Cafes

The Best Applecross Cafes For Your Next Breakfast Date

By Madison Lowe

Pancakes at a cafe in Applecross

Home to an impressive line-up of cosy cafes, bakeries, and hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, Applecross is one of Perth/Boorloo's best places to be when breakfast time rolls around.

A visit to Applecross’ flourishing café strip on Ardross Street is sure to leave you well-fed and caffeinated, but there are also plenty of hidden gems nestled throughout the suburb and beyond. 

To help you out, our hungry Urban List crew have rounded up the best cafes in Applecross, plus a few unmissable spots in the neighbouring ‘burbs of Ardross and Mount Pleasant. 

Canteen Pizza

32 Ardross St, Applecross WA 6153

A breakfast dish and espresso from Canteen Pizza in Applecross
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Two words: breakfast pizza. Our hearts broke when Canteen Pizza announced the closure of their gorgeous seaside spot in Cottesloe, so it was a huge relief when they revealed their new all-day pizzeria in Applecross. From 7am daily, you can get your fix of doughy goodness in the form of breakfast pizzetta, panini, house crumpets, doughnuts, plus muffins, tarts, bircher muesli and granola. And for those keen to embrace Canteen’s motto of ‘pizza, wine and a real good time’ in the AM, there’s a bubbles and booze menu complete with blood orange mimosas, coffee negronis and two types of bloody mary.

Crumbs Patisserie

Shop 6/32 Ardross St, Applecross WA 6153

A cube croissant from Crumbs Patisserie
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It’s highly unlikely there’ll be any crumbs left after a visit to this Applecross favourite. Inside the ever-so-vibrant Crumbs Patisserie, you’ll find cabinets lined with all sorts of drool-worthy pastries, doughnuts, tarts, and twists. Keep an eye out for the specials—each month, head pastry chef Julia Buri dreams up new flavours of her signature cube croissants, loaded cookies, and doughnuts. Pair your pastry with a pour of Dimattina coffee for the perfect combo. 

Kona Café

15 Riseley St, Ardross WA 6153

Baked eggs at Kona Cafe
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Sitting pretty on the corner of Riseley Street and Kearns Crescent in Ardross, you’ll find Kona Café. The all-day breakfast and brunch menu is stacked with elevated crowd favourites, but it’s Kona’s house specials that take the spotlight. The star of the show is the crab potato rosti—a delightful pairing of soft crab claw meat and crunchy potato topped with light leafy greens, thin slices of cucumber, fennel, edamame, and a poached egg. A trip to Kona isn’t complete without one of their house-made cold drinks. Served in gorgeous highball glasses, the cucumber mint spritz, strawberry lychee fizz and tropical granita almost look too pretty to drink. 

Nic & Kolo

45 Ardross St, Applecross WA 6153

Cinny scroll pancakes at Nic & Kolo in Applecross
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If you haven’t tried them yourself, we’re willing to bet you’ve at least seen pictures of Nic & Kolo's famous cinny scroll pancakes. A staple on this Applecross icon’s all day brunch menu, the ever-so-fluffy cinnamon scroll pancakes are drizzled with a cheesecake glaze and often accompanied by rashers or slabs of bacon—and they’re a must try. If you’re more of a savoury fan, the mac and cheese eggs benedict and the son in law eggs are cult faves for good reason. Nic & Kolo also makes a winning coffee, and to top it all off, everything on the menu can be made to take away. 

Cioccolato Espresso

31 Ardross St, Applecross WA 6153

The leafy laneway at Cioccolato Espresso in Applecross
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A popular spot for cyclists to fuel up, Cioccolato Espresso offers hearty breakfasts, delicious baked goods and incredible coffee. Wander down the alley to dine among the lush greenery and festoon lights, or pull up a table on the always bustling pavement, prettiest during jacaranda season.

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Artem

Unit 2/39 Reynolds Rd, Mount Pleasant WA 6153

A reuben sandwich from Artem Coffee in Mount Pleasant
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Born out of a passion for great tasting coffee and a desire to provide customers with memorable experiences, you can count on Artem in Mount Pleasant to have your back at breakfast time. Artem roasts their own specialty coffee beans, and they’re also serving up sandwiches with house smoked meats and their own fermented chilli sauce, plus some of Perth’s best doughnuts. What’s not to love?

Praline by Maison Saint Honore

63 Kishorn Rd, Mount Pleasant WA 6153

Savoury crepes at Praline cafe in Applecross
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Why visit Paris when you can get your fix of sweet and savoury crepes, omelettes and croque monsieurs at Praline by Maison Saint Honore? This is the only south of the river outpost for the ever-growing Maison Saint Honore brand, which started out in Caversham. Here you’ll also find Maison’s signature range of macarons and pastries, including Saint Honore and Paris Brest. For something more indulgent, the $45 high tea with unlimited hot drinks offers great value.

Cheeky Boy Espresso

31F Ardross St, Applecross WA 6153

A sweet breakfast dish at Cheeky Boy Espresso in Applecross
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This popular breakfast, lunch and brunch spot stands out from the coffee crowd with its Italian flair. You can count on Cheeky Boy Espresso’s seasonal dine-in menu to showcase the best local produce on offer, and their grab and go options are equally as impressive. Enjoy a scrambled eggs, ham and spinach wrap with provolone and parmesan fonduta, or bruschetta with fresh tomato, avo, Fior di latte, and poached egg on pesto ciabatta toast. Not to mention their coffee is exceptional, and affordable!

NaNa Cakery

29 Kearns Cres, Ardross WA 6153

A selection of desserts from NaNa Cakery
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Got a late-night craving for croffles, cookies or bingsu? NaNa Cakery is the place to go for sweet stuff in the Korean dessert realm, open until 9pm from Wednesday to Saturday. NaNa Cakery also specialises in fully customisable celebration cakes—you can check out their gallery for inspiration or provide them with your own design inspo.

SteamLab

21 Kintail Rd, Applecross WA 6153

The spicy scramble eggs at SteamLab cafe in Applecross
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With its alfresco seating and laidback atmosphere, SteamLab is the ideal spot to refuel following a run or a bike ride around the river. They’ve made a name for themselves as the coffee and tea specialists, but they’re also pretty good in the food department, serving up tasty toasties, bagels, croissants, and other sweet treats.

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