A fresh edition of my local take on the fabulous suburb of West Leederville…With great proximity to city and beach, walk-able educational facilities from daycare through to high school, and a raft of social eateries and outdoor options for families, it’s no wonder that 6007 is one of the most hotly sought after suburbs in Perth. Scroll down for some of the better kept secrets….
The Wine Thief
Positioned conveniently on the corner of Woolwich and McCourt Streets, this awesome little independent wine store/liquor store sells the sweet nectar from the gin and grape gods from many regions. What’s more, they’ve got a fabulous little coffee outlet in the mornings for caffeine on the run, or for those have time to pull up a beanbag and check in with the papers. Pop in, sign up for a tasting and even sample some their wine in the adjourning park on their pizza nights…perfect!
Lights on Holyrood
These amazing images that light up the Ficus trees on Holyrood Street (the only heritage listed street in West Leederville) are worth a look. One side projects images pre – 1915 and the other from that time onward. Get down to have a look between 7.30pm and 10.30pm each night.
With an motto of `coffee, chow and cheer’, how could you go wrong?! Located at 178 Railway Parade, it’s architecturally designed with sleek bi-fold windows and botanic-inspired décor (I highly recommend the breakfast burger on a pretzel bun…amaaaazing!).
And for something a little stronger, the Back Bar at Hylin is open on Thurs, Fri and Sat pms for a cocktail or two. It’s a fantastic venue for private functions or just for ‘after-workies’ with friends 😊
Rambunctious, Free, Unjudging! Over at 25 Harrogate St, this cool as a cucumber microbrewery is providing a timely and different watering hole option for the area. Check in for some tasty brews and pizza from Weds to Sun (Mon & Tues reserved for beer making and sampling of course!), or get a table together for one of their legendary trivia nights. No bookings required and serviced by some of THE nicest bar staff around….cheers bigears!
Penny and son Matt started this fantastic eatery in 2017 at 29 St Leonard’s Ave serving coffee, cakes and other baked goodies – and with a background in professional catering (The Loaded Zucchini), it’s definitely worth a visit. You can even SMS your coffee order ahead of time for collection on the run. But the best bit? Bring your pooch to hang out in the courtyard with you (think of it a bit like puppy creche 😉). One stop shop…winning!
On the corner of Woolwich and St Leonard’s Ave, Piccolo’s is an institution amongst the locals, young and old. They have a great outdoor courtyard and a convenient street servery to get those quick coffees and bites on the go, or snuggle up indoors with the retro-chic décor and catch up on a magazine with your eggs benny. Serving the best ciabatta in the ‘hood, enjoy their fabulous home cooked menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Ooh la laaaah – this fabulous wine bar/bottle shop/restaurant opened its doors in Aug 2019 after 2.5 years in the making. The former print shop is now a stunning meeting spot for people from near and far, with the added convenience of being right next to West Leederville train station. A feast for the eyes as well as the belly, an absolute must for your next night out or work lunch. Find them at 264 Railway Pde.
Free CAT bus, Southport Street
CAT buses now come in a stylish green and venture down to West Leedy, so if you fancy a FREE ride into the city to the office or perhaps to check out Betty’s Jetty with tourist friends, this is a very cost-effective way to do it. Located at the base of Southport St with stairs coming off the train footbridge overpass.
For that morning coffee or cheeky after work tipple, The Office is discreetly tucked away on Harrogate Street and is open Mon-Fri for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Fridays. Their meal/drink deals are compelling…if you can get past the killer expresso martini! Live music on Thursdays, and take advantage of the boardroom at the back of the premises for your next corporate function.
Partial to your tumeric-triple-shot-coconut-milk-topped-up-to go?! This is your kind of place. It’s friendly, unpretentious, and has gorgeous Scandi-inspired décor inside. Located at 106 Cambridge St, swing through on your way to work or stop for breakfast on the weekend to catch up with the papers.
WL Community Garden
Having celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2017, the WLCG is a fantastic initiative run and for the gardening minded. Open to the public for those who wish to visit, you can contribute to the maintenance of the common areas, or put your name down on the waitlist for a plot of your own. Get back to nature down at 56 Cambridge St, West Leederville.
Cowden Park Dog Exercise Area
Situated between Kimberley and Northwood Streets, Cowden Park stretches a full block and has great play equipment for children, BBQ facilities, public toilets and an allocated area to run the woofers. Something for the whole family!
Mary Street Bakery
One of 5 in Perth now, MSB clearly has a recipe for success. That recipe could very well be the fried chicken buttermilk pancake with maple syrup.. or the gourmet choc croissant chaser…but when it comes to coffee and baked goods, it’s too compelling to pass by. Our local MSB is located conveniently at 272 Railway Pde West Leederville (it’s your first stop off the train!).
Lake Monger – Free Exercise Equipment
The amazing Lake Monger and its local proximity is no secret, but if you haven’t been down for some time, there are now fantastic free exercise stations peppering the walking track to really up the ante on your workout… Pec deck anyone?!
Chez Jean Claude Patisserie
Tucked away at 26 Oxford Close, even the real locals can be forgiven for not knowing about it. Fantastic for a quiet business meeting or just to stock up on croissants and hot cross buns on the run, pop in for some tres bon baked goodness!
Leederville Bowling Club
Located at 78 Cambridge St, social bowls is available to the public for $10 per head, and check out the Barefoot Bowls on Wednesday nights from 6.30pm for something liberatingly different!
Some may know JBO’R’s as a popular (at times, rowdy!) place to check in with mate and have a pint or 3, but fewer may know that its rustic restaurant attached at the back serves AMAZING meals at very good prices. Book a table for a Sunday roast, burgers, and I can highly recommend the ribs!
Walking with the Giants
Spanning over 4 storeys, “The Giants’ View” by @kylehughesodgers is completely awe-inspiring. Quoted at the time of creation as saying: “I wanted to paint something that could be easily understood when driving past at 80km an hour on the freeway but had enough pattern and detail to get lost in if you walked past the work on foot. I was working with ideas of embracing our sense of place within the larger community and the growth of Perth as a city.”
Stand at the base of it and get the full effect.
Discreetly positioned at 3 Northwood St between funky architect offices and the West Leederville station, Myrtle Ivy is weekday coffee du rigueur and Sat morning indulgence. Text your order through and be on your way in a jiffy…although the excuse to hang out under the awesome water mister on a warm day makes one want to linger a little longer!
Air bnb options??
So you want to check out these awesome West Leedy places but can’t wangle it in one weekend? Or have friends visiting from elsewhere and no space to house them? Airbnb has some great WL accommodation options in the area, log on to: Airbnb and cosy up for a staycation in 6007!