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LOCALS LOVE NORTHBRIDGE
With its street art, laneway small bars, indie boutiques, cheap and cheerful restaurants and live music, Northbridge
is one of Perth’s hippest suburbs. compiled and photographed by Susannah Christensen
Lake Bovell, co-founder of OnWilliam.com.au and owner
of Red Stripe Clothing
THE OLD CROW | This is a new favourite of mine. They have
Southern/Cajun-style food. My favourite dish is the buttermilk
fried chicken, which is amazing.
LITTLE WILLYS | I love coming here for breakfast. The coffee
is excellent. Kit is a breakfast short-order cooking whiz, and
cracks me up every time I go in.
KOSTAS CAFE | This is great bargain for lunch. They have
the cheapest sandwiches but also the biggest and the
best. You can get one for around $7 and it’s packed full.
ARIGATAYA RAMEN | I love to come here for dinner. They
make their own noodles with this ramen noodle machine.
TRA VINH | I’m one of those people that has three dishes and
cannot go past them. I always get crispy fried chicken noodle
soup or the banh xeo, which is like a Vietnamese pancake.
BIVOUAC | This one’s a little more upmarket. The owners
source everything locally and actually have a farm where
they grow all the meat they use, so it’s pretty special.
THE TUCK SHOP | It’s kind of like Australian food. They have
pies that they make on site – they’re amazing. I go there on
my lunch break.
BONSAI | This is a great place for dinner. The food is like
Mediterranean-Japanese fusion. Once I had minestrone
miso soup, and it was actually really good!
Thomas Sweetman, graphic designer for Rusty Surfboards,
director at Thomas Design
PICA BAR | If the weather’s right, I love Pica for a lunchtime
pint. They have a really great outdoor area at the front and the
back. It’s right in the Cultural Centre and really chilled out.
EZRA POUND | Those dudes are the best! My favourite
bartender is probably Mon. They definitely cater to the baller
on a budget – you can pick up a schooner there for $6.
THE BIRD | It’s a nice place to have some wine on a Sunday
evening to prepare for the work week ahead.
399 | It’s right down the road from me. I love it because you
can go in having no idea what you want, except maybe a liquor
preference, and they’ll say, “Yep, no worries. Leave it to me.”
LA CHOLITA | This is the perfect place to end up after a night
of bar hopping. It’s great for a late-night Mexican dinner and
some tequila shots.
MECHANICS INSTITUTE BAR | They have this drink called
a pickleback. Apparently there are lots of variations of it, but
pretty much it’s a shot of rye whiskey followed by a shot of
pickle juice. It tastes like a cheeseburger!
Carly Barrett, creative director of Open House Perth,
director at Project857
WILLIAM TOPP | This place is a bit like a treasure trove. You
can discover things from necklaces to homewares to really
old-school children’s toys. I bought a present for my mate’s
daughter that is like this paddle with ducks on it that quack
when you wave it around. It’s really cute, and her daughter
loves it – but I’m pretty sure my friend hates it now!
THE BUTCHER SHOP | I used to go here when it was still
called Keith and Lottie, which served as a bit of a gallery,
zine, clothing shop. They’ve sort of carried this through to
the Butcher Shop, but now it also has a lot more art supplies,
specifically for people who do street art.
TU | Has really good-quality clothing and it’s pretty
well-priced. They have this tea cafe called Tea for Tu,
which is a cute little oasis to relax after shopping.
NEW EDITION | I’m really obsessed with design and art
books, and they have a really good selection. My prized one is
on display, it’s a Del Kathryn Barton book that she’s illustrated
from an Oscar Wilde poem.
PERISCOPE | A little more upmarket. They have their own
label, but also stock national and international brands – I love
Monster Alphabets and the New Zealand brand Zambesi.
I think it’s really good for supporting young, local labels.
Mike O’Hanlon, owner of The Bird and Gramercy Studios,
co-owner of Toastface Grillah, mechanical engineer
STREET ART | I love the fact that something you see today
might not be there tomorrow. There’s this bloke Xander
Rood, who goes by the name Amok Island, and it’s cool to
see his work painted on something it shouldn’t be painted
on, and then going down the street to, like, Uncle Joe’s and
recognising his style on the menus.
MUSIC | I’m spoiled a little bit. Because of the pub, music and
artwork kind of comes to us! Whenever The Floors or Leure
play, you’ll catch me in the crowd – they’re pretty bad-ass .
GALLERIES | The Perth Centre for Photography always has
really top-quality shows on. The Kurb Gallery up the road also
exhibits great local artists – recently there was a photo exhibit
by Pippa Tandy, which captured Northbridge candidly.
HISTORY | A lot of the parks around are traditional meeting
places for Aboriginal people, which really represents the
culture of Northbridge. However, there’s a situation where
they’re being asked to move on, which is a sad irony.
ARCHITECTURE | I love the streets of Northbridge. The
bungalows and little brick cottages on wide and leafy streets
– like Brisbane Street, Lacey Street, Money Street, and all the
streets back from William – are beautiful.
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