This is our edit of Perth's best new cafes from the past 12 months, updated monthly.

Some are following the latest coffee trends – continuing the push away from espresso and towards batch-brew – while others are trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots.

Here's where we're going for coffee this March.

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Little Loaf Bakery

This offshoot of popular bakery North Street Store is located in the old Wild Bakery premises, around the corner from pizza restaurant l’Antica. Little Loaf is truly a blink and-you’ll-miss-it joint. But behind the tiny retail frontage is a substantial bakery pumping out award-winning bread. There’s an assortment of cakes, pastries and continental rolls to choose from if you’re not looking for a loaf to take home (but let’s face it – the real way to do it is to get a bit of everything). The coffee here is nice and strong, too – a good way to get through the carbs.

2/390 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Sammy's

Sammy’s is a simple sandwich spot. The focus is on takeaway coffees and sangas (grilled and fresh). The hot pastrami sandwich is a good call, but our favourite when we visited was the classic, versatile chicken schnitty. Coffee comes from Campos. There’s also a toast menu, but if you decide to order some, it’s worth sitting down and eating in – the toasts get a bit messier than the sangas do.

2/148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

The Deli on Central

The Deli on Central is Tim Willing’s second cafe (the former Australian track cycling champion also runs Guildford favourite Willing Coffee). Willing grew up in Mount Lawley, and the space which now houses The Deli was once a well-loved corner store that Willing frequented as a kid. Some of that heritage has been kept alive through reclaimed timber and a Peters Ice Cream mural outside. It’s a simple offering here – good coffee, toasties and brunch staples – but it’s done well. Staff are warm and knowledgeable too, so it’s hard not to see this becoming a neighbourhood favourite.

Corner of Central Ave and Clifton Crescent, Mount Lawley

Miller & Baker

There’s no shortage of great artisan bread in Perth, but Miller & Baker is one of the few Australian bakeries milling its own flour. So what’s so good about freshly milled flour? The nutrients in commercially processed flour diminish over time, so bread made with just-milled flour doesn’t only taste better, it’s better for you. Beyond bread, there’s sweet and savoury pastries (the ham and gruyere croissants are highly recommended), pies, vegemite scrolls and more. Order a coffee while you’re there, it will help you get through all those carbs.

236 Lake Street, Perth

Dumbo Gelato

This fun Australian-style gelataria is an exciting addition to the Scarborough Esplanade. The gelato-making technique at Dumbo is trad-Italian – owners Kane Hipper and Stevie Gale even spent three weeks studying at Bologna’s famed Carpigiani Gelato University to nail their method – but the flavours are utterly Australian. Milo milkshake, lamington and even cheese and vegemite were just some of the flavours we tried when we last visited. Half of the range is also vegan, including a delightful riff on a Bounty chocolate bar. Someday Coffee Co oversees the coffee offering.

Shop 7/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough

Pixel Coffee Brewers Claremont

Pixel’s owners celebrated their Leederville cafe’s fourth birthday in style by opening an additional cafe in Claremont with a striking fit-out, Instagram-friendly coffee machine and close ties to Darkstar Coffee. The new cafe remains true to Pixel’s vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friendly ethos with an expanded menu including high tea and dinner service.

Claremont Quarter 23 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont

Blacklist Coffee Roasters

The third installment of Blacklist, this time located in Subiaco, is best described as a cellar door for coffee. There’s a strong focus on filter, with a $7 all-you-can-drink “tasting bar”, and rare single-origins served in wine glasses. The retail shelves are lined with high-end products, ranging from brewing equipment to Blacklist beans.

439D Hay Street, Subiaco

Boo Too

During the day this is a classic cafe. Pastries and sandwiches in the cabinet are good, the flat whites are on song and the vibe is relaxed. After dark, though, the woodfired pizza oven – which dominates the kitchen – comes to life and starts churning out some of the best pizza in the city. The style is somewhere between Neapolitan and Roman: the crust is thin and soft, but sturdy. All the flavours you would expect are available, but it’s worth opting for something a little different, such as the Donnie Brasco with asparagus, rocket, crushed pistachios and mortadella.

274 Bulwer Street, Northbridge

Lupolab

Marco Silvestri is a native of Rome. His parents owned a restaurant there, which he worked in from a young age. So he’s been around coffee and pasta his whole life. That experience and appreciation for “Roman-style” eating and drinking is on full display at Lupolab. Excellent coffee roasted in-house is available all day long. At lunch, pasta dishes with simple sauces such as a beef ragu are the focus. Later on at dinner (Thursday to Saturday), those pasta dishes become more complex, and heftier dishes such as osso bucco also come into play.

151-153 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

Artem Coffee

Single-origin coffee sourced directly from Colombian farmers. Smoked meats, fermented chilli sauce and some of Perth’s best doughnuts, all made in-house. Mount Pleasant’s Artem Coffee is small but it punches way above its weight. Get in early on weekends if you want a Reuben sandwich (yes, you do).

2 39 Reynolds Road, Mount Pleasant

Moana Hall

Nearly two years after the closure of Moana Coffee, the historic hall at Moana Chambers on Hay Street reopened for business. The 100-person multi-function cafe, bar and events space, dubbed Moana Hall, can be booked for private functions and is also open to the public for pop-up events. Coffee is from Margaret River Roasting Co and sweet treats are from Ox Rabbit.

618 Hay Street, Perth

La Veen HQ

La Veen is a Perth CBD classic, so it’s no surprise the team’s latest project – La Veen HQ – is such a winner. It’s a simple space in Raine Square, with the same focus on great coffee we’ve come to expect. The food offering is simple: a small line-up of brekkie burgers, toasties and baked goods. A new highlight is the coffee soft-serve – it nails the balance between bitter and sweet, and hits the mark coming into the warmer months.

T34 Rinae Square 300 Murray Street, Perth