This village-like suburb features some of Perth’s best eating and drinking, alongside several noteworthy independent retailers.

Leederville is one of Perth’s oldest suburbs, but its population didn’t really begin to take off until the early 20th century, when an influx of immigrants (from China in particular) settled in the area. Some beautiful art-deco buildings from that period – including the Luna Cinemas on the corner of Oxford and Vincent Streets – are still standing today.

Near Luna, especially along Carr Place, you’ll find a concentration of some of Perth’s best cafes and casual diners, plus record stores, independent bookshops and boutiques. Everything is clustered within walking distance, giving Leederville a tight-knit village-y feel that’s rare in Australian cities.

This is one of our favourite places to while away an afternoon, often concluding with a stroll around nearby Lake Monger with a gelato in hand.

Restaurants

Rusty Pig

Restaurant

A fire-fuelled restaurant going back to basics.

Pinchos

Restaurant

Accomplished tapas on the Leederville main drag.

Duende

Restaurant

An all-day tapas and wine bar, that's all about dropping in for jamon and a glass of sherry.

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Mon Taste of Japan

Restaurant

Here, the East embraces the West with exceptional results.

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The Meatball Bar

Restaurant

A tapas bar with balls.

Low Key Chow House

Restaurant

Traditional Asian meets modern Australian surrounds.

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Cafes

Pixel Coffee Brewers

Cafe

When two of the three owners are former state champion baristas, you know you're in safe hands.

Sayers

Cafe

A Leederville brunch stalwart.

La Vida Urbana

Cafe

A Leederville cafe from team El Publico serving modern, playful Mexican food.

Foam Coffee Bar

Cafe

A quirky cafe that's open all day (until 10pm, to be precise), every day.

Gusto Gelato

Cafe

Artisanal, small-batch gelato.

Babylon Cafe

Cafe

A leafy coffee oasis.

Bars

Bills Bar and Bites

Bar

A cavernous house-party-like space.

Blue Flamingo

Bar

A good-times bar inspired by South America and the Californian coast.

Kitsch Bar

Bar

This pastiche Asian cuisines succeeds with sheer flair, whether you're eating a fiery salad or sipping a ginger-spiked cocktail.

Shops

Varga Girl

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Vintage clothes mixed with cutting-edge design.

Hunter Store

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Durable fashion for the well shod.

Black Plastic

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A collection of unusual and entertaining knick-knacks.

Urban Depot

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The fun, frivolous and functional at one addictive destination.

The Market Juicery

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Fresh, healthy lunches in a flash.

Oxford Street Books

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An A–Z of book titles with a focus on books for cooks.