Explore beyond the city grid...
To discover some more cultural encounters and funky neighborhoods, look beyond the city grid. Here you'll find bohemian quarters, leafy village streets, boutique shopping, multi-ethnic flavours and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Within 10 minutes drive of the city centre and easily accessible by public transport, the suburbs of Northbridge, East Perth, Leederville, West Perth, Subiaco, Mount Lawley/Highgate, Mount Hawthorn Victoria Park and South Perth are a must-visit for any visitor to Perth.
Victoria Park is 10 minutes south-east of the city and home to dozens of restaurants, cafés, pubs and shopping outlets. The jewel in the crown is the magnificent entertainment complex, Crown Perth. Albany Highway is Perth’s longest dining strip. Here you will find international flavours ranging from Italian and Nepalese to Mexican and Asian-inspired cuisine. Fine dining and casual venues sit side by side with a large student population living in the area.
Northbridge sits adjacent to the city and is the cultural epicentre of Perth, only minutes away from the central train station. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, there are dozens of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs to satisfy visitors looking to eat out, watch live music or dance well into the night. Northbridge boasts an around-the-clock energy of laneways, hidden bars and streets rumbling with culinary variety and intrigue. Yum cha sits side by side with European dining and contemporary Australian cuisine. Pop up bars and events are a regular occurrence in the ever popular Cultural Centre precinct and Northbridge Piazza.
East Perth is only 5 minutes from central Perth and accessible on the free CAT bus. This idyllic riverside setting has industrial heritage which is now morphed by beautiful waterfront developments. Enjoy the delights of Claisebrook Cove, boasting popular eateries and gardens by the canals. Visitors can take a segway tour here, hire a bike or kayak to explore the eastern fringe of the city with a different view.
Only 5 minutes north west of the city is Leederville featuring a wide range of eating and drinking establishments that ooze a hip, bohemian vibe, as well as fantastic shopping in one vibrant cental area. The free Green CAT bus departs regularly between the Esplanade Busport and Leederville Train Station.
Only a few minutes from the city, the main strip is Hay Street but some of West Perth's best secrets are tucked away on the side streets. A mixture of city dwelling locals, lawyers and public servants fill the cafes and restaurants of West Perth from Monday to Friday. Quieter on weekends without the corporate crowd, West Perth is worth checking out for foodies. Kings Park is the most visited attraction in all of Western Australia, it's also in West Perth.
Subiaco is best known for its markets, many boutiques, restaurants and jewellery outlets located along Hay Street and Rokeby Road. During the day, white collar workers walk the pavements. Evenings draw crowds to enjoy world-class dining and regular performances at The Regal Theatre. Easily accessible by train and only 5 minutes west of the city.
Journey 5 minutes north east of the city centre and you will find cosmopolitan Perth at its coolest with an eclectic hub of bars, international flavours and quirky street art. All of this comes together during the annual Beaufort Street Festival each November. Beaufort Street is also home to the Astor Theatre, one of Perth’s favourite and longest running live music venues.
The village-like streets of Mt Hawthorn sit in suburbia 10 minutes north west of Perth. This chic community is lined with town houses and heritage buildings and is home to a whole range of boutique stores and trendy eating houses.
Famous for million dollar views and some of Perth's most reputable culinary icons, South Perth is a must. Restaurant views capture the magnificent expanses of the Swan River and the spectacular Perth city skyline. Luxury apartments are also dotted along the foreshore - an ideal alternative to city-based accommodation. Regular ferries run between Barrack Street Jetty and South Perth, a quick and very cheap 5 minute trip! While here, make sure you visit the Perth Zoo.