Known for its night­clubs and late-night ex­cess, this in­ner-city Perth hub is di­ver­si­fy­ing with a va­ri­ety of restau­rants and bars, new cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­am­ples of the west’s la­tent en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit. By Max Veen­huyzen.

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From soba noo­dles to tem­pura, this pop­u­lar iza­kaya ticks plenty of boxes for Ja­panese com­fort. For the real James Parker (james­ ex­pe­ri­ence, though, book the sushi counter for closeup views of chefs slic­ing pris­tine sashimi and turn­ing rice and sea­weed into ex­cel­lent hand rolls and ni­giri.


Stan­dard (the­s­tandard­ by name, not by na­ture – es­pe­cially if you’re re­fer­ring to the tech­nique-heavy cook­ing of chef Chase We­ber. If seafood char­cu­terie and pressed lamb belly with na­tive plum, pick­led kohlrabi and corn­bread don’t turn your head, this ware­house space’s drinks list and out­door beer gar­den should do the trick.


This gela­te­ria (chi­ is mak­ing all the right chilled moves with fresh, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents and a fun space awash with colour. Core flavours (pis­ta­chio, salted caramel) aside, col­lab­o­ra­tions with lo­cal chefs have given rise to lim­ited one­offs such as Fri­uli Ap­ple Strudel.


A playlist of sing-out-loud songs; al­fresco deck seat­ing; food de­liv­ery from the at­tached Flip­side burger bar; and great drinks. Lit­tle won­der Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute (me­chan­ics in­sti­tute­ is one of Perth’s premier cock­tail venues.


No Mafia (no­ makes its “South­ern-Ital­ian-themed wine bar” brief look easy with a tightly stocked cel­lar, clued-up staff and a kitchen sling­ing wine-friendly eats.


Cen­trally lo­cated Alex Ho­tel (alex­ho­ en­cour­ages guests to min­gle in taste­fully ap­pointed com­mu­nal spa­ces. Stream­lined rooms, mean­while, are low on frills but have all the mod cons. At the in-house Shadow Wine Bar & Din­ing Room, chef Sue Hutchins is all about Ital­ian com­fort, with the wine list fine-tuned to de­liver Old World thrills.


Ap­pre­ci­ate the art North­bridge is some­thing of an art hub. Check out the Art Gallery of West­ern Aus­tralia (art­ and edgier pieces at PICA (, as well as the area’s laneways and build­ings – “can­vases” for vi­brant street art (street­sof­

Buy some vinyl Sift­ing through the crates at Sa­fari’s Record Shack (Shop 9, 189 Wil­liam Street; 0403 707 499) should un­earth plenty of trea­sures, es­pe­cially for soul and hip-hop fans, while the se­lec­tion at Noise Pol­lu­tion Records (280 Wil­liam Street; 08 9328 3124) leans towards the rock side of things.

Watch open-air cinema Rooftop Movies (rooftop­ sees the top level of a park­ing lot screen cult and art-house films over the sum­mer months. There’s also Moon­light Cinema (moon­ at Kings Park.

But first, caf­feine...

The tra­di­tion­ally named Koffie Winkel (, or Dutch cof­fee house, is also au fait with mod­ern tech­niques. Creamy nitro cold brew, any­one?

(From top) Prosecco and freshly shucked oys­ters at Shadow Wine Bar & Din­ing Room at Alex Ho­tel; the bou­tique stay has homey shared liv­ing spa­ces; “newwave” gela­te­ria Chicho

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