Good coffee in Perth is around almost every corner, but where are my go-to’s when it comes to finding a good caffeine kick?
For the past year and a half, I have lived in and around the Mt Lawley area. I use the term ‘Mt Lawley area’ loosely, as it seems that if you are based in the general vicinity of Beaufort St, you are effectively a part of Mt Lawley. Since moving to Mt Lawley, I have seen numerous bars, restaurants and cafes pop up on and around the strip, some amazing and others that leave a little more to be desired. With the influx of cute, quirky and trendy little cafes to the area, I have slowly been taste testing my way around. After some trial and error, I have been able to narrow my list of favourite coffee spots down to just 3 (trust me, this was definitely hard!) – do you agree with my choices?
Mary St is my go-to spot for coffee. Their smooth, mild, Pound blend has me hooked. I have been a loyal Mary St patron for almost 1.5 years now, and it is still a common feeding ground for all Mt Lawley locals. With a bakery and commercial kitchen attached, Mary St also pumps out a heck of a lot of delicious baked goods, as well as hearty asian-fusion breakfasts all day. Located right on the corner of Mary St and Beaufort St, a seat at one of the alfresco tables provides the perfect people watching vantage point.
Must try: Salted caramel doughnut
Coffee rating: 5 out of 5 coffee cups
Chu is the new kid on the block. It has only been open for a few weeks but they have sure made a name for themselves. Their impeccably beautiful, minimalistic treats are so Instagram worthy it hurts, and their prime corner spot opposite Hyde Park makes them a hot spot for picnickers. With standing room only, Chu gets pretty packed on the weekends, so it is more of a stop in than a sit down affair. Grabbing a beautiful hot coffee and heading across the road to sit on the grass in the sun may well be one of my new favourite weekend rituals!
Must try: Mini matcha choux pastry
Coffee rating: 4.0 out of 5 coffee cups
Although it is tucked right up the top end of Beaufort St in Inglewood, Finlay & Sons is not short of a customer or 5! Another newbie around town, it took a few visits for the barista to get into the groove, but now with consistency achieved, Finlay ranks high on my list of top spots. Neat, picturesque interiors and a counter full of freshly made sweet treats, Finlay & Sons doesn’t necessarily have a specialty (a la Mary St Bakery), but their breakfasts and coffee are done really well!
Must try: Their own blend of chai
Coffee rating: 4.2 out of 5 coffee cups
Home Sweet Home
I know I said I would share my three favourite coffee spots, and I know that, technically, my house is a place where really only I can enjoy a coffee, but I just had to squeeze it in here. I live right in the thick of all of the Beaufort St/Mt Lawley action, so I figured that this still counts. I love nothing more than indulging in a fresh, hot coffee in the privacy of my own home. There is something so comforting about freshly grinding your own beans (I use Fresh One Coffee Beans), brewing them up and relaxing in the comfort of your own home. I have even started getting a little creative with my coffee brewing, and have tried out a few fun little recipes (check out this recipe by Adelle at Where The Styled Things Are).