Whatever the time, wherever you are, WA’s artisans are hard at it. Here’s where to get your fix of the state’s finest specialty produce, fresh from our 2024 Guide.
No matter what you’re searching for, the state’s finest providores have you covered. Feel like freshly made fettuccine or plump ravioli? Sal’s Pasta Deli in Cottesloe is without peer. On the hunt for hand-crafted cheese? It’s got to be Victoria Park’s La Delizia Latticini. A block of chocolate or box of bonbons? Make a beeline for the Sue Lewis boutique in the State Buildings. Subiaco’s Simon Johnson does a fine line in all these and more, with top-line caviar to boot.
If you need a pinch of this or that, hit up the incomparable Kakulas Brothers or Kakulas Sister for every herb and spice under the sun. (Little Sister Delicatessen, just next door, is a winner, too.) Plant-based folk or those with a passion for bean curd, meanwhile, should head to Walson Foods in Northbridge, where house-made tofu is the calling card, then follow it up with a visit to Tran’s Emporium to load the fridge and pantry with Asian essentials.
Of course, the deli and grocer game remains as strong as ever, with standouts dotted all over town. The Re Store’s two outlets draw crowds like no other, but East Freo’s Lo Presti & Son has also stood the test of time. In Maylands, Smoult’s Larder takes a more pared-back, new-school approach, and so, too, does Tom’s Providore & Wine Bar, which has fast become a local favourite.
There’s even more to discover beyond the city limits, and Dunsborough’s new Dunn Bay Continental is a strong start. For a crash course in house-made miso and truffle-laced terrines and pâtés, pop into Manjimup’s Hound & Hunter. And if you’re in the South West, Cowaramup’s Gourmet Food Merchant is a smart place to stock up, as are Margaret River Providore and Charcuterie Margaret River, which does a fine line in outré locally made smallgoods like kangaroo salami and crocodile chorizo.