Great coffee, check; delicious food, check; exquisite interior, check! Three very important qualities that are all shared by my five must-visit cafes in 2018. With the start of another new year, I thought it would be a great time to put together a list of my favourite cafes (new & old) to visit in Perth. Feel free to leave me any suggestions worth a mention!
Chinta Cafe 29 Scarborough Beach Road, North Perth WA,6006
Located on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Hardy Street, this large Balinese inspired café and gift store is truly a treasure amongst locals and regulars. Previously this space used to be occupied by a car garage, but has since been transformed into a tropical island with bamboo plants, mini Buddha statues and visually stunning murals.
Chinta offers both an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, full of options that will make it almost impossible to choose! Some of my favourite breakfast dishes include the French Benedict, Eggs Atlantic and French Toast. Lunch is equally appealing with dishes such as the Chicken Quesadilla being ever so popular, as well as the Tempura Fish and the Bimbim Bap ( Korean dish). Also featured on the menu is a special juice selection, which features some incredibly fresh and tasty juices to accompany your meal.
And if you really want something different, the High Tea is on offer seven days a week, which is a combination of decadent delicacies including savory and sweet treats, that are presented so beautifully that you will want to snap a few pics before you get started.
Just some of the savory decadent treats include, White smoked salmon cream cheese and chives, Gourmet chicken, feta and rocket sausage rolls and Finger Sandwiches, plus more. The sweets include a New York cheese cake, topped with honeycomb, House baked fluffy scones and a continental flow of loose leaf tea with 7 varieties (see website for full menu).
(Official High-Tea Images from Chinta)
Open: Monday- Friday 7.30am-3.30pm Saturday-Sunday 7.30am-4pm High-Tea Seven days (08) 9444 7939
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café: 101 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000
New to Perth, only opening in 2017, the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café, is located on St Georges Terrace, in an old heritage building. From the moment you walk in, you instantly experience the luxe, exquisite, traditional décor and dim lighting, making it all the more an intimate atmosphere. This chocolate café is the very first kind for Perth with nothing else quite able to mimic all that this international chocolatier offers. I like to think of this café as more than just a ‘stop in’ but rather an indulgent treat that deserves some time well spent inside.
Now, as you first walk in you will notice the large glass cabinet at the front of the counter with some of the most visually captivating sweets you will ever see. The Guylian Chocolate and Hazelnut Pyramid is just to die for, so is the Guylian Bombe Au Chocolate and Passion Temptation, just to name a few! In addition to the sweets in the cabinet, on offer on the menu is also some decadent warm drinks including a Banana & Caramel Hot Chocolate (which is personally my favourite).
Don’t be deceived by it’s name as this chocolate café offers a lot more than just sweets, including a full breakfast and lunch menu. Items on the menu include, Smashed Avocado, Three egg omelette, Eggs Benedict plus a gourmet selection of sandwiches, salads and of course sweet Belgian waffles. It is also worth mentioning, that you can order birthday cakes from here with personalised messages.
Open Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm Friday 8am-12am Saturday 10am-12am/ Sunday 10am-4pm
Hylin: 178 Railway Parade, West Leederville 6007
Located on the busy Railway Parade, just minutes from the Subiaco precinct, Hylin has become a must-visit for not just locals but anybody who considers themselves a bit of a foodie. Boasting a trendy modern space, with street art murals and an industrial vibe this small neighborhood café offers a creative menu.
With an all-day breakfast menu and brunch from 10.30am-2pm, there is just something for everyone. Just to name a few dishes on offer for breakfast/brunch include, the Open Brekky Burger (which is delicious), Breakfast Bruschetta, Brie & Brisket burger, and Open Street Tacos. Also available is a wide range of juices (the Acai smoothie is delicious!) plus so many different types of coffee that you won’t know what to choose!
For those making their way by foot or bicycle, there is a trendy little bike rack at the front of the café as well chairs that face inward at the coffee side bar. This is the kind of little café that makes you wish you could just live within walking distance!
Open: Monday – Saturday 6.30am-3pm Sunday 8am-2pm Brunch 10.30am-2pm
Nic & Kolo: 45 Ardross St, Applecross 6153
Approachable, contemporary food and specialty coffee, this visually stunning café, inspired by a minimalist décor is the perfect getaway spot to unwind and take in the intricate details of the décor. Perhaps a best kept secret for locals and a destination to visit for everyone else on weekends, Nic & Kolo is an award winning café in Perth and for a very good reason. Other than an Instagram worthy interior, the food is incredible, dishes are creative and best of all there is a large variety of dishes on offer.
An all-day brunch menu is on offer as well as a separate menu for dinner. The Buttermilk Pancakes with a slab of bacon, was certainly a stand out dish for me, just as the Son-in-Law Eggs, and Big Ben Brunch are also very comparable. From 2.30pm every day, tasty afternoon bites are served and takeaway coffee is available all day. This relaxed south side destination will soon become your go-to café……even if you live on the other side of the river!
Open: Tuesday 7am-4.30pm Wednesday-Saturday 7am-10pm Sunday 7am-4.30pm All Day Brunch 7am-3pm (Tuesday-Sunday) Dinner 6pm-9.30pm (Wednesday-Saturday)
Bread in Common: 43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle 6160
Situated/occupied in an old Fremantle warehouse space,Bread in Common long established itself as one of the must-visit places in Fremantle. If you only visit one spot in Fremantle, then this large venue is the perfect place. The interior is unique and very artfully designed with dim lighting, surrounded by lush plants and exposed brick. There is a strong sense of communal dining from the moment you walk in with lots of large tables available, plus shared dishes of food and wine/drinks.
The bar and wine wall is small, rare and a feature all of it’s own. The best thing about this Fremantle venue is that they also offer a wide selection of baked bites and takeaway coffee/food/sandwiches, making it ideal if you don’t have the time to sit down to eat. The open kitchen is situated alongside the diners, plus there is a cozy mezzanine level lounge. The menu is designed to be shared and both gluten free and vegan dishes are available on the menu.Towards the back of the premises, you will notice the hand built ovens, named Hansel & Gretel, where all the tasty bread and treats are baked daily. There is a wide selection of traditional rustic breads plus a small deli with a selection of these delicious treats. Bread in Common is the kind of place that will make you consider either moving south, just to be near this incredible venue, or regularly putting Fremantle on your weekend to-do list, because it’s truly a unique food & coffee destination that Perth has to offer.
Open: Monday-Friday 11.30am-10pm Saturday and Sunday 8am- Late
(Official Images Above from Bread In Common)