Perth has been described as “a city embodying all things right about cities” in a glowing article in the New York Times.
Writer Baz Dreisinger waxes lyrical about the city’s assets, from the “futuristic” Perth Arena to its endless stretch of blue sky days in summer and “hipster” urban villages such as Northbridge and Mt Lawley.
Dreisinger declares the city to be “hipster heaven” – insisting Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg “pales beside Perth".
“Multiple parks and waterfronts; spotless subways and free public buses; restaurant menus with organic, locally sourced food and wine; cool bars in heritage buildings; and pop-up everything, from farmers’ markets to cinema and yoga,” she writes.
“Australians once joked that ‘WA’ stood not for ‘Western Australia’ but ‘wait awhile’ — a jab at the laid-back west coast lifestyle, not as up-to-the-minute as Melbourne or Sydney — but that now has a new connotation: If you think Perth is getting trendy, wait till you see what it’s becoming."
Perth’s new bars, restaurants and hotels rate a mention in the article, including the newly refurbished Terrace Hotel and Cottesloe Beach Hotel as well as Print Hall, Little Creatures and the Stables Bar.
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi hoped the article, which has been widely circulated on social media, would make West Australians realise how lucky they are, while encouraging new visitors to the State.