Nestled into a leafy West Leederville street between busy Cambridge Street and the railway tracks, Perth cafe Hylin’s friendly staff and easy-going vibe make this intimate cafe the sort of unpretentious hangout everyone hopes will open in their neighbourhood.
Taking inspiration from New York’s High Line, architect owner Josh modeled the space on the Big Apple’s invigorated railway line where he also happened to be standing when he texted his boss with his plans to leave his job and open a Perth café.
The gutsy move has proved to be a winning one with the seriously stylish and architecturally-designed space, Micrology coffee and spot-on food proving a hit with coffee aficionados, foodies and design lovers alike.
If you can tear yourself away from instagramming the heck out of this gorgeous place, you will be rewarded with an all-day USA-inspired ‘chow’ menu that is simple but suits the laid-back feel to a tee.
The virtuous acai bowl and not-so-virtuous creamed corn and chorizo eggs are standouts but it’s Hylin's nutella cronut (which is fast gaining legendary status) and brekky bagel which are the menu stars. Combining a perfectly toasted bagel from Freo favourites The Holy Bagel Co, with a mouth-watering mess of cream cheese, bacon, egg, cheddar and rum sauce, the brekky bagel is oh-so good. Like really, really, really good.
There are plenty of non-dairy options for fussy coffee drinkers (errr…like me) but I reckon Hylin’s greatest asset is the friendly staff who understand it’s all about making you feel welcome – there’s not a grumpy too-cool-for-school barista in sight!
Open til 3pm every day except Sunday, this Perth cafe's not done yet - word on the street is that Josh has thrown his hat into the ring for a small bar license. Until then, that bagel is reason enough to return for me.
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