Perth's nightlife precinct has more than just great bars going for it. Northbridge has plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops to spent time in too.

Northbridge only became a proper suburb in 1982. Before that, it was simply thought of as the part of the CBD north of Horseshoe Bridge – hence the name. Until recently, the bridge was the only major link between the city and this northern precinct, which were formerly separated by train lines.

Yagan Square changed all that in 2018. The project sent the trains underground, brought a swathe of new businesses to the area and made moving between the two precincts quicker and easier.

Before the trains, freshwater swamps covered the area. After convicts drained the swamps in the mid-19th century, Northbridge became a viable spot for the construction of hotels, hostels and boarding houses. That period saw the founding of iconic pubs such as the Brass Monkey (originally the Great Western Hotel), which in turn led to Northbridge – and William Street especially –becoming a renowned spot for drinking and revelry.

That image persists today. Northbridge still has the best and most diverse choices for a drink and a party in Perth – along with a number of strip clubs and sex shops, which have given the area a (somewhat deserved) reputation for sleaze.

The suburb is almost as well known for its multicultural dining. Prior to the First World War, a wave of Greek and Macedonian immigrants established a foothold here. After the Second World War, an influx of Italians – and all the cafes and grocers that entailed – joined in.

So regardless of your purpose or the time of day, you’re never too far away from a good coffee, great meal or a stiff drink here.


Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room


Sophisticated dining, delivered fast.

Peoples Cafeteria


Delicious and nutritious is the name of the game at this accessible dining room from the team behind North Street Store. Expect home-style salads, tandoor-roasted meats and a casual BYO vibe.

La Cholita


Tequila and tacos every night of the week.



Indian street food with an Australian edge.

Double Rainbow


An ambitious “fast and furious” eatery inside The Rechabite.

Filos and Yiros


Greek street food served out of Brika's takeaway window.


Braddock’s Dispensary


A heritage building transformed from chemist to cafe, with counter salads, sandwiches and cakes.

Tuck Shop Cafe


From-scratch cooking at its best.

Kafka Coffee Shop


Chin-strokingly good specialty coffee at the bottom of Fitzgerald Street.

Flora & Fauna


Edible flowers beautify every dish at this vegetarian cafe.

Lil' Toastface


A tiny kiosk slinging the best toasties in town.

Get Ya Fix


A cafe that sells coffee, jaffles and single-speed bikes? It’s a thing.


Astral Weeks


A crystal-clear sound system, acoustically treated walls and an extensive record collection make Perth’s first hi-fi bar a haven for music lovers.

Neon Palms


A bar inspired by the bold colours and sounds of 80s Miami. Come for the neon and future-funk soundtrack, stay for equally colourful drinks and likeable South American bar snacks.

North Bird Dining Room


This double-act puts of-the-moment wines and strong neighbourhood vibes front and centre. Chef Chris Howard is plating up imaginative remixes of classics such as hasselback celeriac – a riff on the classic baked potato – and pickled mussels and clams shrouded in sheets of thinly shaved octopus terrine.



The perfect spot to debrief after a visit to the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Frisk Small Bar


Get your gin on - there's 180 varieties to choose from at this vibing small bar.

Henry Summer


This cocktail and wine garden is a green oasis with a light food offering to match.


Cafe Pastel


There are only two things to buy at this little bakery: coffee and picture-perfect Portuguese custard tarts, baked fresh every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Noise Pollution Records


An extensive range of used records and band tees.

Chicho Gelato


The classic Italian dessert goes new-school.

Corica Pastries


Home the southern hemisphere’s best apple strudel.

Re Store Northbridge


Continental groceries since 1936.



A sophisticated womenswear store stocking distinctive, wearable pieces.