Well known as one of Perth’s original coffee strips, Mount Lawley’s cafe scene has only strengthened over the years. With a few long-standing local favourites still holding court and a handful of new and interesting places to try, the place is a hub for coffee lovers.
Whether you just want a decent coffee and a takeaway snack on the run or you’re looking to settle in for a big brekky, there’s a cafe in Mount Lawley that’ll fit the bill.
Here are all the best cafes in Mount Lawley.
After spending more than a decade living in New York, SoHo Lane owners Matt Miller and Trindy Adler are all about building comfy community spaces where everyone feels welcome, and they’re equally as passionate about American-inspired eats. In the kitchen Chef Wade Drummond also provides a nod to New York, offering hangover-friendly dishes like their fried chicken burger with waffle fries alongside all-day brunch classics. On the coffee-side, you’ll get to try their very own unique blend with Micrology Coffee Roasters paired with texturised milk made with an Ubermilk milk machine. Who knew milk could be textured?
For a good coffee hit in Mount Lawley, head to Bossman Coffee which is tucked down an arcade off Beaufort Street. Long communal tables and the world’s friendliest baristas suit the strip’s community vibe, though you might be too busy downing your finely crafted coffee to chat. Grab one of their tasty Greek or Middle Eastern inspired treats to go with your brew.
Potentially the burb’s most eclectic breakfast spot, family-run Fez has been dishing out faves like pancakes, espresso mushrooms and smashed avo for some time now, and they’re still going strong. Plus, their menu runs all day and the place is fully licensed—sounds like a recipe for a long boozy brunch!
When the guys behind cult coffee joint The Engine Room in North Perth opened up hole-in-the-wall Standby Espresso, everyone knew it would be there to stay. The place is teeny tiny and tucked into the corner of a block of buildings on Raglan Street: the perfect quick coffee pit-stop addition to the bustling Beaufort Street.
Mary Street Bakery
Let’s just ignore the fact that Mary Street Bakery is technically located in Highgate, because in our opinion they’re a major player on the Beaufort St cafe scene and deserve a mention. Either way, if it’s not the famous fried chicken buttermilk pancakes or the insanely good soft eggs that bring you here, it’s probably something from their cabinet full of sweet baked goods. Seriously, from doughnuts to cronuts and even cruffins, you won’t be walking out of here without something indulgent to go.
Local And Aesthetic
Local & Aesthetic is a cafe meets retail space co-founded by two local hospo pros and it’s packed to the brim with character. Tuck into nostalgic Australiana eats like the ‘Polony and Sauce’, an adult version of your childhood fave with layers of shaved mortadella and a good heaping of tomato relish between two pieces of fluffy white bread, and the ‘Numbat Toast’, an amped up take on the classic Vegemite and cheese on toast. There's also plenty of vegan and vego friendly options as well. Just make sure you pair your brunch of choice with a cup of coffee—their beans are supplied by the local award winning coffee roasters at Kaltiva, so you know it’s good. Then go ahead and flick through some vinyl or check out all of the epic local retail offerings. You might be here a while.
If you’re after specialty coffee on the go, roll on up to the beautiful hole in the wall that is Modus Coffee. You can shop their full range of freshly roasted small-batch specialty coffee plus brewing gear for you to use at home, and of course you can order their top-notch coffee to take away. If you’re in need of a bite to eat, these guys also have delicious grab and go wraps and snacks in their cabinets—or you could always grab your coffee and wander up to Lawley’s Bakery Cafe to load up on hand made cakes, bread and pastries.
The Deli On Central
The Deli on Central will definitely bring about feelings of nostalgia for Mount Lawley locals. The building’s original 1950s facade has been given a facelift (while maintaining the iconic Peters Ice Cream mural) and the interior has been beautifully upgraded with a modern French feel. The Deli shares the same brews as its sister store in Guildford, Willing Coffee, so expect a top-notch brew as well as flaky croissants, buttery pastries and a simple but utterly delicious food menu.
So far north up Beaufort that you almost forget it’s still Mount Lawley, Secondeli Cafe can’t be forgotten. From the past-owner of Fez, Secondeli Cafe is another taste of Morocco in Mount Lawley and their shakshuka is in a league of its own. They service the takeaway crowd from a coffee window between two planter boxes so sitting inside for brekky feels refreshingly unhurried.
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