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Miu Miu store occupies old King St Cafe building

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, October 8, 2014,
Earlier I wrote about how the new Subidoo restaurant replaced the old Oriel Cafe. Well, recently in the CBD I noticed a similar transformation. This one involved the stylish and once very popular King St Cafe. It too closed down.

Now the building has a new tenant. But it's not a cafe or restaurant. It's a fashion house called Miu Miu

A couple of years ago a made a video of the swish little precinct. King St Cafe was still open back then. It appears at about the halfway mark.

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Subidoo Restaurant now open on old Oriel site in Subiaco

Posted by Matt Hayden on Sunday, October 5, 2014,
When I lived in Subiaco over a decade ago now, it was a lot less built up and bustling than it is today. That area around the corner of Hay St and Rokeby Rd was (and still is) one of the city's premiere cafe strips. One of the trendiest and most stylish cafes was the Oriel. It always seemed to be buzzing. 

Anyway, that fell fallow in recent years. Don't have a clue why. It was a nice place with a great atmosphere and was situated in a great position ... Maybe much of its business was taken awa...
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Dome cafes have reliable free wifi

Posted by Matt Hayden on Tuesday, December 10, 2013,
I get around Perth a lot, and there's nothing I like more than sitting in a nice cafe, logging onto the internet and updating my blogs, engaging on social media, or just reading the news. I do have a good wireless internet subscription (it's with Beagle Internet and I can recommend them without reservation). But since so many cafes offer free wifi now I figure I might as well use theirs from time to time. 

And now we're even more spoiled in this regard with the recent introduction of free wifi...
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Signs advertising cheap coffee popping up around the city

Posted by Matt Hayden on Saturday, October 5, 2013,
As everyone here knows, Perth is not a great place if you love your coffee. That's not to say that it's bad. it's just hugely expensive, that's all. And there have been several media reports about this unfortunate situation.

Clearly many people are frustrated about this. And some of the more alert cafe owners have seen an opportunity. By offering java for a reasonable price they can attract a lot of new customers.

An increasing number of them are doing this, as evidenced by signs promoting ch...
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Tuart Hill McDonalds is always busy, with a good atmosphere

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, September 2, 2013,
Lately, I've been heading regularly into the northern suburbs and have been dropping into the McDonalds on the corner of Morley Drive and Wanneroo Rd. It's surely one of the biggest and busiest Maccas restaurants in this city.

The reason I'm blogging about it is because I like the atmosphere in there. (I know that foodies and hipsters would be aghast to hear that, but so be it!). I hardly ever order a meal there, but I will always have a short black.

I'm not exactly a coffee afficionado but I ...
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Oxford St Leederville is a cafe strip close to the city

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, January 16, 2013,
Perth has several entertainment districts. The main one is Northbridge. Then there's Subiaco. There are also quite a few cafes, restaurans and pubs on Albany Highway in Victoria Park, although they're quite spread out.

Aside from Northbridge, the closest to the CBD is Oxford St Leederville. The shot below (taken from the overpass leading from Oxford St to the Leederville train station) gives an idea of its proximity to the CBD.

The actual cafe strip in question is quite short. But it's a pleas...
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The rising cost of coffee and dining out

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, July 9, 2012,
Cost of living is a big issue here in Perth. There seem to be many causes for the city's general expensiveness -- with the mining boom being often cited. The most obvious (and alarming) price rises have been in the housing and rental market along with utilities. But there is also much anxiety about the cost of other goods and services.

Dining out, for example, is getting increasingly pricey. I eat at restaurants rarely so haven't noticed this much. But I did catch up with some old school frien...
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South Terrace cafes on a sunny Sunday afternoon

Posted by Matt Hayden on Saturday, June 16, 2012,
Even though it's become a good deal more crowded than it used to be, Fremantle is still a very laid back place. And one of its most well known destinations is South Terrace. Along this short stretch of road there are many charming cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as the iconic Fremantle Markets.

It's really buzzing on Friday and Saturday nights. But it can get pretty rowdy, with lots of young people hitting the bars, and often overdoing it.

The best time to go is during the day on a weeken...
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Valentino Cafe Restaurant in Lake St Northbridge

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, November 21, 2011,
Northbridge, which is just across the railway line from the CBD, is Perth's main entertainment district, with a whole host of bars and nightclubs. It's also the most popular restaurant and cafe strip in the city.

James Street seems to have the bulk of them. The ones just west of Lake Street are the most elegantly designed. And Valentino, a cafe-restaurant on the corner of those two streets, creates quite a striking picture, particularly when seen in daylight through the sculpture that looms ov...
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Good books about and set in Perth and Fremantle
Line of Sight
When War Came to Fremantle
The Devil's Garden
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