Thanks to its regal history, Pier Street comprises an eclectic collection of heritage buildings, where entrepreneurial business owners deliver a wide range of services and offerings, nestled in a fast-growing foodie streetscape.
In the 1840s, Pier Street was one of the earliest streets built in Perth, running all the way down to Government House and Pier Street Jetty. The jetty was built so the Governor’s wife at the time didn’t have to get her skirts wet while entering the boat.
The precinct’s unique appearance comes with an amalgamation of diverse period buildings including the Salvation Army Fortress and Federation period commercial buildings, the 1960s Railton Temperance Hotel and the later twentieth century Sebel Perth Hotel.
The street is also home to several vintage retailers and traditional restaurants, including Australia’s longest standing independent record store.
Take a multicultural stroll while checking out the following Pier Street establishments:
Take a walk down the southern end of Pier Street and be greeted by owner Al’s big smile. With a Turkish flare, the hot coffee, sweet baklavas and Turkish Delights at this café are hard to pass by.
Travel into the heart of India with this authentic restaurant. Featuring talented chefs and interiors reminiscent of Bombay, you’ll be spoilt for choice with endless sweet and savoury dishes. Think naans stuffed with ground nuts and fruits, creamy butter chickens and spicy biryani finished off with homemade Indian ice cream.
From Nasi Lemak and Nasi Goreng, to Tom Yum soups and delectable noodle dishes, Ikhwan Café is well-known for its authentic halal Malaysian-inspired cuisine. Step into this restaurant and be transported across the seas to Malaysia and beyond.
If Korean and Japanese cuisine is your thing, then look no further than the corner of Hay and Pier Streets. Woo Jeong directly translates to friendship and the owners certainly live up to the name. You can walk in expecting a place of warmth with delicious authentic foods and good vibes to share with your loved ones.
Looking for a market for your oriental needs? Look no further than Seoul Mart where you’ll find everything from fresh herbs and vegetables to condiments and spices. Make your own sushi or laksa with ingredients found right here at Seoul Mart.
Are you in the mood for something exotic and amazing? If so, you’re in luck, because Sahara Middle Eastern specialises in unique, flavour-packed cuisine. They blend traditional cuisine from several countries across the Middle-East, giving you a very exotic experience, indeed. Our hot tip is to order the mansaf—lamb slow cooked in hot yoghurt and served with a fresh Arabian salad.
A bar and restaurant where you can unwind with your friends after a hectic day at work, My Place Bar and Restaurant also showcases international flavours including traditional West African and South African dishes. Stop in to get a taste of Western Australian fresh produce mixed with African flavours, leaving your tummy satisfied and your palate invigorated.
“L’appetit de la belle France?”. Well, look no further than the corner of Pier and Hay Streets for your little piece of France. Croissant Express is famous for their fresh baguettes, croissants and pastries, and don’t forget to try their Coffee.
Come in for some buffet greatness! Enjoy a mix of Western and Asian cuisines at the newly launched Nemonic by European Hotel, located at Perth’s iconic building. Amazing selection of food from fresh seafood to signature carvery to delightful desserts! Perfect place for everyone for every occasion! Aside from buffet, Ala Carte menu is available every day to welcome you.
Be transported to the middle of the USA, with Barrelhouse’s American-style smoked house dining. Think hearty burgers and loaded fries. The signature dishes? Buffalo wings with blue cheese dipping sauce or a pizza burger with napolitana sauce.
Experience vivacious hair, vinyl and vintage clothing all in one strip with these WA-owned businesses:
From Chanel to Dior, FA Concept’s vintage store incorporates a thriving passion for all things vintage, sharing knowledge of the fashion industry. You will find some treasures from the 1930s to the early 2000s, as well as those hard to find, antique pieces. Think vintage Dior brooches, earrings, scarves and 1940s dresses, necklaces and tie pins from the Napoleonic period.
Australia’s longest standing independent record store, Dada Records is renowned for having the largest selection of new vinyl in the Southern Hemisphere. Since the 1970s, the store has moved locations three times before settling in Pier Street in the 1980s. On the basement level there’s a selection of approximately 8000 records. Dive into eccentric genres such as punk, metal, reggae, blues and Latin or keep a look out for rare items stocked by owner Rob Samson.
Living up to its namesake, HairFanatic’s hairdressers all have an intense devotion to beautiful hair. HairFanatic is a small boutique salon situation on Pier Street and independently owned, offering clients that perfect environment in which to get their hair pampered.
Gemstar is an international business partner and education company focused on unearthing and helping fast growth start-ups, scale-up’s and SME’s to expand into ASEAN or into Australia. The Perth Innovation Centre offers, a range of business services and workshops, co-working, meeting and event space’s for hire in the east precinct.
So what are you waiting for? Be a tourist in your own town and explore Pier Street as if it were one from a European city – complete with exotic cuisine and vintage wares.
Stage 6 of the East End Revitalisation construction will occur in Pier Street between Hay Street and Murray Street for three months, beginning 22 March. The project is progressing well, and the City of Perth is excited by how the space will look once it is completed. For more information, head to Engage Perth.