Surrounding the city, these suburbs are very cool. A thriving club scene mixes with fantastic coffee spots, hidden gems and leafy suburban streets.
Northbridge offers new attractions like Yagan Square, alongside old favourites such as the Perth Cultural Centre and State Theatre Centre. The suburb is the place to go for student nights, free events and a massive selection of international restaurants. Head to the new Market Hall food court, or discover your favourite Korean barbeque place on William Street. Northbridge is also considered the heart of Perth’s arts and culture scene, home to most of the annual Fringe World Festival’s venues. You’ll find the Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (fondly known as PICA) on James Street, all of which have free exhibitions running year-round.
Nearby Leederville has a strong cafe culture and welcoming community alongside a thriving club scene. Dance the night away at Hip-E Club, The Manor or Niche, all of which run promo nights and student specials. Or, go for something a bit more relaxed and try out the many brunch spots along Oxford Street. Leederville is known for having an abundance of sumptuous international flavours; go to Ria Malay Kitchen for Malaysian dishes and delicious roti, La Vida Urbana for a Mexican twist on classic dishes, Three Sisters for traditional Vietnamese eats, or Bill’s Bar and Bites for cheese boards. Go BYO at Viet Hoa and you’ll see why it’s a local favourite. The shops in Leederville are eclectic and full of clothing, trinkets and homewares you won’t find anywhere else. Try Varga Girl, Urban Depot or Remedy for a spot of retail therapy.
If you follow Beaufort Street from Northbridge away from the city, you’ll reach Mount Lawley. A popular student suburb thanks to its proximity to the city and access to the Swan River, this suburb is also home to an Edith Cowan University campus. The state-of-theart developments in and around the campus are well worth visiting. The famous Astor Theatre has a longrunning history and an event calendar full of incredible live acts, from comedy to drama and performing arts. Beaufort Street has an amazing array of bars, restaurants and cafes, too. Veggie Mamma does great vegetarian and vegan food, while Side Door Barbecue will satisfy meat-eaters. Finlay & Sons, Fez and Modus are top spots for coffee and breakfast.
The Loftus Community Centre in Leederville offers plenty of opportunities to connect and engage with fellow residents through various events and programs, like cooking classes, fitness activities, music classes, and a chess club.
Northbridge Medical Centre has a general practice, as well as sexual health services, skin cancer checks and multilingual doctors. If you need to go to the doctor outside normal business hours, GP After Hours in Mount Lawley opens at 7pm and closes at 11pm most nights.
You’ll find several churches in the area, including Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Leederville, St Patrick’s Anglican Church and St Paul’s in Mount Lawley, and Saint Brigid’s Church and the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Constantine and Helen in Northbridge.
Mount Lawley’s location right next to the Swan River makes it a great spot for soaking up the summer rays or hiding from the heat. Mount Lawley is its own little fitness hub with lots of great options to choose from, including Plus Fitness, Snap Fitness, Goodlife and more. Try spin classes, yoga, swimming, circuits, personal training, or outdoor group sessions and find something you love to help keep you fit and feeling your best.
The Northbridge Piazza is a green public space complete with outdoor sun umbrellas, comfy bean bags and a super screen. The area is usually full of families, students and workers taking a break in the sunshine or enjoying a free movie playing on the big screen.
For a touch of old movie magic, head to the Luna Cinema in Leederville. This retro art deco theatre has been around since the 1920s and is a fantastic place to watch independent or festival films in a cosy and intimate setting. But the real treat is the outdoor cinema, which takes place during summer. Relax in a bean bag and enjoy the movie as you take in the leafy surroundings. You can bring your own picnic lunch or dinner, or visit the cinema’s beautiful bar to get yourself a glass of wine.