Perth may be 3,500km away from the funky laneways of Melbourne, but the capital city of Western Australia also boasts an eclectic collection of hip cafes.
They’re hidden inside laneways, nestled in leafy neighborhoods and over-looking the stunning Indian Ocean – and they offer delicious coffee and the latest in gastronomical delights!
Whether you’re chasing a pre-work pick-me-up, the perfect accompaniment to brunch with mates or an afternoon tea treat, here are a few of the best cafes in Perth.
Tartine Café – Trinity Arcade, William Street and Westralia Plaza
When you’re ducking into the same café each day for your caffeine fix, it’s nice when the staff not only remember your order but also know you by name. Tartine Café has three handy locations in the city and regulars will tell you the staff “make you feel genuinely at home.” If you want more than just your 3 pm pick-up, you can choose from an array of snack options including croissants, baguettes, sweet breads, slices, cookies and muffins and their amazing baked-on-site French pastries.
White Salt – 134 West Coast Drive, Sorrento
Got visitors coming who you want to impress? Book a table at White Salt and the food and view will do the talking. It’s hard to decide which aroma is the most pleasing: that coming from the kitchen, the coffee machine, or the Indian Ocean. Danni says it’s her go-to when family or friends are in town: “The food is awesome and plentiful. Yes, it gets busy, because it’s quality, and besides, why would you want to rush a good view?”
Jean Pierre Sancho – Locations Across the City
Considering these guys have been in the business of baking French delights for more than a century, it’s easy to say they know what they’re doing. Everything from their macarons to croissants, quiches and ridiculous selection of cakes (Jean Pierre Sancho actually have an entire menu dedicated to cakes) are baked fresh each day and you can taste the difference. The best idea is to gather your traveling party and come as a group, so you can choose an assortment of goodies and share (which could be tough). Don’t blame us if your jeans are a bit tighter upon leaving…
Standing Room Only – Piccadilly Arcade, CBD
If you want baristas who know their brew, stop by the Piccadilly Arcade for a roast from the friendly crew at Standing Room Only. Their mission is to “steam milk only once, grind coffee to order and employ baristas who love coffee”. These guys are known for their friendly service and delivery of great tasting coffee. They’re up on the latest trends but can also create a fine flat white.
Typika – 331 Stirling Highway, Claremont
“Sure it’s got a funky vibe, but above all else, it’s got cast iron pancakes and that’s the stuff that dreams are made of!” So says Perth local, Steve Weber, who says Typika is his café of choice when it comes to indulging in a treat. Whilst he raves about the cast iron pancakes, there is also a huge choice for those wanting a savory option – for instance, you can indulge in a vegetarian bagel, porridge and your usual bacon and eggs. But then, there’s the incredible world of different food inspired by the Australian way of life and country: think spiced beef benedict, green scram and smoked salmon and satay chicken bagel. And that’s just breakfast…
Antz Inya Pantz – Victoria Park and Fremantle
Whether you need to get down to work on your laptop or are meeting friends for a chatter, the atmosphere at Antz Inya Pantz will be whatever you need. And the coffee! Having started off as a little hole-in-the-wall roaster, the business still has its main focus on all things beans. But that doesn’t mean the food is second rate. Just ask anyone who’s ever ordered a bagel. In case you needed another reason to fall in love, Antz uses environmentally friendly products and even has its own garden out back.
Bossman – Beaufort St, Mount Lawley, Perth
Humble, unpretentious and downright delightful – these are just some of the words you would use to describe a place like Bossman. Sandwiched in the nook of a busy arcade, Bossman is the perfect coffee spot for those wanting to people-watch by as they sip their cup of coffee. Renowned for their friendly service and top-quality coffee, Bossman’s inclusion of Greek and Middle Eastern treats perfectly compliments their coffees.
Architects and Heroes – Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, Perth
With a quirky name like Architects and Heroes, how could you not want to try this hip local café?! With its all-day menu and eye-catching décor, this is the café to be seen in. The coffee served here is guaranteed to satisfy, as it’s brewed from the finest beans from Melbourne’s Code Black Coffee.