Ali Cotton - First Base

Alison Cotton

What do you love about Perth culture?
The laid back beach vibe. Gets me every time!

What is your perfect Perth day?
Early morning swim at City Beach, followed by some sunworshipping, a yoga class at 8 Limbs in Leederville and then dinner and drinks with friends at Cantina in Mt Lawley. Or if I’m being totally lazy, I just tell all my friends to meet me at the beach and I can then sunbake and swim all day and see the ones I love!

What is your number one dining or night spot?
I do love Cantina. It’s an old fav and you are always guarenteed a great meal and vino there. I like La Cholita for the atmosphere and margaritas too!

What is your go-to coffee spot?
Moore  & Moore in Freo or Cafe Cafe in Subiaco is an old haunt, lots of great memories and time spent there.

What is your hidden gem in Perth?
Maripossa in Mt Lawley! The best place to stock up on amazing fragrances from around the world, beautiful candles and all kinds of things for your hair and skin you never knew you needed !

What can’t you live without and why?
The beach. It’s the best place to be in the entire world. Oh and my boyfriend, he goes well with the beach.

What music are you listening to right now?
James Blake is on high rotation. London Grammer are getting a run and the new Yeezus album has been giving our neighbours a migraine for the last month!

Who or what has inspired you recently?
I’m crazy about Paul Davies the artist. His paintings are amazing. I heard him speak at his recent exhibition opening at the Tim Olsen Gallery and he was just such a cool guy. Officially obsessed.

Where is your travel destination of choice?
I love Margaret River and the whole South-West region. It’s my fav place to get away to each Christmas. Failing that, NYC goes down ok.

If you could have a coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
YOU of course! Or Johnny Depp if you were busy. But only if you were busy.