Freo's View


Posted in cafe, coffee, election, fremantle by freoview on March 11, 2017


It’s quite clear what the people of Freo’s Chalkys cafe at the Roundhouse want you to vote for.

Roel Loopers


Posted in children, family, fremantle, nature by freoview on December 20, 2016


The Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street is holding a Kids Nature Play event from tomorrow December 21 to January 20.

There will be a nature play area, market stalls, children’s entertainment, games, craft and more and it’s FREE, so take the kids for some hours of fun in the beautiful heritage building.

The coffee and food at M&M is very good and the staff delightful! They are my mates.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, coffee, food, fremantle by freoview on December 14, 2016


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.

Roel Loopers

Disclaimer: This post is a community service for which I do not charge money or accept free meals for!




Posted in clothes, coffee, fremantle, retail by freoview on November 18, 2016


A funky new cafe and clothes shop has opened at Elder Place opposite the Fremantle railway station. The Calypso Warehouse looks inviting, cosy and cute, so check it out when you are down that way.

They sell women and men clothing, coffee and other things.

It is on the corner of the Wilson carpark and next to CODA architects.

Sadly further in town at the Piazza the Red Cherries coffee bar has closed but they now operate the cafe in the Fremantle Markets food yard section on weekends.

Roel Loopers


Posted in economy, education, fremantle, hospitality, notre dame university by freoview on October 19, 2016

I am a big fan of Fremantle’s Notre Dame University but believe the significance of the university to the Fremantle economy has almost slipped unnoticed under the radar of many in our community with some complaining the uni, like every other educational institution in Australia, does not pay council rates.

What UNDA has done is building a very strong brand with high academic acclaim and student satisfaction in the historic West End of Fremantle that attracts more than 6,000 students a year to the campus who are being looked after by around 1,700 staff and lecturers. That is over 7,700 people buying coffee and meals in Freo! It is estimated that the students alone contribute $ 1 million a year to the cafe industry.

When we talk about economic revitalisation we mention a possible 1,200 Housing Department staff relocating to Kings Square, 160 staff the Mediterranean Shipping Company in Cliff Street has brought in and some 200 people now working at the new Atwell Arcade building. That is all great but it also shows how important Notre Dame is for Freo’s hospitality and retail as it alone brings five times more people into Fremantle than those three examples combined.

Most cafes in Fremantle’s West End would not survive without the university, as they and tourism create the numbers that make these small businesses viable. Together with the weekend attraction of Fremantle to suburban visitors this helps make cafes successful all week.

So when you think that Notre Dame does not contribute enough to Fremantle, think about all the people who have jobs in cafes mainly because they get supported by students and staff of the uni, and also have a look at how well they look after the beautiful heritage buildings they occupy.

The one major disappointment for me is the lack of student accommodation in Fremantle and the exodus of students late afternoons. I hope the City of Fremantle and Notre Dame University will collaborate on improving that. What about COF offering UNDA a block of land at the Knutsford Street workshops site for a 49-year peppercorn rent or so, where UNDA can build a student apartment block close to public transport and only a ten-minute bike ride to uni?

Notre Dame does tours of the campus where one can see the stunning adaptive re-use of the heritage buildings, and while there keep an eye out for some outstanding Aboriginal art work on the walls. The free tours are being held every Friday morning. Contact UNDA for information.

Roel Loopers


Posted in alfresco, art, cafe, fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on October 10, 2016


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!

Roel Loopers





Buon giorno!

Fremantle will host another festival this summer on the weekend of October 29 and 30, in conjunction with the Blessing of the Fleet. The Little Italy by the Sea festival will be held at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour and will also be the venue for the Australian Specialty Coffee Championships 2016.

The weekend will be a celebration of Italian culture, food, coffee, art, dance and music, while “Piazza Italia” will be a bustling cafe strip. Belissima!

I am only hoping now there won’t be many business people complaining and saying these kind of events take business away from those who pay rent in the inner city, as the piazza is basically a market with stalls.

I love Freo’s summer of festivals and events and hope the entire community and people from all over Perth will embrace and enjoy it. Uno double Espresso per favore!

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle, hospitality, local government, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 4, 2016

The Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle will this Wednesday deliberate to limit the concentration of fast food outlets, cafes and restaurants in the inner city, with a possible amendment to the City’s planning scheme.

Research overseas shows that an oversupply of these kind of businesses can have a potentially negative impact on the character and vitality of a city centre and the so-called high street. The modern trend is significantly changing the role of the ‘high street.’

It is believe that an inner city and ‘high street’ becomes more attractive if it is built on the unique attributes and character of place and to differentiate it from other (shopping) centres.

A lack of diversity in retail impacts negatively on the footfall of an area, studies have shown.

The aim of the amendment is not to stop new fast food, cafes, restaurants and take-aways in Fremantle but to spread them out more to prevent excessive concentration of them in the same street(s), e.g. Cappuccino Strip.

Also on the agenda on Wednesday is the application for a small bar in the former Weigh Bridge in the roundabout at Phillimore and Cliff Streets.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, development, economy, fremantle, hospitality, retail, shopping, western australia by freoview on August 10, 2016


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.

Roel Loopers




Posted in beaches, cafe, fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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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.

Roel Loopers

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