Your ultimate city guide to the best cafes in Perth
Whether you’re after a quick pick-me-up on your way to work or a sit-down cafe to perch at on your lunch break, there’s plenty of options for city dwellers on the hunt for that perfect cuppa and tasty treat.
Here at So Perth HQ we take our job very seriously, so we’ve scouted out the best cafe options around the CBD to make your next long day in the office a little more bearable.
City dwellers will get excited at just the mention of Mo Espresso, being a solid fave of the early morning work crowd for a while now. Even if coffee isn’t your jam, the doughnuts here definitely will be.
The father-son duo who run the joint has continuously poured the best cups of coffee in Perth, with quality brews from Five Senses beans and stools emblazoned with the faces of Tom Selleck, Einstein and Charlie Chaplin.
We’re also massive lovers of a good coffee spot that remembers their locals so you can go in and ask for ‘the usual’.
Max + Sons
Coming from the brains behind Mo Espresso, you already know Max + Sons is going to be banging coffee joint.
The staff will always serve you with a smile as they work hard to caffeinate the early morning work crowd on the daily. They’ve got the brew formula down pat and an impressive lineup to go along with it including Holy Bagel Co, Top Dup doughnuts and some super tasty toasties, everything you need for a morning pick me up.
A funky little cafe boasting neon lights, pastel pinks, a standout art piece on their wall and natural light flowing in from above- you’ll be drawn in before you’ve even tasted what’s on offer.
Playa Coffee is a great stop for your lunch break with their $10 coffee and bagel deal. Their coffee is consistently 10/10 and the bagels are so good you’ll probably want to get a few takeaway.
You’ll feel all warm and cosy the minute you step into the vintage atmosphere of Sayers Sisters with exposed bricks lined in old photos and antiques scattered throughout.
An absolute must-visit for amazing food and ambience, the leek and parmesan croquettes are out of this world and they have an array of creative, seasonal dishes that put other brunch spots to shame.
Tucked away in the stunning historical and architectural setting of the State Buildings, this tiny corner coffee spot packs a punch with beans sourced and roasted by none other than Telegram
There are also tasty baked goods to grab if you’re peckish as you take a stroll and take in the lavish surroundings of the building.
You may have heard of Tiisch for being one of the more popular bottomless brunches around town, and we can confirm that the rumours are true.
They’re also making some seriously good coffee along with simple yet imaginative dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced produce, and there’s plenty of bottomless options here so you can stuff yourself to the brim- bonus!
The atmosphere here allows you to really unwind with lush greenery lining the walls and a light, bright venue oozing calm among the hustle and bustle.
Hemingway sits in the heart of the city with a trendy, modern setting involving polished surfaces and black and white accents for a fresh take on the humble corner coffee shop.
Its stylish interior is complemented by an interesting food menu and top-of-the-range coffee brews thanks to the snazzy high-end machinery that’s been specially imported and Five Senses beans.
Size and price don’t matter at Cafe Leadman.
The timber-clad cafe front leads into a dark, stylish and cosy interior that’s home to good coffee and a seasonal, refined menu at affordable prices. The signature gourmet Mi Goreng at just $6.50 (yes, you read that right) is a well-loved crowd pleaser along with their truffle scrambled eggs and an assortment of unique sandwiches if you’re more on the go.
Mount Street Breakfast Bar
Mount Street Breakfast Bar like to push boundaries with a menu that’s unique and inventive in a modern breakfast bar complete with tinted lighting and exaggerated lamp shades.
The food here is slightly limited, but that doesn’t stop it from being totally incredible- think crispy falafel, chilli crab scrambled eggs, french toast and turkish poached eggs. If you’re still in need of convincing, they also do cocktails, wine and beer behind the bar.
A unique specialty coffee shop in an urban-retro fit-out, Smooth Operator is a gem on Hay Street where you can relax and unwind alongside toasties, tasty treats and smooth heavenly coffee- just make sure you don’t walk past it.
If you, like me, are finding it hard to source that perfectly done oat milk coffee, then this is your answer. They have nailed the oat milk blend, and us dairy-free folk are forever grateful for it.
La Veen Coffee
The presentation of the food at La Veen Coffee is definitely Insta-worthy, and it doesn’t disappoint with taste either.
Possibly one of the best brunch stops in the city, it’s got that classic coffee stop look with the exposed bricks, warm wood interior and floor-to-ceiling windows letting in plenty of natural light and warmth- plus they do a good cuppa to top off your meal.
Dishing out warm, excellent coffee on the regular Cafe Vinyl is a hole-in-the-wall coffee joint that you can’t go past on your next walk to the office or turn into a detour between meetings.
The real winner here though is the giant, homemade muffins, we can’t get enough!
Another class takeaway coffee stop on Hay Street, Bench Espresso live and breathe coffee and lucky for us they’re sharing the passion.
They offer espresso and filter with breakfast options on the run plus an assortment of sweet treats if you’re having a bit of a cheat day.
Located inside Cloisters Arcade, Lowdown is a modern espresso bar that is drawing caffeine addicts into its midst before work on the regular.
If you have a moment, grab a seat and get your hands on their homemade toasties or treats as you indulge in one of Perth’s best cups of coffee.
Livingstone’s Urban Jungle
As the name suggests, Livinstone’s Urban Jungle brings the urban jungle feels to the CBD.
Potted trees, vines, green turf and wooden furniture work together to form a little oasis that seems far from the hustle and bustle of the cities hub. Take a break from the fast-paced world and grab an espresso and a bite to eat.
Panda & Co
Finishing off strong, Panda & Co is an Asian-Australian eatery winning our hearts with their creative menu and warm, inviting space.
Get carried away with bao buns, spicy stir-fried udon, fried chicken burgers and deep-fried Reubens sandwiches in an explosion of Asian-inspired flavours.
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