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Say hello to Freo’s hidden cafés

@sayhelllojo

Sometimes it’s the hustle and bustle of the Cappuccino Strip that lures me in and gives me my fix, but not today. Today I’m escaping the daily grind.  I’m on the hunt for a little hidden spot to park myself while I perk myself up with a good brew. Want to join me on a discovery to find Freo’s best hidden cafes?

Leake St. Cafeteria

Finding this place is a bit like deciphering a fun treasure map and the bright orange doors, equally bright coffee machine and friendliness from Wade and his team are, quite literally, the pot of gold.  It’s small but the service is big and there’s a massive push for homemade everything.

The courtyard spans the length of the retailers that face the street.  Bonus points here is for the massive communal table that takes pride of place in the space and is the perfect excuse to strike up a friendly conversation with a stranger.  

Access is only available via Kakulas Sister after 9 am or The Archive after 10 am or, if you like your coffee before 9 am, take a wander through the massive gates into the laneway off Leake Street.

Moore & Moore Café

This café, which doubles as a gallery and function centre, has lots of little spots to call yours but out the back is where the magic happens! Take your pick from leather couches under vertical gardens or tables under umbrellas in the huge courtyard. Got the kids in tow? No problem, because there’s a junior courtyard with toys at one end and a nature play area at the other. Let them play, climb, forage and swing while you relax in this hidden enclave with some rustic, fresh food... and coffee!

Two Rubens Espresso

You wouldn’t know it from the street, but stepping inside this Essex Street gem lets you discover a delightful and colourful courtyard–complete with vines, a water feature, a water mister and a blackboard area for the kids! Owner Fiona has a range of brand new milkshakes and all-day brekkie as your reward for venturing inside. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for the newest and cheekiest of residents:  Bonnie and Clyde, two rainbow lorikeets who don’t really like coffee but love to steal a grape or two off the vines that provide the shade above.

Juicy Beetroot

If you’ve spent the morning op-shopping or exploring Freo’s East End and fancy some time out, duck down the little laneway that leads to this hideaway. It’s a vegan and vegetarian lovers dream and the food is as spiritual as it is tasty. The laneway opens up into a courtyard and cafe and wherever you sit the vibe is super chilled.   

Courtyard at Spudbar/Ohana Acai Bar

Want a surprise? Want to impress your mates? Want to lay in a hammock while you eat (yes you read that correctly!)? Enter through the shopfronts and order on the way but keep walking out the back because–BAM!–a huge, perfectly rustic and shaded courtyard awaits. Choose from high and low tables or the huge hammock and our favourite: games! We spent some time playing miniature ten pin bowling and we sipped our brews. How cool is that! So Freo!

Canvas at Fremantle Arts Centre

This one is already a little hidden gem being located more at the entry into Fremantle, rather than in the heart. But did you know that beyond the massive green open spaces in the grounds is this cute little cafe? Totally private and surrounded by blossoming bougainvillea, you’ll feel like you’re in the South of France rather than the South parts of Perth while enjoying a seasonal menu and a sweet beverage.

By Jo Newman (@sayhellojo)

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