Longing for the long weekend
We love long weekends – they’re made for hanging out with mates, late lie-ins and brunch feasts which go on for hours. Here are our suggestions for you to make the most of some time off next time the long weekend rolls around in Subiaco.
Brunching like a pro
Subiaco should start a campaign to lay claim to being the brunching capital of Perth. Judging by the number of cafes offering creative ways to fill that gap between breakfast and lunch, they’d win hands down. Whether you like your plate filled with traditional winners like avo on toast, delicious acai bowls or a stunning eggs benny (Little Rokeby Café, Boucla, 1982 Food and Coffee and Be Free Organics), go off piste with an order of matcha green tea pancakes with a zingy berry compote (Lot Six Zero Subiaco) or just skip straight to the most beautiful cakes and bakes you’ve ever seen at Louis Boeglin Patisserie, Subiaco more than delivers delicious brunches in spades.
Shop with attitude
One of the best things about Subiaco is its collection of one-of-a-kind shops. Whether you’re after a bespoke natural soy wax candle enriched with essential oils (Bespoke Blends) or want to splash out on the latest biking fad with an e-bike (Bikemore), Subiaco is the place to go. As ball season gets into full swing, spend a few happy hours trying on gorgeous gowns to hire at One Night Stand and Something Borrowed – and leave with the chance to wear a couture gown without shelling out thousands. For exclusive designer Italian leather shoes and accessories as well as pashminas and gloves, head to Dimario Shoes to say ciao. You’re spoilt for choice too (literally at gift shop Spoilt) if you’re after a beautiful piece of jewellery. Thomas Meihofer Jeweller Design has some drool-worthy one-off pieces on display, while Smales, Willie Creek Pearls and Linney’s are favourites for timelessly elegant jewels and gems you’ll want to wear on every possible occasion. Finally if you’re feeling creative, head to The Painted Teapot – it’s a family-run studio shop on Rokeby Road with ready-to-buy ceramic pieces and also the chance to create your very own masterpiece in teapot, plate or mug form.
Coffee to go
You may have noticed that Hay Street is a bit of a slalom course at the moment as road works are carried out. To support some of the businesses which have been affected by the disruption, why not head over to Blacklist Coffee Roasters. They’ve had to adjust their weekday opening hours and are currently only offering takeaways, closing at 1pm. Thankfully, their weekend trading remains the same though with takeaway and dine-in options from 7am to 2pm. We love the fantastic range of coffee these guys bring to their adoring Subiaco fans; why not celebrate the Year of the Ox with a special cold brew created in honour of the Chinese New Year? The team were recently named the 2020 Golden Bean Champions – it’s the largest roasting competition of its kind and Blacklist Coffee Roasters took out (among other prizes) Gold for the Espresso Category with their Ethiopian Koke PR11 CM Natural. If you’d like to try a little taste of a few of their coffees, opt for their innovative degustation option – you’re sure to find your new favourite brew.
Check out local history
Did you know there are more than 12,000 items to discover at the Subiaco Museum? It’s a fascinating spot to discover more about our favourite suburb, with contemporary and historical artworks owed by the City of Subiaco as well as heritage items which reveal so much about the long history of this part of Perth. Housed in the cutest former electricity substation we’ve ever seen, the museum is definitely an under-the-radar gem which rewards all those who pay it a visit. If your interest has been piqued by the museum, why not go on a Walking Subiaco self-guided tour or if you’re here on a Sunday, the See Subi on Sunday free guided walk is a great way to spend a lazy hour or two. For such a small suburb, it’s particularly well-endowed when it comes to parks – there are 30 of them, in all shapes and sizes, so pack a picnic and stretch out under the trees, and consider the wisdom of those Benedictine monks who settled in the area in 1851, naming their monastery New Subiaco after the birthplace of the Benedictine Order in Italy. Fun fact: an olive branch is incorporated into the City of Subiaco’s coat of arms, a nod to the fact the monks planted olive trees in Subiaco all those years ago.
Rooftop views for miles
Aim high during your long weekend and head to one of several rooftop venues which are currently popping up around the neighbourhood. Restaurant Caleb is a vibrant hotspot, frequently hosting dinner and dance nights on the rooftop, as well as cooking classes and some of the most colourful Mediterranean cuisine in town. Storehouse Perth Subiaco, the recently-opened Vibe Hotel’s restaurant, is worth a visit for the views from its rooftop terrace alone. Of course, it helps too that Chef Marc Eskdale’s creative menus also bring foodies flocking to feast as those stunning sunsets unfold with the Subiaco street as a backdrop. The newly rejuvenated Subiaco Hotel also caters for those looking for a natural high, with a rooftop bar and alfresco area. If you’d prefer something a little more hedonistic head to Gold Bar – the popular nightclub’s Fox Fridays are back. It’s all about getting foxy and letting go, they say and during a long weekend, it would be rude not to follow this advice. Just head down the laneway and up the stairs at 83 Rokeby Road. There’s a spacious balcony, VIP champagne booths and a whisky lounge – all the ingredients you’ll need for a memorable night on the town.