One of Perth’s innermost suburbs is now one of its most bustling and exciting areas. Here’s where to go to make the most of Subi.

Subiaco (or Subi, to everyone) owes its name to a band of Benedictine monks, who moved to the area in 1851. They called their monastery “New Subiaco” to commemorate Subiaco, the Italian town where the Benedictine Order was born.

From then, Subi’s population continued to climb (it increased dramatically at the onset of the gold rush) – by the 1970s it had one of the highest population densities in Perth. In the ’80s the suburb was a blend of older houses and an increasing number of warehouses.

We have an urban-renewal project called “Subi Centro” to thank for making Subiaco the thriving hub for dining and nightlife it is now. The project – established in 1994 – recognised the potential of the municipality’s inner-city location, and sought to demolish and repurpose the industrial sites along the railway line.

After that, a new train station closer to the centre of the suburb was built, and Subi was given a new life. Now, walk a couple of blocks down from the train station and you can watch a show at the Regal Theatre, one of Perth’s few remaining live theatres; grab a coffee at Blacklist; or have a long lunch at Lulu La Delizia, one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. If you’re after something more casual, Jus Burgers offers some of the best burgers in town.

Restaurants

Dilly Dally

Restaurant

This breezy space has a killer wine list and a menu that leans into familiar Italian favourites.

Jus Burgers Subiaco

Restaurant

Proof the sequel can be as good as the original.

Lulu La Delizia

Restaurant

Celebrating the art of handmade pasta.

Book a Table

Lady of Ro

Restaurant

Greece is the word.

Rice Baby

Restaurant

Miss Chow’s sister restaurant has an equally strong dumplings and cocktails game.

Cafes

Blacklist Coffee Roasters

Cafe

The high-end coffee store features “risk-free” pricing, a well-stocked retail space and rare single-origin coffees served in wine glasses.

Architects and Heroes

Cafe

The antithesis of a clean-eating cafe.

The Clean Food Store

Cafe

Stock your pantry with wholefoods sold in bulk quantities.

Boucla

Cafe

Greek heritage means everything at this charming cafe.

Bars

Juanita’s

Bar

A shabby-chic small bar from the same team behind Northbridge’s Bivouac Canteen.

Fenway

Bar

A Boston-Irish-themed pub from the Varsity team (that's not quite a sports bar)

The Subiaco Hotel

Bar

This historic icon still dazzles in the present.

Double Double

Bar

A pretention-free dive bar.

Shops

Whisk Creamery

Shop

Forget the cone or cup. This gelato comes on plates.

Ricarda Fashion Objects

Shop

Cutting-edge fashion with impeccable service.