If there’s one thing we love more than a good coffee, it’s a good coffee paired with salty ocean air and laid back vibes. Cottesloe has long been known as one of Perth’s most beautiful beachside suburbs but it also happens to be littered with cafes which are serving up perfect flat whites and hearty breakfasts.
There are plenty of options to pick from, but if you're not sure where to start we’ve got you covered. Here are all the best cafes in Cottesloe.
Did you know that Il Lido translates to 'the beach' in Italian? Makes sense considering its prime location overlooking Cottesloe Beach. If you’re after a carb-filled breakfast, look no further than their famous duck waffles and make sure you check out their daily baked treats too, the savoury muffins are mind-blowingly good. It’s open seven days a week from 7am onwards, so it’s the perfect spot to head straight to after watching the first couple of waves of the Rotto Swim.
Tucked away in the streets of Cottesloe, Daisies is the place to be on a sunny morning in Perth. Pouring strong coffee and scrumptious breakfasts to eat there or to grab and go, Daisies is the perfect spot for those who want something fresh and healthy to eat out in the warm sun. Try their famous smashed avo toast served with Meredith feta, chilli dukkah and house-made chilli jam—you won’t regret it.
North Street Store
It might not technically be a cafe, but you can’t go past the velvety smooth coffee and buttery cinnamon scrolls coming out of this little Cottesloe hot spot. Load up on fresh bread to take home or sit down and enjoy one of their weekend specials which range from syrupy pancakes to burgers that will blow your mind.
Vans is a Cottesloe staple and it's the go-to spot for many locals in the area. It’s also located right along Napoleon Street making it perfect for those of you who enjoy a bit of people-watching while you chow down on one of the best breakfasts in Cottesloe. Vans is open from 6:30am seven days a week, offering classic but quality menu items that will satisfy any breakfast lover.
While the Eric Street Cimbalino might be gone, the Napolean Street cafe is still going strong. Grab one of their delicious coffees and tuck into an epic breakfast like the Huevos Rancheros which features spicy tomato sauce, chorizo, baked egg, Persian feta and toast. These guys also do a damn good smoothie.
If you’ve gone for an early morning surf or you’re looking for somewhere to grab a much-needed cup of coffee before seeing the Rotto Swim athletes take off, you’ll be pleased to hear that Little SUP opens bright and early at 5:30am each day. The popular surfboard-clad cafe is just up the road from the beach and offers a selection of homemade pastries and muffins—perfect for any early riser.
Up Town is brought to us by the fellas previously behind Velvet Espresso, so you know the coffee is going to be top-notch. They also serve all-day brunch from 6:30am so head in for an early breakfast or coffee any day of the week. The light and bright eatery specialises in native ingredients and many of their dishes are also gluten-free. You can also expect to see a variety of Greek treats on display, so go ahead and treat yourself to a pastry or two.
Mel & Co. Kitchen
Open daily from 7am, head over to Mel & Co. Kitchen for a breakfast that will have your stomach (and heart) filled to the brim. Try their Beef Rendang served with rice, deviled eggs, and fried shallots or, if you’re in the mood for a more traditional breakfast, try the Shakshuka with baked eggs and chorizo.
John Street Cafe
John Street Cafe has long been a favourite among locals. Located under the shade of the huge pine trees on John Street, you can enjoy the fresh ocean air away from the harsh sun. John Street Cafe is dishing up all-day breakfast from 7am, with plenty of options for everyone. Make sure you try the Eggs Benny with their famous house-made hollandaise sauce.
In the spot that used to be Eric Street Cimablino, Eric Chamberlain (named after its location on Eric Street and Chamberlain Street) is the perfect spot for an early no-fuss breakfast. They are open for breakfast seven days a week from 6:30am, so head over and try one of their acai bowls or sip on a delicious coffee on their dog-friendly patio.
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