Don’t be dissuaded by a few empty shopfronts, Subi is still jam-packed with countless cafés – from coffee-nerd meccas to cosy Mediterranean courtyards, and plenty in between! We’ve rounded up just a few of our favourites:
Blacklist Coffee Roasters
It would be inaccurate to call Blacklist Coffee Roasters’ Subiaco location a café – although it’s certainly where you’ll get a bang-up brew. Their Subiaco concept store complements their existing Welshpool roastery (they also have a Canggu café and restaurant under their belt), offering a unique dine-in coffee tasting menu in addition to their regular takeaway coffee options. For $12 per person, you’re treated to a variety of Blacklist coffee blends and single origins, or become a member for unlimited coffees all day, every day. It’s like a cellar door for coffee nerds!
439D Hay Street, Subiaco
An unassuming spot, 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 Perth’s best laksa. Available from 10:30 until 2:30 on weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays, it’s also great value – we’ve been known to save half for dinner.
Crossways Centre, 2/180-184 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Community Coffee Co.
Speaking of coffee nerds – Community Coffee Co. is another required stop, tucked behind a carpark off Barker Road. A roaster and espresso bar, these guys now have two more locations in the CBD – but Subi is where it all started, and also where you’ll find their elusive Friday souvlaki lunch special. One of Perth’s best, cooked over charcoal in the carpark with just one meat on offer, you’ll be able to follow your nose – but they sell out quick, so many sure to plan for an early lunch.
292a Barker Road, Subiaco
Bringing a touch of Europe and Latin America to Subi, Accent is one of the newbies injecting some life into the suburb. Open morning, noon and night, expect to see a range of dishes that travel from France (pain perdu, omelette à la Française), Italy (frittelle di verdure con l’uovo), Spain and Mexico (quesadilla con chorizo o champiñones, aguacate y salsa de pico de gallo en pan tostado). Muy bien!
292 Hay Street, Subiaco
One of Perth’s cafe stalwarts, Boucla has become a Subi institution over the two decades it’s been open. The Moroccan-inspired decor (and leafy courtyard out the back!) is super cozy for your next coffee date, but their cakes are the real star of the show – with a daily roster that includes a sweet soufra that keeps us up at night.
349 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Stop by this artisan baker for some legit sourdough, fermented over 72 hours and made using a 30 year old starter… But we reckon you’ll find yourself staying for their brunches and sweet treats, too.
273 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie
Just one look at the lunch time crowd snaking out the doors of the legendary Jean-Claude should be enough to get you at least a little bit intrigued by their offerings. Their baguettes make a perfect lunch on the go, but the visit really wouldn’t be complete without an almond croissant, tart or palmier for the road.
333 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Missed your train? Well, there’s a bright side – you can pop into Louis Baxters for a coffee while you wait. Using coffee from local roasters Modus, this pocket-sized cafe has you sorted for your morning brew.
2/50 Subiaco Square Road, Subiaco
Header image: Boucla