From live music and dancing to good shopping and delicious food, Scarborough delivers more than enough reasons for the average punter from anywhere in Perth to want to flee their coop for the weekend and see what’s up.
Here are 18 awesome reasons to head to Scarborough now.
1. Kite Surf SUP
If your next holiday can’t come soon enough, Kite Surf SUP might be your answer to the malaise of the 9-to-5 work week. Offering two-hour lessons or a whole weekend of unlimited lessons, our windy city provides ideal conditions for what might become your latest and greatest hobby.
2. Lady Latte
Serving up jaffles, aka the most loveable food of all time, Lady Latte started out as a food truck and very soon the demand for their marshmallow and Nutella or chorizo and aioli jaffles went through the roof, so luckily for all of us, they opened up in Scarborough, and the rest is history.
3. Doric St Cafe + Kitchen
Doric St Cafe + Kitchen is one very good reason to head to Scarborough for lunch, if not only for the Korean style steamed beef or tofu buns with kimchi. They also do a great smashed avo with a field mushroom and a poached egg on top, plus they have an endless cabinet of French pastries, home-made cakes and wraps to take away.
This little cafe’s mission is to do everything sustainably, consciously and organically where possible. They change up their menu based on what’s in season, but you’ll find the usual suspects like smashed avo, frittata of the day and an amazing range of healthy smoothies on the menu at Pachamama almost religiously.
5. Glory Bowls
Sitting pretty on Calais Road, Glory Bowls is officially a take away joint but the interiors are so dang enticing you'll probably want to eat in. If you're in the area at breakfast time, get yourself one of their delicious smoothie bowls, but we really love lunch here—the falafel bowl is to die for. They also do some bangin' coffee.
6. El Grotto
You really can’t go wrong with a place that serves up Mexican street food by the beach alongside a cocktail list that's heavy on the tequila and mezcal. Throw in some live music and regular deals like $8 fried chicken, $5 schooners and $10 cocktails and you have a deal, hombre.
7. Indi Bar
Another live music venue in Scarborough that’s worth fleeing your usual bubble for, Indi Bar is a pretty chilled out space with live music most nights of the week. Have a beer at their regular Wednesday night Club Acoustica or Thursday night open mic night, or put your dancing shoes on and get down there on the weekend.
8. Drift Kitchen
Anyone who is an advocate of the Swedish tradition fika is a friend of ours, and Drift Kitchen advocate just that. For those of you playing at home, fika is all about taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle to relax and enjoy your coffee—no wonder the Swedes are so dang happy. Providing healthy raw treats and fresh baked pastries along with coffee from Micrology Coffee Roaster, Drift Kitchen facilitates a quality fika and their breakfast, lunch and pizza menu is on point.
9. Hardware Store
Yum doesn’t even begin to describe the menu at the Hardware Store in Scarborough, from mushroom bruschetta, herb crumbed poached eggs with prosciutto, pulled pork sandwiches and a grilled squid and chorizo salad—these guys know how to make Insta-worthy food.
10. Harvest Boulangerie
Just in case you're not quite up to speed with your French, a boulangerie is ‘a place where baked goods are sold’ aka; a Bakery—and that’s just what The Harvest Boulangerie is—funny that. The smell of freshly baked baguettes is reason enough to visit this one and you won’t miss it because there’ll likely be a queue out the door—the bread is seriously that good
11. Yoga Garage
Who doesn’t do yoga these days? If your practice could be injected with a little extra inspiration, then head to The Yoga Garage and learn some alternative styles of yoga, from Bikram, Sumits Yoga and Yin Yoga to Hot Pilates, it’s all happening here.
12. Ginger Owl
A store to match the beachy vibes of Scarborough, Ginger Owl are collectors of all things beautiful and boho. Their store stocks favourites like Auguste, Faithful the Brand and Zulu & Zephyr, plus a few homewares and accessories too—this little place is definitely reason enough to make a trip to Scarborough.
13. Milk And Paper
Don’t be fooled by the name, Milk and Paper is not one to discriminate if you’re an almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk kinda person. They also do flavoured coffees worth making a trip for, including pumpkin spice and toasted marshmallow—this place will have you feeling like you’re in North America on thanksgiving.
14. Serene Day Spa
Fluffy bathrobes and herbal tea are just the beginning of your experience at Serene Day Spa, with a whole host of treatments to choose from like spa mosaic enveloping wraps and aromatic massages to hydrotherapy spa and beauty treatments—there are endless feel-good opportunities to be had.
15. Health Freak Cafe
If you also watched ‘That Sugar Film’ and now think that sugar is the devil, Health Freak Cafe is your ultimate co-conspirator because you won’t find any sugar on their menu, nor gluten, for that matter. They also do delicious alternatives to carbs including their protein bun with only two grams of carbs, two grams of fat and 17 grams of protein, so they’re the perfect post gym destination if you’ve run out of food at home.
16. Salsa At The Sandpit
Every Sunday evening, the Scarborough Sandpit turns into a little slice of Cuban paradise, with Salsa, Zouk, Kizomba and every Latin dance number under the sun happening right on the beach from 5.30 to 9.30pm. If you’re new to dancing, they offer free introductory classes from 4.30—5.30pm to get you started on your merry way.
17. Kinky Swell
With a name like Kinky Swell, why wouldn’t you really? Unassuming at first and tucked away on Brighton Road, this little gem does some excellent food, from cauliflower and chia rice cakes, eggs benedict with pulled ham hock or confit duck and pulled lamb and potato rosti—it’s a breakfast destination, especially if you’re one to treat yourself with lavish food on occasion, and really, who isn't?
With a loyal local following, Pizzaca's doors swing open at 8am, with an all day brekky menu that features buttermilk hotcakes and a breakfast tasting plate that you can enjoy until 3pm if you feel so inclined. From 5pm, they get their wood fired oven blazing to bring you amazing pizzas that are definitely worth stopping in for. They also do some pretty epic cakes!
Once you're done in Scarborough, why not check out North Beach.
Image credit: Nancy Hanna, Louise Coghill