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Published July 7th 2018
Try this cafe in the Optus Stadium Complex
There are supposedly three new places where you can eat at our new Optus Stadium. However, one of the restaurants appears to be cordoned off and is only open when there is an event on.
I have tried the largest pub in the southern hemisphere (The Camfield) and it was excellent. Today, we tried City View Cafe, so named due to the gorgeous view!
Man made channel of water adjacent to the River
This is up a huge flight of stairs (there is a lift to the left of the stairs) and it has the most glorious outlook over the Swan River, the new bridge crossing from East Perth to the Stadium, and the gardens of this complex.
In the gardens, there are bike tracks, walking tracks, and breathtaking views of the water. This stretch of water is very calm and the day we went was a lovely cold, but sunny day.
I would imagine this place would also be very homely on a rainy day, as it has large windows and the rain over the calm river would also make for a nice view!
The new stadium grounds do not appear to be finished as there are still barriers in several places, and it is not well signposted. However, I had been here before and knew where to find the City View Cafe.
Their menu is not large, however, it is mainly the view and to rest weary legs after wandering around the huge Stadium complex that people would come here. On a day when there is something on at the Stadium, I believe you can make bookings, however, no bookings are required on other days.
At this stage, there is no menu you can view online, so here is some idea of what you can have for lunch.
We had no problems getting a table at the window and we got there quite early for lunch.
The view from our table
It is quite a long walk from the car park to the large steps, which lead to the actual Stadium. There is possibly a closer car park, however, the walk was very pleasant! The whole complex is rather daunting, as it is far larger than it appears when driving near it on one of the Freeways.
The cafe also overlooks the Matagarup Bridge. This bridge will eventually connect people moving between East Perth, Burswood Peninsula and Optus Stadium.
The not yet finished Matagarup Bridge
It has been plagued with problems and is months behind the opening date, however, you can still see it will be quite spectacular.
There is also going to be a ferry service from Barrack Street to the Stadium when there is an event on. Captain Cook Cruises, owned by Sealink, has secured the exclusive use licence for one of the three berths at the Stadium. This jetty alone cost some $5 million.
The Stadium itself has cost about $1.6 billion to build, and is "ginormous"! We went to the City View for lunch and it is a casual cafe where you can sit anywhere and order at the counter.
As the menu was not large, I was able to choose quicker than I normally can and we decided to share two lunches.
two shared meals
We chose the smashed avocado on toast, with tomatoes and feta cheese and this cost $16. This was on a thick slice of crusty toast and was well presented.
Smashed avocado on thick toast
We also ordered the Tex-mex pulled pork and brisket burger, which cost $22.
Pulled pork and brisket burger
Both were quite nice, though I felt rather overpriced for what we got. We shared both meals and followed with a coffee which was excellent. Although I have had better food, the actual place is delightful, with one of the better views in Perth.
It is a busy little hub with people walking, bicycling, walking their dogs, as well as people wandering around looking at the complex.
"Walking the dog - I'm just a walkin' the dog"
There were also children playing on the green grass by the water, and a children's playground.
Children's playground near the River
I would recommend City View as it is casual, quick and very pleasant, though I would hate to go there when there is an event on with some 60,000 people!
Their opening hours, when there are no shows on, are Monday to Friday, 7.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Great article, I have been meaning to check this place out but the only time I go to Optus Stadium is for the footy when it’s very likely the busiest time but I might have to make a special trip in! By the way the pub is called the Camfield rather than the Camden :)