a range of sourdough and gluten free breads and pastries.
Country pubs and small bars
From inner-city small bars to countryside hospitality, we love cosy pubs and bars! In Perth City, you'll love the intimacy of late night underground tequila bar Caballitos, with over 200 tequilas and mezcals as well as delish Mexican eats. We also love Clarences Company Store in Mt Lawley, delivering serious New Orleans French Quarter rhythm and jazz vibes and with a menu designed for sharing, featuring top-notch WA produce with a Creolan twist. Dive into delicious woodfired tucker (including pizzas and many other perfect beer companions) at Beerporium, the home of Aussie craft beer in Fremantle, and multi-award-winning Rockingham restaurant Brother of Mine, delivering chill vibes, delish food and their very own brand of fresh-roasted coffee.
Want to escape the hustle and bustle? Head inland for your countryside cosiness fix; we love Chidlow Tavern in the Perth Hills (only a stone's throw from the gorgeous Lake Leschenaultia) and Greenhills Inn in the picturesque Avon Valley.
Tours and experiences
These cooler nights don't mean that you're stuck indoors. With the right comfy clothes, you can enjoy #cosylife in the great outdoors too. We're big fans of the Gin Walking Tours, courtesy of the team at Hidden deTours - visit three gin bars in the CBD and Northbridge, and enjoy guided gin tastings by gin experts, and fun stories about gin's history and Perth's secrets and scandals. Or head to Rottnest Island (which is just as stunning in the cooler months as it is during summer) and join The Hike Collective on their 3.5 hour Lakes & Bays Guided Hike, where you'll traverse spectacular coastal headlands, pass stunning inland lakes, encounter both natural and man-made attractions along the way, and enjoy fascinating insights about the historical, cultural and environmental significance of this extraordinary place.
We hope we've given you plenty of inspiration to get your cosy game on across Perth this season! And if you enjoyed this blog, we reckon you'll enjoy a few of our other cosy-themed blogs from previous years: Perth's best restaurants for comfort food, why Perth is the best place to be in winter, and comfy indoor spaces in Perth you'll love.