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What’s not to love about Leedy,
with its indie shops, alfresco
dining, pubs and some of the
best people-watching in town?
EATFleur Bainger is a freelance journalist with White Noise Media.
KITSCH | With its fairy-lit frangipani tree and its eclectic furniture, this modern Asian-Australian alfresco restaurant has
a magnetic vibe. I’ve celebrated my birthday here more than once.
THE RE STORE | If I’m feeling patient, I line up at this bustling Italian canteen for excellent cold meats, cheeses, olives and
wine. It’s a slice of old Italy in Perth.
STUDIO BOMBA | I rate the combo of cafe, gift store and clothing boutique in one whitewashed shop. Along with great
coffee, its idiosyncratic wares are straight out of design magazines.
THE SWEET REMEDY CAFE | Leederville’s newest cafe serves indulgent cupcakes that are the best I’ve had in Perth. I can’t
go past the salted caramel cupcake, filled with a wickedly gooey centre.
RIA | No surprises this place has just doubled its floor space: its sophisticated Malaysian dishes draw me right in. I’ve been
meaning to try their Food Safari, being taken by rickshaw to Ria, Kitsch and Foam.
SAYERS | I love their ‘quality produce above all’ mantra, and always struggle to pick between the famous choc-banana bread,
or the rosti potato and eggs breakfast.
PINCHOS | This is my pick for a fast, flavour-packed dinner and I’m always impressed at the value for money. The PX
mushroom dish is incredible and, if you ask me, the dukkah fried pork is a must.
DUENDE | Though they do a great breakfast, I love coming here for the mod Spanish tapas, cava and candlelight at night.
HALU | I recently had the most delicious sashimi, coated in a sweet wasabi dressing and lotus chips, at this brilliant Japanese
eatery. I’d eat it every day if I could.
WEE BAR | From pulled pork rolls to duck pies and chocolate fondue, I’ve never found anything I didn’t like in this upcycled bar.
Iain Lawless is a chef and the previous owner
of Lawless Cooking.
BILLS BAR AND BITES | A great bar – it has a really good
sense of humour. I love the old-fashioned, nostalgic beers.
It’s not about the taste – it’s about the story.
KITSCH | A great place to hang out in the garden under the
frangipani on a warm night with a couple of cold beers.
MR CHOW’S SALOON AND DIVE BAR | Low Key
Chow House has a great vibe and good alcohol that
complements all the food.
WEE BAR | This is a local bar for locals – as soon as you
walk through the door, you’re a local. It’s got smashing wine,
and is somewhere to take the missus. The cheese is always
good, plus it’s got a good selection of whiskeys for that last
drink of the night.
THE PADDO | As a local, I love going to the Paddo. It’s the
only place I can get away with swearing at the TV, drinking
beer and hanging out with my pals.
DUENDE | A good place for date night with the missus if you
want to do something a little bit fancier. There’s a great
choice of booze and good tunes.
THE GARDEN | Good for a Sunday afternoon drink. The
cocktails are good and simple, and it makes me feel young!
FIBBER MCGEES | Late-night pub for me. It’s where I usually
go for my last couple of drinks, just to top me up.
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