In the last few years Maylands has moved from being a quiet, somewhat dodgy neighbour of Mount Lawley, to a hot spot for eating, shopping and drinking. And things are only set to get better for Mount Lawley’s cooler little sister, with Henry on Eighth and The Kings Above set to throw open their doors soon.
It’s no surprise Maylands is always buzzing on the weekend as it’s home to some of Perth’s best restaurants and cafes. There’s also a cutesy bar, some awesome shops and a very cool new yoga studio. She’s got it all!
Here’s our pick of everything you should be eating, drinking, buying and doing in Maylands.
Possibly the catalyst for Maylands’ revival and one of the best Maylands cafes, you won’t find an empty seat inside Mrs S on weekends. Cosy and homely, Mrs S dishes up the kind of old school favourites your granny makes with some modern flair thrown in for good measure. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, don’t leave without trying the Croque Madame or one of the delicious cakes!
Chapels on Whatley
By day Chapels on Whatley is a buzzing Maylands cafe serving up tasty Eurasian fare, by night it transforms into a cosy, lantern-lit jazz lounge. Along with their delicious Malay green pandan fritters and vermicelli omelette, Chapel’s unpretentious, yet cool vibe is what Maylands locals keep coming back for. Well, all of that and the tea. With more than 550 varieties on offer you’ll need to stop by at least once a week if you want to work your way through the list before you turn 100.
Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop
Fitting in perfectly with the suburb’s heritage feels, Maylands cafe Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop is where the locals go for a sugar hit. Designed with old-school New York bakeries in mind, Sherbet will have you feeling nostalgic for simpler times and hungry for cake. Red velvet layer cake to be exact. This sky-high, vanilla cream cheese coated beauty hits the spot, just plan on going home straight after as it leaves a slight red tinge on your smile. Worth it.
Little Shop of Plenty
Perched on the other side of the train tracks, Maylands cafe Little Shop of Plenty is bringing some much needed life to the west side of Maylands. If you’re after superfoods, they’ve got plenty—from mesquite and maca to cacao and chlorella (we don’t know what this is but we bet it is good for you). Little Shop of Plenty also serve up some tasty raw, vegetarian treats like superfudge, raw pizza and cocadas (a healthy, coconut-y take on a macaron).
They say good things come in small packages and Swallow Bar on the Whatley Ave strip is no exception to this rule. This Maylands bar has a carefully curated wine, beer, spirits and cocktail list which goes down a treat with the tasty share food on offer—think French onion and gruyère croquettes, chicken and Pedro Ximinez paté and beignet dougnuts. You might have to squish in to get a seat, as the place is always packed, but it’s definitely worth it!
Smoult’s Continental Deli
For all of the meats, cheeses and gourmet goods, Smoult’s Continental Deli have you covered. In my opinion, a weekend is not complete without a visit to Smoult’s to pester the lovely shopkeepers for samples of their goods before buying a stash of cheese, salami and bread to make lunch. Smoult’s also put together some epic picnics and gift hampers, perfect to enjoy with that very special person in your life.
Lulu & Sasha
The best thing about Maylands is that you never have to leave. Not even to pick up a killer outfit for your next wedding, party or anything, all thanks to boutique Lulu & Sasha. Stocking clothes from Steph Audino, Shona Joy and Talulha, jewels by Samantha Wills and shoes from Siren, Nude Footware and Sol Sana, the girls from Lulu & Sasha will help you piece together an outfit that wows.
I have lost many a disposable dollar to Wanderlust Store while wandering the Whatley Crescent strip after breakfast, but my house is so much prettier for it. Stocking the kind of homewares and gifts you’ll see on the pages of your favourite lifestyle blog, they’ve got lust-worthy jewellery, artwork, vases, candles, throw pillows, rugs and more. It’s easy to find something you love.
After the success of their Northbridge pop-up in 2012, the Vintage Emporium have found a permanent home on the Whatley Crescent strip. A collaboration between vintage retailers Tumbleweed on Third and 20th Century Vintage, the bright yellow store stock some of the best mid-century furniture you’ll find in Perth, as well as retro collectibles and vintage clothing.
Chapel’s Antique & Artefacts Emporium
After brekkie at Chapel’s, head down Whatley Crescent towards Bayswater and have a gander at their Antique and Artefacts Emporium. With furniture, art and homewares sourced from Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, China and Vietnam, you’re sure to find the perfect statement piece for your home.
The Yoga Space
Newbie to Maylands, The Yoga Space have filled a big hole in the wellness realm of this awesome little suburb. Offering up a traditional yoga experience, straight out of India, this lovely light-filled, heritage studio offers Ashtanga led, Vinyasa and Yin classes, as well as beginners courses and pregnancy yoga. And best of all, they fit in perfectly with Maryland’s cool vibe.
Want more of the best restaurants, cafes and bars in Maylands? Search ‘Maylands’ in The Directory!
Image credit: Louise Coghill