Perth’s Trendiest Streets
Named ‘hipster heaven’ by a New York Times writer, Perth’s trendiest streets each offer varying proportions of contemporary restaurants, gastropubs, cafes and cool bars in heritage buildings and old theatres.
William Street, Northbridge
Shop local designers or search for vintage denim at one of William Street’s many thrift stores then feast on high-quality Vietnamese and Chinese food or sophisticated Italian fare. Grab a take-away dessert at Chi Cho Gelato, eat it while browsing Northside Bookstore then have a drink at Shadow Wine Bar or Universal Bar and head to Young Love Mess Hall or The Bird for live bands, DJs and a stress-free night on the town.
Oxford Street, Leederville
Trendy restaurants, cafés, and clothing stores lure travellers and locals alike to Oxford Street. Kitsch Bar and The Low Key Chow House celebrate Asian street food with a modern Australian twist, while Tsuke-Ba hones in on experimental Japanese. By day, NOOD and the Market Juicery serve vibrant health foods and raw desserts, while specialty coffee abounds at cafés like Pixel and Foam Coffee Bar. Trendy boutique clothing stores are another staple on Oxford Street – check out Elroy and Varga Girl.
Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
Beaufort Street is home to some of Perth’s most Instagram-worthy eateries – from Mary Street Bakery’s fried chicken buttermilk pancakes to The Ramen Lab’s Japanese style tacos and El Publico’s fried crickets. Make your followers green with envy and fill up here, then head to The Ellington, Perth’s most respected jazz club, or the art deco Astor Theatre to catch a gig or theatre performance.
South Terrace, Fremantle
A stone’s throw from South Beach, the breezy South Terrace is most vibrant by day, when its ‘Cappucino Strip’ bustles with locals looking for a caffeine hit. Join them at alfresco cafes like the 30-year-old Gino’s or newer establishments Ootong & Lincoln and Il Cibo café. Of an evening, the famous Norfolk pub has long been the place for a Sunday session.
Angove Street, North Perth
Despite being less than a kilometre in length, Angove Street is bursting with patisseries and cafés serving a hungry breakfast crowd. On weekends, shoppers scout out stylish homewares at the Angove Street Collective and Future Shelter. In the evening, the gently lit Old Bar and Kitchen comes alive and the popular Rosemount beer garden hums with live music late into the night.
All the action at the Esplanade neatly surrounds a large, beach-facing roundabout. Barefoot beach goers are welcome at relaxed cafés like The Local Shack and Health Freak Café and when the sun starts to set, golden ale is the drink of choice at specialist pubs like The Squires Fortune, and hip live music venues like El Grotto. The Esplanade is busiest in summer of course when, on Sundays, the Scarborough Sandpit blares with Latin music as salsa dancers move to the rhythm.
Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Popular shopping district Rokeby Road is also home to some of Perth’s most celebrated eateries. Mediterranean and middle-eastern inspired restaurants line the street and independent owners create a buzzing vibe surrounded by some of Perth’s oldest buildings.