Perth coffee culture continues to trend upwards. The number of trained baristas and the quality of coffee roasters and brewing techniques improves each year.
However, after many years of strong growth, the number of cafes operating in Perth and its surrounds was hit hard by the Covid pandemic. Many beloved neighbourhood institutions and favourite brunch haunts fell victim to the lockdowns and closed borders brought on by the pandemic.
Our heart goes out to all of them; the hospitality industry in Australia has been a major Covid casualty of the last few years, being hit disproportionally hard by lockdowns and density limits.
Fortunately, there are still a great many fabulous cafes continuing to delight coffee lovers and breakfast regulars in Perth.
We are currently revisiting and updating our database of reviewed eateries. So please bear with us as we confirm which venues in Perth are still operating (and delighting customers).
So, let us guide you through the brews, blends and brunches of the best cafes in Perth. We predict that even the most hardened of coffee snob will find the perfect cup.
Koorak – Kings Park (formerly Stickybeaks)
Location: 37 Kings Park Rd, Kings Park, WA 6005 Ph: (08) 9481 4990
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat & Sun 8am – 5pm
Located at the northern end of the wonderful Kings Park, the Koorak Cafe is an excellent choice for families with young kids. There’s plenty of green space to let the children run around, ride a bike or kick a ball, and, for the very young ones, the large, impressive and enclosed Ivy Watson Playground is right next door.
Koorak has emerged, proudly renovated and refreshed, from the old Stickybeaks Playground Cafe.
Breakfast is served from 8.00am and the all day brunch is available from 11.30am. There are vegetarian options for both brekkie and brunch, and we can personally recommend the Vegan Steak Sandwich (featuring plant-based protein from Beyond Meat). And yes. There are also options for hungry kiddies.
If you want to grab something light to picnic in the park (note: you’ll likely attract some interested bird life), you’ll find sausage rolls, filo pastries, and turkish toasties, plenty of cakes, muffins, cookies (and a delicious macadamia slice), in the cabinet inside.
The coffee is decent too. It may not be the best espresso that we’ve tasted in the city, but it certainly hits the spot. The location is what sells Koorak cafe, and it’s very hard to beat. On a sunny day, we’re sure you’ll agree its one of the best cafes in Perth.
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Location: 50 May Dr, West Perth, WA 6005 Ph: (08) 9388 6700
Whilst we are in stunning King’s Park, another great dining option is the beautiful Zamia Cafe.
Obviously, the location is a HUGE attraction. However, Zamia Cafe isn’t just a pretty face. Everything here is made in-house – and it shows.
Whether you fancy something naughty – like the Banana Bread with Vanilla Mascarpone ($8.5) – or virtuous – Zamia’s Acai Bowl ($19) with Granola, Fresh Fruit, Chia Seeds & Coconut – everything is made with love. And who doesn’t like an eatery that offers Potato Latke ($26.5) served with Pastrami Cured Salmon, Wilted Spinach, Poaches eggs and Horseradish Cream?
If you’re lucky enough to drop by around lunchtime, the options are similarly enticing. The Indonesian dish of Nasi Goreng ($31) is hard to resist, but the Salmon & Prawn Koftes ($28) with Green Tahini Sauce, Hommus, Cucumber & Parsley Salad and more sounds amazing.
Yep. Zamia Cafe is one of the top cafes in Perth for good reason.
Location: 178 Railway Parade, West Leederville, WA 6007 Ph: 0476 644 997
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-2.30pm, Sat & Sun 7am – 2pm
Hylin couldn’t feel more different to Koorak – see above.
This cafe feels inspired by the trendy warehouses of New York City. It is stylish and chic and is a favourite haunt of hip young things. The furniture, decor and murals give the cafe a trendy industrial-feel, and the food is healthy and wholesome.
The coffee beans are sourced from an independent local supplier, Micrology Coffee, and the all-day menu boasts many recommended options (including the New Yorker Reuben bagel, acai bowls, and even a British twist with crumpets sourced from a local farmer’s market).
