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!
Just around the corner from my apartment is one of my favourite places in Perth, The Standard. This bright, leafy sanctuary on Roe Street is one of my favourite places to stop by for an after work drink, a quick bite to eat or a leisurely Sunday lunch. On a sunny day their wine garden is to die for, and the menu is perfectly curated to never leave you wanting. I know I am getting into gushing territory a little here, but I seriously love this place. Continue reading
Since I have moved to Northbridge, La Cholita is one of those restaurants that I love to just wander down to on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon – you’re always guaranteed to find a table, the staff are super friendly and the margaritas are off the hook. There is quite often a lunch special of some sort going, but the best time to visit is on Sunday because with any sangria or beer you get a taco for $2 – does it get any better? While I’ve managed to grab the odd taco here and there over the last few months, normally I try and keep the alcohol intake down on a Sunday which makes it difficult to take full advantage of this Sunday special. But Western Australia Day came to my rescue a few weeks ago, when we got a Monday off simply for living in this beautiful state, which presented the perfect opportunity for a Sunday arvo tipple. – aka sangrias and tacos with reckless abandon. Continue reading
Birthdays are a fabulous time of the year. Family, friends, presents, people you haven’t heard from in years writing on your facebook wall, food, more presents, more food and everyone doing as you ask. Except that this year I was given direction by my mother that it was time that her and dad met Ollie’s parents, so it was up to me to choose an appropriate venue for the big event. After days of indecision I finally committed Sauma, a new Indian restaurant on the corner of William and James in Northbridge. It’s a little bit different to your average Indian joint, with a playful and inventive menu and a spacious, on-trend interior with a pleasant mix of traditional and modern decor.
When I think about the word babooshka, it conjures up memories of sitting on the floor of my grandma’s house playing with those wooden dolls that fit inside each other, which is probably what most people associate with that word. I looked up the actual meaning of the word babooshka, and wikipedia informs me that is it means ‘grandma or elderly woman’ which is interesting given babooshka dolls are inherently tied to my grandmas house in my mind. But more recently babooskha is tied to a new memory, and that is a cute little cafe off William Street (in the same arcade as Superstar Waffles – tough competition!), and I have to say visiting here is a damn sight better than stacking and unstacking a bunch of wooden dolls.
Flora and Fauna Cafe is a recently discovered delight for myself and a work friend Lauren, and there is not really words to describe how in love I am with this cute little cafe. It is in a tiny little hole in the wall of Aberdeen Street in Northbridge, serving coffee, juices, tea, delicious vegetarian lunch options and take away desserts. There is also a cute selection of flowers out the front and inside you can buy cards, candles and tea. The lady that runs it is probably the nicest person you have ever met, and her warmth radiates throughout the cafe and makes you feel so at home. I almost don’t want to write this blog post as I want it to remain a little secret, but it’s too beautiful not to share! Continue reading