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Posted in cafe, christmas, fremantle, hospitality, religion by freoview on December 25, 2016


While I respect everyone to believe in whatever god they want to believe in I always find it disappointing on Christmas Day that most cafes and restaurants close, because there are many people, myself included, who are not Christian and who  just want to have a nice coffee and breakfast.

So my research this morning found that on the Cappuccino Strip only Ali Baba is open, and just below in the Piazza Exquise is also open.

No cafes open in South Fremantle, but Lenny the Ox in Wray Avenue is open and in East Freo the Seven Seeds on Marmion Street as well.

Did you know that the lady at Exquise makes all the pastries in house herself and I hear the food at Ali Baba is very good, great fish&chips as well I was told!

Have a great Christmas Day and relax because tomorrow the hectic of shopping and sales already starts again.

Roel Loopers


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  1. Bryony said, on December 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Me and my boyfriend was out whole day on X’mas. Enjoying different decorations, the positive atmosphere and smiling faces everywhere. But I also found, most of the cafe’s, restaurants are closed. And for me outing is always completes with tasty food and drinks. So I missed that too but yeah we can understand, they also want to enjoy this time with friends and family. But at end of the day, I enjoyed a hot and strong coffee from my quick k-cup machine, So Relaxing.

  2. bigjulie said, on December 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    well, obviously I don’t get out much! The things I have had to give up!

  3. Clayton Gunning said, on December 26, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    To do the math “bigjulie” you need a lot more information than just the hourly rate of staff. What if it was a small cafe and the owner and his partner who don’t draw an hourly wage were to work without support staff on wages?

    Most restaurants and hotels that serve Christmas lunch require bookings and pre-payment. Fremantle’s smaller cafes don’t operate in this market.

  4. bigjulie said, on December 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I don’t have an opinion for or against, but I would like to see the math. Perhaps one of your readers can provide the accurate minimum hourly rate for a cafe serving person on Christmas day?

  5. freoview said, on December 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I have no issue at all with staff getting paid more on public holidays and the public paying extra for that service. I believe it is fair that those who want and enjoy cafes and restaurants on public holidays should help pay for the extra money the staff deserves. No bg deal.


  6. Clayton Gunning said, on December 26, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Surly rates of pay isn’t the issue here “bigjulie”? The businesses that do open charge a big Christmas Day premium so the staff who are working should also be paid a premium and the business owners should also make enough that opening, and forgoing the chance to have a day with their families is worth their efforts.

    It’s not unreasonable to expect to earn $60/hr, or more, for working on Christmas Day. I won’t do it so I ask do you want to do it?

    If opening isn’t viable because the patronage isn’t there just enjoy the day.

  7. freoview said, on December 26, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Same as on all other public holidays and they often put a surcharge on coffee and meals to compensate for that.


  8. bigjulie said, on December 26, 2016 at 7:38 am

    What would a cafe owner have to pay their staff per hour to work on Christmas Day? I hate to guess, however, that would take a lot of coffee before the owner would earn the same amount for themselves?

  9. Suzanne said, on December 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Thanks Roel, good info.
    Best wishes to you and thanks for your Freo View always.
    Good luck for 2017

  10. Sam said, on December 25, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Regardless of your religion, surely it’s nice for everyone to have a day off once a year – including cafe and restaurant workers. Hospitality can have pretty unsociable hours, so it’s nice for employees to be able to spend the day with their families.

    It isn’t too much to ask for us to sacrifice being able to get a coffee for one day per year.

  11. Clayton Gunning said, on December 25, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Whilst I respect everyone’s beliefs, be it in a God or athiesim I understand on Christmas Day that most cafes and restaurants, like other businesses close because there are many people who simply don’t want to work 365 days a year whether a business owner or an employee. It’s the only day of the year Fremantle’s biggest industry, the Port is closed.

    There are many people who are forced to work in essential services and for this we should be greatful but we shouldn’t begrudge any business who doesn’t open their doors today. I understand there are many who don’t have family and friends to spend today with but that’s a different matter for us as a society to deal with.

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