Guys, We Need To Talk About Subiaco

By Anna Franklyn
4th Jul 2016

Subiaco has been getting a bad wrap. And look, I geddddit, Subi had a few bad years, but as someone who stuck by it in the tough times, I feel it’s my duty to let you all know that things are happening in Subiaco, very good things people!

There are new cafes and restaurants opening all over the place, plus plenty of old faves that are still going gangbusters.

Here are some very good reasons you should put Subiaco back on your ‘to-go-to’ list.



Yelo is less of a sit down and linger cafe and more of a grab a coffee and bircher cup or takeaway salad to go. They also sell lots of little goodies like cookbooks and candles so you can have a browse while you wait for your order.

Blackbox Brewers

When I found out the guys behind Sprolo, Little Matcha Girl and Blacklist Coffee Roasters were teaming up and coming to Subiaco I was pretty excited. Blackbox Brewers have made Hay Street their home and started brewing some fricken’ good coffee on Friday last week so go and show them some love!

Baguette Me Not

Baguette Me Not knocked everyone's socks off at the Subi markets before opening a shop so you can fulfil your banh mi cravings all week long. While I would usually recommend pulled pork anything, you need to try the Birdy Nom Nom here. Trust me.


What Phoever lacks in atmosphere it makes up for with its rocking pho. A great place for some Vietnamese takeaway or a cheap group dinner.

Mog And Bone

If you’ve got a pooch then you should hit up Mog And Bone stat. They have got the cutest selection of dog beds, collars, toys and anything else you can think of. They’ve also got some goodies for your feline friends if you’re more of a cat person.


Not really new, but Emporia moved from Hay Street up to the southern end of Rokeby Road and the shop looks like a whole new place. Stocking all your faves like Empire Rose, Viktoria and Woods and Zulu & Zephyr, go here next time your credit card needs a good workout.

His Lid

Attention gents, this is where you need to get your lid did next time you’re in need of a chop. Every standard service includes a hot towel treatment, cut and style, plus a drink of your choosing, and I'm not talking tea or coffee, more like scotch, rum or beer.

Palette Nails

Tucked away in the burbs of Subiaco, Palette Nails is a step above your average nail bar in Perth. The salon is bright and clean and the team are doing the most amazing nail art we’ve seen in a while!

Coming Soon

Mister Gill’s Fish And Chip Shop

With Subi small bar Juanita’s named after the wife of this duo, it’s only right that the husband get’s a new place named after him isn’t it? Enter Mister Gill’s Fish And Chip Shop, to be opened by Murray Gill later this year. Another couple of Subi locals, it seems like these guys know what they’re doing.

Venery Perth

Another new coffee spot is opening but unfortunately we’ll have to wait until September for Venery to open their doors. But, it sounds like it will be worth the wait because they will be one of the first cafes in the WORLD to debut a revolutionary new coffee machine with fancy milk frothing technology so you’ll get the perfect coffee errrry time!

Refuge Small Bar

Looking to open in Mid-July, we are pretty excited to see another small bar popping up in Subi. Located near the train station, Refuge might just become a regular pit stop before heading home after work.

The Cat Cafe

Cat ladies (and gents) come out from your hiding places. If you’re in need of some cat cuddles The Cat Cafe is opening any day now so you can get your fix without the commitment of taking one home.

Old Faves



Boucla is whipping out some of the best coffee in Perth and the very best chocolate ricotta cake you’ll ever taste. There are plenty of Greek treats on the counter and the feta scrambled eggs will have you going back again and again. The place gets crowded but if you can nab a spot in the back courtyard you’ll be in heaven.


A favourite for breakfast, my only complaint at Stimulatte is that I can’t go every day. Only open from Monday through Saturday, there are some Sundays where I would kill someone to get my hands on their avocado, pea and mint toast. They also do a rad brownie which goes very well with your daily coffee.

Spring Espresso

Spring Espresso sits on the outside of the Crossways building and while it’s not much to look at, it sure does do some of the best coffee in Perth. The cold drip with sparkling water will be your best friend when summer hits and they also do a good bircher cup, acai bowls, raw balls and plenty of sambos to take away.

Architects And Heroes

While some might find Architects and Heroes’ attitude towards coffee a little bit pretentious (ahem) you just can’t deny they do mighty fine coffee and their toasties are spot on! Just don’t ask for decaf, or a cappuccino—it’s white or black here folks.


Whisk do soft serve, but not as you know it. This isn’t sugary Macca’s style soft serve, it’s authentic Italian gelato, softer and creamier than ever before. Get it in a cup or cone, or cronut or doughnut cone if you’re up for it. They’re open late most nights so it’s the perfect after dinner pit stop. They also do milkshakes which are an absolute 10 out of 10.



This is hands down my favourite of all the small bars in Perth. Located in an old converted house, you’ll feel right at home whether you’re sitting inside in an armchair or outside on the side of the street. The wine is good and the tasting plates hits the spot every time.


Lady Of Ro

I’m going to go ahead and say that I reckon Lady Of Ro is the best Greek restaurant in Perth. The grilled haloumi here is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten and I’m not exaggerating. The octopus is tender, the meat will melt in your mouth and the desserts are the bomb. The best part? It’s BYO. You’re welcome.


Located at the top end of Rokeby Road, Meeka is dishing out some of the best middle eastern food in Perth. The tagines are delish and you absolutely can’t leave without trying the doughnuts!

Six Senses

Six Senses is a step above the average Thai restaurant in Perth. The coconut rice is ahhh-mazing, all the curries and stir fries are delish and the king prawn pad Thai is especially yummy! The fact that it’s BYO is just the cherry on top.


Mr Sparrow

The cutest store you’ll ever find, Mr Sparrow is full of unique giftwares and homewares from Australian and international designers. They also do jewellery workshops so you can make your own quirky creations.


Women’s fashion boutique Frame is all about supporting local designers. Stocking Australian brands like Chalice, Conchita, Zed Alliance and Sunday Somewhere, they’ve got you covered for every occasion.


At the slightly more expensive end of the scale, Ricarda is worth a stop in for your quality basics—like Birkenstocks, Bassike tees and Aesop hand creams—and if you’re keen to splurge you won't be disappointed with their range of Golden Goose sneakers, Isabel Marant fashion, Missoni homewares and all of the amazing jewellery!  

Want more? Seach Subiaco in the directory.

Image credit: Blackbox Brewers

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