I’m on a mission to discover the best cafes in Australia. This time, I’m in Western Australia, visiting fabulous cafes in Perth.
After a really hard couple of years of COVID. Cafes are doing it tough. My local café has always been a popular place for me to meet friends, catch up on the news, or just sit back and relax. Now sadly, you can walk through any town in Australia and see local cafes who have had to close their doors.
I want to help in any way I can. So, I have decided to dedicate my blog to finding the best Cafes in Australia and shine a light on them. It’s time to get out and support your wonderful, local cafes. I have already uncovered fabulous cafes in Bondi, amazing cafes in Port Macquarie and brilliant cafes in New Farm. Now, I’m in Perth.
I want to go right round this beautiful country of ours and narrow in on regions, cafes and coffee roasters to find exactly where the best cafes are.
Who does the most delicious avocado on toast? Where is the best espresso bar?. Who serves up a killer piccolo latte? Do cafes in Perth have a better eggs benedict than cafes in South Melbourne? What’s the answer to the age-old question; cappuccino verses latte.
Knowing exactly where to go to get delicious eats and smooth coffee is so hard. No one likes being disappointed with a bad breaky. So, I’ve done the hard yards and narrowed it down to 6 of the best cafes in Perth.
Let’s hit it.
Located at 4 243 Herbert Street Doubleview. Folk and Merchant has a wonderful feel of community you can sense as soon as you step through the front door. It almost feels like you could be on the East Coast of Australia in Byron Bay. Instead, you couldn’t be further from Byron if you tried. Folk and Merchant has mostly outdoor seating with a coffee window servicing the takeaway crowd. Inside, the owners have expanded the cafe since taking over the former Mr Herbert’s site. They have added additional indoor seating and a lovely little retail space.
Folk and Merchant love to support local businesses. Sourdough is baked by Doubleview home bakery Bread Brothers. Amazing relishes and jams are sourced from Oohlala Preserves, and the kombucha is from Scarborough’s Hippie Kombucha. Wangara-based Kaltiva Coffee Roasters are responsible for the cafe’s smooth custom blends.
The food menu keeps things simple with toast, open sandwiches and croissants and baked goods on offer. You can head to Folk and Merchant for a wholesome day of smoothie bowls and stick around for a yoga class or just browse through the boho style store.
The store stocks fabulous local wares including handmade ceramics, keep-cups, wooden art from Sarai Marie and kids clothing label, Lucie June.
Located at 35 Market Street Freemantle. Peggy’s is a solid addition to the stellar sandwich scene in Perth, which also includes pioneers Re Store and Inglewood’s Deli Continental. This Market Street café is fast becoming a favourite, consistently attracting crowds from far and wide. Who doesn’t love a delicious Sango for lunch?
This family run sandwich servery in Fremantle’s west end, serves up delicious made-to-order sandwiches, subs and toasties. Their combos feature the freshest, locally sourced produce and two different house baked breads. A white-sesame-seed sub, and a 48-hour focaccia-Turkish-bread hybrid that supports rather than swamps the fillings.
Peggy’s is open early for coffee, right through to a late lunch. In the morning, you can devour a four-cheese toastie souped up with kimchi salt or Peggy’s homage Sausage McMuffin is to die for. There are also options like eggplant parmigiana and Italian subs.
The main menu is available closer to lunchtime. It features a Cubano spiked with mojo spice (chilli, garlic and coriander), a house take on the continental roll, and a chicken-schnitzel sub with dill mayo, cheddar, onion and iceberg lettuce. For vegetarians, options range from an egg-salad dish to a fried-eggplant-and-sugo parmigiana.
Amazing golden chips are served throughout the day and are dusted with chicken salt and served with a delicious Southern-style sauce. To drink, there’s fabulous coffee from Perth Coffee Roaster Community, joining a great selection of soft drinks, pressed juices and smoothies on the menu.
Located at 1 58 Collingwood Street Osborne Park. Micrology Coffee Roasters’ first flagship café showcases its growing reputation, as one of Western Australia’s finest coffee roasters. If you’re as coffee mad as me, you are going to love Micrology Coffee Roasters. Supplying their fabulous blends to cafes all over Perth, their Collingwood Street location is home to all their roasting and distribution.
