Who’s Daphne? In case you’re ever wondering, the cafe is an extension of the Daphne Collection, a gallery run out of Adam Mitchell and Sophie Bower Johnson’s home on Daphne Street, North Perth.
At any point during the day, creatives can be found holding coffee-fuelled meetings or soaking up rays in its window seats. A number of artists lease the studios upstairs, too.
Using Loaded Craft Coffee for the house blend, the brewing process begins in the morning through a Mocca master batch brewer. Otherwise a shot can be summoned pronto via espresso.
The menu is refreshingly short, designed for snacking rather than a full meal. It includes La Paleta icy poles and French pastries, including canelés encased in crunchy burnt sugar and filled with a custard-like goo.
Exhibits change regularly, often showcasing the work of photographers and artists such as Joe Scerri. Scerri’s meditative drawings encompass the calming environment so well he created the free-flowing artwork on the cafe’s front window, to be admired both inside and from the pavement parklet crafted from recycled wooden boards.