Holly Raye’s is hard to miss. An Anya Brock mural dominates the outside wall. The subject? Owner Holly Irving’s dog Angus.
While working as a flight attendant, Irving spent a lot of time in Melbourne and Sydney, exploring the respective cafe scenes. She poured this inspiration into Holly Raye’s in Bassendean. Her husband Tim, a carpenter, brought her visions for the furniture and fit-out to life in late 2015. It’s a cosy space with a Nordic feel. The all-weather, street-side alfresco area provides extra room for those with prams and pooches.
Inside, the counter is laden with cakes, slices, savoury treats and muffins. Nothing travels from further away than the kitchen, or even out of the family –Irving does the baking with the help of her mum. Her sister is the barista, serving up locally roasted Micrology coffee.
You won’t be bored by the all-day menu offerings. There are selections such as eggs Benedict made with pulled pork; chilli scrambled eggs with feta and coriander; and the karri (a type of eucalypt)-smoked bacon-and-egg brioche roll. Chia pudding with coconut flakes, fruit and pistachios is a tick for anyone with a healthy sweet tooth.