December 17th, 2020
Here it is. We’ve been poring through our recommendations, assessing, critiquing, delving deep into our hearts, in order to bring you our list of Perth’s best, tip-top, cream of the crop cafes. Behold, in alphabetical order.
Shopping centre coffee has certainly had an upgrade over the last few years. No longer solely the domain of chains and franchises, cafes like Alex Junior have been steadily raising the bar. Family-run Dunsborough roastery the Cape Effect provide the beans, keeping up the theme of supporting independent local producers – the cafe also features a retail space in partnership with the Cafe Collective that showcases WA creatives.
After spending a few years as a pop-up coffee spot, 2019 saw Artem’s move into a permanent brick-and-mortar location in Mount Pleasant. When a cafe is smoking their own meats, fermenting their own chilli sauce, and having their coffee beans roasted to their own recipe… you know they’re not kidding about quality. Stop in any time for their aforementioned A-grade coffee, or their small-yet-inspired brunch menu (think duck omelette, crab roll, chicken rendang salad), but those who know will make sure to be there on the weekend for their signature Reuben toastie, and leaving room for one of their donuts, of course.
Killer coffee? Holy Bagel Co bagels? Best Wishes keeps things simple, but boy does it pay off. Since opening their doors in 2017, this crew has built up a reputation as the best place in Freo to pick up your daily coffee – and in spite of their super-cool branding and merch, you’ll find no pretension here. Genuine smiles, and genuinely good coffee. What’s not to love?
Bigger isn’t always better – and it’s as true at Cafe Leadman as anywhere else. This itty-bitty, timber-clad cafe is anything but cute. Rather, it’s dark interior and curated menu speak to a more refined palate. That’s not to say you won’t find any crowd pleasers on the menu: gourmet mi goreng, Cuban toasties and the ubiquitous smashed avo all make an appearance, as well as a rotating roster of tempting Saturday specials.
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