There’s no denying it. Us Perth peeps are a little too obsessed with heading out for a lazy brekky, brunch or lunch. Great coffee and food set to make your mouth water paired with some oh-so relaxed vibes are something we’re constantly on the lookout for.
Deciding where to go can be a real chore, so we’ve done the hard yards and narrowed it down to 50 of the best cafes in Perth.
It’s your 2022 sorted. You can thank us later.
Local & Aesthetic
Local & Aesthetic, one of our fave openings of 2021 had to be at the top of the list. The chilled out vibes and West Aussie style menu paired with being home to Rhubarb Records vinyl and an Indigenous art gallery and retail outlet make this a destination worth visiting. The specials are usually top notch as is their brioche pudding with lemon and finger lime curd, white chocolate and shaved macadamias.
This beautiful Italian-inspired coffee bar serves up fabulous coffee and fresh croissants, pastries, homemade cakes and brekkies. If you’re into cycling, you’ll be pleased to know there’s bicycle repair kits and pumps here, plus, your furry friends are welcome too.
Brought to you by the crew behind tbsp., Forklore is attracting the crowds and for good reason. The coffee is excellent and the Asian inspired menu means this brunch spot needs to be added to your list. Think chicken katsu sandwiches, xo scrambled eggs and pork belly congee. The baked treats are something you’re gonna have to bring home.
Home Coffee Bar
Northies can rejoice with the opening of Home Coffee Bar in Ocean Reef. With ocean views, delish coffee and oh-so tasty brekky, brunch and lunch choices, we love this little abode. Our picks? The grilled peaches with prosciutto, goats cheese, honey and hazelnuts. Or go all out with the chorizo arancini and a giant iced coffee.
Micrology Coffee Roasters
If coffee is your jam, Micrology Coffee Roasters is where it’s at. This is the first cafe brought to you by the wholesale coffee roasters behind some of Perth’s best coffee spots. The interiors are stunning and the little food menu is on point. There’s gourmet baked goodies, sandos and conti rolls.
We’re not sure what to tell you other than this is the pink cafe you’ve probably seen plastered all over your social feeds. The new addition to Mount Lawley’s food scene serves up old faves like eggs and soldiers as well as some serious specials like lobster rolls, epic burgers and delish baked treats.
Folk & Merchant
This busy little community cafe and retail space will have you feeling like you’ve stepped foot in Byron Bay. Head here for a wholesome day of smoothie bowls and stick around for a yoga class and browse through the boho style store.
Chubby Boy is your Insta feed’s new best friend, serving up fluffy shokupan, aka slabs of ‘brick toast’ smothered in toppings like peanut butter and banana, strawberry and ricotta and salted caramel and honey. If sweet starts to the day aren’t your thing, you don’t deserve to go here. But rest assured, there’s savoury options on the menu too.
It’s a no-brainer that anything by the North Street Store team is going to be a winner. In the midst of Northbridge, People’s Cafeteria serves up great coffee alongside home-style hot dishes and salads you can mix and match in a no-fuss environment. There’s takeaway too so you can swing by and grab your dinner.
Is there anything better in life than a good sando? Perhaps pairing it with the coolest lo-fi vibes and fine-dining skills. For this, we say thank you, Peggy's. The sausage and egg muffin is something like no other and while there’s options like eggplant parms and Italian subs, we’re still a little obsessed with the chicken schnitty. Sunday sorted.
Dianella locals opened this neighbourhood cafe last year and it soon became a favourite for people near and far. Opt for a classic or indulge with loaded waffles and pancakes for a sugar hit. Feeling healthy? The salads and nutrient loaded brunch choices will satisfy your wish list.
We adore this aesthetic, light-filled cafe—the coffee is great and the foodie options are as pretty as they are yummy. Now that’s out of the way, though, let us tell you something—if you need a bit of retail therapy or a gift for anyone in your life, Arrival Hall is the place to go. Homewares, workwares, leather goods, body care. A coffee whilst shopping? Our idea of heaven.
North Street Store
Living under a rock is the only excuse you could have for missing the news about North Street Store. Everything is ridiculously good—the coffee, bread, baked goods (oh the sausage roll), rolls and salads. But the real hero is the cinny scroll. There are no words.
Mary Street Bakery
Highgate, West Leederville, City Beach, Claremont, Perth
Is there anything better than sitting at the OG Mary Street in Highgate with a coffee and delicious doughnut in hand? The choice of flavour struggle is real. If you can do past the pastries and baked goods, the brunch options are sure to knock your socks off.
The Little Bay
If you love spending days by the beach, you’ll no doubt have heard of The Little Bay. The beachfront space has some serious coastal vibes and decor to match and the food is just as good. We love the breakfast gnocchi. Italian for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do.
Coffee in hand, a sweet treat or iconic avo toast from Chu and a stroll around Hyde Park is what weekends are all about. We’re warning you, the lines can be long but it’s well worth the wait.
