Perth’s restored heritage buildings | Home to Hotel Como The Treasury, and design lovers’, foodies’ mecca

The historical State Buildings in Perth's CBD. Source: cathedralsquare.com.au
The historical State Buildings in Perth’s CBD. Source: cathedralsquare.com.au

Perth’s State Buildings, also known as the Old Treasury Buildings, laid dormant for more than 20 years before their 2015 re-birth as a luxury boutique hotel, retail and hospitality destination like no other in Australia.  These re-purposed heritage buildings have already achieved international acclaim: Hotel COMO The Treasury was rated the second-best hotel in the world in 2016 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, and Wildflower Restaurant made it onto CNN’s ‘Best New Restaurants for 2017’ list as well as being awarded ‘two hats’ by the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide.

For me, there are three things that set the ‘State Buildings’ development apart from other hotel developments.  First, it’s the juxtaposition of Victorian-era grandeur with contemporary touches including street art on the basement level and a steel and glass box perched on the top floor of the hotel (home to Wildflower restaurant) that makes this restoration simply breathtaking.

Postal Hall Atrium, The State Buildings, Perth
The stunning Postal Hall Atrium, The State Buildings, Perth.  Source: Comohotels.com
Mural by international street artist Alex Face in the Long Chim restaurant courtyard, the State Buildings, Perth. Source:
Mural by international street artist Alex Face in the Long Chim restaurant courtyard, the State Buildings, Perth.

Second, the unique tenant mix of local artisanal retailers, boutique bars, restaurants ranging from casually-sophisticated to high-end, and a boutique five-star hotel gives the precinct its vibrancy.

Ginger B gifts luxe hampers filled with premium goodies that are local, artisanal and ethical. Source: gingerb.com.au
Ginger B gifts luxe hampers filled with premium goodies that are local, artisanal and ethical. Source: gingerb.com.au
Sue Lewis Chocolatier, State Buildings, Perth. Source: Sue Lewis Facebook
Sue Lewis Chocolatier, State Buildings, Perth. Source: Sue Lewis Facebook

And third, core to the development was the goal of making the precinct accessible and welcoming for the W.A. public – not just for hotel guests.

Petition Beer Corner, Petition Kitchen and Petition Wine Bar & Merchant specialise in craft beers, boutique wines, and relaxed dining showcasing WA’s local and seasonal produce. Source: petitionperth.com
Petition Beer Corner, Petition Kitchen and Petition Wine Bar & Merchant specialise in craft beers, boutique wines, and relaxed dining showcasing WA’s local and seasonal produce. Source: petitionperth.com

I became a bit obsessed with the place while I was living in Perth, dropping in every morning before work to grab a coffee from the excellent baristas at Telegram Coffee, catching up with friends after work at Petition Beer Corner – any excuse to be able to soak in the ambiance of these grand buildings.

Telegram Coffee, the State Buildings Perth
Telegram Coffee, the State Buildings Perth

My husband and I splurged for our wedding anniversary, booking into Wildflower for its five-course tasting menu. Wildflower describes its offering as “contemporary dishes revolving around the indigenous ethos of six seasons with farmer and forager-driven menus.”.  It’s definitely a special occasion-type restaurant but well worth every cent, in fact I reckon it’s the best restaurant experience I’ve had to date! The restaurant design and gorgeous aspect and the creativity of the dishes made for an incredible experience.

Wildflower Restaurant Interior
Wildflower Restaurant Interior, source: wildflowerperth.com.au

Wildflower Perth 5 course tasting menu

A couple of the dishes from my Wildflower five course tasting menu - my photos don't do it justice!
A couple of the dishes from my Wildflower five course tasting menu – my photos don’t do it justice!

I could go on all day about the State Buildings precinct. I have yet to stay in the hotel (at about $600 per night I gotta do some saving for that one) but even if you just visit for a coffee I think you’ll agree that it’s a one-of-a-kind restoration. It’s the kind of place you just don’t want to leave.

The State Buildings are located on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth.  For more information visit statebuildings.com.