Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Giving up bad coffee for good

Coffee is a wonderful liquid.

While it is possible to get your hands on an excellent cup of coffee relatively easily in Perth, you just need to know where to go as it common to be served an awful cup.

My logic is that if you are going to damage your kidneys by drinking coffee you might as well do it with the good stuff.

This blog is all about knowing where to go for a superb cup so that you may give up bad coffee for good!

I obviously love the taste but what keeps me going back for more (apart from the addiction) is what it represents.

Having a cup of the blessed cup means chats with friends, taking a seat and watching the world go past and catching up with the papers. It also means getting a much needed energy boost before a shift, study session or social event. I also love the vibe of cafes and below are some of my favorite cafés in Perth.

King Street Café (number 44) is a Perth institution and one that introduced me to coffee. It serves fine food, wine and cakes. Their coffee is very good but depending on which barista is on it is sometimes less than superb. Its location makes it a good spot for people watching. It shuts late and gets very busy during ballet and opera.

Oh and another thing, this café does not accommodate children so out of courtesy for others, please refrain from bringing your ankle biters with you.

Any children that do enter will be given espresso and a free kitten!

Zekka is down the road a little further towards Wellington Street. It is a court yard at the back of a trendy shop and reminds me of the Melbourne lane ways as well as the (supposedly) methadone alleys of Surry Hills in Sydney! While having a great standard café menu, their coffees are regularly perfect. The only criticism is that it shuts at 1500 or 1600 hrs.

Going on a tangent, what is with Perth Cafés shutting at 1600? Seriously, am I the only person needing coffee after this time in the afternoon? Welcome to dullsville I guess.

Around the corner from Zekka and Kings Street is Tiger, Tiger and it is a truly a wonderful place that pulls the artsy-fartsy set. It is a groovy venue down a little a laneway (Murray Mews, off Murray Street) and must score 10/10 on the vibe scale. It consistently serves great coffee and one of the few cafés where you can have a glass without buying food. It did a great Mulled Wine one winter a few years ago and hopefully it should make it on the menu when the weather cools down a bit. It does get packed on Friday night with the after-work-drinks crowd so be prepared to share tables.

Moving right along to St George’s Terrace, Jean Pierre Sancho’s Boulangerie Patisserie is at number 111 and well worth a visit. This is an authentic French outfit that serves truly magnificent pastries and cakes, plus coffee isn’t of a bad standard. It is so authentically French that ordering in French seems to be almost expected. Its closure at 1800 is the only thing that is not authentically French. They use organic and, from memory, Fair Trade Coffee which is a total bonus.

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Going out to the suburbs is well worth the effort and especially when BouBar (Hampton Road) is concerned. This is a great funky joint that is popular with the med student mob, general uni crew as well as the odd retired opera singer and Nursing Assistant. Again, they do regularly great coffee that would sort out any post-work/pre-study energy slump. I love their cold coffees!!

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Fremantle just south of Perth is a firm favorite especially when it comes to the Coffee. The famous Cappuccino Strip is full of restaurants and cafés to meet the needs of the hungry and under caffeinated. Gino’s probably the most iconic, which it’s prime location (good for people watching) and “Latte Hippy” regulars. Great coffee and cocktails makes it a cool place to meet up and caffeinate before rocking on.

The Coffee Club, say no and walk away!

There also a few Espresso Bar type places which are awesome and are proving to be very popular. There are several down London Court who pump out superb coffee while playing great music.

Giving up bad coffee for good in Perth is easy if you know where to go. The above cafés are just a few of Perth’s best Cafes.


  1. good advice!!!!! there is a place on hay st next to box deli worth a try. t/away only. i think its called vinyl coffee....i think???

  2. I think you are truly the best person to give coffee advise. Zekka is my fav. And then Tigers. Cant wait for the mulled wine....we missed it last year!! FAIL x

  3. Coffee is definitely a wonderful liquid.

    Great cafes listed here, I go go to all of them regularly.

    Perth's coffee scene definitely exceptional. We have so many great boutique cafes with baristas who care about what they serve up.

    Coffee chains should be avoided.

    great review.


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