An interesting tiny hole in the wall cafe has opened in Pakenham Street just down the road from Bread in Common.
The Ghetto Blaster is open seven days a week and is challenging the BLINK cafe in High Street for being the smallest cafe in Fremantle.
The owner told me he will be applying to build a parklet outside the cafe and that would be the third one in that street if the City permits it.
Try it out!
It’s quite clear what the people of Freo’s Chalkys cafe at the Roundhouse want you to vote for.
The lovely Grumpy Sailor cafe in the Paddy Troy Mall have opened another outlet on the corner of Queen and Adelaide street at Kings Square.
Baby Grumpy Sailor is just over the road from Target and serves great coffee and yummy bagels.
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.
A lovely new cafe has opened in Fremantle’s Little Market Street below Freo’s best Italian restaurant La Sosta.
BOTTEGA is much more than just another cafe though as it also sells bread, take away meals, preserved chilli, peppers, coffee, etc. and it is fully licensed so it is also a new small bar in the centre of town.
It is a very cosy and comfortable place with huge wheels of cheese on display and large salamis hanging from the ceiling.
The food varies daily and is international from pasta dishes to slow cooked brisket with spicy Korean mayo and kimchi, or braised pork belly with rosti, spicy Thai chicken rolls, salads, field mushrooms with goat cheese, sage and pancetta, etc.
But there is more! The Sri Lankan pastry chef makes yummy-looking sweets in house, so there is something for everyone at Bottega.
I really like the ambience of the place and will most certainly pop in there for a coffee and catch up with friends. It’s open from 6.30 am to 6 pm.
La Sosta upstairs also caters for functions so if you are planning a wedding or corporate event, keep them in mind.
Disclaimer: This post is a community service for which I do not charge money or accept free meals for!
Have you discovered the New Orleans cafe at Phillimore Street in Fremantle’s West End yet?
Authentic N.O. food created by a New Orleans chef.
It’s near the corner of Cliff Street, opposite Artsource.
It’s warming up at the start of this week, so get the shorts and minis ready for a couple of days. The beaches and alfresco cafes will be inviting and the Fremantle Arts Centre is a lovely colourful and historic spot to relax at, and it has free wifi!
The great Fremantle Print Award exhibition is still on, so go and spend an hour or long lunch at the FAC!
Small retail is sadly still a bit of a revolving door in Fremantle with new small businesses opening and closing regularly. No doubt some of the failures are due to a bit of naivety and not doing market research before opening shop.
The small fashion boutique next to Common Ground and The Bank cafe in High Street has closed, but west of it in the former newsagency next to the Adam Monk Gallery and Bitches Brew framers ACAI Brothers superfood bar is setting up shop.
At Atwell Arcade they are nearing the end of the development and already HYPE is moving in goods on the corner of Cantonment and Market streets, under the new tin awning. Lights are hanging in the arcade and in the High Street mall new businesses have opened in the development.
In the former TAFE Quinlan cafe site at High Street a new small cafe has opened as part of the private hospitality training centre there. No idea why a small cafe needs five large flat screens on its walls, so not my cup of tea for a quiet coffee and reading the morning papers.
We still got a long way to go in Freo to claim economic recovery, but with the real prospect of development at Kings Square and many more buildings sites popping up around the CBD Fremantle is well on its way to the future.
It is a shame to see the closure of what I thought was the very popular Pickled Fig Cafe at South Beach. They were packing up today and I don’t know if someone will take that prime beach location over from them.
At Port Beach Salt on the Beach closed mid June but they are developing the site, however what it is going to be is shrouded in secrecy. Someone even came out today asking why I was taking photos and told me they would not disclose yet what they are doing with the site. I hear it might be a bar/restaurant, so time will tell.
Fremantle has a stunning and very homely new cafe in L’ANTICA in South Fremantle just down the road from the South Beach Hotel.
Beautiful decor with large copper lights, a shiny wood fired pizza oven, great coffee, fully licensed and special focaccia meals. From next week it will also serve Pizza Napolitana during the evenings.
L’Antica is open from Wednesday-Sunday and is as authentic Italian as one can get with only Italian staff and Trombetta coffee imported from Rome.
The interior was designed by world-renowned Dutch architect Camiel Weijenberg who even sent a Danish photographer to Freo to capture the ambience.
There are long tables to create a community feeling, home made cakes, etc.
Try it out. The Espresso I had on Friday was superb!