Thursday, 31 March 2011

North of the Bridge

Northbridge was officially declared a suburb and named in 1982, before then it was part of the Perth CBD and was known by the informal names of 'North of the Bridge' or 'North of the Line'.

Informally I've been told that Northbridge is equivalent to Sydney's Kings Cross, and on visiting it is just that but on a much smaller scale.

Northbridge has many eateries, night clubs, drinking and other establishments such as Pot Black for pool and snooker.  I had wrongly assumed that Perth Cultural Centre, which includes Perth Art Gallery, Museum and Library were in Northbridge but even though they are north of the bridge they remained in the Perth CBD.

In Northbridge you'll find Cinema Pardiso, which is currently showing the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival and other art house movies. Today I went to see 'Waiting for Superman', which is a must see documentary if you're interested in education.

My favorite shop in Perth can be found in Northbridge, you walk into this shop and the spices, coffees, herbs, olives, cheeses etc hit all your senses. Kakulas Bros is the most diverse fresh produce shop I have ever come across, as someone has said you can smell this place a mile off. Kakulas Bros have been at these premises in William Street since 1929 and the Kakulas family continues the tradition of providing spices, flours by the sack, olives, cherries and any fruit you can dry.

The Square within the Cultural Centre

A grassy area for the locals to watch movies on the large outdoor screen

Perth CBD skyline

A park in James Street Northbridge

Chung Wah Association built this hall between 1910 - 1912

Kakulas Bros

Kakulas Bros

Kakulas Bros

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