The Best Cafe in Fremantle for a Coffee or Breakfast

by Kate Stewart

The Cool Room Cafe Fremantle

When searching for a delicious Saturday morning breakfast, you don’t have to go far to find a great cafe in Fremantle. Cafes in Fremantle are a popular place for locals to meet, catch up on the news, or just sit back and relax. But there’s no reason why you can’t take full advantage of these fabulous Fremantle cafes if you’re just visiting the area for the day, or a weekend getaway.

The fabulous port city of Fremantle is known for combining inner-city ease with a relaxed beachside lifestyle. It’s also home to a healthy cafe scene that has locals and visitors spoilt for choice. There are long-standing local favourites, award winning roasters and warm little coffee shops scattered all over town. Whether you're looking for a place to grab breakfast, a delicious lunch or an afternoon pick me up, these wonderful cafes in Fremantle will satisfy any craving.

It’s been a really hard couple of years with COVID. Cafes everywhere are doing it tough. Now sadly, you can walk through any town in Australia and see local cafes who have had to close their doors. I’m on a mission to help in any way I can.

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 Perth, amazing cafes in St Kilda and brilliant cafes in North Melbourne. Now, I’m in Fremantle. 

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 these 6 best cafes in Fremantle.

I’m so excited to share. Let’s get into it!

The Line Up

Ootong & Lincoln

Ootong and Lincoln Fremantle

Located at 258 South Terrace South Fremantle. Ootong and Lincoln is a firm favourite with Fremantle locals, with its laid-back retro feel. This former antique store has retained much of its charm with a mix-and-match approach to its fit out.  

The delicious menu is built on an ethos of house made, from pastries to kimchi. The café is also mindful of its Fremantle location and ensures there are many delicious options for vegetarians and vegans. The uber talented Chef also has a keen eye on gluten-free and dairy-free dishes.

Fresh superfood salads, sandwiches and cakes are on offer for a quick take-away. If you’re looking to stay a while, the Green and Prosciutto Omelette on the main menu is amazing. It is kale and cashew pesto, fire smoked mozzarella and Oaxaca cheese, with rocket on toasted Turkish bread. There are also steak sandwiches, and some of the best pancakes and waffles in Fremantle. They come topped with berry compote and mascarpone. If you’re not into sweet things for breakfast, there are lots of other options including brekkie gnocchi and Turkish eggs. There is also a delicious Chicken Burger if you’re looking for something more substantial. It is butter milk fried chicken, melted cheese, spiced gherkin aioli, pickled radish, sweet and sour sauce, greens and beer battered chips.

The Cool Room Cafe

The Cool Room Cafe Fremantle

Located at 114 Holland Street Fremantle is the Cool Room Café. If you are after a big breakfast and delicious coffee, the Cool Room Café is the place to go. With an all-day breakfast menu, it’s a major drawcard with hungry Fremantle locals. There’s also an amazing vintage shop right next door so you can pop in for a browse after your meal.  

The kitchen at the Café is only small, and you can see right into it. What they can do in such a small space is astounding. The meals that appear from this tiny kitchen are wonderous, elaborate and delicious. The inventive menu is heavy on fresh herbs and pickled vegetables. Think eats like Moroccan lentil soup with Turkish toast and halloumi bruschetta. Whatever you decide on, it will be sure to fill you up. The smooth coffee is sourced from local Coffee Roasters Darkstar.

Story goes, when the Eftpos machine goes down, the owner gives you two options, cash or barter. She encourages her regulars to forage in their gardens if their wallets are light, and has apparently accepted payment via pickled lemons, limes, sunflower sprouts and spinach.

On Friday nights over summer, the Cool Room Café is turned into a fairy lit heaven. It becomes a Moroccan Kitchen. An intimate dinner space with a simple, Middle Eastern-inspired menu, BYO and table service.

Hush Specialty Coffee

Hush Speciality Coffee

Located at 63 High Street Fremantle. Hush Specialty Coffee attracts people from far-and-wide for their fabulous coffee and delicious eats. If you have been once, I guarantee you will keep going back.  

The house blend contains direct-trade beans roasted by sustainable coffee roasters, Five Senses. Five Senses purchase their beans directly from coffee farmers all over the world. They pay the middleman fee, to the producers instead of others, ensuring a long prosperous relationship. In addition to the house blend, single-origin blends are available as espresso, batch and cold-drip brews.

