When it comes to cafe culture, Perth knows exactly what it's doing! The waterside city is the capital of Western Australia and an incredibly relaxed, beautiful destination which - because of its geography - tends to be a little less well-known than its sister cities of Sydney and Melbourne. It sits alongside the Swan River, where it joins the southwest coast, and is lined with sandy beaches. Key attractions include the huge Kings Park on the river's edge and Mount Eliza's Botanic Gardens which display a sweeping panorama of the city in its full glory. There is plenty of culture and entertainment too, with the Cultural Centre housing the state's opera and ballet companies, and with plenty of museums, art galleries and theatres. Dining out here is a real experience too, and you'll love the top quality cafes in Perth which are open day and night and packed with treats to tempt you!
The locals adore great coffee and there are always exciting and trendy new cafes in Perth springing up across the city and its suburbs. From modern espresso bars for the locals commuting to work, to spacious and relaxing Perth cafes with sofas and a menu to linger over, the choice is superb. Great hotspots for a cup of joe include Leederville, Mount Lawley & Highgate, South Perth, Northbridge, Fremantle, the beach fronts and of course the city centre. You're pretty much guaranteed to find a venue on most of the main streets however - the city will spoil you with great food and drink!
The cafes in Perth are almost always open! On weekday mornings, espresso bars and mobile coffee stations are busy brewing up the finest beans for the early commuter rush and the aroma on the street is incredible. At some of the main transport hubs you can pick up a hot drink and some breakfast as early as 5am - and some snack stations even operate on a 24-hour basis. At the weekend, Perth cafes in the suburbs open up their doors for leisurely brunches and snacks, welcoming groups of friends and families who love to enjoy breakfast and lunch as a social occasion. The emphasis changes to one of comfort, relaxation and delicious food made from the finest local and seasonal ingredients.
One of the things you'll notice instantly at the cafes in Perth is that the menus often feature references to local, seasonal and organic food, as well as 'free-from' foods, including gluten-free baking. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan venues too. This is because Australians take the quality and provenance of their food very seriously and there is an emphasis on health, with room for treats! Perth cafe culture often means a healthy breakfast with a mid-morning treat, especially if you are in town to do shopping, enjoy culture or entertainment or to see a sporting event.
The array of teas and coffees alone can be quite dizzying at Perth's cafes! You'll find flat whites, espressos, mochas, cappuccinos and even baby-ccinos for the little ones. Look out for syrup shots, cinnamon sprinkles, hot chocolate swirls, cream and everything in between. There is usually a huge range of tea infusions too, from health-giving white and green tea through to classic Assam or English breakfast. Fruit teas and non-caffeine infusions such as rooibos are also very popular, as well as herbal blends such peppermint and chamomile. Fancy something that doubles up as breakfast? Look out for the juice bar Perth cafes or the fantastic smoothies with fresh vegetables, fruits and healthy extras.
You'll also enjoy a great breakfast menu in Perth's cafes, with plenty of English breakfast varieties jostling alongside healthy avocado on toast and continental options. Try the local granola with plenty of seasonal local fruit and organic bio-yoghurt, or treat yourself to a slice or two of the freshest toasted rye bread. Looking for a sweet treat around mid-morning? Why not try Australia's own 'national treasure' - the coconut sprinkled chocolate lamington! It's great with a drink and a lovely treat and sold at most cafes in Perth.
Whether you decide to indulge yourself with a fresh milkshake made with ice-cream, a late and leisurely brunch or a healthy salad with BBQ prawns at lunch, you'll love the diversity and quality of Perth's cafes. Some will have entertainment in the evenings and all will have plenty of local newspapers to enjoy while you relax. Why not visit one of the cafes on Perth's beachfront to watch the world go by as you rest, recharge and eat great food? Just remember to leave your review for your fellow community of diners on Quandoo!