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.

Restaurants

La Cholita

Restaurant

Tequila and tacos every night of the week.

Bivouac Bar and Canteen

Restaurant

Take shelter in this understated restaurant and bar, which punches well above its weight.

The Hummus Club

Restaurant

A Middle Eastern market vendor gets its own clubhouse.

No Mafia

Restaurant

This spacious William Street wine bar with an outdoor spritz garden serves up Italian wine and house-made pasta.

Boo Too

Restaurant

A neighbourhood coffee joint beside Hyde Park that serves brunch in the morning and pizza at night.

Baan Baan

Restaurant

The Bangkok Jump Street crew has a permanent home in one of Perth's Asian dining hot spots.

Cafes

Braddock’s Dispensary

Cafe

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

Tuck Shop Cafe

Cafe

From-scratch cooking at its best.

Kafka Coffee Shop

Cafe

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

Flora & Fauna

Cafe

Edible flowers beautify every dish at this vegetarian cafe.

Lil' Toastface

Cafe

A tiny kiosk slinging the best toasties in town.

Get Ya Fix

Cafe

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

Bars

North Bird Dining Room

Bar

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.

Picabar

Bar

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

Neon Palms

Bar

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.

Frisk Small Bar

Bar

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

Henry Summer

Bar

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

Joe’s Juice Joint

Bar

The pop-up bar so good, it lived on.

Shops

Noise Pollution Records

Shop

An extensive range of used records and band tees.

Chicho Gelato

Shop

The classic Italian dessert goes new-school.

Corica Pastries

Shop

Home the southern hemisphere’s best apple strudel.

Re Store Northbridge

Shop

Continental groceries since 1936.

Periscope

Shop

A sophisticated womenswear store stocking distinctive, wearable pieces.

Ollie and Sons

Shop

An accessible streetwear store for men and women.