For those of us less local to the precinct, it’s easy to forget about Vic Park. But we’re here to set the record straight: it just might be the most jam-packed, delicious suburb in Perth. We’ve narrowed it down by rounding up our favourite spots to eat, drink and shop along Albany Highway – but believe us, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Put us in front of a flashing, dinging arcade machine, giant slice of pizza in hand…it’s like it’s the 90s and we’re kids again. At Palace Arcade, you can unleash your inner competitive 11 year old, but with all the benefits of adulthood – namely, a beer or cocktail in hand. After the roaring success of their Northbridge store, 2020 saw Palace’s expansion into Vic Park, so even more people can get into the action. Just don’t let the trash talking get too out of hand!
774 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Boston Brewing Co.
Boston Brewing Co.’s has become a Denmark hotspot since its inception in 2011, growing more and more popular each year. And while we’re all about a road trip, if you’re based in Perth… you can’t exactly drop in on a whim. Just imagine our delight when the Vic Park location opened! More craft beer than you can shake a stick at and a sophisticated yet accessible gastropub menu, all with the same big smiles you’d expect in the Great Southern.
660 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Since opening the doors to their Mount Lawley store at the tail end of 2016, Modus have really set the standard to what exciting things a teeny tiny coffee shop can do. From their steadfast commitment to quality coffee, their ethical roasting operation, their sustainable practices, to their refined food offerings, to their collaborations with other top local producers… it was only a matter of time before they had to take it to another level. Enter, their Vic Park outpost. All the things you love about Modus, in a bigger space, with even more delicious stuff on offer. What’s not to love?
660 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
zWhen you need a reliable brunch option – Sixteen Ounces has got you more than covered. From the nutritious to the decadent, sweet or savoury, this greenery-filled cafe’s menu has something for everyone – whether you’re looking to soak up the previous night’s excess, or fuel up post workout. Paired with a cup of coffee this good? What a dream!
257 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
It’s hard to name a Perth coffee joint that gained a more rabid, cult-like following than Antz Inya Pantz. After selling the cafe side of the business to customers in 2019, they’ve managed to maintain their status as one of Vic Park’s – and even Perth’s – best coffees. Unpretentious, cheerful, top quality. If you’re in a rush, pop over the road to Antz2Go – the lightning-fast takeaway cafe!
965 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Social Manna is upping Perth’s brunch game, big time. The team’s fine dining experience is translated into accessible fare, with attention to detail and plenty of house-made accoutrements to perfect each meal. But even more impressive than the (very impressive) food? The cafe’s approach to community, with an unending stream of positive vibes and support for other local businesses. We love to see it!
253-255 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Frank’s Texas Smokehouse
Frank’s feels like it’s been transplanted from the middle of Texas, then plonked into an old car yard in Vic Park. Somehow though, it works. With an outside area perfect for big groups on balmy evenings, wallet-friendly drink specials and meat that’s ready to go as you order (no waiting!), this is the perfect spot for a Sunday catch up with mates. My pick is for the moist brisket – a classic barbecue staple done to perfection.
767 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Ramen Samurai are serious when it comes to ramen. From the fresh in-house noodles to a broth that’s simmered for over ten hours – Ramen Samurai can certainly hold their own. But don’t mistake that for being slaves to authenticity, these guys are open to experimentation: kimchi ramen, curry ramen, and heaps of customisations available for even the most particular noodle fan.
902 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
After winning hearts in Melbourne, Hakata Gensuke finally made it over to Perth in 2017. With a signature tonkotsu broth, or a choice of black sesame tonkotsu, the spicy “God Fire”, or the lighter shio tonkotsu options, these guys know soup. Get a top-up of their noodles, which are chewier and finer than you might traditionally expect, and made in-house with a specialty blend of flour.
850 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Evidently, Albany Highway’s got some pretty tough competition when it comes to tasty eats, but SSAM more than holds their own. An extensive selection of premium beef sets SSAM apart from other KBBQ joints, with ample pork, chicken, seafood and veggie options, too. Just make sure to leave some room for kimchi pancakes!
