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Riverfront location a stone’s throw
from the city centre, thriving dining
scene and vibrant community – five
locals reveal what they love most
about living and working in Vic Park.
EATOmeed Mehdi, owner of Cafe Gelato, has been a Vic Park kid since 1990.
RED BASIL | This little gem has quickly become one of the most popular eateries in Vic Park,
showcasing great food at a very affordable price. The Massaman Curry is to die for!
ECHYE’S | You’ll be welcomed with open arms by this family-run business that cooks hearty,
traditional Eritrean cuisine. A unique dining experience – eating with your hands is encouraged.
THE PROPHET | It’s no wonder this place has been rated one of the best
Lebanese restaurants in Australia. Everything on the menu is mouthwatering.
Bookings are essential.
KUZA | This urban-chic, high-end Japanese is sure to impress on a first
date or a 10th wedding anniversary celebration. Love the funky vibe and
SPICY AFFAIR | The strip offers plenty of choice for Indian restaurants,
but this would have to be cream of the crop.
KABUKI | An old favourite for takeaway Japanese that never disappoints.
Lunchtime queues are worth the wait.
ALL NIGHT PIZZA CAFE | A landmark of the strip, this has become an
institution for the classic 2am kebab after a big night out. If you like your
soccer, this is the place to be when the big games are on.
TO TO | A great atmosphere and even better food. Don’t shy away from
trying new things on the menu – everything is impressive.
GOOD FORTUNE ROAST DUCK HOUSE | As the name suggests, this
bustling Chinese restaurant has the most amazing roast duck in Perth. The
humble chicken rice is a favourite of mine – a simple dish, but they do it so well.
GALANGAL | A dark horse, located in the back streets of Vic Park, it’s been voted
Best Thai in Australia 2014 and it really lives up to its reputation. Do your taste buds
a favour and check this place out!
DOJoni Sercombe is Chair of the Vic Park Collective, a group making
Vic Park uniquely awesome.
COLLECTIVE CONVERSATIONS | A bit like TED talks with drinks, these free sessions pop
up at a different Vic Park location each time. I’ve been enjoying hearing about topics such
as how to open a small bar, how to join a giving circle, or how to upcycle a bike.
VIC PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN | Having a cup of tea under the huge tree at the Vic
Park Community Garden, sitting among all those plants, has the feel of a botanical garden.
And for those of you who like to get elbows-deep in mulch, there are regular workshops.
KOOLROOM GALLERY | You might not have heard of this one, except by word of mouth.
This former underground cool room has been converted into a gallery, artist studio and
project space, with a lowbrow, street-art flavour.
VIC PARK BOWLS CLUB | If you are looking for cheap pints, your local bowls club is
a good place to start. The Vic Park Club runs barefoot bowls every Wednesday evening.
VIC PARK FARMERS MARKET | I have been down here many a morning with a hangover
and/or friends. It will take you a few times to try all of the tasty breakfast options. A few of
my favourites are the pulled pork banh mi, the rice pudding, the bagels, or the dumplings.
VIC PARK CROQUET CLUB | I only heard about this place the other day, and don’t know
why it isn’t more popular. They give you a quick lesson before you start, and it’s BYO, so
this autumn I can foresee a croquet and gin combo with friends.
VIC PARK CENTRE FOR THE ARTS | Traditionally a haven for Sunday painters, this gallery
is now starting to look at how it can better support and exhibit an emerging stream of
professionally trained artists.
hands is encouraged.
compiled by Renee Bergere photography Ross Wallace
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