52 things to do in Northbridge, Western Australia

Northbridge is one of the main late night hubs in Perth, however there is more to its evening antics such as a local foodie and cultural scene. This blog post was originally posted in 2015 and today, 1 January 2020, I have added more content and photos which leads to now an impressive 52 places and experiences. This neighbourhood on the other side of the train tracks has much to offer all year round and if you are a local Perthite and looking for a bit of a fun challenge – how about one activity in Northbridge a week?

52 Experiences in Northbridge

Tasty meal options from Shanghai Food Court

Late night jazz at The Ellington Jazz Club

Sunday coffee in the lounge at Double Tree Northbridge or dine in the hotel at the James St Bar and Kitchen. Be sure to check out the Gin and Tonic selection.

Salsa dance night at The Mustang bar on Tuesday night.

Take away Pandan cake from Esther’s Cake Store

Fried chicken burgers, chips and a cold beer from Varsity Bar & Burgers

Wonderful street art through the laneways, grab a bicycle and cycle around the city

Karaoke on Fridays at Hotel Northbridge, also another place to buy West Australian Ale, Elsie!

Vintage shopping at Vinnies on William Street

Coffee outside in the fresh air from the cute Flora and Fauna cafe

Evening mini golf at Holey Moley Golf Club. Bar food and drinks available.

A place to squeeze in some early morning work over a big healthy, and sometimes colourful breakfast from Little Bird Café, Buckwheat pancakes my favourite

Pint of Elsie Ale beer from Rosie O’Grady’s (Little Creatures brew made only for Western Australia)

Deliciously creamy small batch gelato from Chicho Gelato

Lazy Sundays at The Standard

Happy hour ($2.00 off tap beer) at The William Street Bird

Bulk flour, grains and spices shopping from Kakulas Brothers

Breakfast wrap and decent coffee from Little Willys

Beer on tap and a place for family lunch at Northbridge Brewery

Visit Sauma for Indian street food, curries and Sauma’s scorpion punch

Asian grocery shopping along William Street, north of Newcastle Street

Sitting in the sun, free wifi internet at Northbridge Piazza, free yoga and movies during summer

Late night sundae and basically anything super indulgent from Whisk Creamery or  San Churros

Head to James Street between William Street and Lake Street for quick meals

Slow cooked Beef redang from Hawker’s Cuisine

Buy a Big Issue Magazine, sold on the street by disadvantaged Perth people who can be homeless or living marginally.

Movie night at Cinema Paradiso

Steak Bento Box from IsDonburi

Strong long black coffee, homemade ravoli and continental Italian rolls from Re-store, a great place for European grocery shopping

All day breakfast from Pica Bar

Chilli Szechuan style meals from Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant

Entertaining antics at the yearly Fringe Festival

Rooftop movies in summer, also rooftop yoga and sometimes with a DJ

Midnight cheese toasties from the diner, The Moon Late Night Cafe.

Browsing books in Boffins Bookshop, open until 8pm

Pekking Duck pancakes from Good Fortune Roast Duck House

Late night Chinese cuisine in China Town from Billy Lees or Uncle Billy

Yum cha on Sundays from the place with the shortest line or the longest line

Jerk Chicken and flights of fancy at the home-style latino cook up bar, Panama Social

Delicious waffles from Superstar Waffles

Alex Hotel, stay in the heart of Northbridge

Lucky Chans laundry and noodle bar, noodle bar behind a laundromat

Wandering through the West Australian Museum

Seeing a show at the State Theatre of WA and interval drinks!

Corica Pastries, almond biscuits or the famous apple strudel in WA!

Donate food to the Salvation Army headquarters. Check out the Christmas Drive where you can donate toys to Western Australia kids doing it tough this year.

New to the town or have limited time, try these 3 tour operators – Oh Hey WA, Peddle Perth & Two Feet & a Heart Beat

Hit the town with Tequila and Tacos from La Cholita

Christmas Lights trail in December, a great time to be wandering the streets of Northbridge

Let the chefs take you on a mid east feast at the Hummus Club

Spanish lessons at Lot 20

Visit Australia’s one video game console museum – The Nostalgia Box










Getting into Northbridge

The traffic varies depending on events and sometimes the weather in Perth. Driving in during winter tends to be quieter than summer, same with weekend mornings. It can be gridlock on James and Roe Street for events including those running at the RAC Arena in Perth.

Northbridge is serviced by the free cat bus from the Barrack Street Jetty at Elizabeth Quay.

The train station and bus port is a short walk away.

Cycling is a fairly easy way of bypassing traffic and moving around the city. Traffic speeds are generally slower than the outer suburbs and most vehicle are used to cyclists -it is uber eats central in Northbridge!

Staying in the city or at Elizabeth Quay? Walk or cycle along Kings Street and cross Roe Street onto Lake Street. Or travel along William Street crossing through Yagan Square onto William Street in Northbridge.

Coming over from South Perth? Catch the ferry across to Elizabeth Quay and meander your way to Northbridge.

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