If there is one thing we’re equally proud of as our glittering coastline, it’s our love for good coffee, beautifully crafted breakfasts and the humble weekend brunch. Narrowing down the haunts that are serving some of the best breakfasts in Perth hasn’t been an easy task, yet here they are—a swag of cafes you should have been to by now. Just visiting? Welcome! Make this your hit list.
We’ve got you covered from north to south, east to west with the best breakfasts in Perth.
Renowned Head Chef Ram Gurung cooks up a seasonal storm at Petition Kitchen, hands down the best spot to break your fast in the CBD. Good coffee, a daring-but-not-too-daring-for-breakfast menu and the gorgeous interior of their State Buildings should have this spot front-of-mind for hungry city-goers.
Flora & Fauna
While Flora & Fauna dish up what are probably Perth’s most ‘Grammable brekkies, we’re not just in this for the looks. Their seriously tiny hole-in-the-wall kitchen in a laneway off Aberdeen Street is packing a punch, delivering by far the most elaborate and delicious vegan breakfasts you’ll find in Northbridge: edible flower-topped banana bread served with peanut butter, tropical waffles, and pumpkin spice chia pudding, just to name a few.
Finlay & Sons
For the breakfast burger of your dreams, look no further than Finlay & Sons in Inglewood. Imagine a crunchy crumbed chicken fillet with lime aioli, pickled ginger slaw and to top it all off, hand-cut chips—but wait, there’s more. These guys have also mastered the humble bacon and egg roll, which is best washed down with a coffee using beans by Twin Peaks. While you’re there, do yourself a favour and add a serve of juicy thick cut bacon to your meal. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Little h Cafe
If you haven’t been to Little h in Duncraig yet, you need to sort that out ASAP. Here you’ll find hearty feeds, amazing coffee and delicious smoothies which can be enjoyed every day of the week. Take a seat inside among the crisp white interior and hanging plants, or find a table outside and watch the world go by as you treat yourself to a drool-worthy brunch. Top picks include the eggs benedict which can be done three ways—with housemade hashbrowns and bacon, smoked salmon and spinach or spicy fried chicken and avo smash—and the avo with housemade hummus on toasted ciabatta. Make sure you check out the cabinet full of freshly-baked sweet treats inside for some post-brekky goodness.
When you match colourful, healthy breakfasts with specialty drinks like turmeric and beetroot lattes then add some tropical island vibes, you get Chinta Cafe in North Perth. Once you’re seated among the mini buddha statues and bamboo plants, we recommend you feast on their vegan big breakfast, the croissant royale or the delicious Shark Bay blue swimmer crab omelette. Don’t skip over the fresh juice menu—the sea breeze is a refreshing blend of grapefruit, pineapple, watermelon and mint and it goes down a treat.
The Little Bay
By now, you probably should have heard of The Little Bay—the beachfront sibling of Little h in Duncraig. Their fluffy vegan pancakes with mango curd, coconut Chantilly, burnt white chocolate and dried raspberry are all the rage, but we reckon you also need to try their classic smashed avo or chorizo scrambled eggs.
One of those spots you wish was your local, Hobart Deli is a breakfast/brunch powerhouse with the soul of an old-school corner shop. Soak in the neighbourhood vibes as you chow down on one of their hearty brekkies—anything from plain old eggs your way to chocolate pancakes, and everything in between.
Mary Street Bakery
Purveyor of fine salted caramel doughnuts, fried chicken buttermilk pancakes and some of the best soft eggs going around, Mary Street Bakery needs very little introduction to the Perth brekky mob. Now boasting four outposts, we think it’s the O.G. that still takes the proverbial doughnut—its charming little corner location and split-level interior makes for a breakfast with true ambience.
Someday Coffee Co
Sitting very pretty on a corner along Cambridge Street is Floreat’s foremost breakfast spot, Someday Coffee Co. The pastel pink accents, bright whites, light pine and abundance of natural light are only the first thing to love about this place—it’s the food that’ll have you coming back repeatedly. As much a meeting place as it is an eatery, you’ll spot this place on Cambridge thanks to the hoard of people that tends to spill out onto the street in front of it.
