On a cold grey November day in London, let me whisk you to the sunny shores of Fremantle in Western Australia.
A city officially, but with the feeling of a laidback seaside town, Fremantle has retained many beautiful old wooden buildings and while this may give it a quaint air, it is very much a contemporary lively place packed with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants. There is a great market, open late, with lots of food options. Beer lovers will love the selection of brewpubs and microbreweries. There are many reasons that Fremantle should be your first stop in Western Australia, one important one is that Fremantle is a relaxed spot that is close to the airport but not close enough that you can hear it. It was a tonic for my jet lag having flown in from London.
Where to Eat and Drink in Fremantle
A friend lives in Fremantle and she rarely leaves it to eat anywhere else. I asked why, and she said why would she? She has everything that she needs and wants there. Fremantle has a lively cafe scene, including what is affectionately called locally the Cappuccino Strip, a part of the winding main street that is full of cafés with terraces to sip your coffee on. There is that large covered market with lots of food stalls, and a healthy growing craft beer scene.
The Attic – a gorgeous café with a solid breakfast menu. Green chilli eggs and shakshuka are tried and tested, and both delicious. There are good fresh juices and coffees too, and a selection of bakes for those with a sweet tooth.
https://www.facebook.com/theatticfremantle/ – there is a website listed but it was down when I checked it
Moore & Moore Café – café and art gallery, Moore & Moore is a very laid back space. Start your day fresh with a fruit rich porridge, or go for eggs. I can never resist eggs for breakfast and enjoyed the organic eggs with turkish toast, greens and house harissa.
Little Creatures Brewery – there are 3 craft breweries in Fremantle making it a destination for beer lovers. The Sail & Anchor, The Monk Brewery & Kitchen and Little Creatures Brewery. I visited Little Creatures Fremantle Brewery which as well as having a large lively bar (referred to as the great hall, surrounded by the brewery and beer tanks) also has a restaurant. The food here is very enjoyable, they are known for their pizzas with a crisp base and creative toppings. I loved the seafood, all sourced locally and super fresh.
Bread in Common – I loved everything about Bread in Common. The large room with high ceilings and low hanging lights, the long open kitchen with a bar lining it, the actual bar in the centre of the room, and the two large wood ovens at the bottom named Hansel and Gretel. The food here is pretty special. Everything is made in house, they are famous for their bread which I had with oil and a bright pistachio dukkah, My starter of carrots (cooked and raw, sliced and whole), compressed rhubarb (which was lightly pickled) and spiced sunflower seeds. My main course (black vinegar chicken) was sublime. Tender chicken and gorgeous rich crisp skin, offset with black vinegar, a touch of chilli and aromatic mizuna leaves on top. Don’t miss eating here.
Where to Stay in Fremantle
I stayed in the Hougoumont Hotel, a smart contemporary boutique hotel on a side street off the main street in Fremantle. Comfortable and very friendly. Rooms are compact but have everything you need. Great sheets, comfortable bed and a power shower, you can choose whether you want a hard or soft mattress. Tick, tick, tick! Every evening during the week there is complimentary wine and snacks like cheese for guests which makes for a very sociable space for travellers looking for company. I didn’t have time to take advantage but there is free bike hire, and also free use of the local gym facilities.
Previously in this series of posts: A Postcard from Western Australia (Through a Food Lens)
I travelled to Western Australia as part of a project between iAmbassador and Tourism Western Australia, who sponsored this project. I flew with Qatar Airways, who fly daily to Perth from 4 UK airports. As always, I have complete editorial control.