Fremantle is famous for its beautiful old buildings, charming little streets and huge variety of great restaurants and cafes. Where else in Australia can you find a street that is officially signposted as cappuccino strip? Italian culture and alfresco dining is very present at this section of the South Terrace.
We have been to Fremantle several times during our trips to Australia and really fell in love with this charming city in Western Australia. Last time we have been to Fremantle we even did a barista course. In this post we have rounded up our favorite cafes. The result is a list of 11 of the best cafes in Fremantle you should not miss if you visit Fremantle.
It’s amazing how dramatically Fremantle changed over the years. It’s still a major Australian port city but it changed from a dodgy port city to a hip foodie mecca with an amazing variety of restaurants, eateries, cafes, takeaways, pubs and a great weekend market with fresh produce.
We are always looking for places where we can drink good coffee. At the end of our last trip through Australia we ended up spending quite some time in Fremantle. We talked to locals and tried to find out where the locals go for coffee. We have tried many places. This time we started our trip in Perth and again spent some days in Fremantle. Some places have changed but many are still around and are still producing great coffee.
Our list of the 11 best cafes in Fremantle
Moore & Moore Cafe, 46 Henry St
Moore & Moore is definitely one of our favorite places to have a good cup of coffee and maybe a piece of the home made cake. We love the strength of the Latte and Cappuccino they extract of their own Moore & Moore coffee blend that is roasted in Fremantle.
The cafe is situated in the heritage listed Moores building close to the Esplanade Park. The building is an old merchant’s warehouse in the heart of the historic West End of Fremantle. The same 150-year old building is also home to a contemporary art gallery. So grab a cup of coffee and wander around the exhibition in the art gallery.
Hush Cafe, 68 High Street
The High Street is another great place for shops, restaurants and cafes in Fremantle. Right at the beginning of the street at the corner High Street and Market Street you can have a great evening out in the historic and beautifully restored National Hotel. Further along the street is the Hush Cafe.
This double story café serves great coffee and really tasty cakes, pastries and meals. It is a great spot to stay a little longer and meet with friends. The sofas on the balcony are very comfy and it’s cool for people watching.
Gesha Coffee Co, 59a Queen Victoria St
Gesha Coffee Co is a relatively new place (2015) and we have been here for the first time a few days ago. It was on a public holiday and we had breakfast with our friends that recommended the place. Good that we had reserved a table. It’s particularly busy with cyclists and there are even specially designed bicycle racks where you can park your bicycle.
Gesha Coffee Co combines a coffee roaster and a café with indoor and a large alfresco seating area. The food is fresh and really good at this place. I loved the Egg Benedict on salmon. During the week you can also watch and especially smell how they roast coffee beans with their vintage Vittoria coffee roaster imported from Italy.
Two Rubens, 24 Essex St
The Two Rubens Café has a very central location but is still in a different world. The first time we have been to this café a few years ago it had a different name and at first we have been disappointed that the old place is gone. We still gave it a try and we have been positively surprised. Two Rubens feels a bit like your living room. It’s a smaller place and very cozy. The coffee is delicious and so are the muffins.
The Little Concept, 7 Wray Avenue
Have you heard of Galati? Galati & Sons is a great shop to buy fresh produce or Italian specialties. It’s a well-stocked Italian grocery store with fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, pastas and much more. You will immediately recognize it once you see the crates of fresh fruits and vegetables in front of the shop. Only three doors to your right you will find The Little Concept (TLC) where you can enjoy a great coffee after shopping at Galati’s. The coffee is delicious and the atmosphere is artsy and very laid back.
Bread in Common Restaurant and Bakery, 43 Pakenham Street
This is one of the big places. Bread in Common is a restaurant and bakery with a huge inside sitting area and a few seats in the herb garden outside. The open kitchen is busy with chefs producing fantastic meals. We have been here for breakfast with friends and we really liked the food and great coffee.
The freshly baked bread was awesome. The wood fired ovens they use are handmade and named Hansel & Gretel like the characters of the German fairy tale of Grimm.
Ootong & Lincoln, 258 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Ootong & Lincoln is a bit away from the city center located in Southern Fremantle. It’s a quirky and eclectic cafe decorated with fairy bicycles and other toys. There is a mix of tables, chairs and sofas and you will always find a space somewhere. They serve great coffee and amazing fresh, organic food.
Canvas Cafe at Fremantle Arts centre, 1 Finnerty St
This cafe is located in the Fremantle Arts Centre, a bit outside of the center of Fremantle. It’s tucked away in a courtyard surrounded by leafy trees that make it one of the prettiest locations in Freo. It’s a great place to go when it’s warm and sunny. During the summer months, from October to March, there are free Sunday Music events at the Fremantle Arts Centre and the cafe can be quite busy. We had a great coffee and a delicious chocolate cake.
Chalkys espresso bar, 1 High St
Chalky’s espresso bar is located at the end of High Street close to the historic round house, which is the oldest building still standing in Western Australia. Chalkys is using locally roasted coffee beans and is extracting a very nice coffee from its seasonal blend. There is a large outside sitting area with views along the historic buildings of the High Street or you can gaze at the cool murals while sipping your coffee inside.
Gino’s Pizzeria, 1 South Tce, Fremantle,
Gino’s has been on the Cappuccino strip in Fremantle longer than every other cafe. Gino came to Fremantle as a small child of an Italian family of tailors. For many years he owned a tailor shop before he got fed up with drinking bad coffee in Fremantle. He closed down his men’s wear shop and opened his own restaurant at the same place. Since 1983 Gino’s Trattoria serves great Italian cuisine and consistently good coffee.
What could be better than sitting in front of Gino’s, sipping on a cappuccino and watching the world passing by? But first you need to get a seat at Gino’s. It can be very busy and it’s not always easy to find an empty table. If you have lunch here beware of the sea gulls. They are hungry as well.
Gino’s Trattoria produces its own custom blend coffees. You can buy coffee in a variety of sizes and styles to enjoy at home.
Black Cherries Espresso, Stall Number Y8 in the Yard at the Fremantle Markets
Do you like to stroll through local markets? There is a great stall at the Fremantle Markets for coffee lovers. The Fremantle Markets are open on weekends and Tim and his team produces a great coffee in this hectic surrounding. It’s a cool place for people watching, sipping a coffee and relaxing your tired legs. If you are getting hungry that’s no problem. Fresh Paella is being cooked just behind you.
Black Cherries Espresso supports local, small businesses that make beautiful fresh coffee.
All of the coffees are 100% Arabica and roasted in Perth and the best news is, you can purchase a variety of these products at the stall.
Are you a coffee addict as well? Have you been to Australia or even Fremantle? What are the best cafes in Fremantle in your opinion?