Coffee, shopping, and drinks—you can find it all in the Western Suburbs. Step inside Perth’s ‘Golden Triangle’, and experience the upper-class life on a student’s budget.
Explore the shopper’s paradise precincts of Claremont Quarter, Times Square, and Bay View Terrace, which is open to foot traffic only. Arguably the best shopping area in Perth, you’ll find all kinds of local, Australian, and international brands. Check out Poppy Lissiman’s dresses in her Times Square shop, or try Storm in a Teacup for interesting gifts and jewellery. Whatever you’re after, whatever your budget, Claremont Quarter will have something for you.
Wear your new clothes out to the Claremont Hotel for some drinks in the evening. Serving jugs of beer for under $20, and a selection of tasting sharing boards, the Claremont Hotel offers WA pub culture at its best. For a true Claremont experience, head to Club Bayview afterwards and dance the night away at one of the longest running clubs in Perth.
There are parklands and playgrounds to be found all through Claremont, and the banks are the river are shaded and grassy. Grab your sunglasses, pack a picnic, and relax at local favourites Claremont Park, or Mrs Herbert Park.
Subiaco used to be known for its high-class culture, but it’s become a lot more down-to-earth these days. For the best drinks in Subiaco, go where the locals go and head to Juanita’s. Part art supply store, partly small bar serving great Spanish wines and nibbles, all charm, this not-so-hidden gem is a must-try. Architects & Heroes on Rokeby Road know their coffee, and they want to share this knowledge with you. With a coffee menu that even states the region your coffee is from and the family that grew the bean, you know you’re in serious coffee territory.
In Crawley, Barrett’s Bread has been a student institution for as long as anyone can remember. Stop by at any time of the day for a filled roll, pastry, pie, or coffee, and see what all the fuss is about. Stop by Rocketfuel Coffee Roasters, at two convenient locations, to grab a cup of study fuel before hitting the books.
The Claremont Community Hub and Library is open Monday to Saturday. They offer a broad range of online services including e-books and e-learning resources and even host regular English and international language clubs, a knitting club, and a Lego club, so it’s also a great place to meet new friends with similar interest—contact the Library for more information.
The City of Subiaco Library is the first metropolitan council with a ‘Books on Prescription’ scheme, a programme that involves a doctor or other health practitioner ‘prescribing’ a book that addresses a particular mental health issue. This programme has been found to be an effective way of helping people deal with mental health problems and a much-needed alternative form of treatment.
Get your blood pumping at Lords Recreation Centre in Subiaco. Whether it’s lifting weights, swimming laps, or teams sports, you’ll find a way to keep in shape at Lords. And with a 15% student discount, you can’t go wrong. There are doctors all throughout Claremont and Crawley, so you’re covered for any medical needs, whether it’s a general check-up, women’s and men’s health, immunisations, or skin checks.
FREE & FRUGAL
While Claremont and Subiaco aren’t traditionally known for being budget-friendly, there’s still some bargains to be found. Grab some pork and crab dumplings at Miss Chow’s in Claremont Quarter for just $8, or head to Mama Tran for killer Vietnamese, and you can pick up a loaded pork or chicken banh mi for just $8.80.
Bring your spare change to Subiaco local favourite, Louis Baxters, for a bargain breakfast. $7 gets you a double serving of banana bread or that Aussie classic, the baked bean jaffle. For only $8 you can wrap your mouth around a classic ham and cheese jaffle.
With free pool all day on Mondays and Thursdays, free Pub Trivia on Wednesdays, and $8 draught beers every day during happy hour, you’re going to want to head to Subiaco’s The Vic. Become a Gold Card member (also free), and get 10% off drinks, and free snacks if you bring four or more friends.