Where to dine in West End
A fusion of cultures and a lively vibe give the inner-city suburb of West End its own special charm.
The choices are endless at West End. You can stroll through the weekend markets, where aspiring designers peddle their wares among organic grocers, cosy bars and coffee houses; feed your hunger for organic produce, drinks and cocktails; or groove at the many live-music venues.
Boundary St is the pulsing hub of the suburb, with its high concentration of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes. The wonderful mix of flavours introduced by the migrants – Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese and others – has meant diners are spoilt for choice.
The Greek Club
West End is particularly known for its Greek food and it is easy to find cheap, quality fare to satisfy any hunger. Try Little Greek Taverna, The Greek Club or Lefkas for an affordable feed.
Affordable dining is easy to find in West End – a suburb that doesn't take itself too seriously. For fantastic Japanese try Bird's Nest Yakitori or Izakaya Goku. Trang ticks the box for Vietnamese, Chop Chop Changs for Asian fusion and Quan Thanh for vegetarians. Turkish restaurant Caravanserai is another popular staple in West End.
If it's all too hard to decide, head to the Boundary Street Markets on Friday and Saturdays nights to eat everything from Persian to Polynesian at the many market stalls. Browse the quirky shops in Factory 1 afterwards, and catch a free gig at the Motor Room.
The Gun Shop Cafe is a favourite with a menu that lists everything, from Canadian brioche, French toast with caramelised banana to potato fetta hash cakes with spinach, roast tomato and herb sour cream. Plenty's motto is 'know your farmer' and works to connect city folk with those out west.
Miss Bliss puts the focus on healthy eating with something for allergies, diets and more. Round out your must-eat breakfast list with The Burrow, Morning After, Billykart and Suburban Cafe.
Calling for coffee
Coffee plays a big role in defining the precinct’s image and there are a number of cafes serving up brews of differing styles. Two Trees Espresso Bar sports a warm and humble aesthetic. Other coffee shops to pop by include The Cheeky Bean Espresso Bar, Tazza, West End Coffee House, Charlie Cools and Blackstar.
Not to be forgotten, Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House is a West End staple – and is open super late for chai bowls, games of chess, with snacks or shakes as the perfect accompaniment.
If you're not chasing the flavours of the world, settle for a gasto-pub meal at Lock 'n' Load or London Fields. Nearby Habitat presents a modern Australian menu, Mondo Organics uses (surprise) all organic cuisine, and Tukka goes one further with a native Australian menu using bush herbs and native animals.
Those who are vegetarians and vegans will be delighted with the options in West End. From Govindas and VegeRama to The Forest Cafe and Carrot Top, there are plenty of options. Plus, most of the restaurants in West End will have an extended vegetarian menu.
Bars and nightlife
Complementing the dining scene, West End’s bars and pubs are always popular. Read about nightlife, live music and the bar scene in West End here.