Okay, okay, I’ve talked about Madalenas before. But sitting outside in the late afternoon sunshine is basically bliss. If you’re into seafood, you’ll be in heaven – I had the octopus last week and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
406 South Terrace
Next door neighbours to Madalenas, and attached to South Beach Cycles, Third Wheel is a super chill coffee spot with a backyard vibe. With house-made nut milk and tofu sandwiches on deck, it’s a particularly good option for vegan pals.
408 South Terrace
Hot diggity dog! This family run joint has been slinging hot dogs out of North Freo since 2011, and they’ve stuck around with good reason: they’re so damn tasty. Whether you like your dogs classic, “unleashed”, vegan or spicy AF, you won’t be able to get enough.
386A South Terrace
The Local Hotel
I’ve gotta say, I slept on The Local. Then some friends hired out the Garage space, and I finally realised what a gem I’d been missing out on. With a lush plant filled fit out, and even better food on offer, you’ll wish this was your neighbourhood watering hole.
282 South Terrace
Across the road from the Local, Percy Flint is a newer addition to South Freo – but what an addition. A small bar and eatery, they do some bang up pub fare (parmis, steak sandwiches) as well as some more small-bar-high-brow options, like their duck parfait or green bowl. And I can’t leave out their drinks list, which manages to be both interesting and reasonably priced. What a winner!
211 South Terrace
Ootong and Lincoln
It’s hard to miss this South Freo institution, particularly with its iconic Anya Brock zebra mural. Pairing a quirky vintage-industrial fit out with home made everything right down to the jams – if you haven’t already had brunch here, you need to ASAP.
258 South Terrace
Port City Roasters
South Freo coffee roasters Port City Roasters have a holistic approach to keeping it local – from sourcing local produce and ingredients for their cafe, to engaging with local communities that grow the beans. Head there for a pretty-as-a-picture (and just as tasty) brunch plates and remember to grab a bag of beans to take home with you.
312 South Terrace
Gluten intolerant? Vegetarian? No dairy? No worries! Little Lefroy’s has built their whole menu around being intolerance-friendly. That means no matter your dietary requirements, you’ll be able to get an amazing feed that your friends will love too. The cafe also tries to operate as sustainably as possible, too, with carbon neutral takeaway packaging and bottled water, as well as a mostly-recycled fit out and locally sourced produce. So your brunch will make you feel good in your body and your mind! Fridays and Saturdays also see the cafe open up for tapas in the evening. It’s enough to make you wish you were a local.
310 South Terrace
Sometimes I think I might use the phrase “treasure trove” too much, but then I have to describe somewhere like Ginger Morris and, well… it’s a treasure trove. This beautiful store stocks everything from antiques, homewares, collectibles jewellery and fashion. The mother and daughter team behind Ginger Morris have a no rules ethos – instead filling their store with whatever is beautiful or interesting.
271 South Terrace
A shop nestled between a Dan Murphy’s and a Red Cross Blood Donation Centre might not inspire thoughts of fashion and glamour. But somehow, Zodium manages to be an oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of Hampton Road. In classic Freo style, Zodium finds the balance between between boho and chic – with enough flowy, printy, textural vibes to keep beachside babes happy, but heaps of basics to balance it out, too. And on the plus side, you can donate blood right after!
3B/47 Douro Road
Freo’s “original whole foods store”, Manna is a must-visit for anyone looking for an organic, local grocer, low-waste bulk food or eco-friendly cleaning and body products. Come with an empty stomach – their in-store cafe will leave you sated whether you’re a vegan or omnivore.
274 South Terrace
Speaking of whole foods and zero waste! The Storehouse opened at the end of 2018 and has fast become one of Perth’s best sustainable shopping destinations. Wall to wall spices, flours, grains and more have you covered for any bulk food needs, and they’ve also got an impressive range of cleaning and body products. No just zero waste, these guys are zero fuss, with a mission to make a sustainable lifestyle as straightforward as possible.
22/219 Hampton Road
Special mention has gotta go to one of our favourite farmers markets in neighbouring Beaconsfield:
Growers’ Green Farmers’ Market
Mark your calendars – the first Sunday of every month is the “Big Market” day at Growers’ Green, which sees the already booming market expand to offer vintage and pre-loved clothing, jewellery, crafts, gifts and more. But even on their regular Sundays, Growers’ Green has one of the best selections of food vendors of any market: traditional Persian by Parvin, African breakfasts, Malay satay, brunch burgers, crepes, Tom the Greek, food truck faves Eat No Evil… the list goes on! Check out their facebook for a full weekly vendor list, but whatever you do, make sure you go with an empty stomach.
Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield
8:00am-12:00pm Sunday mornings
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Cover photo of Percy Flint