Welcome to Preston Street

News Update 9 July 2021
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As part of the City's support for a thriving local economy and vibrant neighbourhood hubs, we are working alongside Visit Perth to showcase some of the most popular shopping and dining precincts in South Perth and Como. Welcome to my Neighbourhood is a video series featuring local residents and their favourite places. 

Preston Street in Como is full of history and local charm. Home to Perth's most photographed cinema, the 1938 art deco Cygnet Cinema, and hidden cafes waiting to be discovered, Preston Street is no longer a local secret. 

Join long-time Como local Pam and her cheerful sidekick, Twink, on a tour of her favourite spots along Preston Street.

Starting at Fiend Merchants, Pam takes us to the Karalee on Preston, Inizio Fashion, and Cygnet Cinema – her favourite place to catch a film.

Fiend Merchants is a friendly neighbourhood café offering all the comforts of freshly baked sweets and tempting lunchtime delights. Pam suggests their bran muffin for a wholesome start to the day. 

The Karalee on Preston The Karalee on Preston has been a longstanding favourite with Como locals and visitors since 1975. Perched on top of Preston Street, the prime location offers fantastic views and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. 

For retail therapy, Pam recommends Inizio Fashion, a local ladies clothing boutique. 

Cygnet Cinema is perhaps the most iconic spot along Preston Street, with it's instantly recognisable art deco style and powder pink exterior. The building was designed by architect William Leighton for cinema pioneer James Stiles and was officially opened in March 1938. Now run by Grand Cinemas, it's a great place to watch a film in true vintage style. 

To watch the sun go down in the evening, Pam suggests a visit to Como Jetty, across the overpass at the end of Preston Street.   

Discover more local businesses in the City of South Perth by visiting our Buy Local, Shop Local directory.

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