If you’re prone to house envy, don’t visit Arrival Hall. The hybrid cafe and homewares shop sits in an impeccably restored backpackers hostel, with light-drenched rooms, Victorian-era bones and contemporary furniture and wares throughout.

You can easily pretend it’s your own home if you come for breakfast, lunch or a drink date. Though the globe-trotting menu goes well beyond the dishes you might whip up at home, with influence from Japanese, Scandinavian and South American cuisines. Early in the day, standouts include scrambled eggs with cabbage salad and house-made mushroom-XO sauce; and the bright smoked salmon smorrebrod (an open sandwich commonly served on rye, often eaten in Denmark and Sweden) with herb-and-citrus cream cheese and red onion.

To drink, there’s house blend coffee alongside a popular blueberry matcha and hojicha lattes. If you’re coming for a boozy brunch or work lunch, there’s also a liquor license with beer, wine and cocktails on offer. You might go for a Mimosa or a rosé by Margaret River’s Dormilona.

Owners, husband-and-wife-team Lisa and Clem Tay, stock the shelves with all things beautiful and hard-to-find. For your space, there might be gingham-patterned cushions and larger-than-life tapestries by Ferm Living; bright chairs by Danish label Hay; and contemporary lights by Muuto. Shoppers can also find planters and kids’ toys.

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Updated: February 26th, 2024

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