You’ll have to be quick to grab a table at this bustling cafe smack bang on Railway Parade. The architecturally designed cafe is all sorts of cool and dishes out a great brunch. The streetx chicken croissant or brisket tacos are spot on for a bit of weekend indulgence and the classics like mushrooms on toast and smashed avo are just as good too.
Someday Coffee Co
This Floreat fave continues to dish out seriously smooth coffee and epic brekkies you can’t go past. The crunchy corn fritters or Insta-worthy pancakes all deserve a spot at the table. Not to mention the ambience of this place—natural light, pink accents, bright whites and pale wood. It’s the definition of pretty.
From the peeps behind Hylin comes another Perth fave—Laika Coffee. So good in fact that they’ve just opened up a sister cafe, Little Laika in the new Karrinyup West Deck precinct. House roasted coffee and damn good brekkies is all you need to know.
tbsp. has been loved by Perth peeps from the moment it opened. Tucked off King William Street in Baysie, this place has some of the best brunches going round. The standards are all available but what we’re really about are the dishes served with an Asian twist like a sweet taro crepe or crispy rice cakes served with pork belly, tempura enoki and avo in a soy caramel sauce. Drooling already?
Duck Duck Bruce
Duck Duck Bruce has people falling in love with them just from a perusal of the menu. The Rhubarbra Streisand breakfast (stewed rhubarb, strawberries, maple and almond granola with pomegranate and cardamom coconut whip) is first up on the menu and we’re not sure we should go much further. If you need further evidence, how about the Tower of Power with Keralan fried chicken on a pretzel bun?
Humblebee Coffee Roasters
Humblebee take their coffee very seriously, and in our humble opinion, so should you. Roasted in house and only offering a couple of sizes and milk varieties, the coffee here is legit perfect. You can take your own bag home and we recommend not leaving without one of their melt in the mouth mini bombolini—a fancy Italian doughnut for those not in the know.
Ah-may-zing coffee and some of the best sweet Greek treats make this one of our fave cafes. Sit back and relax on one of the long communal tables and chill out with the relaxed music and community vibes.
Brekky is served until 2.30pm at this Mosman Park hero so there’s no rushing around to get your whipped feta on toast or caramelised banana-nut hotcakes with maple bacon. The fit out is also stunning and the coffee is by Micrology, so of course we’re in love.
Dumplings for breakfast? This may be the best news we’ve ever heard. Mr Chapple at The Old Synagogue in Fremantle offers everything you could ever want for a brekky, brunch or lunch. There’s a rooftop bar with views of the cafe strip and menu items that will blow your mind. Think brekky tacos, the famous dumplings with egg, spinach, mushroom and chilli hollandaise and a soft shell crab croissant.
Finlay & Sons
Finlay & Sons has earned some serious street cred for their eggs benny and we can guarantee its worth the visit. Hash browns loaded with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, spinach and thick cut bacon. The smashed avo and goodness bowl also look damn fine. Our favourite part? When you’re done you can walk down Beaufort Street and pop into some of Perth’s best stores like Favourite Daughter, La Luna and Black Pig Deli.
On one of the coolest streets in South Freo, Roasting Warehouse is obviously a major player in the coffee game, but what the name might not suggest is they dish up amazingly good breakfasts all day. Acai bowls, red velvet hotcakes, schnitty rolls and their own take on an eggs benny are just some of what you can expect.
This cult fave is the ideal spot to park yourself on a sunny morning in Perth. Treat yourself to a morning coffee and sweet treat or grab something to go and park yourself up at the beach. A visit to Daisies means you’re likely to snag a pooch cuddle or two. We couldn’t be happier about that.
Mount Lawley, Victoria Park and Wembley
Turns out Perth peeps loved Modus so much they added Victoria Park and Wembley to their site list. Of course the coffee is great, and the pastries are divine. If you love a bit of toast, you’re going to be stoked—there’s heaps of loaded toast options for all your carb-loading cravings.
Good food, great coffee and a friendly atmosphere is what The Neighbourhood promises for your next brekky date. There’s big breakfasts if you’re in need of a little hangover cure, or fresh options like salads and smoothie bowls. The cafe also houses a boutique wine store so you can pick up a boujee bottle before you head home.
After spending more than a decade living in New York, Soho Lane owners Matt Miller and Trindy Adler wanted to build a community space where everyone feels at home. The menu also makes a nod to New York with dishes like fried chicken and waffles, the reuben and diner-style pancakes. Don't worry, the Aussie classics are all here too.
After a dip at Whitfords Beach, there’s not much else you should do than settle in for a hearty breakfast at Lot One with a brekky cocktail in hand. We’d really like to start a petition to bring their pancakes back, but for now we’d recommend the pulled pork benny with chipotle hollandaise and a potato rosti or for something sweet the house made crumpets topped with all sorts of goodness.
Bib & Tucker
With its million dollar view over the Indian Ocean and a phenomenal brekky offering, Bib & Tucker continues to be somewhere we want to spend our Sundays at. Everything on the menu is perfect with some honourable mentions to the fried chicken roti, buttermilk banana pancakes and Japanese sweetcorn fritters.