Breakfast is served daily at Hush. Organic Loafers provide all breads, and Get Fresh Merchants ensures the kitchen remains well stocked with the freshest local fruit and vegetables.  

The food at Hush is also amazing. There are delicious snacks on display on the counter. These include mouth-watering sandwiches, bagels and baked goods, thick banana bread and savoury muffins. But there is so much more to these guys than just great coffee and baked goods.

The team at hush also dish up tasty eats like the Pandan Coconut Panna Cotta Granola with maple cacao granola, fresh berries, pandan jelly, coconut gel, banana crumb and pineapple sour syrup. The Jaffa French Toast is also great. It is Buttermilk French toast, poached blood orange, Hush espresso Jaffa soil, blood orange gel, candied citrus peel, whipped Nutella, hazelnut praline and Frangelico caramel.

The Attic

At 16 Bannister Street Fremantle you will find The Attic. Back in 2011, the owners knew they could offer the Fremantle community something different. So, when no other café would, they took a chance on opening their café in Fremantle’s once-gritty West End.  

The menu changes seasonally but the popular green-chilli eggs are a staple. Its creamy scrambled eggs mixed with chilli, sliced bacon, spring onion and herbs, served on sourdough. Some of my favourite dishes at the Attic are the apple crumble, French toast and breakfast risotto. The remainder of the menu balances sweet and savoury with plenty of vegetarian options. There’s also a selection of beautiful house-made cakes for those after a cheeky snack between meals.

Lunchtime sees the counter filled with delicious salads, fritters and wraps. These change daily and favour take-away customers. The delicious selection of tea is supplied by Chai Baba and Twin Peaks supplies all coffee beans.

Bread in Common

Bread in Common Fremantle

Located at 43 Pakenham Street Fremantle. Bread in Common make so much of its delicious foods in house. Everything is made in the large open kitchen. From freshly churned butter and pickled pine needles, to cured bresaola. They bake, ferment, pickle and preserve using only the best seasonal and local produce available.

The divine bread is a real focus here. With so many different loaves to choose from, things can get a little confusing. Deliciousness overload! All breads are preservative-free and baked in a wood-fired oven. There is also a selection of fabulous spreads to choose from, including smallgoods, dips and cheese.

However, Bread in Common is so much more than just another bakery. The main menu celebrates seasonality as well as the freshest Western Australian ingredients. They choose to only use produce sourced from producers using sustainable farm practices to reduce their environmental impact and create an honest, ethical menu.

Dishes include walnut, pecan and almond granola with yoghurt and burnt orange. The Sweet Corn Fritters with avocado, smoked yoghurt and pickled chilli are amazing. So too the mushrooms, poached eggs, split pea, puffed buckwheat and ciabatta.

There is also a selection of delicious pastries and cakes baked fresh every morning. These include chocolate chip cookies, a fabulous looking Portuguese tart, iced cinnamon scrolls, croissants and my favourite almond croissants.

Duck Duck Bruce

Duck Duck Bruce Fremantle

Located at 18 Collie Street Fremantle. Duck Duck Bruce is a quirky café serving delicious breakfast and lunchtime eats. Duck Duck Bruce serves Five Senses coffee and only the freshest local produce.

The Cafes ethos is friendship, consistently delicious food and drinks and outstanding service.  They are passionate about the power of a good meal spent with good people and get excited at the privilege of sharing that passion with others.

The menu changes on occasion but the popular Hot Mess is amazing. It is parsi style chilli scrambled eggs, garam masaka, kachumber, pickled chilli and relish on toast. Duck Duck Bruce have the best names for their wonderful dishes. There is the Beauty and the Beet. It is masoor dal, hummus, Sri Lankan sticky beetroot, baby spinach, mung bean sprouts, fresh green apple, curry leaf and cashew pangrattato.

There is also my personal favourite. Name and dish. We are Going to Need a Bigger Boat. It is bacon, eggs, sausages, smokey baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and relish on sourdough toast.

With a fabulous dog friendly garden, Duck Duck Bruce is the perfect café to take your little mate after a run in the park.