About Monica U
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Jan 2014
35-49 year old female
Globetrotter, foodie and lover of good festivals, digital marketing and writing. I have visited more than 80 cities around the world but have called Sydney home for the last 10 years. Previously , I lived in Cancun, Mexico and Playa del Carmen for 5 years and learnt to scuba dive. Having a partner that skies, Queenstown is one of our favourite destinations both in winter and in summer, and just a little "jump" from Sydney. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to cook a meal and share it among friends.
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Start your day by having breakfast right on the beach. With uninterrupted views of the ocean (if you sit outside on the balcony), Cottesloe Cafe serves up one of the best lattes in Perth. Simple, organic food is on offer too, in generous portions at great value.
Next, time to do some shopping. London Court is the best place to stroll around some beautiful, original old shops, buy real English candy, browse antiques, and get your quota of Perth souvenirs. The Court's old clock is always great to watch, too: make sure you're there on the hour when the knights pop out!
St George Cathedral has been recently restored to its original 1800s design. The light that filters into this tiny church fills you with peace as soon as you enter. Beautiful artwork is on display inside, making it a fantastic place to stop for a breather during your visit to Perth.
If all this sight-seeing and shopping has made you hungry, head down to Greenhouse, the creation of amazing environmentalist and artist, Joost Bakker. As you enter, the serenity, simplicity, and sustainability of the place makes you feel instantly peaceful and happy. The food is just as memorable, prepared fresh every day with ingredients from the rooftop garden.
Time for a walk after lunch, and what better than a stroll through the beautiful Botanical Gardens overlooking the whole city of Perth. There are more than 3000 species of flora to admire here. Stop at the beautiful war memorial or take the time to learn about aboriginal history. It's my favorite place to take a book and just relax.
Now it's time for a little art, so take a stroll down to the WA Art Gallery. My tip? Pick one of the current exhibitions, as it is hard to see everything at once!
After so much culture and nature, it is time to play. Bob's Bar is on the rooftop of Perth's tallest building and was named after Australia’s third-longest serving Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. Go up the staircase covered in newspapers and enjoy excellent cocktails and some Mexican snacks at the bar.
Mmm, I am getting hungry now! Just below Bob's bar is a fantastic restaurant that serves Asian style street food. It reminds me of the grilled long shrimps that I had on the beach at Otres in Cambodia, but of course prepared by the magic hands of Chef Andrew Moores. Enjoy!
You cannot leave Perth without trying at least one of the artisanal cocktails at Bar Lafayette. Entering this small, dark, intimate place that was once a technical school, infuses your body and soul with a longing for a by-gone era.
Last stop of the day. Head down to the Norfolk hotel for some live music to get your feet dancing. If you want a more relaxed vibe, you can head outside to the beautiful historic courtyard, but to discover new music and local bands, go downstairs to The Odd Fellow Bar.