Perth is home to an array of lively café strips.
The café is the theatre of
Paris Perth where you are both actor and spectator.
There’s nothing like enjoying the simple pleasures in life like sipping on a cup of coffee (or a cheeky glass of wine) and watching life slowly pass you by. The Parisians have got it right with their café culture and so do we, with Perth being home to an array of lively café strips.
Here we list Perth’s top 10 suburbs with café strips worth venturing to.
Mount Lawley – Beaufort Street
Buzzing morning, noon and night, Mount Lawley is a long-time favourite destination to grab a drink, kick back, and people watch.
The area’s famed Beaufort Street has gone through many changes over the years, with its famous café residents, Mary Street Bakery and Lawley’s Bakery opening outlets all over Perth due to immense popularity. Once the sun goes down, the strip does not sleep with many places open till late including Italian Riviera-inspired bar Si Paradiso, Ellington Jazz Club and small bar Clarence’s Bar and Courtyard drawing crowds.
Accessibility into the city is excellent too, with frequent bus connections along the strip. If you’re wanting to be in touch with the great outdoors, Hyde Park is a short stroll away from the Beaufort strip and is a place to chill with a good book under the trees and with a coffee in tow.
Maylands – Whatley Crescent
Maylands is undergoing an evolution of late, and its residents are welcoming its coming of age.
Mayland’s premier café strip, Whatley Crescent has entered a new chapter, with trendy spots Chapels on Whatley and late-night award-winner Swallow Bar giving the strip that extra bit of hip street cred. If grabbing a coffee involves the need for a sugar rush, vintage feel Sherbet Cake & Bake Shop is your go-to for the sweeter things in life.
A short ride away from the city, it is easily accessible by Maylands train station (Midland line) or frequent bus services.
Head north to find music, good food and café culture intertwined along North Perth’s Angove Street. Come morning; its coffee culture takes centre stage with compact, local favourite Milkd & Co and hip Angove Kitchen and Espresso Bar serving the mighty brew in the morn. After dark, Rosemount Hotel is the place to swap hot drinks for beers while checking out rising talents and touring artists.
North Perth is easily accessible by frequent bus services from Perth bus port.
Leederville – Oxford Street
Moments away from the city is the much loved, much-hyped Leederville and rightfully so.
Leederville’s main drag, Oxford Street is bustling at all hours, from Foam Coffee Bar, a morning favourite with digital nomads to paper lantern landmark Greens and Co brewing coffee until late. But it’s not all just about the coffee and cake with plenty of bar and restaurant options and speciality stores worth the trip to the colourful strip.
Leederville has excellent access to public transport, with Leederville train station (Butler line) only steps away from Oxford Street.
Victoria Park – Albany Highway
Head east to find something to feast on along Victoria Park’s premier strip and long winding road, Albany Highway.
A sleuth of coffee houses populates the strip including longstanding industrial-chic The Imp and Sixteen Ounces. Despite its mixed-commercial use, it is never a dull moment along this section of Albany Highway. The area is abundant with food options, with highlights with newly opened Frank’s Texas Smokehouse and dumpling darling, Mom’s Dumpling House being amongst the strip’s tantalising highlights.
Albany Highway is easily accessed from Victoria Park train station (Armadale line).
Scarborough (The Esplanade)
Enjoy coffee and cake while watching surfer ice their cake (waves) along Scarborough’s The Esplanade.
The area’s beachside multi-million-dollar makeover has done the area wonders, with options abound in living your best café life, including The Wild Fig and Monty’s Café. Super stylish café, Cocolat allows you to watch swimmers at the pool-over-sea, Scarborough Beach Pool. Head to the beach pre or post an unwind session around the table.
Never a dull moment from sunrise to beyond beach sunset, The Esplanade is Perth’s premier beachside restaurant, bar and entertainment precinct.
Scarborough has accessibility into the city via bus services from Glendalough train station (Bulter line).
Guildford – Swan Street and Terrace Road
Where the world of coffee and good wine come together.
Guildford’s Swan Street and Terrace Road is home to the quaintest finds including ultra-hip Guildford Milk Bar and oozing rustic vibes is Little Guildford café. If wine is more suited to your cup (or glass), head to Guildford’s historical landmark, Rose and Crown Hotel’s The Garden for an indulgent guilt-free feed.
Nearby Guildford’s happening yet peaceful strips is vineyard country, Swan Valley, a perfect pitstop to grab a bottle of a local drop.
Guildford is accessible from Guildford train station (Midland line).
This quiet suburb has a lot to be spoken about – for the right reasons, of course!
Its main strip, Royal Street is home to several kitsch joints worthy of calling your local with Kinky Lizard serving up tasty thrills in a cup and Toast serving up the all-day breakfast goods – best enjoyed at its outdoor tables, of course. Bask in those cosmopolitan European vibes by taking a walk around its picturesque canal, and river views, Claisebrook Cove – a little slice of Europe only found in East Perth!
East Perth is easily accessed from Claisebrook train station (Armadale/Thornlie and Midland lines).
Fremantle – South Terrace
The port city has something for everyone.
Famously known as the Cappuccino Strip, South Terrace is Fremantle’s main drag and home to many coffee shops, bars and restaurants, boutiques and most notably, the heritage-listed Fremantle Markets.
The strip is a hop, skip and jump from Fremantle train station (Fremantle line).
South Perth – Angelo Street
Head to the other side of the river, South Perth for a leisurely pace of life with epic views of the skyline. The suburb’s main strip, Angelo Street is home to many much-loved coffee and food outlets including established breakfast mecca, Gusto Food and Millpoint Caffe Bookshop. Forget about driving into the CBD, as you can easily cross the Swan River by ferry services located along the South Perth foreshore to Elizabeth Quay.
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