Childhood friends John Konstantopoulos and Justin Patterson grew up together in South Africa before their careers took them around the world. But after settling in Perth with their families, they opened Paper Avenue Cafe in Joondalup.

Working closely with Melbourne roaster Locale Espresso, Paper Avenue’s vision is to bring artisan coffee to the northern suburbs. A range of brewing techniques are available, with a custom La Marzocco espresso machine serving as the cafe’s centrepiece. Ex-Wolf Espresso barista Donna De Bruin is in charge of coffee.

The drinks menu features a range of tea lattes using mixers from Cha Cha Tea with flavours such as strawberry, rosehip and apple.

The kitchen is run by chef Isaac Stickings, veteran of Perth’s Chez Pierre and Scotland’s Michelin-starred Three Chimneys. Breakfast is served all day with additional items available at lunch. The modern-Australian menu includes cafe standards such as pancakes and a breakfast bagel alongside more health-focused options such as house-made granola, and pumpkin and quinoa rosti. Cakes are made on-site.

A mural from local artist Peter Ryan is a highlight of the cafe’s decor, which has been styled by the owners and Konstantopoulos’s wife Erika, a former designer for Nike. Konstantopoulos and Patterson completed much of the fit-out themselves, from painting and tiling to making the tables.

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Updated: July 20th, 2018

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