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 right now.

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Modus Coffee

The Modus crew’s Victoria Park cafe expands on their original Beaufort Street shop in every sense. There’s more floor space, with seating for 20, plus a larger menu. (Thankfully it’s easier to get a seat now that the initial hype has died down.) Go for breakfast and explore the “Stuff on Toast” menu – ricotta paired with guacamole and pomegranate in a luxe riff on avo toast, or roasted mushrooms with whipped gorgonzola and pickled pears. Pastries include canelés, galettes, and a cardamom and pistachio bun. Pair one with a coffee, available in espresso, filter or cold brew, which is roasted nearby in the team’s East Victoria Park warehouse.

660 Albany Highway, Victoria Park

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

Soho Lane

Soho Lane is the sister cafe to the CBD’s Little Soho Coffee Co and brings a much-needed brunch offering back to Mount Lawley. Coffee is a priority with a house blend by Micrology and rotating guest roasters – such as Seven Seeds and Darkstar – on batch. Food-wise, expect to find cafe favourites (avo toast and fluffy Japanese pancakes, say) alongside New York-diner-inspired dishes (including a fried-chicken sandwich – served with a potato bun made from offcuts from the hand-cut chips).

18/649 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Croff Bakery

Durian. Beef rendang. Hainanese chicken rice. Croff Bakery isn't rolling your average croissants. Instead, owners Giselle Sim and Harold Bong dig deep into their Asian heritage when brainstorming the flavours for their crisp and flaky pastries. The result is a specialist croissanterie that offers highlights from both east and west, with almond and pain au chocolat on offer to appease the purists.

131 Barack Street, Perth

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

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

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

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

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