Whether they’re located on an island in the Swan River or in an alleyway behind the train station, discover the 10 best places to grab brekky in inner-city Perth.
The coffee shops of Perth’s CBD are always well populated with city workers grabbing a quick takeaway, but when you look past the busy commuters you’ll find a string of seriously good cafés serving some absolutely mouthwatering breakfasts. From uber-healthy poke bowls to slightly more indulgent big brekkies, put these 10 tasty brunch spots around Perth on your menu.
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The trendy King St crowd really knows its coffee, and Perth’s inner-city coffee-lovers flock to La Veen. Occupying a heritage-listed building with red brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, this industrial-chic café brews top-notch Five Senses coffee and plates up an innovative brunch menu — the potato rosti with poached eggs, avocado creme, beetroot remoulade plus a truffle and beetroot reduction is the signature dish.
Western Australia is blessed with some of the country’s best fresh foods and produce, from Rottnest Island scallops to juicy Denmark blueberries, and this stylish Hay St eatery makes the most of these quality, locally sourced ingredients. Café by day and bistro by night, Tiisch even hosts a bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday — tuck into two courses and enjoy endless boozy bevvies, too.
This minimalist space on Barrack St provides countless caffeine hits to Perth’s peak-hour commuters, as well as a tasty array of light bites for those who can take a little time to smell the roses. An exciting assortment of bagels are Recess’ specialty — we’re talking creations like chilli cheese, grilled halloumi and red peppers, and devilled eggs with ham and cheese. Yum.
No venue in Perth boasts a better location than the Isle of Voyage, which takes up the historic Florence Hummserston Kiosk on the island at Elizabeth Quay, surrounded by the serene Swan River. And the upscale eatery’s decadent breakfast menu well and truly lives up to its surroundings, offering a number of brunch options that showcase local trout and salmon.
Hidden in an alleyway between Murray St and Wolf Lane, this quiet courtyard is hard to find. But if you manage to locate it, Holmes and Co rewards you with a stack of inventive breakfast options, such as the Char Siu Benny (pulled pork, spinach and hollandaise) and Holmes Stack (sweet corn, zucchini and cumin fritters with avo, dukkah, poached egg plus salmon or bacon). Also open for dinner Thursday to Saturday.
The team behind Mo Espresso on St Georges Terrace opened this location in the contemporary 140 William St precinct to offer diners a broader food menu, including a long list of great value-for-money toasted cheese, sandwiches and bagels. The family-run Max + Sons also takes its coffee seriously — expect specialty beans from roasters like Mecca, Proud Mary and Loaded.
This mega-popular Mill St eatery is an oasis for healthy eaters in the heart of Perth, feeding ‘superfood’ salads and gluten-free sandwiches to the inner-city lunch crowd. There are plenty of wholesome and delicious options for brekky, too — the green breakfast bowl, chia pot, and paleo apple crumble with coconut cream are all as nutritious as they are delicious.
This Hay St cafe has been an East Perth favourite since 2005, renowned for its warm hospitality and classic breakfast dishes. Feast on a generous brunch or something from the cabinet full of muffins, pastries and cakes that have been freshly baked in-house. Sink your teeth into the ‘Bella Gina’, which combines poached eggs, leg ham, baby spinach and Hollandaise on Turkish bread, or ‘The Lot’, with bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and chipolata sausages.
This refined Hay St café serves a modern Australian brunch that caters to paleo, vegan and gluten-free dietary requirements. Duo Tone’s forte is the five ‘Fit Bowls’ on the menu — the creatively named Spice Chicks, Nourish Flourish, Miso Mushroom Soba, Poḱe Doḱe and Hash Brisket, which all use locally sourced WA ingredients to produce a filling and flavoursome brunch.
After dipping their toes into the inner-city with a pop-up shop inside a shipping container, this Perth institution has established itself in the CBD at the bottom of the QV1 building on St Georges Terrace. Mary Street Bakery have brought their famous doughnuts and pastries with them, as well as specialty coffee courtesy of their roastery Offshoot. You find other Perth locations at Highgate, West Leederville and down the road in Allendale Square.