Quaint little Guildford is a hub of history, wholesome dining and vintage shopping. The best thing about a suburb is when you can feel the strong sense of community, and after just 5 minutes of walking down the James Street strip you experience just that. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, fitness fanatic or a family looking for fun, Guildford really does have something for everyone.
Alfred’s Kitchen has been providing the best road-side burgers in Perth since 1946! Situated on James Street in front of the Midland train line, order at the kiosk and cosy yourself outside around the fire pit. This late-night joint provides simple, delicious, hearty meals without the fuss. It’s a must-go for those who want to see the best of Guildford.
Kappy’s Italian Restaurant
Kappy’s is the quintessential Italian restaurant; family owned and run, wholesome food and a carefully selected wine list. After devouring the blue cheese potato gnocchi and scaloppine parmigiana, you’ll be rolling yourself out the door like your weekly drop in to nonna’s house.
King & I Thai Restaurant
Any time I talk about this place I start salivating over their beef massaman curry. This award-winning establishment has been impressing customers for over 10 years. The space, quick service, and sharable portions makes it perfect for large-scale group bookings. For all the veggos out there, you’ll be satiated with over 15 inventive dishes to choose from. Best of all, it’s BYO!
Guildford Milk Bar
The best coffee on the strip comes from this busy little gem. Honestly, once you try a Guildford Milk Bar creamy cappuccino, you’ll be raving about it to everyone. Pick up a takeaway in-between antique perusing, or if you’re a bit peckish the all-day breakfast menu is outstanding.
The Guildford Hotel
The long-anticipated re-development of the Guildford Hotel has not disappointed protesting locals. After the heritage building burnt down in 2008, the community rallied together to ensure the hotel would be open once again. After successfully re-opening in 2016 the pub has become a hotspot for anything from a quick weekday bevvie to all-out Sunday sessions.
Rose & Crown Hotel
Don’t leave Guildford until you have a pint at one of Western Australia’s oldest hotels. I know that leaves you thinking about musty smells and ghosts, but the Rose & Crown couldn’t be further from it. Ok, maybe there’s a few ghosts but the pub’s general vibe is warm, fresh and modern with a little rustic charm on the side. Sit yourself in the classic bistro area or in the warmly lit courtyard with a glass of wine and some local live music.
Museum of Natural History
If your outings have started to feel a little repetitive lately and you’re looking for something unique, shake it up a little and head to the taxidermy museum. This place is every bit bizarre as it is wonderful with over 2,000 stuffed creatures to peruse. You’ll find anything from a Western Quoll to a friendly house-dog, and the best thing is they’re ready and posing for your next selfie!
Imagine furniture store meets 70’s fondue party. Xavier’s store of handpicked mid-century European furniture, antiques and bric-a-brac is a highlight for anyone perusing the Guildford vintage strip. Get transported back to a time where the music was funky, bras were burned and keys were in the bowl.
Trading Treasures Toy Museum
If you can think of your favourite toy from your childhood, you can bet you’ll find it here. This toy museum features everything from action figures, lunch boxes, stuffed animals, fair games, movie collectables, and everything in between. Open on weekends from 10am-4pm and entry is only $5, it’s an absolute steal for a step back in time.
About the author:
Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/