Hylin is a funky, vibrant exponent of taking coffee and brunch seriously. Enjoy.
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Location: 629 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park, WA 6100 Ph: (08) 6188 6090
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-2pm
Like Hylin (reviewed above), Harvest Espresso has gone for the modern, industrial look. And it works well.
This Victoria Park cafe is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also backs up the cool modern decor with a wide range of beautifully presented dishes, many of which are quite exquisite to look at.
This is a cafe with gourmet aspirations. It’s not your standard bacon, eggs and toast eatery.
Expect eclectic Modern Oz cuisine, prepared from fresh ingredients and local produce by creative chefs and true foodies with an exceptional eye for detail. Want an unusual brekky dish? Try the Surf n’ Turf. Want homemade and organic? Order the in-house smoked salmon or mini banana loaves.
Want something light? You’ll enjoy muffins, croissants and gluten-free alternatives alongside some excellent coffee. Harvest Espresso brews a customised blend from ‘5 Senses’ alongside ‘Bannister Downs Milk’, resulting in a very drinkable piccolo latte.
Location: 2 venues – 79B King Street, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 9321 1188 & Mary Raine, Raine Square, 300 Murray St, Perth WA
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun 7:30am – 12:00pm / Raine Square is open from 9.30am on Satuday & closed on Sundays
The Heritage cafe of ten years standing, with its elegant facade and proud corner position at 90 King Street is now closed. Covid lockdowns and a landlord dispute hit La Veen Coffee hard.
Thankfully, the La Veen Coffee proprietors are resilient and the cafe group has now expanded into two new venues.
Moving directly across the road from the original Heritage in Kings Street, the new cafe is called Heritage, King 2. It’s still an excellent location, with a hip interior of exposed bricks and timber, but it is smaller and does lack some of the grandeur of the original.
Unfortunately, there is no longer a sit-down menu (only sandwiches and pastries), which is a shame as the food was a highlight of the old cafe. It was Dishes were creative, healthy and beautifully presented.
What hasn’t changed is the quality of the coffee. La Veen produces some of the finest brews in the city, from espresso and filter to cold brew.
You can choose from a range of beans (including Rockingham’s Five Senses), and the staff are knowledgeable about their coffee and open to questions. There’s also 50 cents off your coffee purchase if you bring your own ‘keep mug’ 😉
Next to Louis Vuitton, in one of Perth’s premier retail spots, Raine Square, is the second cafe. We’ve not tried this venue yet, but pray that that the Ricotta Omelette from the original Heritage cafe has made it onto the menu. Splendid.
La Veen also offers outside catering with mobile coffee cart.
Location: 1/45 McCoy Street, Myaree, WA 6154 Ph: (08) 9317 1951
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm, Sat 8am-12pm, Sun Closed
First opening its doors in 2014, Grouch and Co Coffee Roasters is more of a coffee concept store than cafe. This award-winning coffee roaster takes the humble coffee bean very seriously indeed.
Got a coffee question? Want to brush up your home coffee-making skills or even take a barista course? Unsure how hard to tamp? Confused about coffee blends, single brew, coffee pods or cold brews? The team at Grouch & Co have got the answers.
Living a motto of ridding ‘shitty coffee’ from the earth, one cup at a time, Grouch and Co is a brand loaded with attitude and heart (cool merch is available to those smitten).
There’s a focus on organic, sustainable and fair-trade coffee and in reducing waste and carbon emissions in the coffee supply chain.
Grouch and Co sources its beans from international farmers and blends alternate with seasonality. All blends are roasted in-house and mixed with either full cream or cashew milk. The result is a taste sensation.
And tea lovers aren’t forgotten either. At Grouch and Co teas are served lovingly in ceramic cups, hand crafted by Naomi Sugi.
There’s an online shop that sells both wholesale to the trade and retail to consumers.
