PERTH is “a city transformed and enlivened” according to the New York Times.
The US newspaper has included the WA capital on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2019.
It says a decade-long development boom has supercharged Perth – “a city long best known for its isolation on Australia’s western coast” – making the list at 43.
It notes new attractions including Yagan Square “with its distinctive market hall, art park and 147ftt digital tower with a 46ft high circular screen”, Optus Stadium and Raine Square, which includes Hong Kong-based dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan, “widely considered the world’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant”.
“To accommodate the expected growth in tourism, 31 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in the last five years, including the luxury COMO, the hip QT and a Westin,” it said.
“Since 2007, liquor law reforms, including a 2018 change that let restaurants serve drinks without a meal, have changed the drinking and dining scene with more than 100 small bars opening in the central business district alone.
“And Qantas started a non-stop flight from London to Perth this year – the first from Europe.”
Each year, the New York Times puts together a list of 52 Places to Go, with this year’s collated by “intrepid journalist” Sebastian Modak.
The list was topped by Puerto Rico, which it says is on the rebound after hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island a year and a half ago.
Second spot went to Hampi in India for its architectural history, and third went to “foodie magnet” Santa Barbara in California.
Rounding out the top 10 are Panama, Munich, Eilat in Israel, Setouchi Islands in Japan, Aalborg in Denmark, The Azores in Portugal and the Ontario Ice Caves in Canada.
The only other Australian entry was the Northern Rivers of NSW at 29.
New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019
1. Puerto Rico
2. Hampi, India
3. Santa Barbara, California
5. Munich, Germany
6. Eilat, Israel
7. Setouchi Islands, Japan
8. Aalborg, Denmark
9. The Azores, Portugal
10. Ontario Ice Caves, Canada
29. Northern Rivers, NSW