Much like our list of our favourite new restaurants and bars, the quick succession of excellent café openings keep getting away from us – but with a steely sense of determination, we’ve managed to update the list of new favourites for you to try.
It should come as no surprise that Goods is one of the first cafés we’d mention in our favourite openings of the year. Arguably our current obsession, the new spot has been cooked up by the crew at Modus – it serves as the central bakery for the group’s three other cafes, as well as a stellar destination of its own. Pastries are next level, and a sweet, restrained retro fitout completes the vibe. Make sure to grab a homemade chutney for the road.
11 Oxford Close, West Leederville
Tucked away down a Northbridge laneway, pint-sized Giant Coffee is well worth a bit of urban exploration. Helmed by an expert barista, the tiny spot is serving up some of Perth’s best coffee, with beans courtesy of local roasters Daylight (batch brews feature Twin Peaks single origin). If you’re feelin’ fancy, grab an einspanner – topped with whipped cream, it’s a pretty darn excellent way to get through a chilly morning.
109 James Street, Northbridge (entry via Nicks Lane)
Speaking of Daylight Coffee Roasters, the fine folks at the local roaster have joined forces with Miller + Baker to open Parkside Coffee. A coffee window in a Highgate park, Parkside is ready for you to stroll past, pick up a baked snack, grab a coffee and relax under the tree – life’s good.
The Subi pop-up has been the talk of the town – so much so that they’ve already announced a more permanent iteration of Obi for the new year. Running until Christmas before they get the new spot up and running, the pop-up is a joint venture with Micrology Coffee Roaster – the brews are fittingly top notch, with Toastface sammies to cure any rumbling tummies.
Shop 2, 500 Hay Street, Subiaco
Charlie Boy is bringing bright, cheerful vibes to William Street. Taking over the spot that was Duotone and helmed by the same team as Eillo just down the street, you can expect excellent coffee, decadent baked treats and some fresh and flavourful brunch plates.
6/45 Francis Street, Northbridge
After a brief 18-month stint in Inglewood, Butter Crumbs has finally moved into a permanent space in Mount Lawley – and it couldn’t have come soon enough. Baking in small batches, there’s a reason they’ve been a cult hit since their early days at the Mount Claremont Farmers’ Market. Comforting pies (both sweet and savoury) are a must, as is the burnt Basque cheesecake – although you’ll also see some pretty tempting seasonal offerings.
1/669 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
This French café is as charming as they come. Alongside a cabinet of baked treats and sandwiches, indulge in a French-style breakfast – croque monsieurs, eggs benedict and pain perdu all make an appearance, and are best enjoyed in the sun-filled dining room or cute blue courtyard.
487 Beaufort Street, Highgate
The closure of longtime favourite tbsp. left a huge void in Bayswater’s coffee offerings – but the opening of 3.8 Baysie (albeit on the literal other side of the tracks) is beginning to heal that wound. Friendly and unpretentious while injecting an element of inventiveness, brunch dishes range from classic brekkie burgers to a restorative bacon and miso broth with noodles, or slow cooked beef mince topped with a slow-cooked egg and green pea salsa verde.
19 Beechboro Road S, Bayswater
We’re guilty of hearing “deli” and thinking of some pretty dusty neighbourhood joints of our childhood, but this slick new spot couldn’t be further from that musty memory. Perfectly-golden, crusty toasties sandwiches and perfectly rosetta-d flat whites are courtesy of Wellington Deli – East Perth’s newest addition.
6/74 Wellington Street, East Perth
We were feeling very lucky indeed with the arrival of LeeLee Lucky’s to Mount Lawley. Serving up a fresh and flavourful array of Vietnamese fare, the diner is a loving homage to LeeLee’s family, with recipes passed down over generations. From the always popular bánh mì, filled with your choice of chicken, roast barbecue pork or lemongrass tofu, to crispy spring rolls, nourishing beef phở and summer-ready salads and rice paper rolls, LeeLee’s is always a welcome sight come lunchtime.
5/102 Clifton Crescent, Mount Lawley
Preston Street Coffee
This Preston Street space has seen a number of (beloved) iterations over the years, including Little Matcha Girl and more recently, Kopi Seru. Opening in December as Preston Street Coffee, they’re taking things back to basics: great coffee, great eats. The former is thanks to Blacklist Coffee Roasters, and the latter focuses on well-executed toasties, coated in a delicious snowfall of cheese.
4/10 Preston Street, Como
General Store Melville
The Conti Kings and Queens of Angelo Street have spread their wings and expanded to a second location, this time in Melville. Anything that makes it easier to get our hands on their iconic rolls is great news in our book (not to mention those açai bowls, salads, hot meals and coffees…), but you’ll also be able to get soft serves for a nostalgic, summer’s afternoon treat.
6/446 Marmion Street, Myaree
If we were vegans, we reckon it would be torture to see all the delicious baked goodies all over Perth… If not for Carina’s Kitchen, that is. After years as a market favourite, the star baker has moved into a permanent location in Mount Hawthorn’s The Mezz, serving up even more of her signature Insta-ready vegan cakes and sweet treats, as well as a few new savoury bites. (If you really want to make someone’s day, order them a pretty as a picture delivery box.)
