Freo's View


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018



There is always so much talk about the activation of the Fremantle historic West End, but then projects are stalled or abandoned and that is a real shame.

The former cute Notre Dame University bookshop building on the corner of Henry Street and Marine Terrace is still vacant, and the considerations of making the boring back wall of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street into a heritage wall also have not eventuated, and neither has the planned activation node on Phillimore Street.

I hear from the hospitality industry that the former bookshop rent is far too high at $ 40,000 a year, indexed at 3-4%. An interested party told me they would have to invest around $ 200,000 for a commercial kitchen, etc. and that the figures simply don’t end up for them to open a cafe in the space that has a lovely courtyard in front of it.

The very good refurbishment of the Prindiville Hall in Mouat Street is positive, but it is a space for students rather than for the community

The Fremantle community and West End traders want more than talk and want to see action on activating the area.

Roel Loopers






Fremantle Council wants to let the Carriage Cafe on the Esplanade operate for another three years but on a month by month term.

The reason for the extension is that the City wants to delay the development of the Esplanade Hub by up to three years.

The Esplanade Hub was supposed to be developed between the Youth Plaza and ferris wheel and a new hospitality venue built there, and the Carriage Cafe would have had to be removed or demolished, but the City of Fremantle no longer has the money to realise these plans.

The item is on the FPOL committee agenda this coming Wednesday.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, food, Uncategorized by freoview on June 7, 2018


I know one should not chuckle about other people’s misfortune, but this is actually quite a funny story.

Imagine using the upper floor office toilet at No 1 High Street late on the Friday of the WA Day long weekend, and without anyone noticing the toilet keeps flushing when the staff leaves, which results in the bowl overflowing.

Still not a disaster, but the drainage in the restroom is also blocked and now all the water drips down to the floor below, where it gets into the power box and short circuits it.

Imagine the owners of Chalky’s cafe in Fremantle’s High Street coming back from down south late on Monday and just checking that everything is alright on the historic day, to find all the power in the building out, so they need to rescue all their food stock from fridges and freezer in total darkness.

They make mad dashes to Target for big plastic containers and to the service station for bags of ice, and even buy a deep freezer to store and preserve the food.

There was still no power on Tuesday, so a loss in trade as well, and now hoping that the insurance of the office above with the leaking toilet will cover it all.

Sometimes flushing the toilet can put you in deep shit. ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018


Arts and disability organisation, DADAA is moving ahead with the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Old Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park with the creation of a cafe in the lovely courtyard behind the building.

The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the Fremantle heritage building is the next area to receive an upgrade with the creation of the new café Humble Pantry Fremantle.

DADAA had a dream of turning the old kitchen and courtyard into a great café that not only serves excellent coffee and healthy food, but also provides training and employment opportunities for people with disability.

DADAA, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to art programs for people with disability, have partnered with dynamic mother-son team Clare and Kieran Cranny to open the café later this year.

The new café initiative is pursuing a sustainable financial model that is not reliant on government funding in order to meet its goal of providing employment for people with disability. DADAA and its new café operators are keen to work with businesses and individuals to meet this mission.

Local business Brayco got on board early, generously donating the commercial kitchen.

DADAA are now seeking other local businesses and donors to assist in raising the remaining $30,000 through crowdfunding to complete the fit-out of Fremantle’s first truly inclusive café – a place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity.

Locals are invited to join the ‘Humble Coffee Club’ and to join in on this exciting community-building project with a contribution, large or small.

The campaign, which ends on 30 June 2018, has been launched with a video on the leading platform for cause-driven crowdfunding, StartSomeGood:

Donors and supporters will recognise their name on a Giving Wall created by DADAA artists and will be invited to a celebratory opening to meet other generous individuals who want to see social enterprise like this initiative flourish in Fremantle.



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, food, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2018


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Photos I took this morning of two well-known Freo cafes. The shadows are at the Carriage cafe on the Esplanade and the arty entrance is of the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street.

Fremantle has a lot of hidden little gem cafes, so go out and explore!

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, food, heritage, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2018



Very Freo to have coffee in the former Municipal Tramways building in Fremantle’s historic West End.

Chalkys cafe also has some interesting murals depicting the trams, Roundhouse and maritime history. The food, coffee and service is great!

The perfect spot during Heritage Week for breakfast and lunch I reckon.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, hospitality, local government, parklet, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2018


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The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will on Wednesday decide if it will allow two more parklets in Pakenham Street.

The one in front of the Natural Light cafe has been removed and the shop is now on Marine Terrace, but the operators of a new gin distillery, bar and restaurant want to put a new parklet there.

The owner of the Ghetto Blaster hole in the wall cafe also wants a parklet in front of his business, so if approved that would make it five parklets in Pakenham Street.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2018




Fremantle’s most famous pie cafe CULLEY’S is now open from 7am.

The High Street mall tearooms have been operating for over 80 years and are very popular with Freo locals and visitors, and the kids love the party pies.

Roel Loopers



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Some Fremantle impressions I took yesterday. A tiny hole in the wall cafe, two bookshops combined in a reflection, the Fishing Boat Harbour early morning, and lots of bikes at another cafe.

Freo is full of hidden treasures and surprises. Explore it!

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 25, 2018


Sunday breakfast


I really like the courtyard of the Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street with its heritage feel.

It was packed full this Sunday morning and I even spotted TV reporter Elly Cormack sitting at the door.

Great to see that so many Freo cafes are very popular and people coming from far and wide.

The M&M came fourth for the best coffee in Perth last week. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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