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No weekend is complete without a pig-out or two, preferably of the brunch variety—right? And while mornings in Northbridge used to mean either yum cha or crawling out of a nightclub trying to find a taxi with your shoes in your hand, this rad little neighbourhood now has all of your brunchy needs covered with a variety of quality cafes that rival any suburb in Perth. At first glance, the cafes might look they’re downplaying themselves, but the quality of food and coffee being dished out is truly amazing. From drool-worthy pies, to Korean-style toasties and bangin’ bagels, these cafes are all guaranteed to put a pep in your weekend step! And best of all, none of them will break the bank.
Here are 10 of the best Northbridge cafes you should check out this weekend.
The Tuck Shop
Pies! Pies! Get ya hot pies! Yup, it’s all about the humble pie here at Northbridge café, Tuck Shop Café. Nestled into an unassuming little strip on Newcastle Street, the pies here are baked on the premises by owner-chef Paul Cherry and they are the main reason this joint is busy from early morning to late arvo. If your willpower allows you to say no to these deliciously meaty delights, Tuck Shop Cafe also has a bangin’ brekky menu, great brews (it's Toby's Estate), and plenty of other savoury and sweet goodies to take away. One of the best Northbridge cafes.
Little Willy’s is a cosy and comforting nook of a café dishing out simple but delish eats and really good coffee (they’re roasting Pound Coffee here). The art-filled space is small, quirky and dim, but don’t let that deter you—if you can grab a free seat, settle in and enjoy one of the best breakfasts in Northbridge. The brekky burrito is the menu star but everything coming out of the tiny kitchen is tasty, including the bagels and savoury muffins. Heads up: Little Willys is cash only.
Listers, this is the café that has been filling your Instagram feed with their spectacular-looking breakfasts and epic cakes. The folks at Little Bird are all about healthy and flavoursome food that also looks really, really, really pretty (but not too good to eat obvi). The gluten, dairy and sugar-free crew will be happy chowing down on vegan chocolate cake, pumpkin fritters and buckwheat pancakes, but don’t fret traditional brekky lovers, they’ve got your bacon-lovin’ selves covered as well. Dairy-free coffee options abound at Little Bird (they crank out a mean almond milk chai here) and it’s an all-day brekky affair which means you can sleep in, then scoot in for some yummy eats which will have you feeling tip top for the rest of the weekend.
Flora & Fauna
Cute, cosy and quirky, hole-in-the-wall café Flora & Fauna may be teeny tiny, but this café has a big ol’ heart. Tucked away in a little laneway off Aberdeen Street, the compact kitchen dishes out veggie and vegan-inspired brekky and lunch eats alongside Micrology coffee, fresh pressed juices and Harney & Sons tea. Friendly and always up for a chat, owner Allison Côté is a former florist and interior designer, which explains why her meals (like seed and nut muesli, French toast and vegan cashew mac n’ cheese) come out of the kitchen looking like works of art.
Loaded Craft Coffee and a simple menu that pays homage to all the places owners Sophie and Adam have visited, make Daphne one of the best cafes in Northbridge. Joining independently owned William Topp, Beau Est Mien and Westons Barbershop and Shave Parlour in a little cluster at the top end of William Street, this stylish and simple café (which also doubles as a gallery) boasts two window seats that are just begging for you to nestle in and while away a morning. We highly recommend the home-made bircher muesli or the toasted sandwiches made with Irish soda bread. And maybe a French macaroon to take away cos y’know, it’s the weekend.
tea for tu
Proving that good things come in small packages, Northbridge café tea for tu is a hidden little gem tucked away at the back of cute clothing boutique tu. Also accessible through Lock Lane, this petite parlour dishes out delicious Seventh Duchess teas (as you would expect) but we suggest enjoying one of their yummy bagels or one of their famous cake shakes: where they whizz up a cake or cupcake of your choice with vanilla ice-cream and milk. OMG! In keeping with the cutesy and eclectic retro vibe, everything is served on floral fine bone china so you’ll totes feel fancy while you’re brunchin’.
Punchy and flavour-packed Korean-inspired street food is what you’ll get at Flo Espresso, one of the best cafes in Northbridge. This new kid on the block may be off the beaten track, but locals know a good thing when they see it and we reckon Flo’s kimchi and cheese toasties are up there with the best in Perth. Top Dup doughnuts make a regular appearance on the counter along with delish Five Sense Coffee. The crew here also make a crackin’ hot chocolate. A toastie, hot choc and a doughnut? That’s brunch perfection right there.
A much-loved local haunt, Babooshka in Northbridge may be hard to find, tucked down Arcade 189, but it's well worth the hunt. Partly responsible for bringing weekend brunch back to the CBD and Northbridge (thanks guys!), the Babooshka gang understand the importance of a leisurely brunch on the weekend and are therefore our sort of people. The brekky menu is short but oh-so-sweet. The Tsar’s brekky (Boston beans, poached eggs, speck bacon, spinach and avocado) and Dukkah eggs are menu winners but Babooshka’s bagels and cakes are also the perfect accompaniment to their creamy Blacklist Coffee. Got a sweet tooth? Do not go past the milkshakes – these babies are #foodporn personified.
The younger sister of Leedy institution Sayers, Sayers Sister doesn’t put a foot wrong when it comes to the most important meal of the day and it’s no secret that this is one of the best cafes in Northbridge. Constantly packed with hungry hoardes looking to get their hands on a Bloody Mary and a Full Breakfast, this Lake Street eatery dishes out the sort of top notch meals we’ve come to expect from the Sayers name, like perfectly poached eggs, green pea and ricotta pikelets and toasted coconut bread with lemon curd. Nom nom nom. Amid the rustic décor, one long communal table is the place to be for the best people and kitchen-watching action. Haven’t visited yet? It’s time you did.
Adding to the new trend of tiny, hole-in-the-wall coffee spots in Perth is Northbridge cafe BOO Espresso. Attached to a warehouse and measuring a tiny 2m x 4m, this friendly little nook on Stuart Street serves up really good brews and light eats like toasties and muffins. Want to take your dog out for brunch? BOO Espresso also serve up ‘puppacinos’ (nawww!) to keep your pooch happy while you’re getting your caffeine fix.
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