Forever coming up with the goods, a weekend visit to Little Sisto sets you up for a day full of great things. The smoothie bowls are next level (ahem, choc peanut butter) and the topped toasts are a winner—almond and peanut butter, chia and strawberry homemade jam, fresh fruit and pistachio powder is just one example.
Cafe Elixir is buzzing all day as loyalists head there for a big, hearty feed. The pancakes are out of control (picture smores on thick hotcakes) and the burgers are a pretty mean feat. There’s also a nutella cappuccino you can get your hands on.
There’s a lot going on at Artem that you need to know about. House smoked meats, their own fermented chilli sauce and some of Perth’s best doughnuts make this a destination in its own right. It kind of goes without saying—a smoked meat sandwich followed by a fresh ball of dough is a must.
Grouch and Co
If you want to up your coffee game, there’s no better place to visit than Grouch and Co. The peeps here are micro-roasters of the finest coffee beans from around the world and are keen to share their passion. There’s a take-away window to grab a snack from or you can sit down and enjoy some of the meals on offer.
Chinta’s been on the list for a while and we can assure you, it’s not going anywhere. When you feel like stepping into a tropical paradise, get settled amongst the bamboo plants, colourful furniture and mini buddha statues before ordering the famous Shark Bay blue swimmer crab omelette or the Indonesian Gado Gado. Don’t forget a fresh juice to wash it down with.
Moore & Moore
There’s an endless amount of eateries in Freo but Moore & Moore makes the cut each time. Housed in the heritage Moores building on Henry Street, this cafe is all things Freo. The feel good food like organic crumpets and buddha bowls will have you feeling fine and the vibes here make for the perfect spot of relaxation.
The Orange Box
This kiosk at Leighton Beach is exactly what you need on a Summer’s day in Perth. Sit back on the bean bags or grab a takeaway and head down to the beach. Bircher muesli, acai bowls and an avo smash all scream summer. If you need something heartier, there’s fish tacos, loaded beef fries and burgers.
The Little Banksia
If you live just south of the river, chances are you’ll know all about The Little Banksia. The pastries and cakes will make your morning coffee just that bit better and the brekky dishes like buttermilk pancakes or kale and corn hotcakes will put a pep in your step.
Drift serves up fresh and tasty food alongside coffee by Leftfield Roasters. It’s hard to choose our favourite dish here, so we’re gonna go with a few—mushrooms on toast, a giant smoothie served in a pineapple and spicy popcorn chicken waffles with an egg on top.
Big on Seinfeld vibes, this retro-inspired cafe showcases traditional Jewish cuisine with a New Orleans flair. They’re known for their bagels, but we’re also down with Mamma’s matzo ball chicken soup and the knish—a New York pie filled with potato, kale, caramelised onion, cream cheese and more cheese. Yes please! Oh and if you come in Sunday morning, you'll usually find a lil live jazz too.
Panda & Co
Not your average breakfast haunt, the menu at this ‘inauthentic Asian’ cafe is going to make your choice next to impossible. We suggest doing your homework and having a clear idea before you walk in. There’s bao, buns, rice dishes and something called reuben rolly pollies—a reuben sandwich wrapped in pastry and deep fried. Order it. You won’t regret it.
Gill St Cafe
Gill St Cafe is a little neighbourhood secret within the manicured streets of Mosman Park. The cafe has all sorts of breakfast goodies like the good ol’ avo smash, scotch eggs and house made granola. It’s a classic brekky we can all get around.
Perched on top of Swanbourne’s beach, the beachside eatery does every meal of the day. Whilst we love a good sunset drink and dinner, sipping on a Bloody Mary on a weekend morning also does the trick. The heirloom tomatoes with avo and stracciatella are a fresh way to start the day and the bacon and egg roll with a potato rosti will satisfy the traditional breakfast lovers in your life.
Harvest Espresso's food remains top-notch and a beloved cafe by many locals and Perth peeps. The seasonal menus use the freshest and local ingredients and the meals are plated up so beautifully you won’t want to eat them. Head’s up—the pastries are amazing too.
Straight outta Padbury, Alex Junior has some of the best caffeine North of the river and a cabinet full of sweet and savoury treats. Order a latte, choose something to munch on and browse the little gift store while you wait.
Sonder Coffee is a worthy contender with wraps, rolls, bagels and paninis ready to put you in a carb coma for the rest of the day. This cute little cafe brews up a mean coffee and the food is nothing short of tasty.
Miller & Baker
Perth's cool innercity crowd's prayers were well and truly answered when Miller & Baker landed on the block. Grab yourself a loaf of tangy sourdough, traditional dark rye or a crunchy baguette and head home to make the softest sandwiches you’ll ever eat, or grab one of the sambos they make in store, if that’s more your speed. They’ve also got pies and pastries of both the sweet and savoury variety, plus their own version of the ever-popular vegemite scroll. For those of you who need a coffee to go with your fresh bread, you’ll be pleased to hear they’re grinding beans from Five Senses.
If you're just after coffee, hit up 50 of Perth's best coffee shops.
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