#1 Food and beverage
The Whatley Crescent café strip is one of the best in Perth. A slight roughness around the edges blends with high-quality artisan eateries and quirky stores to make this an enticing destination.
The Woodfired Baker
You get a hefty slice of history with your loaf of bread at this local hotspot. Owner and artisan baker, Andrew Ritchie, discovered a dilapidated wood-fired oven in the back of an art gallery in Maylands that hadn’t baked a loaf since 1967. The oven, circa 1920, was carefully restored and now churns out more than 1,500 loaves of authentic artisan sourdough each week.
A corner store and café rolled into one, Smoult’s is the place to head for all things delicious. With foodie gifts, hampers, cheeses and treats, there is much to feast your eyes upon while you enjoy something from their famous breakfast menu. You can also grab some healthy takeaway food.
Sherbet Café and Bake Shop
Inspired by the cupcake bakeries of New York City, Sherbet is one of the sweetest places in town. Using the best quality ingredients, their freshly baked goods are made on the premises in small batches. With a spacious café and alfresco seating, this is a great spot to people watch while enjoying something decadent and delicious.
The smell of coffee will draw you in to this dog-friendly café that makes its home in the former Station Master’s house. The café spreads invitingly through the rooms of the house and onto the back verandah.
Chapels on Whatley
This warm and friendly place is a delight for your senses. In a century-old building with an ornate façade and a charming alfresco area, Chapels offers a unique range of tea from the finest tea gardens in China, as well as Eurasian cuisine and cocktails.
Mrs S Café
Eclectic is the word of choice at the hugely popular Mrs S Café, with menus stapled inside picture books, mismatched furniture and a huge chalkboard with a handwritten drinks list. You can grab a coffee and a slice of one of their delicious cakes, or settle in for breakfast or lunch.
Top tip - Whatley Crescent isn’t the only place for incredible food in the town centre. Make sure you check out the Lyric Lane and Ellard laneway precincts, the restaurants and bars on Eighth Avenue, and Brixton Yard on Railway Parade – its burgers and outdoor area make the short trip across the tracks worth it!