A long time weekend must, the Fremantle markets are the perfect way to spend a relaxing day strolling from stall to stall. Whether you’re a market native or a first-timer, there is always something new to buy or eat. So lace up your walking shoes, grab your wallet and prepare your stomach because this little piggy is off to the markets!
Here are all of our favourite things to eat and drink at the Fremantle markets.
One look at the eggy brioche sandwiches Eggspot is churning out and you won't be able to think of anything else. Filled with everything from cheese and bacon, to fried chicken, pickles, hash browns and avocado, there's something to suit whatever yearning you're faced with. And yes, you can get fries with that.
Little Boy Blue Cafe
No trip to the markets is complete without a stop at Little Boy Blue Cafe. This cute little plant-filled cafe is the perfect spot to load up on fresh baked treats like bagels, cookies, cakes and banana bread—with new creations hitting the cabinet on the regular like Lotus Biscoff blondies (drool). They also do a mean turmeric latte, so go ahead and grab one for the ride home—it’s exactly what you need come winter.
Raw Raw Raw
If you’ve got dietary restrictions, you’ll get just how painful eating out can be. But not at Raw Raw Raw. With endless vegan, keto, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, raw and sugar-free eats, this place is an absolute haven for anyone eating a restricted diet or just trying to keep healthy. We’re talking everything from salads, wraps and patties to delish smoothies, desserts and more. Everything is natural, super fresh and seriously yum.
For traditional Vietnamese, go straight to Viet Kites. They’ve got all your bases covered from soul warming phos to smashable banh mis with all the trimmings. For us, though, it’s all about their drool-inducing roast pork belly banh mi because honestly you can’t go wrong with pork crackle when it’s done this good.
One of the reasons we love wandering around Freo markets so much is because it gives us an excuse to try loads of different foods from across the globe. One of those exotic food stops you need to hit is Kachapas. They’re slinging the most sensational Venezuelan eats, which you don’t often see around Perth, and trust us, you’ll be coming back on the regular after tucking into your first tequeños (that’s a fried breaded cheese stick, people).
Black Cherries Espresso
Coffee addicts, you’ll want to make a beeline for Black Cherries Espresso and see Tim. He’s super passionate about good coffee and knows how to make a good cuppa joe. Choose from top coffee from Papua New Guinea, India, Kenya and more all roasted right here in Perth.
The prayers of Perth’s gluten-free fam have been answered, with G-Free Doughnuts serving up (surprise, surprise) a gluten-free version of everyone’s favourite holey baked goods. But trust us, even if you’re not eating gluten-free, you’ll want to give these bad boys a go. Baked to perfection, these doughnuts are soft and delicious and rolled in a good amount of sugar and cinnamon—you won’t even miss the gluten.
Ramen fans know to head to Perth Japanese eatery Dosukoi at the Fremantle markets for bowls of liquid gold. Good ramen is like a warm hug—relaxing, enjoyable and good for the soul—and the stuff at Dosukoi is even better.
Smash Grill’s chef was born and raised in Chicago, and he knows a thing or two about burger patties—that’s why the burgers here are so dang good. Watch as these guys smash a puck of freshly-ground raw beef on a hot griddle, turning it into a perfectly seared patty before whacking it between two flavourful potato buns and topping it with onions, pickles and creamy burger sauce. These guys also do chicken sandwiches and panko-crumbed portobello mushroom patties if those are more up your alley.
Roogenic is an all-natural health food company specialising in Australian Native Plants, and they’re the perfect place to stop for a quick pick-me-up in the form of fresh, insta-worthy iced tea. While you’re sipping away, check out their tasty range of fruity loose leaf tea blends.
Would you believe us if we told you that one of the world’s best Indonesian restaurants is tucked away at the Fremantle markets? Well, you should—Fluffy Lamb’s chef Tony Darwinto is among the world’s best Indonesian chefs, and he’s been cooking up a storm since the age of six. Top picks include the char-grilled lamb ribs with rice, the grilled rujak barramundi and of course, grilled lamb and chicken satay.
Crazy coffee lovers rejoice! You can now stock up on amazing blends like chocolate marshmallow coffee and crème brulee coffee at Coffee Connection, so you never have to drink boring regular coffee again.
How do you make ice cream even more indulgent and irresistible you ask? By stacking it high in a waffle cone (but not your average waffle cone, this bad boy is a real, warm waffle shaped into an ice cream cone!) and topping it with all sorts of deliciousness. Muffle is offering up 12 sweet and savoury combos, so leave any thoughts of guilt at the door and embrace this amazing concoction with two hands and one empty stomach. Try the bacon and cheese if savoury is your thing, or for a sweeter option hit up the peanut butter.
For mini Dutch pancakes done right, you’re going to want to pay Freo Baby a visit. These guys are dishing up the bite-sized Dutch delicacies with all kinds of exciting toppings like milo milk and butter, gooey Nutella and strawberries and lemon curd and lavender—but you can always opt for a traditional serve dusted with icing sugar.
What The Bao
Unsurprisingly, What The Bao is serving up some of the fluffiest and tastiest Bao in Perth. With fillings like Japanese panko chicken, soft shell crab and even a delish duck option, these are easily one of our top picks when wandering around the Freo markets.
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Image credit: Elle Borgward