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Plan the perfect Subiaco summer staycation

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Plan the perfect Subiaco summer staycation

By Gabi Mills

Why stray any further than Subiaco for your next summer staycation? There’s so much to see and do, you won’t want to leave.

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Check in at Vibe Hotel Subiaco

It’s the smartest new address in town and from the minute you walk into the airy vestibule at Vibe Hotel Subiaco, you’re in for a warm welcome. Grab a latte-to-go from St Mark’s Road Co, the hotel’s lobby coffee shop and after you’re all checked in, get to know your knew digs. You’ll love the relative peace and quiet (no CBD constant traffic noise here) and once you’ve unpacked, why not head upstairs to the rooftop pool for a dip? For gym bunnies, there’s a well-equipped spot to keep fit and thanks to the hotel’s perfect position, Subiaco’s diverse collection of bars, eateries and iconic Regal Theatre are all within walking distance. 

Sunset cocktails at Storehouse

As the sun begins to slide towards the horizon, put on your glad rags and head up to Storehouse, a beautifully designed restaurant and bar which makes full use of amazing views over the city. Take your Supritiz (that’s an Aperol, prosecco, ginger and watermelon cocktail) out onto the terrace and watch the sky turn from blue to cotton candy pink. Despite the fact the hotel has only been open for a few weeks, this spot is already making waves as one of the best places to enjoy a summer alfresco night out. Once you’re ready to eat, get ready for a menu with locally sourced ingredients taking a starring role. Chef Mark Eskdale has been cooking around the world for 15 years and his ethos of using fresh, local and sustainable produce has caught the attention of foodies and reviewers already. Whether you’re hungry enough to tackle the 16-hour lamb shoulder (for two) or just fancy something sensational like kingfish crudo, Chef Mark and his team have created a stunning menu to match the venue’s vibe.

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Waffles, granola or the full English?

You’ve spent a dreamy night in your Vibe Hotel Subiaco guest room but all thoughts now are turning to brekkie. Fortunately, breakfast is something of a Subiaco trademark – and there are plenty of cafes and eateries close to the hotel which will satisfy the hungriest of staycationers. If you really don’t want to leave the hotel, look no further than St Mark’s Road Co. – it serves snacks, delicious baked treats and its famous Subi sub. Walk onto Rokeby Road, and you’ll find Architects and Heroes (excellent coffee), 1982 Food + Coffee (don’t miss the buttermilk hotcakes with pistachio fairy floss and dried raspberries), or if you’re on a health kick, head across the road from the hotel to Be Free Organics. This husband-and-wife run café/deli has one of the best collection of organic and eco-friendly products we’ve seen in Perth. Their menu – think burrito bowl with BBQ jackfruit, brown rice and pico de gallo, or a green protein plate – will make you feel virtuous no matter what you got up to the night before.  

Book a mini spa

When you’re on staycation, it’s all about pampering and me-time, right? Did you know that you can book into L’Occitane on Rokeby Road for a mini spa? The French-based skincare, bath and hair products chain offers Le Petit Spa (they have a sister mini spa at Cable Beach Resort in Broome), a luxurious chance to experience all those lovely soaps, lotions and serums first-hand. You could be stepping into a chic spa in Provence (the little vases of lavender are a nod to France’s love affair with the aromatic plant), leaving the hustle and bustle of Rokeby Road far behind as you go upstairs and let L’Occitane’s therapists get to work. Choose from relaxing Aromachologie massages, anti-ageing facials or scrubs and body treatments designed to realign, detoxify and generally send you on your way as if you’re walking on air. 

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Shop for summer

Subiaco is well-known for its collection of quirky shops and high-end luxury stores. If you’re looking for the perfect jewel-encrusted bangle or ring, you’ll be tempted to blow the budget at Smales, Linneys or Thomas Meihofer. Or if you prefer something unique and pre-loved, Subiaco Antiques and Fine Jewellery. If you love pearls, wear a piece of Broome from Allure South Sea Pearls. Stock up on some make-up at Mecca Cosmetica or if you’re looking for a one-off gift, head to Spoilt at Subi or Table Culture. If you’re staying in Subiaco on Saturday, don’t miss the Farmer’s Markets – bring a big basket and fill it with locally-produced foods, juices and artisan crafts. Otherwise head to Simon Johnson Providore for delicious foodie gifts and then through to Cherubino’s City Cellar to grab a bottle of wine from the much-awarded Margaret River winemaker.

Discover street art

If you’re craving some food for the soul after all that consumerism, pick up the Subi Art Discovery Trail guide. You’ll discover the rich and vibrant artworks which are scattered throughout the City of Subiaco, playing their part in making the district one of the most visually pleasing in Perth. Hire a bike or just wander at your leisure and find works by local artists like Sioux Tempestt, Shaun Tan and Helen Smith. It’s a trail which will also show you some of the city’s prettiest parks and iconic buildings (like the Regal Theatre and recently refurbished Subiaco Hotel). Don’t miss the chance too to drop in on the Subiaco Museum which has some fascinating exhibits charting the ever-changing story of this historic part of town.

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Plan your next visit over lunch

There’s no need to rush home when there’s lunch to be enjoyed. Ask Vibe Subiaco Hotel to look after your luggage and linger a little longer in our hood. Take your pick from pasta cooked with panache (Dilly Dally) or extend your French sojourn (Bistro Felix or Bloody French). If you’re in the mood for something sweet, grab a sensational Croinut from Whisk Creamery or if it’s a burger and fries kind of day, there’s Grill’d, Ribs & Burgers or Jus Burgers all within a stone’s throw of each other near Subiaco Square. Cafés are what we do best too – there’s Café Café (don’t miss their paninis) or Brew Ha’s tea selection and cakes. And if you want to go full Mamma Mia vibes, head to George’s Meze for a true taste of Greece. Some of the small bars are also happy to refuel you – especially if your long lunch turns into an early dinner. Juanita’s short and sweet bar menu is the perfect foil to their excellent blackboard of wines, while Refuge Small Bar offers great sharing boards to enjoy in their alfresco space.
 

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Subiaco Summer Staycations

Follow Nikki Parkinson as she uncovers why Subiaco is the perfect place for your next weekend staycation, with markets, spas, street art, shopping and delicious food. As seen on Destination WA on Channel 9.