Holly Raye’s is hard to miss. An Anya Brock mural dominates the outside wall. The subject? Owner Holly Barker's dog Angus.
While working as a flight attendant, Barker spent ample time in Melbourne and Sydney, exploring the respective cafe scenes. She poured that inspiration into the business, which has become a firm Bassendean favourite since opening in 2015.
Initially a cosy operation, Raye’s expanded into the former Chinese restaurant next door in 2019, transforming the old cafe kitchen into a fully-fledged bakery turning out special occasion cakes, wholesale pastries and more. The timber-clad Nordic feel of the original cafe has carried over into the much larger, sun-washed dining and function space. A weatherproof, street-side alfresco area provides extra room for those with prams and pooches.
The all-day menu truly offers something for everyone. Brunch highlights include a karri (a type of eucalypt)-smoked bacon-and-egg brioche roll; an acai smoothie bowl with house-made granola coconut flake and fresh fruit; and the hangover-busting breakfast gnocchi. Coffee is by local roaster, and regular wholesale customer, Micrology.
You can even do dinner here – every Friday there’s a three-course degustation by the resident French chef, who also turns his hand to subcontinental cooking once a month for the cafe’s popular Indian dinners.