305 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Mom Dumpling House
Although it feels like it’s always been there, Mom Dumpling House has been treating us to home-style Northeastern Chinese fare since 2012. While their steamed dumplings are a must have, with flavours like pickled cabbage, celery and pork or lamb, you also won’t be able to resist their house-special traditional dishes like the braised pork belly.
687 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Li le Ying Thai
This cheap and cheerful Thai joint will knock your socks off, with complex, fresh, in-your-face flavour. We can’t go past the duck red curry or the choo chee curry, but rest assured – all your favourites are there, too.
3/895 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Pietro Gelateria is pumping out gelato that manages to be both authentically Italian and fantastically experimental. Whether you like it in a cone, on a stick, or even in a cannoli, Pietro have a huge range of flavours available – staples include ricotta, orange and dark chocolate, orange and fennel, lavender and earl grey and coffee and salted caramel. If that isn’t enough, they’ve got six constantly rotating limited edition flavours on the go as well. Highlights of their recent specials include grape and green tea, peach, mascarpone and almond, and ricotta, basil and berry – as well as a pretty out-there savoury potato and mint number. Now if that isn’t experimental, I don’t know what is!
Shop 16B, The Park Centre, 789 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Nosh Gourmet Gi s
Nosh’s store is a tasty treasure trove of thoughtfully sourced gourmet food, homewares and gifts. Specialising in artisanal hampers (one of our favourite delivery gifts) that are chock-a- block with amazing local and international products, including some that are even made in- house. The perfect one-stop-shop for that person that has everything, we can’t imagine receiving anything better!
842 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
The Source Bulk Foods
Founded in Byron Bay, the Source is now Australia’s largest specialty bulk food retailer, with stores across the country and even internationally. With a growing number of locations, it’s even easier to get in on the low-waste movement – not to mention their super extensive range of over 400 bulk products. Particularly exciting is their range of “Bush Tucker” Australian herbs, spices and teas. If you ever wondered where to get Wild Kakadu plum powder, dried wattle seed or ground saltbush… this is where!
Shop 40, The Park Centre, 789 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Anyone with a green thumb? Urban Revolution must be Perth’s mecca for zero-waste gardeners. If you’ve been thinking about getting a Bokashi composting system, or an insect hotel for the backyard, this is the place for you. As well as heaps of other household items, Urban Revolution also have a Terra Cycle recycling system, where you can drop off hard to recycle products (think stuff like Nespresso pods, mail satchels or toothpaste tubes). Bonza!
284 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Perth’s mecca for literature lovers, Crow’s selection is so good, it’s where other shops have recommended we go for particular titles – and if that isn’t a good review, I don’t know what is. Experts in everything from obscure, hard-to-find books to best sellers, you’ll always walk out with something unexpected – and as a big plus, they’re open late seven days a week! So you can browse for a new book after your dinner date.
900 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Family operation Rhubarb Records has quickly made a name for itself since its humble beginnings in 2014 at the back of the now-defunct Player One in Northbridge. Expanding to an East Vic Park store run by Liam, and a Leederville store and cafe run by his brother Dylan, these guys will hook you up with everything from new and used vinyl, to cassettes, turntables and more.
Shop 5/851 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Matthew Landers (and that’s Matthew, not Matt!) really needs no introduction. One of Perth’s premier florists – Matthew Landers has accrued an impressive online following not just for his stunning, luxurious floral installations, but for his signature tea-kettle-laugh-inducing Instagram stories. The Vic Park store is HQ for the People’s Florist, and is home to the Floral Academy, WA’s largest floristry training provider. Whether you’re stopping by for some fressssssh flowers for a loved one or attending a workshop, you’ll be getting your fill of laughs and luxury.
1/990 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Picks from the editor…
Vic Park isn’t short on Middle Eastern options, but The Prophet may just be the pick of the bunch.
An epic option for Lebanese food with heaps of vego options, the staff are all super friendly, and don’t surprised if the chef pops out for a quick chat to make sure everything was okay (hint: it probably was very okay).
907A Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
901 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park