In the very Australian tradition of shortening names, Victoria Park is more often than not, referred to as Vic Park. Vic Park is only a short 10 minute drive south from Perth CBD and is very easily accesible via the causeway, train and buses. Vic Park has one of my favourite strips in Perth being Albany Highway. You explore one section, drive a little further and there is a whole gamut of new and exciting businesses! Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a cafe strip though. There are pubs, shops, cafes, car yards (John Hughes is somewhat a landmark for Vic Park!) and a whole tonne of shopping to be explored. Large shopping centres with your major supermarkets all the way to very specialist boutiques! I have included East Vic Park and Vic Park in this feature.
Being from north of the river, I thoroughly enjoyed searching Vic Park for its hidden gems and well knowns! Come for an explore with me-
With coffee houses and eateries in abundance it was hard to pick my favourite for Vic Park, but here are three of the best!
Although you will find RoyAl’s in various locations around Perth- this burger hut was one of my absolute faves! Locally owned and operated, we had a chance to chat with owner, Al (yep that’s his name!) and he loves his business and is incredibly passionate about finding new flavours, new opportunites and bring something different to those who visit his business.
We had the Chicken Royal -Buttermilk fried thigh fillets, fancy sauce, creole remoulade, lettuce and tomato; and The Stevie Wonder- Grain fed angus beef, double cheese, bacon, onion rings, pickle, jalapeno, creole remoulade and habanero ketchup. Upon Al’s recommendation we also had a side of ‘medium spice’ (trust me this was spicy enough!) wings. One thing I also seriously loved was the bottomless iced tea! Yep, how good is that on a hot afternoon, with a burger and some wings?
If you are feeling like some comfort food, then this is your MUST visit. I have never had a more delish burger in my life!
8/885 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
When we discussed what is the one word that described the menu at Mimosa Vietnamese Restaurant it was unanimous that it would be FRESH! Mimosa was an evening meal, and we arrived quite late after a Fringe show, and the food still tasted as though they had picked the vegetables only moments before. Locally owned, we met Jess and discussed bringing something new to the Albany Highway strip.
As we couldn’t decide, we asked Jess to recommend our dishes and we were in no way disappointed! With prices that are incredibly reasonable, with a great selections of wines and beer, we couldn’t have been happier with our experience.
We had an assortment of entrees- tumeric rice paper rolls, mimosa summer rolls, homemade fish cakes and VERY delicious gluten free (with a separate fryer- I asked) crispy spring rolls. The spring rolls were so light!
For mains we had Chargrilled lemongrass beef – you can use the lettuce leaves to create a ‘bun’ of sorts and add beef, sauce and the fresh veges. We also had the Mimosa fried rice which was crunchy style with spinach, chili, prawn, squid and clams, I am a huge seafood fan and this was heavenly.
I would happily make the drive back to Mimosa to try more of their menu – I felt healthier having eaten these meals, and I can not stress enough that many places say they use fresh ingredients, but Mimosa come up with the goods.
u28/696 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
With so much hype surrounding Get Chunky, and feeling as though I was not quite Perth enough without having tried one of their cookies- it seemed a right of passage in Vic Park to have a chunky cookie. I am a bit of a traditionalist in that I like to try things on their own merit without all the extra bits and bobs- heck I even eat pasta and rice just on their own, however, upon finding out there was a peanut butter cookie I had my order sorted!
Get chunky explain themselves as- Perth’s first New York style cookie joint! ‘BIG FAT cookies that are freshly baked until golden & crispy on the outside with a thick, chewy, chunky centre.’
Living up to their reputation, these are big fat cookies with many many options. You can also get them with ice-cream, sprinkles and pretty much anything you can think of, but I ate my peanut butter cookie, non heated, just as it is. Did I enjoy it? You bet your cotton socks I did. Would I go again and have the cookie with ice-cream and the works? Heck no! When you can enjoy something solo as much as that cookie- why ruin it.
Will I try more flavours? Yes, yes I will.
3/900 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
“Durham Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a Boutique Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Victoria Park. We offer short stay, long stay and business accommodation for the everyday professional, single travelers and couples on vacation.” Taken directly from their site.
The building is an old school vibe is a suburb that is becoming very modern. To find out more head to their website here.
165 Shepperton Road Victoria Park
Images from Durham Lodge Facebook
Not frequenting Vic Park meant that it was a fab opportunity to try something new! Researching hairdressers, I decided to expand the horizons and try Reflections Hair Studio on Albany Highway.
The first photo is my before hair. I had been using product that was salon quality, but did not agree with my hair, and with my hairdresser moving to the UK, I knew it was time to take a chance. I chatted with Jayde over Instagram (which is where many of us meet and connect these days!), discussed my concerns and headed in!
I was so very happy that Jayde was even lovelier in real life than online (and she is pretty freaking lovely online!). She took one look at my hair and told it to me straight. I love this in a person and instantly clicked. Was this salon I had visited for research my new hair home? You can see the skills that Jayde and her team have- check out that after pic! I won’t go back to salon’s if the basin visit isn’t comfie, and safe to say, comfie chair and that head massage!!
If you are a Vic Park and surrounds local, check this place out. If you are a visitor to Perth and looking for a salon to do your holiday hair, this is your place!
3/300 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
Who doesn’t love a locally owned boutique with owners who are incredibly involved in the community? That is exactly what you’ll find at Ms Demeanour Boutique in Vic Park. Their beautiful store is stocked with homewares, fashion and lifestyle goodies and all on point and gorgeous.
If you are looking for something fun for the kiddies and to burn off some energy, followed by a quiet read (or coffee at the local shops!) then the newly designed John MacMillan Park is for you.
With a natural focus, you’ll find nature play- everything a little one could ask for! Climbing, mist spraying sculptures, swings, basketball courts, ping pong tables and so much more. Located right near the library, this park is destined to have hours of entertainment for you and your family.
19 Sussex St, East Victoria Park
So there you have a quick highlight of Victoria Park!
Of course there is so much more to cover- here are a quick few mentions-
For coffee- Hampton and Maley
For beer- Dutch Trading Company
New car- John Hughes Just over the causeway 🙂
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