On the corner of Hay and Milligan Street in the CBD lies Tiisch, which I have decided is Perth’s dreamiest cafe. With its bright white walls, punctuated with splashes of greenery hanging from the roof and sprouting from planter boxes, it’s difficult not to be enamoured from the moment you walk in. But if charming interiors aren’t quite enough to win you over, stick around for the food and there won’t be any doubt in your mind. I was so taken with it, I visited for brunch twice in as many weeks!
It seems to me that Perth is awash with choices when it comes to dining out these days. Subi is undergoing a renaissance, Leederville is jam packed with cafes and don’t even get me started on trying to choose my favourite place to eat in Northbridge! Luckily for me (and you), for those nights that you really just can’t choose those clever folk at No Mafia, Francoforte and Chico Gelato put their heads together and came up with Tre Amici – a roving dinner experience available Monday through Thursday that’s a damn tasty bargain at just $35.
While the South-West of Western Australia in the summer is undeniably amazing, with no shortage of white sandy beaches to stretch out on and trails to explore, there is also something attractive about jumping in the car and heading down south in the cooler months. Lush green landscapes, clear cool days and red wine by the fire make for a fine weekend away, and that’s exactly what Ollie and I jumped in the car to experience this winter. Our destination of choice was Denmark, a small town resplendent with natural beauty right in the middle of WA’s rainbow coast.
Nestled on Cambridge Street in the heart of Wembley, Hermosa Cantina has been delighting the people of Perth with its Spanish inspired menu for nigh on mine months now, although its dedicated following would have you believe its been around a lot longer. You wouldn’t expect anything different though, given the people behind the scenes are the very people that operate the legendary Tropico in North Beach. Hermosa has been on my to-do list since it first dipped its feet into the Perth food scene, and the only question in my mind was whether to go for brunch or dinner! As usual though, my love of brunch won out and a few weeks ago there I was; 10am on a Sunday at an overflowing Hermosa Cantina.
Tucked away in the back streets of suburban Bassendean, Holly Rayes is a tiny cafe that it packing big punches for the pooches and their owners alike. The vibe here is warm and welcoming – the owners greeting regulars as they walk past with their dogs, tails wagging as they stop to lap at the bowl of water set out especially for them on the sidewalk (the dogs that is, not humans). The interior is simple is the best way possible – bright and light with the occasional pop of colour. And the food? Well, it didn’t leave anything to be desired!
Living in Northbridge for the last year has been amazing, but it’s given me skewed perceptions about how far away things really are. Having everything so close can be a blessing and a curse at the same time – there are so many options but it’s gotten to the point where even walking 400 metres to the closest coffee shop has started to seem like an insurmountable task on a Sunday morning! Luckily for me, Koffie Winkel (Dutch for coffee shop) – has recently opened up right around the corner from me. It ticks all the boxes with its beautiful interior, quality coffee and most importantly – fresh, tasty food.
Lay-up Cafe has opened up in the space previously occupied by Dizzy Witch Cafe, a long-time Northbridge breakfast institution. I did quite like Dizzy’s but as one door closes another opens, and Lay-up has revitalised the space and brought with it some exciting new menu options so I’m embracing the change. New year, new favourites!