Boy do we love a lazy Sunday afternoon in South Fremantle.
In recent years it’s become a bustling little spot, filled with great bars, cafes and shops, while still maintaining that low-key Freo energy that makes it great.
Here’s 20 of our fave things to do in the deep south:
Make An Arvo Of It At Madalena’s
Okay, okay, I’ve talked about Madalena’s 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
Be The Third Wheel At Third Wheel
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
Lap Up The Sun At La Cabana
From the legends behind the Eat No Evil food truck, La Cabana is a recent addition to the South Freo foodie family, but an instant winner. Their courtyard is drenched in as much as sunshine as your tacos will be in delicious spices and sauces.
400 South Tce
Hoe Into A Run Amuk Hot Dog
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 Tce
Binge On Burgers Big Rigz
Big Rigz by name, big burgs by nature. We may mourn the loss of Missy Moo’s in recent years, but Big Rigz have been a fine replacement. Featuring a stacked lineup of big, juicy burgers, clear your schedule for a big post-feed walk around the delightful streets of South Freo afterwards.
1/231 South Tce
Laze Around At 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
Treat Yourself To Some Roho Bure
From humble beginnings in a South Freo garage, Roho Bure produce incredible small batch, dairy/gluten/sugar free and vegan ice creams that are equally nice as they are naughty.
322a South Tce
Pull A Pint At Percy Flint
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 Tce
Walk The Dog At South Beach
The WA coastline has some beaut dog-friendly beaches, and South Beach’s is one of the best. Chilled pooches to go with the chilled vibes of the area, you’re bound to make as many new friends as your furry one does.
Brunch At Ootong & 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
Stock Up On Coffee At 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
Eat Well At Little Lefroy’s
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
Grab Something Gorgeous At Ginger Morris
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
Explore Some Art
Not only are the streets of South Freo blessed with some fantastic murals, you can also explore a few great galleries in the area. Within a couple of blocks you’ll find Red Umbrella and Earlywork/Artitja Art Galleries.
Perch Up At Peaches & Paper Cup
South Fremantle is not wanting for fresh food markets (see more below), and Peaches is one of the best. Once you’ve grabbed all the right goods, head next door to Paper Cup for a delicious coffee or healthy snack and say g’day to the friendly owners who are always up for a yarn.
195 Hampton Rd
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 Rd
Line The Pantry At Manna Wholefoods
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 Tce
Stock Up On Spices At The Storehouse
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 Rd
Marvel At The South Freo Power Station
One of the more iconic (and brutal) landmarks in the area would have to be the imposing South Fremantle Power Station. While you’re not allowed to go inside, it’s definitely worth checking out from the outside.
McTaggart Cove, North Coogee
Freo Farmers Market
This is a bit of a cheat as its Beaconsfield (but close enough, right?). The first Sunday of every month is the “Big Market” day at the Freo Farmers Market, 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, the Freo Farmers Market has one of the best selections of food vendors of any market: traditional Persian by Parvin, African breakfasts, brunch burgers, crepes, Tom the Greek, Wholly Wrap, Treacle Treat, Sesame and Kombination Seafood… the list goes on!
Bruce Lee Oval Caesar St, Beaconsfield
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Cover photo – Madalena’s.