Perth’s cafe and coffee scene continues to grow in the CBD, and increasingly, into the suburbs. But further out it can still be hard to find a good cuppa, so we’ve done the work to bring you six of the best coffee spots outside of Perth. Here’s to staying caffeinated over the holiday period.
Brother of Mine, Baldivis
Yes, we know that Baldivis is technically in Perth. But unless you live a fair way south, you may not have visited Brother of Mine, a cafe that can hold its own among baristas further north. Coffee is roasted in-house and the extensive menu is supplemented by regularly changing specials – think pimped-out French toast, exotic jaffles and so on. It’s the perfect start to any southern road trip. Its new Neapolitan pizza restaurant Liberty Pizza, across the road, is getting plenty of attention, too.
10/61 Makybe Drive, Baldivis
Mon to Sat 5.30am–4pm
Southern Roasting Co, Manjimup
Southern Roasting Co has long been one of Broadsheet’s favourite WA coffee roasters, and it continues to surprise us that its coffee is yet to find a home in the city (although Truffle Kerfuffle attendees will likely have tried it). After moving from a Pemberton pop-up to its impressive Manjimup cafe-roastery just two years ago, the team is opening a second venue soon. Keep an eye on Broadsheet for details.
96 Giblett Street, Manjimup
Mon to Fri 6.30am–5pm
Little Peach Espresso, Busselton
Like a lot of regional towns, coffee can be more miss than hit in Busselton if you don’t know where to go. Thankfully, Little Peach Espresso is always a safe bet. It’s a small coffee shop best described as quirky, but in this case, it means there’s plenty to look at while you wait. Or you can sit and play a board game. There are good toasties and a selection of hot chocolates, too. If you’re after a more sit-down meal experience, check out the impressively fitted-out Hummingbird just up the road.
30B Prince Street, Busselton
Mon to Fri 7am–2pm
While you may already be familiar with Benesse in Bunbury, you may not have heard of the Australind iteration. Offering the rare combination of great coffee, food and service in a light and comfortable venue, it’s one of Broadsheet’s favourite WA cafes. Instagrammers will love the communal, tiled centre table. The best option in the centre of Bunbury is The Townhouse, where the Mano a Mano coffee is great (and the philosophy is “death before decaf”).
Australind Village Shopping Centre
Shop 7/1 Mardo Avenue, Australind
Mon to Sun 7am–5pm
Sidekick Cafe, Margaret River
There are a few options for decent coffee in Margaret River, although Sidekick is always Broadsheet’s first stop in town. Serving beans from Melbourne-based Dukes Coffee, there’s everything on offer from filter to cold brew. Also check out newcomer Golden, which serves the great Cape Effect coffee from Dunsborough. You’ll also get a much better cup from the local Yahava than at the Swan Valley outpost.
5/110 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Mon to Sun 7am–5pm
Quiet Life Specialty Coffee, Geraldton
This list has focussed on southern venues but there’s still hope when heading north. Quiet Life in Geraldton serves Micrology coffee in all its forms, staying true to its “specialty coffee” moniker. Breakfast and lunch options range from healthy bowls, to cakes and bacon and eggs on brioche. Keep an eye out for their “after dark” burger, beer and bao events if you’re staying in town.
87 Marine Terrace, Geraldton
Mon to Tue 7am–4pm, Thu to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 7am–3pm
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on 10 December 2019. Menu items may have changed since publication.