The Best Cafes in Fremantle

Updated 6 months ago


Fremantle’s enduring coffee culture is ground up in its high street’s nickname. South Terrace, affectionately known as the “Cappucino Strip”, was long known for its smattering of (mostly Italian) cafes. Some endure, like the late Gino Saccone’s eponymous cafe, which has sat on its corner since 1983. But over the last decade, a new wave of cafe owners and baristas have set up beyond this iconic strip. Relative newcomers like Best Wishes, Little Loaf and Peggy’s offer their coffee alongside laminated pastries and delicious things between bread. While North Freo’s waterfront diner Bib & Tucker serves modern Australian meals with a side of sea breeze. For great coffee, breakfast and lunch, tick off this list of the port city’s best cafes, curated by Broadsheet’s expert food and drink editors.

  • This airy sandwich spot in an 1890s heritage-listed space does cool remixes of classic sandwiches including conti rolls, chicken-schnitty subs and an ode to the Sausage McMuffin.

  • This pitch-perfect homage to Japanese kissatens (coffee shops) serves homely curries, soups, hotpot and okonomiyaki, plus matcha cheesecakes, hojicha crème caramels, and – best of all – Japanese-style breakfasts.

  • An expansive bakery and all-day eatery from the team behind Little Creatures.

  • Modern Australian by the beach.

  • No grumpy baristas allowed.

  • Sourdough devotees, assemble.

  • House made is the way to go at this neighbourhood favourite.

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  • Introducing Eamon Sullivan's friendly neighbourhood cafe.

  • A vegetarian favourite even meat lovers can enjoy.

  • This is one of Freo's best-loved spots. Now, after a makeover, it's looking better than ever. The food here is a cut above your average fish’n’chip joint. Choose from different fish fillets at the fry section. Or wander over to the whole-seafood for some sardines and king prawns. Then there's raw and grilled seafood, plus a killer fish burger. It's all backed up by a big wine list and a good roster of bottled cocktails.

  • Don’t believe the name: this retro cafe is as unpretentious as they come.

  • An airy cafe serving Five Senses coffee and lots of takeaway options.

  • One stop for caffeine and a curated collection of fashion labels.

  • Coffee to put your day in the right gear.

  • This gallery’s cafe is a destination in itself.

  • An all-Italian coffee roaster named after the most venerated of beans.

  • This converted warehouse is now home to a handful of small businesses, including a cafe, co-working space, artist studio, skincare brand, risograph printer, pottery studio and plant store.

  • From Perth to Melbourne and back.

  • An all-day bar and diner that genuinely cares about your allergies and intolerances.