It’s generally agreed that the length of South Terrace from Bannister Street through to the Fremantle Markets is known as the Cappuccino Stripand just off the strip you'll find Little Market Street (soon to be known as Market Street Piazza), Fremantle Malls and South Terrace Piazza.
The home of al fresco dining in Western Australia, the strip is packed to the brim with cafés, restaurants, hotels and boutiques and whatever day of the week you visit it’s always buzzing. Here's some tips from the Fremantle story team about what's happening where:
It’s amusing to watch Freo office workers swarm to the ‘strip’ like bees to honey for their Monday morning caffeine fix. Whether it’s a ‘long black topped up’ at Dome, a ‘short black with a dash’ from Salted Board or a ‘soy decaf latte’ from Stable Hands on Bannister Street, everyone has their favourite spot to kick start the working week.
As the mums and bubs groups gather for morning tea at San Churro you can hear the squeals of delight as the highly anticipated churros and hot chocolates are delivered to tables. Two of the toddlers are drawn in by the sounds coming from Timezone and so desperately want to go and explore (or perhaps The Pickled Fairy is calling).
It may be hump day for working folk but it doesn’t make a difference what day of the week it is to the European gentlemen who gather religiously every day at Ginos. At their alfresco table (yes it’s always the same table) they sit with an espresso and chat with their buddies. We’d love to know what they talk about!
The delicious garlic aroma wafting through the air is making it difficult for the lunch crowd at Pizza Bella Roma to decide what they are going to order, will it be pizza or the famous chilli mussels. Thursdays is Record Club tribute night at the Newport Hotel. Stop in, it’s always a blast.
The night everyone celebrates the end of the work week with a quick drink with colleagues. You’re spoilt for choice but how to agree where to start? The Sail & Anchor is always a fav. In summer the Monk is the perfect spot to have a drink and sit on the balcony in the evening light. Upstairs at Zapfhallhas a lofty balcony view over the strip and a popular spot to enjoy a stein or two.
Relax and dine alfresco and watch the world go by, including the classic cars cruising around Freo doing ‘bog laps’. The tables at Sandrino are heaving with family gatherings, groups of friends and couples on ‘date night’. Right next door you can sample Benny’s famous Espresso Martini (on tap!).
Sunday mornings is often a delightful contrast between the lycra crowd and those that are starting the day in a more leisurely way. All are enjoying a coffee and a bite to eat before a browse through the Fremantle Markets or picking up the fruit and vege for the week.
Market Street Piazza (opening Friday 28 October)
Market Street Piazza is the newest urban space in Freo with funky street furniture, trees and festoon lighting draped across the street it creates a new space to relax in the heart of the Fremantle.
Enjoy a meal or a drink, watch street entertainment or follow the progress of international artist Horatio T Birdbath’s incredibly detailed mural alongside Gino’s Café & Trattoria.
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