Having spent the last year living in Perth, Western Australia and being the health nut that I am, I had no chance when it came to giving myself over to the incredible health food scene here in Perth.
Perth has some of the best foodie spots in the world; from American BBQ to ethnic food and my beloved health foods – Perth’s food scene is as diverse as it is delicious.
The health food scene itself has a huge variety and caters to everyone – Paleo, Raw, Vegan, Organic, Clean and beyond!
There are more locations than mentioned in this post, however these are my absolute favourites in Perth and definitely worth checking out. Since I’m North of the River, most of them are relative to my location but Freo is definitely a Mecca for fine food!
Grill’d – Healthy Burger Chain
I don’t know about you guys but to me, sitting down to a big ol’ burger is one of the most satisfying things in life. Back in NZ I used to get my fix at Burger Fuel, but they don’t have it here in Western Australia. The first time I tried Grill’d was before I moved over and I loved it then! When I got here to live, it has still become one of my treats.
They have a paleo friendly low carb bun made using almond meal which is awesome for when you’re not in the mood for a lettuce wrap. My favourite is their Simon Says burger – which is chicken, bacon and avocado with salad. I tend to go for their chicken burgers because it’s just chicken breast which always minimises additives. If you’re super strict, you can easily remove their sauces too – but since I generally have this as a treat and have a firm 90/10 approach (10% is allowed for stuff when I’m eating out like accounting for oils they cook in, not going off to eat a donut!) so I leave the sauces in. My absolute favourite are their zucchini chips, which aren’t paleo but are gluten free and best when fresh! SO GOOD.
Location: There are various locations throughout Perth (and the rest of Australia!).
Subi Farmers Market – Artisanal Variety
When I was introduced to the Subi Farmers Market, it was like a dream come true. I’m personally obsessed with Farmers Markets and I also love to support small and local business. There is a huge variety of food at this market, but there is also 3-4 really great health food stalls. My personal favourite is GH Produce where chef Glen sells his paleo inspired product range as well as weekly treats! Heading to the GH Produce stall quickly became my weekly ritual. His Gatherer Granola is amazing, and I have also bought and made his Paleo Foccacia as well as the Banana Bread. I definitely want to get my hands on the Chocolate Cake (with icing!) mix sometime too for a special occasion! Some of my favourite treats I have bought from his stall include his Golden Granola Bar, Orange, Strawberry and Almond Cake (to the right) and an incredible mini Apple & Rhubarb Pie made with a cassava flour crust – delish!
Sometimes you’ll also catch Honest Goods Co. there with their variety of Paleo (and vegan as well as gluten free) Breads which they have for sale by the loaf or you can get a slice made into toast with a topping of your choice! They have both sweet and savoury. From memory there is toppings such as smashed avo as well as banana and nut butter, as well as loads more. I went with their nut butter, homemade chia jam and strawberry topping on their Cacao loaf.. Amazing! Their loaf flavours include spiced chai, cacao and peanut, coconut, paleo super seed, pumpkin loaf and also an amazing banana loaf made using LSA so it’s a little different to your usual banana loaf. These loaves are also available at various locations around Perth; I generally check their social media to keep up to date with their movements when I’ve got a hankering!
Location: Subi Farmers Market at the Subiaco Primary School
Pixel Coffee Brewers – Nourishing Bowls
Pixel is my go to when it comes to wanting to buy breakfast out but also staying super strict. They serve incredible nourish bowls that are filled to the brim with high quality ingredients. I go for their paleo bowl which is packed with greens such as spinach and broccoli, as well as fennel, almonds, seeds, avocado, poached eggs and bacon all topped off with a splash olive oil. It’s got all of the good fats going on as well as loads of veges and some good protein too. These bowls are super filling and don’t break the bank either.
They have an impressive cabinet selection of treats (although I’ve never purchased any as from memory they’re not paleo friendly) and the rest of their menu is pretty tasty too. I just can’t get past those bowls! Their house brewed kombucha is also delicious.