Serving up nourishing, paddock-to-plate style food since before it was trendy way back in 2004, Voyage Kitchen is where the veggie garden meets the sea. Roll in from the beach and you’ll be greeted with winners like the Big Vegetarian Breakfast, avo and feta smash, hash stack or brekky bagel. There’s so much heart in this place it’s palpable.
West End Deli
Few places nail the perfect balance between refined dining and homely quite like West End Deli, Grandmother of the Perth breakfast scene. The breakfast offering is—and has always been—refreshingly creative, especially for the common neighbourhood joint. Deeply revered and cherished by locals and travelled to by breakfast-lovers far and wide, this is one spot we don’t think will be going anywhere anytime soon.
Gordon Street Garage
Enthusiastic about both coffee and breakfast fare, Gordon Street Garage is just one of many winning ventures from industry stalwart Nic Trimboli. If the ever-pleasing menu, expertly house-roasted coffee and excellent service isn’t enough, there’s always the incredibly hip fit-out; an industrial-chic meets rustic-Italian refurbishment of an old car garage featuring remnants of the building’s factory-past and photographs of Trimboli’s long-time suppliers. It’s a pleasant place to eat, to say the least.
It’s as if the corner location of Hylin almost predetermined its ambience: the bustle of Railway Parade matches the hustle it takes to get a table here on weekends, but quickly gives way to the quiet of Abbotsford Street once you’re sat among the draping greenery, awaiting your smashed avo. Micrology coffee and a bang-on, satisfying breakfast offering bring this place home for the win.
Raising Mosman Park’s bar on good service and quality, honest food is Good Things, whose dining philosophy is basically summed up in the name. A very satisfying breakfast and brunch menu with a contemporary twist is served up until 2.30pm daily, against a backdrop of minimalism, neutrals and indoor plants. Easily one of Perth's best breakfasts.
Hampton & Maley
The follow-up to Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy’s now defunct, but well-loved fine-diner Restaurant Amuse, Hampton & Maley is their version of a casual neighbourhood all-day breakfast joint and it’s nailing it. The food is decidedly contemporary and technique-driven, without failing to be delicious and incredibly satisfying of morning hunger. Their eggs are some of the best in town.
Another low-key brekky joint with an innovative brekky offering in the Vic Park locale, Harvest Espresso's food remains on point after many years of braving the ever-growing herd of local cafes. A changing, seasonal menu ensures food is fresh, current and of the highest quality—and meals are plated up so beautifully you almost won’t want to eat them. Almost.
The Little Banksia
Go for a stroll along the suburban streets of South Perth and you might find yourself on the doorstep of The Little Banksia. Here, the coffee is mighty fine and the brekky offerings are next-level. We recommend the nasi goreng, smashed avo and pancakes or anything and everything on their menu! Plus, their pastries and cakes are to die for if you're looking for something small to nibble on as you enjoy the tasty coffee or tea.
Port City Roasters
While the name might suggest that this place is all about coffee, Port City Roasters is dishing up some extremely good breakfast alongside their smooth brews. For a start, the breakfast is all day, and if that’s not enough to make you happy, we’re willing to bet that their Eggs Benny Chan will be. Don’t forget to grab a house-made doughnut for the road.
Moore & Moore
The debate over Freo’s best cafe is a heated one, but Moore & Moore's name comes up regularly in the discussion. Housed in the heritage Moores building on Henry Street, this breakfast haunt is about as quintessentially-Freo as they come. The menu is feel good, the vibe laid-back, and the space (which doubles as an art gallery) eclectic and interesting—a winner in our books.
Bib & Tucker
On top of offering what is probably Perth’s best Indian Ocean view, Bib & Tucker also serves up a breakfast for foodie-champions. The menu is as solid as they come—winners like woodfired baked eggs, green egg white omelette, huevos rancheros, avo toast and golden turmeric porridge keep the beach-side breakfast crowd very happy indeed.
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