The Mezz, 148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
Plant Playground may have opened at the start of 2022 (whoops to us for not including it earlier!), but this colourful, plant-filled warehouse is just too good to keep hidden. The crew are experts at all things plants – from hydroponic gardening to ready-to-gift books and accessories – but they’ll also sort you out with a damn good coffee while you’re there.
1/11 Guthrie Street, Osborne Park
You can’t deny the commotion that Bagel O’s have caused – just take a look at those lines winding out the door! These mega-sized bagels are influenced by the boldly confident L.A food truck culture, but we also recommend checking out the pastrami sandwich – fatty, smoky and packed with flavour.
627 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Plus… Have You Tried These Openings From The First Half Of The Year Yet?
Bicton Central has levelled up with a couple of new additions this year – including the very charming Hunter Bread. We had a chat to them shortly after they opened (you can check it out HERE), but in short: these loaves are set to become your dinner party, Sunday lunch, everyday staple.
Shop 14/258 Canning Highway, Bicton
Absolutely adorable. That’s the first thing that comes to mind stepping into Fremantle’s Hinata Café. The plant-filled, rustic space serves up cosy Japanese home-style plates – with the main star their monthly rotating brunch sets: a plate of nourishing goodness straight out of a Studio Ghibli film.
19 Blinco Street, Fremantle
In Good Hands
In Good Hands may be one of the newer kids on the block, but we reckon it holds its own against some of Perth’s heaviest hitters. House milky brews are made with Community Coffee Co beans, plus a rotating roster of Double Double, Twin Peaks and Daylight Coffee Roasters for batch brews and espresso. Owner Oli’s mum is behind much of the food on offer, as well as utilising cult baker Everyday Bread for cabinet goodies. While their offerings are straightforward, you really do feel like you’re In Good Hands.
1/186 Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn
Only opening in March, Continental Co. quickly made a big impression. The hole in the wall spot keeps things super simple with just a couple of options available to takeaway, but they manage to cover all the bases: a classic conti, an ajvar-laced veggie version, and a crumbed chicken cutlet to really mix things up.
225 Main Street, Osborne Park
Good Things Fremantle
Good Things was already a firm favourite for the Mossie Park massive, so news they were venturing south was welcomed with gusto. Having taken over the former Attic site on Bannister Street, you can expect some of the café’s most popular menu items (like their signature chicken and hotcakes or chilli scramble), now in that iconic Brian Klopper building.
16 Bannister Street, Fremantle
One of the most hyped up openings of the year, you may have to get up early to enjoy one of these cult-favourite contis. Deli’s take their rolls seriously, with house-made panini and loaded with high quality ingredients, it’s no wonder their pop up (and now, new store!) caused such a fuss, selling out on the reg.
2/861 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
Sweet tooths and coffee fiends are well looked after with this new addition. Hop Café has quickly been making fans with their cellar-door style coffee tastings, featuring a rotating roster of local roasters, as well as their decadent dessert pairings that are all made in-house.
2/366 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
When you’re flying down Hay Street, it’s worth a pit stop at Yours Truly. This Subi coffee window is pumping out some of the best coffees in the area, plus bagels and baked treats to keep you fuelled for the day.
284 Hay Street, Subiaco
Little French Nest
Get a petit taste of Paris at Little French Nest. The charming café opened at the start of the year, and has earned legions of fans already with its decadent crêpes, croque monsieurs, home baked pastries and other French treats that will have you saying “ooh la la!” in no time.
15 Point Street, Fremantle
Hank’s Corner Café
Taking over a corner of a motorcycle repair shop, Hank’s has to take the cake for perhaps our favourite revitalisation of an under-utilised space. The delightful coffee window and café is perched happily on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road, keeping locals fuelled with delicious coffee and bites like the ooey, gooey, decadent Welsh rarebit.
64a Scarborough Beach Road, North Perth
La Mortazza is well worth venturing further up Fitzgerald Street – you’ll be well-rewarded with a selection of Italian treats that would put any nonna to shame. Fluffy bomba filled with pistachio or Biscoff, decadent tubs of tiramisu and ultra-crisp cannoli filled with creamy ricotta (and make sure to get an espresso on the side). For savoury-lovers, there’s plenty on offer, from sumptuous pastas to cheeky paninis.
500 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
Whisked the Right Wei
Whisked the Right Wei is bringing some picture-perfect pastries to the ‘burbs, from a pastry chef mentored by the venerable late Emmanuel Mollois. You can expect to find classic Parisian treats – think flakey, buttery croissants, dainty cakes and some pretty hard to resist palmiers – many of which utilise Mollois’ recipes with pastry chef Deric Fong’s own twist. We’re particularly besotted by the amazingly flakey mille feuille, burnt Basque cheesecake topped with Chantilly cream and the intensely chocolatey, hazelnutty gianduja.
25b Gallipoli Street, Lathlain
We’ve focused mainly on the metro area for this roundup, but of course we had to include Alberta’s. One of the most buzzed about openings, in no small part because the eatery is helmed by two Noma alumni – Kirsty Marchant and Ben Ing. While the dedication to quality and produce remains, they’ve taken on a much more cosy, accessible approach to this venue: open for four days a week from 8AM ’til 12, you can expect to find excellent coffee, home-baked delights and nourishing broths. The simplicity practically feels revolutionary.
55 Queen Street, Busselton
Cover image: Goods Bakery