Micrology began their journey back in 2013 because they felt like Western Australian coffee could be done differently. Like most Australians, Perth locals love coffee. Micrology wanted to help gradually raise the expectations of their local coffee drinkers by having an uncompromising focus on quality and service. This is still their game plan today. Source amazingly good coffee from producers who they can support and share it with as many people as they can.
There’s a strong education element to the cafe. At any given time, there are at least three baristas operating the coffee-making gear. It’s a staff-to-guest ratio which allows drinkers to questions or try something new. There’s also a dedicated training room for wholesale customers and even a cheeky turntable and mixer DJ station.
While coffee is the main focus here, the food options are also amazing. They include cinnamon buns and pre-made conti rolls.
Located at 102 Railway Street West Perth. Folklore is housed in a former office space at the entrance to the City West shopping centre. Considering the out-of-the-way location, Folklore still manages to pull great crowds of hungry locals and visitors alike to their wonderful café.
The menu resists the usual Perth brunch options with a delicious line-up of Asian-inspired dishes. There are still eggs on toast but there’s also scrambled eggs with bacon XO and tonkotsu congee with pork-neck chashu, ajitama egg, mustard greens, burnt garlic and chilli oil.
If you visit Folklore later in the day, you will be able to order my favourite Japanese noodle dish, Duck Nanban. It comes with duck broth, sous-vide duck breast, duck tsukune and udon noodles. The stacked chicken katsu sando on shokupan is absolutely fabulous. But be warned, it’s so generously sized you might want your bestie to split it with. There's also a wonderful cheeseburger, plus croissants and other pastries to go with the delicious coffee blends from Five Senses Coffee Roasters.
A word of warning. Folklore’s ramen and burger nights consistently sell out, so get in quick when they pop up from time to time.
Located in Raine Square, 300 Murray Street Perth. Croff Bakehouse has well and truly earned a reputation for revolutionising French pastries in the West. With their signature Asian-fusion creations, it really is Perth’s best croissanterie.
This modern, contemporary bakehouse currently has a repertoire of around a dozen sweet and savoury croissants. The rich and spicy beef rendang in a traditional croissant is always great. My favourite is the gooey, caramel salted egg custard in a striking charcoal pastry.
Croff Bakehouse also make some of the most delicious sandwiches in Perth. Mouth-watering toasted sandwiches, made with thick-cut slices of light, flaky and buttery croissant loaf. Fillings range from a fancy ham and cheese; to a four-cheese option laced with a chilli crunch. It’s a great place to grab some delicious take-away and be quickly out the door.
Alongside the to-die-for sandwich menu, is a selection of inventive croissants and forever changing fruit danishes. If you head into Croff Bakehouse, you can also expect a limited-edition croissant. My absolute favourite is the purple pastry filled with blueberry coulis with a cream cheese custard, half dipped in blueberry jam and covered in torched meringue and edible blue blossoms.
Located at 445 Cambridge St Floreat. Someday Coffee Co is one of my favourite West Australian cafes. The space that houses Someday Coffee Co has previously been a butcher, a fish and chip shop and a Thai restaurant. Now as a fabulous cafe, it's helping bring families, long time locals and visitors alike into this somewhat forgotten pocket of Floreat.
They consistently serve up seriously smooth coffee and delicious breakfast dishes you just can’t pass up. The menu offers a diverse spread, ranging from granola and Buddha bowls, to burgers, carrot hummus and avocado toast. The Chunky Banana Granola is magnificent. It is house made oat and banana granola with toasted maple almonds and pepitas, caramelised banana, coconut flakes, berries, Greek yoghurt and milk.
The Avocado Smash is one of the best I have ever had; and I have had a lot. It is avocado, chilli feta, wild mushrooms, pickled ginger, edamame, krunchilli, and a fried egg on ancient grain sourdough toast. Delicious takeaway food items are also available, including wraps, gourmet pies and spanakopita.
Coffee beans are supplied by the very talented Micrology Coffee Roasters. Smoothies, traditional milkshakes, Kommunity Brew Kombucha and Pressed Earth juices are also available.