Location: Oxford Street, Leederville
Heirloom by Pete Evans – Paleo Fine Dining
I actually only discovered Heirloom a couple of months ago before my October USA trip and boy was I hooked. I’ve since been back a second time and could quite happily have gone back again before I leave if time permitted. Not all of the food is strictly paleo, but almost the entire menu is gluten and dairy free.
With options ranging from King Prawn Zoodles to Paleo Pizza, to Cauliflower Nasi Goreng, there is a huge selection of meals to choose from. I had their Pork Belly (pictured) the first time I went and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. I also have had their Paleo Loaf with Cashew Cheese, Fremantle Octopus and Chorizo, Macadamia Crusted Chicken Schnitzel and my ultimate favourite… Their Sweet Potato Fries! They are a MUST BUY if you head to Heirloom. Their prices are really good, especially for Perth. Perth is fairly pricy to eat out in, however I find the mains are around the mid $30’s range which is very reasonable for Perth! The desserts are also delicious; my friends adored the Paleo Rocky Road, but I loved the Strawberry Shortcake. I always leave way too full since the excitement of being able to order most menu items gets the better of me, but it’s so worth it!
Location: Fraser Suites, East Perth
Nood Cafe – Whole Food on the Run
Nood was a company that I had followed on social media for so long before I finally got the chance to head in to their newly opened cafe.
They specialise in whole food to go; you simply pick out one of their premade meals from the fridge, and you can take it to go or get it heated up and plated. I’ve been there a few times since discovering it, and I love both their Chicken Satay with Cauliflower Nasi Goreng as well as their Chicken Earth Bowl which is Chicken, Roast Veges, Greens and Salsa Verde. I also always pick something out of their amazing sweet cabinet selection too. Pictured to the right is their Chicken Satay but to the side of it is an amazing Chocolate Cake with Cauliflower Icing. Yup – cauliflower in the icing! I need to find their secret because this was incredible. I also had a berry & lime cake and have tried an orange brownie. Sigh. Delicious! They also have Acai Bowls, wraps, cabinet salads and an on-site coffee machine. If I was staying in Perth for longer, I totally would have used their catering service for any events I may have thrown.
Location: Oxford Street, Leederville
Whip it Good – Ice Cream Treats to beat Perth Heat!
We all know by now that Perth gets pretty damn hot. Ice Cream being one of the best ways to cool down, it can be extremely hard when you’re dairy and sugar free. In steps Cocowhip. Cocowhip is a chain across Australia that does gluten, dairy and refined sugar free coconut soft serve and boy is it delicious! Whilst its not completely paleo friendly, it’s pretty damn close. This one to the left, covered in peanuts, clearly is me pushing the boundaries but a little snickers never hurt no-one (unless you have a peanut allergy).
This totally outrageous Cocowhip is definitely a special occasion treat, but Whip It Good at the Fremantle markets does do more plain varieties. You can choose vanilla or cacao flavoured whip, then choose from a variety of toppings and sauces. Their hot caramel is my absolute favourite, which is made with coconut sugar, but they’re constantly changing their menu. They once even had a stewed apple crumble – yum!
Location: Fremantle Markets
The Sugarless Bakery – Cupcakes and Donuts that won’t ruin your Macros
Last but not least, I couldn’t finish this article without giving a shout out to the girls behind The Sugarless Bakery. Their cupcakes and donuts are not only completely paleo friendly, but they also are super low in carbohydrates with just 5g net carbs per cupcake or donut!
They have a huge variety of flavours from Snickers to Red Velvet to Lemon Cheesecake when it comes to their cupcakes and then their donuts come in the likes of Ferrero Rocher, Berry Ripe, Lamington and Cookie Crumble! They are insanely good, and probably one of the treats I will miss the most. I have to say, despite my love of donuts, their cupcakes are my absolute favourite.
Location: Various locations around Perth – check their website for suppliers!
I’m definitely gonna miss all of the incredible food here; but it’s definitely more of an excuse to come back!