One of Perth’s genuine live music haunts, The Bird focuses on a hip, youthful market and offers everything from underground indie to hip-hop, with the occasional comedy night thrown in. It’s always welcoming and approachable: walk through to the backyard for a communal vibe.
3. CHICHO GELATO
Perth’s best gelato is found right here at Chico Gelato – evidenced by its nightly queues (even in winter). The husband and wife team make everything from scratch, and you can taste the difference. The pistachio is other-level. Or be daring and try one of the limited-run concoctions and chef collaborations, such as smoked honey, rosemary and walnut.
4. PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE
Leading off William Street is the Perth Cultural Centre or PCC, a pedestrian zone worth exploring. Here, the independent Blue Room Theatre sidles up against the edgy Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, hangout zone PICA bar, the free-entry Art Gallery of Western Australia, a nature playground, a couple container cafes and, opening in 2020, the New Museum.
5. OLLIE & SONS
Get your fix of men and women’s streetwear at Ollie & Sons, the clothing haven that’s often rated as highly for its service as its threads. Think throwback denim cuts, executive-look backpacks made from recycled plastic bottles, Converse sneakers and printed skirts. The name is drawn from the owners’ border collie, which is often seen lazing about.
6. WINES OF WHILE