It’s been 15 years since the beloved Subiaco Pavilion Markets shut its doors for good but a new crop of local markets are promising a fresh take on the community tradition.
One Subiaco celebrated the launch of its new retail precinct on the corner of Rokeby Road and Seddon Street on Saturday, marking the first of a new series of pop-up markets to be held on the famous corner from the team behind Perth Upmarket.
About 4000 people filtered through the 23-storey high-rise’s ground floor to join in the celebrations — including Aussie cricket legend Adam Gilchrist.
Artisanal market stalls were scattered among the newly-opened permanent tenancies, including a new fresh food grocer, chicken and burger shops and curated wine store.
Blackburne managing director Paul Blackburne said they were delighted to be a part of the revitalisation of the Subiaco Pavilion Markets site.
“The One Subiaco Markets represent a perfect blend of tradition and innovation and we believe it will become a thriving hub for residents and visitors alike,” he said.
“We look forward to seeing the vibrancy it will bring back to Subiaco.”
The pop-up markets are set to return on November 4 and December 2.
It was also an opportunity for the City of Subiaco to unveil its newly completed upgrades to Seddon Street, which include improving walkability, public seating and greenery.
But it’s not the only new market coming back to the western suburb, with the Subi Night Market set to kick off every Saturday from November 11 to April 6 at Market Square from 4pm to 9pm.
The green space between Subiaco train station and Subiaco oval will be transformed into a community hub every weekend which organisers promise will have a “European-inspired village atmosphere” with outdoor dining and live music on the grass.
Vintage fashion lovers will be able to nab a special find at Preloved Lane and foodies will be taken on a “gastronomic adventure” through pop-up food stalls boasting more than 40 international cuisines.
Local distillery Spirit of Little Things Gin, whose distillery is less than 2km away on Railway Road, will have a pop-up bar in a licensed area.
Subiaco mayor David McMullen said the city was proud to support the night markets “to bring additional buzz and vibrancy to Subiaco over the summer months”.
“As key sponsor, city staff have worked swiftly and decisively to make this opportunity a reality,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to come along on a warm summer Saturday and spend the rest of the afternoon or evening exploring Subiaco’s many great restaurants, retailers and bars.”
The new offerings join the long-running and hugely popular Subi Farmers Markets, which are at Subiaco Primary School 8am to noon each Saturday.