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Live Like A Local | 10 Reasons You’ll Never Want To Leave The Western Suburbs

By Chloe Sputore - 28 Sep 2016

From beautiful beaches and delicious restaurants to high-end shopping and fun bars, the western suburbs have really got it all—and the time to get among it is now!

We’ve teamed up with Latitude Leighton Beach, Perth’s most laid-back beachfront apartments, to bring you 10 reasons you’ll never want to leave the western suburbs.

Here goes!

#1 All Of The Delicious Restaurants And Cafes

From Good Things Cafe and Up Town’s scrumptious breakfasts (hello avo on toast), to Bib & Tucker, The Shipping Lane, Cott & Co and The Shorehouse’s beautiful beachside eats, to hearty dinners at Il Lido, Samson’s Paddock and Suburban Table—you won’t go hungry in the western suburbs. And that’s not all, Habitue dish up their tasty Mediterranean fare five nights a week, lunch is a cinch thanks to The Black Truffle and if you’re having a hankering for Japanese, Mossy Park’s Tsunami has got your name written all over it.

#2 You Don’t Have To Get On The Freeway, Pretty Much Ever

Who wouldn’t want to forgo Perth’s horrid peak-hour traffic for a swim at the beach? Having to get on the freeway is a total drag and it’s looking like that’ll continue until we’ve all got driverless cars or learn to merge somehow (why can’t we figure it out?”. The river views from the freeway are pretty and all that, but the beach views from the western suburbs are SO much nicer.

#3 It’s Home To Some Of Perth’s Best Beaches

While we love all of the beaches in Perth, we’ve got a pretty big soft spot for Cottesloe and Leighton. Perfect for days when you’d rather laze around un-noticed, Leighton Beach offers long stretches of white sand and glorious blue waters (sans very much seaweed most days), while Cottesloe is perfect for when you want to work on your tan or try your luck at stand up paddle boarding.

#4 Fremantle Is Right Next Door And The City’s Not Far Away

Being in the western suburbs means you’re smack bang between the city and Fremantle, and thanks to everyone’s favourite train line (or your new-found friend with a boat) getting around is easy.

#5 Because Of The Coolest Bar In The Southern Hemisphere

If you haven’t visited Rodney’s Bait n Tackle yet you’re totally not living, it’s a fishing themed bar for Christ’s sake! While the bar menu isn’t the biggest boat in the harbor they've got the basics covered, and most importantly the bevvies list is nice and long. Plus, there’s loads of live music to get on board with almost every night of the week. And when you’re done there you can always kick on to the wee hours at Mrs Brown Bar or Mojo’s.

#6 You Can Shop ‘Til You Drop

From the likes of Ael’kemi and Coco & Lola to CULTSTATUS, Natalie Rolt and ACO Cottesloe, the western suburbs are home to some of the best boutiques in Perth. Whether you’re after high-end fashion, casual day wear, beautiful homewares or gorgeous gifts, this is your place to shop up a storm. Plus, smack bang in the middle of the triangle you’ll find Claremont Quarter—aka the best shopping centre WA has to offer. Your wallet might be lighter, but you’ll sure look amazing.

#7 Two Words: Boatshed Market

AKA the best food market Perth has to offer. Here you’ll find delicacies as far as the eye can see, like freshly baked bread, fancy cheese, some of Perth most perfect veggies, fine wine and gourmet groceries. We could spend hours and hundreds of dollars here very easily!

#8 A Beautiful Sunset Every Night Of The Week

No matter the weather, the sunsets are always spectacular over here in the west. Is there a better way to end your day than packing a picnic (better yet, getting The Black Truffle to pack it for you) and making your way down to the beach with a bottle of vino to watch the fireball drop into the ocean? We highly doubt it.

#9 Someone With A Boat Is Always Close-By

Thanks to the river being right on the doorstep of the western ‘burbs someone who’s lucky enough to own a boat is near and that means day trips to Rotto, boozy river cruises and loads of fishing are a possibility. Perhaps head on down to Rodney’s and chum up to a skipper.

#10 You Can Wear Activewear Pretty Much Everywhere

Westies love their activewear and we love them for it, because comfort. So if activewear is your uniform, flock to where you’ll be accepted, rather than mocked, and wear it with pride! While you’re there you might want to stop by Motion Lifestyle to treat yo’self to something comfy and new before heading to a class at The Movement Society.

Image credit: Leighton Beach, Mosman Park and Samson's Paddaock by Louise Coghill and Bib & Tucker by Nancy Hanna.

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Latitude Leighton Beach, by Mirvac, and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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