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We’ve rounded up the best cafes for brunch in Fremantle any time of year.
Duck Duck Bruce
Housed in a beach shack styled Fremantle character home, Duck Duck Bruce's all-day brunch keeps foodies coming back. Offering breakie faves like Eggs Benedict and smashed avo on toast, most dishes on the brunch menu are elevated with the addition of spicy flavour combinations with burnt butter, drops of elderflower, and sprinklings of ginger crumble (to name just a few). The current menu includes the likes of Auber Jean Is Not My Lover, eggs with crispy potato straws, Goan eggplant, roti, pickled chilli and coconut sambal, or for something sweet, tuck into Orange Is The New Stack, vanilla pancakes drizzled with burnt orange curd and cheesecake whip. Wash it down with a freshly squeezed juice (we love the Cartman mixing watermelon, mint and apple) or a house-made chai tea served with cinnamon, cardamom, honey and frothy milk. Duck Bruce is a top contender for the best brunch in Fremantle. A bold statement, but if you dine here, you’ll see why.
Moore & Moore
Moore & Moore encapsulates everything we love about Fremantle: its heritage buildings, appreciation of sustainably grown local produce, superb coffee and a touch of hipster ambience. From the outside, Moore’s blends into Henry Street’s line-up of ornate 19th-century buildings, but step inside this ex-horse stable cum warehouse to find plenty of timber tables, brown leather couches and funky artwork adorning the exposed brick and limestone walls. The menu comprises healthy (all organic and non-GMO) and delicious eats. Chilli eggs on Turkish bread with halloumi and harissa, bircher muesli with lemon myrtle, an organic beef sandwich and their renowned vegan nachos. Their eco-conscious ethos is also seen in their house-made almond milk, Perth made kombucha and cold-pressed juices. Post brunch, pop into the adjacent Moore’s Contemporary Art Gallery (the sister gallery to Fremantle Arts Centre) to peruse the latest art exhibition.
Bib & Tucker
Since its opening in 2013, Bib & Tucker has been a popular go-to from breakfast, thanks to its panoramic ocean views, modern Australian menu, and open plan dining with its wrap-around decking. Executive Chef Scott Bridger (also behind Goody Twos and Pogo) menu changes with the seasons with produce sourced locally, grown sustainably and prepared fresh in-house. On the brunch menu, dishes like yoghurt and burnt honey panna cotta, Buttermilk banana pancakes with salted caramel, pecans and Tasmanian cream and Mexican baked eggs with avocado salsa and whipped fetta on herbed sourdough is served until 11am. Pair your brunch with a tipple, from cold-pressed juices like Bazinga (ginger, lime, pear, apple, carrot, pineapple) or try something stiffer from their cocktail list that features a Rhubarb and Rose Spritz.
Ootong & Lincoln
Previously an antique store, this South Fremantle cafe has retained a vintage edge with its retro fit-out of 1950s diner-style chairs, hanging lights and wall art. Food-wise, Ootong & Lincoln serves up banana bread flavoured French toast, decadent waffles with macadamia crumble and whipped vanilla mascarpone, green pesto omelette, and spicy tomato shakshuka feature on their breakfast menu that also offers regular specials. For something smaller, sweets like zucchini and pistachio cake, or savoury wraps, are displayed in a glass cabinet. Bring your pup and sit alfresco style, taking in this eclectic hub of South Terrace, that’s walking distance to South Beach. And whilst here, check out the iconic rainbow Zebra mural on Ootong and Lincoln’s exterior, designed by renowned local artist, Anya Brock.
Bread in Common
Bread in Common’s backbone is in bread with their in-house ovens bake fresh loaves every morning making it a true bake-to-plate option for carb lovers. Like many Freo eateries, Bread in Common lives in a restored heritage-listed building from the late 1890s, a refurbed warehouse with exposed red brick walls and tables under hanging pendant lights. Offering weekend brunch from 8am, their breakfast plates feature smoked salmon scrambled eggs with rocket on their sourdough, or poached eggs with mushrooms and split pea on ciabatta. For something simpler, try their fruit toast with house-made butter. Plus, if you’re so enamoured by their quality wood-fired bread, they sell loaves to take home.
Peggy’s is a sandwich servery that whips up made to order toasties from 7am (9am on weekends) that’s ideal for a quick and easy breakie. Their sausage and egg English muffin with onion and cheese beats the golden arches version by miles. From 10am, larger sarnies like The Antipasti with mortadella, ham, sopressa, provolone cheese and marinated vegetables, or the Schnitty, with chicken schnitzel, lettuce, cheese and dill mayo in a sesame sub, are also popular all-day choices. Our favourite - the Parm, loaded with panko crumbed eggplant, spicy tomato sauce, onion, lettuce and Parmigiano cheese all stacked in a focaccia roll. Peggy’s is a sandwich lovers paradise, this quaint corner shop has lines out the door come lunchtime, located on the corner of Market Street and Leake Street, just up from the Fremantle train station.
Previously Port City Roasters, the Roasting Warehouse rebranded itself in late 2020, bringing with it both a name change and an impressive new menu. Previously a Shell service station for the South Freo community, this corner café along South Terrace has retained its boxy structure and original awing you’d find typical of a servo yet has been transformed into a cool café with vast deck space offering plenty of room for alfresco dining. A large all-day brunch menu starting from 7am features red velvet hotcakes with maple cream cheese, pretty as a picture acai bowls with seasonal fruit, granola and peanut butter, Turkish eggs topped with garlic labneh on flatbread or sticky pork belly loaded in a roll with Asian slaw and chilli relish. Fresh coffee is roasted in-house and made by experienced baristas with takeaway beans also on sale, meaning you can take your love of their caffeine home with you post-meal.
South Beach Cafe
South Beach Café’s rustic shack-like space on South Beach green delivers hearty breakfasts you can eat in your bathers straight from the beach. Sandy feet are welcomed! Open from 5.30am, order from the counter then grab a table with indoor and outdoor seating to choose from. Breakfast features eggs – with Spanish omelette with chorizo, Eggs Benedict (or with spinach or salmon), or The Stack (poached egg with potato hash brown, mushrooms, spinach and avocado) a few of the offerings. Made to order fresh juices, smoothies and coffee show the quality of South Beach Café’s goes beyond just its location.
The Bistrot Café
The Bistrot Café has recently set up shop in the prime corner of Marine Terrace and Henry Street overlooking the Esplanade. Their all-day menu combines modern Australian classics such as smashed avocado with whipped goats’ cheese and eggs benedict with salmon, plus meals with a European twist– think cheesy crepes, garlic mushroom and brie toasties and crispy gnocchi. Their outdoor tables have a Parisian café feel with marble tabletops with gold trimmings and bistro seating, with the best seats in the leafy courtyard. It’s an ideal place to people-watch before heading to the Esplanade Park or nearby Fremantle Markets (open Friday to Sunday).
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Photo credit: Main image Ootong & Lincoln - This is Fremantle