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Location: SHOP 8/160 Hampden Road, Nedlands, WA 6009 Ph: (08) 9386 9775
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm
Serving specialty coffee in Nedlands, Felix & Co delivers single-orgin brews, filter coffee, seasonal blends and a lively atmosphere.
There are numerous guest blends served each week including three different choices of espresso and two cold-brew options.
Beans are sourced from all over the country, and the baristas have mastered the intricate (and manual) Pour Over method of coffee making, if that’s your preference.
There is a breakfast and lunch menu, if you’re hungry. However, it’s the excellent coffee that brings in the most punters at Felix & Co. And that’s why it makes our list of the best cafes in Perth.
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Location: 59A Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle, WA 6160 Ph: (08) 9335 6059 See Website for More Locations
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 6.30am-2.30pm
Fremantle’s Gesha Coffee Co has been serving quality coffee since its opening in 2015. It’s named after the award winning Ethiopian Gesha coffee tree (aka Geisha coffee), which has been described as the finest coffee bean in the world.
The venue is stylish and spacious, with high-ceilings and exposed timber. There’s a large alfresco area for outdoor dining and drinking. The cafe is also fully licensed, should you want something stronger than a double espresso with your lunch.
The specialty coffee is roasted locally in Geisha’s Bibra Lake rosatery. It’s daily house roast is delicious and the cafe has a large retail section where you can purchase beans to take home. There’s also a impressive brew bar where you can watch the baristas as they master their craft.
Geisha boasts a wide range of tasty and healthy breakfast options. Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for, with popular Tofu Scramble and Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower fritters.
There’s also an extensive lunch menu too, alongside plenty of pastries, wraps and salads.
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Location: 450c Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, WA 6006 Ph: 0473 146 482
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm, Sat 7am-2 pm, Sun Closed
If you find yourself north of the river, then your best bet for fine coffee could well be Engine Room Espresso. This friendly spot is another of our top cafes in Perth.
It’s not a big cafe, but it’s got a welcoming vibe and a very pleasant courtyard. Most importantly, the coffee is beautifully made by enthusiasts who understand their craft. You’ll get a fine flat white, but why not try something more exotic like the cold drip?
The food selection is simple but varied. You can choose from a range of cinammon scrolls, organic crumpets, bagels, delicious pumpkin bread and toasties (try the pulled pork and caramelised onion).
If you are looking for a takeout option for the morning rush, the granola and muesli bowls come in wonderfully convenient breakfast cups and there are takeaway poke bowls too.
Location: 17 Blinco St, Fremantle, WA 6160 Ph: 0477 047 812
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 7 am- 3 pm
Micro Lote Coffee prides itself on its ethical, organic and sustainable produce. The cafe sources its La Jacoba Coffee beans direct from the Asprounion co-operative in Colombia, which has a great reputation for helping coffee farmers make direct deals with overseas coffee roasters, ensuring that they receive a fair and equitable price for their harvest.
Whether you are seeking silky, white espresso or a Chemex coffee blend, you’ll be able to find the perfect, ethical choice for you at Micro Lote.
Editor’s Note: We have heard that Micro Lote Coffee has temporarily closed. We will let you know when we learn more.
Ooh La La And Ooh Coffee
Location: 255 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle, WA 6159 Ph: 0408 939 602
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm, Sat 7am-2pm, Sun 7am-1pm
This small, but perfectly formed, espresso bar in North Fremantle is well worth the visit. You’ll be greeted by young, friendly and knowledgable baristas and coffee right out of the top drawer.
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The food menu is a touch limited (although there’s always fresh croissants every day), but remember it’s the smooth coffee blends (rather than fruit toast) that keeps the regulars coming back.
Location: Hibernian Place, Shop 2/480 Hay Street, Perth, WA 6000
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun Closed
Launched by the team behind perhaps Perth’s favourite bakery, Mary Street Bakery, Offshoot Coffee is a roastery and cafe worthy of the attention of anybody serious about their coffee. So of course, we had to include amongst our best cafes in Perth
As you would expect by its bakery origins, Offshoot has excellent takeaway brunch options and is perfect for grabbing a quick coffee and lunch on the go in the CBD.
