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We all have a place that makes us feel
connected, a place where we are
blissfully at ease. For some people, it s
in a park by a shady old oak tree. For others, it s a
well-lit table in a restaurant. Since I moved to the
city from my family s roost down south, that place,
for me, has been Angelo Street.
I discovered the quaint strip in my first year
at uni, on a venture out from the boozy depths
of Curtin student housing. I was hunting for
good food -- any food really -- and remembered a
family friend flailing her arms over this European
gourmet deli called Scutti. As soon as I stepped
into the Angelo Street store, engulfed by smells of
prosciutto and cheese, I knew I d found something
special. Shelves read like a nonna s pantry, bursting
with jars of Cecilia antipasti, iced-lemon biscuits,
deep red pasta sauces and roasted nuts.
Half my Youth Allowance went that morning
but I didn t look back for a second -- not even when
I had to ration my food to one chicken cutlet a day.
It was those regular trips to Scutti that began a
long and wondrous affair with Angelo Street. All
my renting decisions since then (Bentley to Como,
Como to South Perth), have been made to bring
us closer together. Whether I m on a breakfast date
at Bocelli café (ricotta and caramelised pear crepes
-- good times) or getting close and personal with a
pair of jeans from Father, the street has never failed
to appease my deepest human desires.
Often, in my uni days, I d take my books to
Secret Garden, a charming outdoor eatery with a
bounty of decadent treats. There, sitting among
lush foliage and dappled sunlight, the sound of
fountains trickling in the background, I d immerse
myself in a baklava and green tea, quickly forgetting
all intent to study. It was a mental escape -- it still
is today -- one usually finished off with a visit
to Garden Affair next door, which thrives with
vibrant plants and trees, as well as lovely one-off
pieces for the garden.
Since moving to South Perth, I ve also got into
the habit of Wednesday evening grocery adventures,
where I ll stroll from my apartment, across the
glittering foreshore, up past Wesley College and
onto tree-lined Angelo Street. First stop is Scutti
for a fresh dose of fruit and vegetables, then it s
over to the Gourmet Butcher to pick up an easy
dinner treat (their pesto mignon, Italian caprese
and chicken Roma are all amazing).
It s a wonderfully therapeutic walk, the kind that
makes you smile out of pure joie de vivre, where
personal trainers zip past with their victims panting
miles behind, and Wesley boys lag their oversized
backpacks to Brumby s for a pre-dinner snack.
Now to some insider tips: if you re after a gift
or special piece for the home, poke your head into
Items, just opposite Coles. It s one of those sweetly
smelling shops where you need a sharp eye to work
through all the treasures. There s also House Proud
closer to Coode Street where you can get all your
hardware and home essentials (like airing racks,
hand towels and party cake makers).
For women s fashion, you ve got Parata, which
carries high-end Australian labels such as Aurelio
Costarello and Lisa Ho; Flannel, where you ll find
the beautiful, organic creations of award-winning
Perth designer Kristy Lawrence; and Labels
Boutique, which caters for mother-and-daughter
shoppers with designs spanning Nobody, Cooper
Street and Morrison.
Guys, you ll also have some joy with the finely
selected range at Father (which shares a space with
Flannel) and the slightly younger-marketed unisex
That s what makes Angelo Street so endearing -- it
has shops and cafes which are accessible for everyone.
You may not find the best meal here or the finest piece
of furniture, but you will find something familiar,
which can be really great for the soul. sm
Angelo Street, South Perth
"IT'S A WONDERFULLY
THE KIND THAT MAKES
YOU SMILE OUT OF
PURE JOIE DE VIVRE."
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