Would I really be a millennial if I didn’t shimmy down to the city every Sunday in search for a deconstructed soy latte and smashed avo on toast? Probably, but I would be doing a disservice to my true 90s-kid nature; a nature that insists I indulge in the landscape of eclectic cafes that serve poached eggs on chopping boards, and lattes with some assembly required. I consider myself an aficionado of breakfast foods, which as a vegetarian means I have tasted every scrambled eggs and sautéed mushrooms in the tri-state area.
Thankfully, I live in Perth; a city that over the passing years has developed a vibrant cafe scene that rivals even its more prestigious counterpart—Melbourne. It comes as no surprise considering Perth was listed last year as the number seventh ‘most liveable’ city in the entire world. Clearly, we have something good going on here.
If you’re travelling through and looking for a breakfast hangout to experience how true Perth-ians eat, I have got you sorted. With cafes spanning across the Perth metropolis and up to the foothills, visiting even just one of the following spots will have you falling in love with how the locals live. So, why not spend the weekend getting to know our city in the most delicious of ways?
(In no particular order)
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The Little Banksia
Location: 78 Banksia Terrace, Kensington
Recommendation: Banksia Breakfast (can be made vegetarian) , ‘crispy belly bacon, baked field mushroom, roast roma, spiced chorizo, baked beans, bubble & squeak rosti, poached egg, sourdough toast’.
What makes it special: The Little Banksia is one of those places you won’t know about until someone tells you, and when they do you will know why it has been kept a precious secret. Tucked away south of the river, this hidden gem offers a relaxed and welcoming vibe to create the perfect start, or end, to the weekend.
Bonus! Children’s menu and gluten free options are available, along with an oriental breakfast menu to add a twist to breakfast dining.
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Location: 236 Lake Street, Perth
Recommendation: ‘Waffles with custard & apple crumble, vanilla ice cream’ or ‘beetroot salmon gravlax, spinach scrambled eggs, baked ricotta & toasted sourdough’.
What makes it special: Sayers Sister has an open, warm urban aesthetic that illuminates even the dreariest August Sunday. With a variety of seating, both indoors and outdoors, your needs will always be accommodated — my preferred being the high-backed arm chairs that make a lazy Sunday breakfast into a royal affair. Oh! and it’s only a short walk from Hyde Park, the perfect next stop on a weekend of rejuvenation.
Bonus! Breakfast cocktail specials…do I need to say anything more?
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Location: 20/60 Royal Street, East Perth
Recommendation: ‘Smashed avocado on rye toast, roast cherry tomatoes, fetta & sprout salad,’ or ‘tropical mango & peach smoothie bowl, topped with fresh fruit, torn dates & coconut chips’.
What makes it special: Overlooking the east Perth cove, The Partisan offers breakfast with one of the finest views of Perth. Its location makes it perfect for a stroll after brunch, or a well deserved breakfast stop on a Sunday cycle or run around the east Perth foreshore.
Bonus! The Partisan is open for the holy triad of dining—breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is no better way to welcome the weekend than with endless tapas and a few vodka sodas, all while enjoying the ambiance of the east Perth waterfront.
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Location: 178 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
Recommendation: ‘Free-range scrambled eggs, ciabatta toastie & homemade tomato relish’ or ‘almond, oat & honey granola: poached peach, raspberry, passionfruit compote, apple, vanilla yogurt’.
What makes it special: Mrs S’s quirky and eclectic style offers the perfect mid morning retreat. With a cosy atmosphere inside and street-side dining outside, it will have you questioning if you took a wrong turn down Whatley Crescent and somehow ended up in downtown Melbourne. That is where all the breakfast connoisseurs hail from after all, right?
Bonus! Mrs S is located in the heart of Maylands, it’s a perfect stop on a leisurely peruse down the main street — great for you, perhaps just not for your bank account. But what is brunch without some retail therapy?
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Location: 114 Terrace Road, Guildford.
Recommendation: ‘Buttermilk pancake, lemon curd, honeycomb, meringue, and coconut’ (you can’t say you’ve had pancakes unless you have tried Padbury’s evocative tackle on the senses).
What makes it special: Situated in one of the historic buildings of Guilford, Padbury’s offers a sophisticated indulgence of breakfast in the foothills of Perth. Unlike the abundance of CBD cafes, Padbury’s bespoke environment crafts a brunch date you won’t be forgetting about any time soon.
Bonus! Vegan and vegetarian friendly. Also, pets are welcome outside. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
Do you know of any breakfast spots that deserve a mention? Let us know in the comments!