Make like a tourist and explore Subi this weekend
With restrictions easing, weekends are all about getting out and about and exploring. So why not start in Subiaco? We often forget just how beautiful Subi is and how much it has to offer.
So pack light and see Subi through a tourist’s eyes - here’s our mini itinerary:
It’s one of the oldest and most beloved farmers markets in WA and even in these COVID-19 times, will welcome you warmly with a carefully brewed cup of Joe and a warm pastry every Saturday morning, from 8am until noon. You’ll find stalls, manned by local artisan producers and farmers, it’s good to know that all profits are ploughed back into Subiaco Primary School. There’s a kaleidoscope of produce on offer, from freshly squeezed seasonal juices to put a spring in your step to a sizzling bratwurst bar, as well as fresh seafood, Gingin grass-fed beef and Dorper lamb, perfect for a weekend BBQ. Don’t miss the piping hot crepes, wafer-thin and made before your very eyes – we love ours slathered in lemon and sugar. The market isn’t just about delicious food and drink however; there are also craft stalls, organic soaps, spice mixes and even dog treats for your furry friends.
A spot of shopping
The good news is that many Subi stores are open for business – so why not support local and splash out on something for the weekend? Head to Decjuba
(131 Rokeby Road) for gorgeous wintry knits (think ruffled sleeves, textured dresses and cute slouch cardigans) or if you want to beautify your home and make it smell divine, bag yourself to a Bespoke Blends
(St Francis Pharmacy, Subiaco Square, 9 Station Street) hand-poured candle. Bring your own favourite bowl, vase or teacup to be filled with soy aromatherapy candles or pick up one of the vintage pieces, especially created by this innovative family-run business.
Lunch at Dilly Dally
Taking over the spot in Subi which once housed venerable hospo favourite, The Witch’s Cauldron, Dilly Dally
(87 Rokeby Road) already feels like an old friend. From the team behind Lalla Rookh, you know you’ll be in safe hands. A warm terracotta façade gives way to some old-fashioned Italian dolce vita, with a modern twist. Choose from a short and sharp menu which covers ‘Nibbly Bits’ (mozzarella and soft herb arancini) or Bigger Bits (grilled prawns, white beans and saltbush). If you want a weekend blow-out, wear the comfy pants and order bistecca – a 250g sirloin with potato and mushrooms, done the way they like it in Firenze. Chef Peter Hadju can also put together some of his ‘favourite bits’ in a shared collection of seasonal specials from the menu ($58 per person). Book for dinner on Saturday or Friday lunch this weekend.
Discover the art trail
Feed your soul (after all that feeding the body and filling your shopping bags) with a stroll around Subi’s art-filled streets. The most recent addition is a mural celebrating one of WA’s favourite Indigenous theatrical works – Bran Nue Dae. Find this work of art by Indigenous artist Kambarni, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the musical at the Regal Theatre. If that’s made you crave more, download the Subi Art Discovery Trail
and set off on a journey of artistic discovery.
Let’s go to the park
Take the kids to this beautiful family-friendly space in the heart of Subiaco. The Subiaco Common Play Space
(Juniper Bank Way) is a collection of redeveloped play spaces, plenty of shade from trees, a lake complete with fountain, BBQs and picnic benches to enjoy lunch, alfresco. For now, the play equipment is still out of bounds, but it’s still worth a visit for that Insta-perfect autumnal shot. After all that adventure, find some sticks and watch them float along the nearby stream, which has stepping stones across to the other side.