WITH a growing list of businesses shutting up shop and calling last drinks on Beaufort Street, locals have feared the worst for the once bustling strip.
But if you look past the closure of once popular haunts, a resilient group of businesses is digging in, and rallying to stem the tide.
Veteran businesses and newcomers alike are steadfast in their hope for the future of the street — but they still need a helping hand.
The variety of services available on Beaufort Street is still its biggest advantage and untouched by the number of businesses leaving the precinct.
In celebration of the upstanding local businesses, have a look at the gems that could make you fall back in love with Beaufort Street.
Best for date night
Impress your dates with a booking at Dainty Dowager for delicious Asian food and signature cocktails.
As Perth’s first Asian roasting house, Dainty Dowager is best known for their roast duck and pork roasted two ways.
Their menu pays homage to classic dishes including massaman curry and salt and pepper squid but the team also gets creative with their daily dumpling options.
Best for family dinner
Grab a bib because it’s about to get messy with the family at Grab a Yabby on Beaux Lane.
Crack open some crab legs or lobster shells because there is a huge variety of seafood ready to be sauteed and coated with five choice sauces.
Grab a Yabby also has non-seafood items available including a mega pork rack, chicken wings, steak and sliders.
Best for late nights
Measure is already well known for its Instagram-worthy desserts and seasonal creations, although it’s only been opened for a little more than two years.
The bar is open until late from Tuesday to Sunday for late night patrons craving a sweet treat and drinks.
Best wine bar
Must Wine Bar has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 2001.
From Tuesday to Saturday, the wine bar opens its doors to reveal a selection of more than 500 international wines, craft beers, cocktails and spirits.
Take advantage of its happy Spritz hour from 4pm – 7pm or stay late sipping wine until the wine bar closes at midnight.
Best for after work drinks
The Flying Scotsman opens from 11am and offers $15 lunch specials, so this Perth institution might even be a convincing contender for during work drinks.
Established in 1934, ‘The Scotto’ has a laid-back vibe and cheap pints perfect for an after work pick-me-up.
Best for anniversaries
The new kid on the block is the intimate bistro and wine bar Le Rebelle, a result of a husband and wife partnership.
The menu boasts an impressive repertoire with its flavours, from Italian-style ricotta gnocchi to Szechuan-spiced crispy shrimp.
Le Rebelle opens from Tuesday to Saturday until 11pm.
Best for brunch
Even after launching new locations around Perth, the original Mary Street Bakery in Highgate remains packed full of brunch enthusiasts.
The cafe offers a menu which has been tried and tested, including their signature fried chicken buttermilk pancake.
Best for vegetarians
Veggie Mama gets a little bit eclipsed with the huge signs of another businesses sandwiching its location but this cosy little cafe is located near the iconic statue of Dogman and Rabbitgirl on a tandem bike.
The hidden eatery offers a huge variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals and opens until 9pm on most days.
View this post on Instagram
Happy Easter Pizza Lovers 🍕🥚 To celebrate we have an Easter Special 16" Baller $25 22" Baller $40 TODAY ONLY We have no eggs but we have BALLS 🏀🍕 Remember our 22" pizza is the same size as 4 Regular Pizzas 😍 #becausesizedoesmatter #newyorkstylepizza #sliceslicebaby #22inchesofhappiness #theballer #wantitall #perthfood #mountlawley #beaufortstreet #lovethebigslice #perthfood
Best for casual dinner
Who doesn’t love pizza? Size does matter at Perth’s premier New York style pizza joint Mack Daddy’s, where they bring you 16-inch and 22-inch pizzas from Tuesday to Sunday.
Look out for their specials, including their Tuesday – Thursdays takeaways deal and their pizza of the month.
Best for sharing or large groups
Enjoy plates upon plates of Moroccan and Middle Eastern food for affordable tapas at Mashawi.
Vegan and gluten free options are available to cater for large groups of 10 – 30 people.
Best for shopping
Boutique shopping on Beaufort Street is hardly a revelation but a homewares and gift shop tucked away from fleeting eyes can yield some unique items.
Ware inside Astor Arcade stocks quirky jewellery, homewares, cards and wrapping paper to nab some presents for a loved one or yourself.