This cafe roasts its own, unique coffee. They started bleeding only a single option but now have many different options available. Their Loring S15 Falcon has been brought in from America to ensure that their beans are roasted with the utmost proficiency and efficiency.
Forgetting the technicalities, the overarching message here is that Offshoot serves a very decent coffee. If you’re in the CBD during a weekday, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
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Location: 77 Coogee Street, Mount Hawthorn, WA 6016 Ph: (08) 9443 8626
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-1pm, Sat-Sun 6.30am-2pm
Humblebee adopts a minimalistic approach to it’s roasting process using a micro-roasting technique. It showcases different blends of coffee that any hardened coffee lover will undoubtedly enjoy.
Its Coogee Street blend is the house favourite and is intrinsically designed for espresso lovers as it contains hints of bitter, dark chocolate and nuts. They only serve full-cream coffee to keep their signature taste in tact.
You can pair these hearty coffees with delicious breakfast doughnuts and their beans are also available to take away for those of you who’d prefer to mix them with a soy alternative.
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Location: 2/226 Oxford Street, Leederville, WA 6007 Ph: 0484 039 999
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-3pm
The owners of Pixel Coffee Brewers once won awards as Barista champions and this is undoubtedly evident. Their beans are selected from a range of sources including Five Senses, Proud Mary and Seven Seeds.
Their luxuriously drizzled cake selection also makes this cafe stand out as one of the best in the whole of Perth and their outstanding reputation speaks for itself.
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Location: 25 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, WA 6008
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-3.30pm, Sat 7am-3.30pm, Sun 8am-3pm
This cafe has one simple philosophy: serve the food that you are looking for. Their beans alternate on a regular basis and are sourced from Melbourne’s Code Black as well as Ethiopian and Guatemalan blends.
Location: Shop 7, Piccadilly Arcade, 700-704 Hay Street, Perth, WA 6000
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat 8am-3pm, Sun Closed
This cafe is definitely unique in that you are only able to stand and drink your coffee until it is time for you to leave. This may not be suited to those who prefer the traditional nuance of a seated cafe, however, locals rave about this place for a reason.
It’s simplicity coupled with the phenomenal candyman blend showcases precision coffee at it’s finest. They use a range of goose-neck kettles and state of the art filters to craft the finest, reliably good coffee in the whole of Perth.
Quirky and boasting great coffee, if you don’t mind standing, it’s another of our top cafes in Perth.
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Location: Shop 209-210, Trinity Arcade, 72 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: 0499 407 611
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun Closed
This cafe has sourced it’s beans from the very best roasters across Australia. Their blends include beans sourced from Mecca, Seven Seeds, Dukes, Market Lane, Loaded and Five Senses.
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Their doughnuts are equally as exquisite and sourced from the infamous Levi’s Doughnuts. The bagels are freshly delivered by the Holy Bagel Company.
This is undoubtedly one of the finest cafes in Perth and their silky-smooth coffee is direct evidence of this.
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Max + Sons (BONUS OPTION)
Location: 140 William Street, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: 0452 202 198
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun Closed
The bonus option on our list is the celebrated cafe Max + Sons. This cafe serves to educate on everything coffee related and even offers coffee tasting experiences using differing grounding methods.
However, the standout feature of this cafe are its sweet treats including their blueberry bagels and pastries sourced from The Little Bakery.
Their gelato-doughnut burger is also a must-try and will be sure to have you fantasising about it’s phenomenal taste until you return.
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Despite the difficulties faced since the start of the pandemic for the cafe owners and restaurateurs of Perth, the city still boasts a wide range of excellent places to grab your daily caffeine fix.
There have been some notable cafe closures, but the coffee scene in Perth remains vibrant and inventive. This is still a fabulous city to be a breakfast enthusiast, coffee snob and brunch afficionado!
Give our guide to the Best Cafes in Perth a try and see if you agree.