Fremantle is the port city which lies right next to Perth. It takes about 20-30 minutes on the train to get to and from the Perth centre to Fremantle. Filled with vibrant little cafes and bars, and constantly bustling with markets and old bookstores, Fremantle is the creative hub of Western Australia. Affectionately referred to as ‘freo’, this city is one of my favourite places in the entire world.
Fremantle is the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to the beach, boutique little bars, a few fun pubs, and heaps of great cafes and restaurants. It is right by the train station, not far out of the city centre, and by being on the coast you are super close to the beach. This means you won’t have to go far to see the sunset over the ocean or take a quick dip! Make sure to stay as close to the Cappuccino strip (the main road) as possible so you will be central.
My god. You will be spoiled for choice in Fremantle. Along the Cappuccino strip there are countless cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Breakfast is probably my favourite meal in Freo. After living in a warehouse opposite the Cappuccino strip, I got quite well-acquainted with most cafes. My favourites include Moore and Moores (beautiful indoor eclectic decor and an art gallery inside), Ootong and Lincoln (absolutely delicious breakfast options and a great rustic style decor), The Attic (this tiny cafe is friendly, personal and just adorable), Yocal (be a yocal local! Cheaper than a lot of places and good food) and Two Rubens Espresso (which have a great menu at a super affordable price and a lovely little outdoor seating area).
On to Lunch! Most of these places stay open for a while, check out their facebook/ websites to see how long they serve breakfast for (I’m all about the all day breakfasts). If you want something else though, maybe try The Raw Kitchen. This place started out as a small restaurant and has worked it’s way to becoming one of the most popular places in freo! While they are a little costly, they have some amazing raw foods which will fill your insides with happiness and rainbows.
Lets talk dinner now. Fremantle has you covered regardless of what you feel like eating. Keen for some Indian? Head to Maya. Maybe some Italian? Either Tabella, Sandrino, Capri or Benny’s got cha back. Maybe some seafood? Cicerello’s, Sweet Lips or Kalis is your place. How about Chinese, or Japanese? All at the Shanghai Food Court. And if you’re not sure what you want, try out The Mantle for an array of restaurants in the one venue, or Little Creatures for their large menu and to check out their brewery!
Freo is home to some of the best bars in the Perth region. Here are my top picks.
Whisper Wine Bar: Whisper is an adorable little wine bar is only small, but has some damn fine wines and cheeses. Try to get a seat on the little balcony!
The Sail and Anchor: A lovely big local pub usually has great deals on, like $13 for a pizza and a pint on Mondays!
Who’s Your Mumma: This adorable bar is always filled with happy people and friendly staff.
X-Wray: Love this little place! Down a little alley, X-Wray serves food and drinks and is a lovely spot for an afternoon drink. Sometimes have live music too!
Mojos: This place embodies everything that is a neighbourhood bar. It has a simple bar, great local musicians on nightly, and a pool table out back. Head here on a Monday night for their open mic night, or check out some of the other great gigs they have on weekends.
The Norfolk Hotel: The perfect place for an afternoon beer, hang out in the Norfolk’s massive terrace area and make some friends. They’ve got some good food as well.
The Odd Fellow: Hiding in the basement of the Norfolk lies The Odd Fellow, famous for its intimate gigs and great atmosphere! Enter on Wednesday through to Sunday nights through the staircase on the side of the Norfolk (and check out the awesome street art made from chipping away the old bricks on the side of the wall!).