Subi might be getting through a bit of a rough patch the last few years, but if you know where to look, there’s some hidden gems to be found.
Catch a show at the Subiaco Arts Centre
Operating as an arts venue since 1984, Subiaco Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of local, interstate and international performing artists – ranging from comedy, theatrical productions, dance and much more. As well as this, the centre is home to leading Aboriginal performing arts organisation, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. If you aren’t able to catch the next show, stop by coffee-window-in-residence Hole in the Wall for a coffee in the beautiful garden surrounds.
180 Hamersley Road
Subi Farmer’s Markets
We’ve already talked about how great Subi Farmer’s Markets are, but I just can’t stress this enough: it’s really great, guys. With some of the best fresh fruit and veg in town, as well as amazing artisan local producers, it will make your Saturday mornings feel oh-so-wholesome (even if your Friday night wasn’t). Dogspotters take note: this is a hotspot for saying hello to four-legged friends.
Subiaco Primary School
271 Bagot Road
8:00am-12:00pm Saturday mornings
With a selection of local and international designers, Emporia is a fashionista’s dream. Whether it’s must-have sneakers from French label Veja, the most stylish slips from Silk Laundry, or a quirky dress from Kate Sylvester, these ladies have you (luxuriously) covered from head to toe.
271 Rokeby Road
Blacklist Coffee Roasters
After trying out a few different iterations at their Hay Street location, Blacklist Coffee Roasters have opened a brand-new concept store to complement their existing Welshpool roastery. As well as regular takeaway coffee options, Blacklist offers a unique dine-in coffee tasting menu. For $7 per person, you can sample a variety of pour over and espresso coffees to your heart’s content. It’s like a cellar door for coffee nerds!
439D Hay Street
Community Coffee Co.
Speaking of coffee nerds – Community Coffee Co. is another required stop. A roaster and espresso bar, these new kids on the block have built up an impressive reputation over the last year. But it’s worth getting there for their souvlaki: every Friday lunchtime, from 12 until sold out.
292a Barker Road
One of the more unassuming places on the list, Red Chair is nevertheless one of the best lunches you’re likely to come across. What seems at first to be a pretty standard lunch bar is actually home to some of the best laksa in Perth. Available from 10:30 until 2:30 on weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays, I have been known to get this take away just to save it for dinner, such is the depth of my love for this laksa.
Crossways Centre, 2/180-184 Rokeby Road
Juanita’s is a bar with character. Around for years, the neighbourhood fixture changed hands at the end of 2017 – a good thing, when you hear customer tales of the “eccentric artist” who formerly owned it. Now helmed by a well honed hospitality team (with CVs including Bivouac, Lulu la Delizia, Cantina 663 and many more), Juanita’s is a warm and welcoming watering hole, with a top selection of eats that pair perfectly with a few drinks on a Sunday arvo.
341 Rokeby Road
Lady of Ro
What’s a neighbourhood bar without neighbours? After a drink and a snack at Juanita’s, you’ll be tempted to shuffle next door to Lady of Ro. This teeny tiny restaurant has a menu that is best described as Greek-ish, with a focus on local produce and share plates. Make sure you hit up the bottle shop as they’re BYO, and definitely leave room for dessert.
345 Rokeby Road
Lulu La Delizia
I kind of wish I could say Lulu La Delizia is one of Subiaco’s best kept secrets but… when Marco Pierre White rates you as his favourite restaurant in Australia, the cat is well and truly out of the bag. An intimate room with a focus on pasta (the pasta!) and hearty northern Italian fare, this is the kind of restaurant that adapts itself to any occasion. A romantic date night? A boisterous dinner with friends? A special occasion? They all seem to fit perfectly in its warm glow.
Forrest Walk, 5/97 Rokeby Road
About the author:
Sally is a designer, artist and fried chicken aficionado. When she’s not working, you can find her obsessing over her houseplants or at the movies. See some of her art here: www.instagram.com/
Cover photo of Blacklist Coffee Roasters