Freo's View


Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017




The Fremantle CAFE D FREO in Essex Street has received a very welcome facelift, as the interior design was pretty uninspiring up to now.

The modern furniture and outdoor benches look so much better and there is a great new mural by artist DESTROY on the right-hand wall.

Cafe D Freo specialises in Italian cuisine, and I have heard positive comments about it, so try it out one day soon.

They are next to the Istanbul Turkish restaurant, and there is plenty of parking in the vicinity for us lazy ones.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, historic, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2017

Cliff and High old jhistoric building with Roundhouse


CHALKY’S one of my favourite Fremantle cafes in the far west end of High Street posted this historic photo on their Facebook page, so I want to share it with you.

CHALKY’S is in the former Tram Building (second one). The mural paintings inside the cafe depict the Roundhouse, Fremantle tram, and other historic things. The coffee and food is great, so try it out!

The corner building is now a vacant carpark where Notre Dame University will be building their new School of Nursing and Midwifery next year.

As you can see the steps to the Roundhouse were going up from both sides but that changed when they built the railway line to Fremantle Port in front of it.

Take the kids during the school holidays to the firing of the cannon on the gundeck behind the Roundhouse. Every day at 1 pm. It’s fun and bloody loud.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2017

Threeo Coffee


There is another new cafe in South Fremantle. THREEO COFFEE & EATS at 244 South Terrace.

This is what the owners say about their new venture:

Threeo Coffee & Eats is the culmination of my French and Aussie backgrounds, and is serving up delicious treats from 244 South Terrace — enter through Salty Gold plants and homewares. We offer specialty coffee choices, cold brew and French press using locally-roasted Micrology coffee beans. For your hungry tummies we have amazing French pastries, rustic toasties, breaky crepes, quiches, salads and more!

Open weekdays from 6.30am and weekend from 7.30am. Free wifi, comfy couches and seating — come and hang out with us!

Give them a try and support all our local Freo businesses as much as you can. They are doing it tough.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, food, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

My mate Tom at the lovely STUDIO 37 Cafe in the PS ART SPACE in Pakenham Street is now open for Saturday breakfast from 8 am till midday, so go and enjoy great coffee and food in the cavernous heritage space that often has fantastic art exhibitions.

Several offices, including Centrelink have closed in Pakenham Street so there is plenty of parking in the area.

The cafe is just twenty metres from High Street.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017


The owners of a new cafe that will open in the new building on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets have applied for a parklet in Pakenham.

I honestly do not understand why anyone would want to open a new cafe in the Fremantle West End as there is an abundance of them and some don’t do too well, as the recent closure of The Banker cafe in High Street showed.

Nairn Street already has The Loft and the Stable Hand cafe and the latter is often near empty when I walk by. Pakenham has four hospitality outlets, plus the Chats cafe/bar on the corner of High Street.

There are already three parklets in Pakenham Street, a lovely one at Bread in Common, one at the Fremantle Hostel and one at the Natural Light cafe and most of them are rarely used. That is also the case at Lapas next to the National Hotel where the alfresco parklet is mostly vacant.

The owner of the tiny Ghetto Blaster cafe in Pakenham Street told me a few months ago he would also apply for a parklet.

I absolutely get and see the attraction of parklets, but the problem is that they are not used often enough by patrons to install more.

Parklets mean fewer parking bays and less parking revenue for the City of Fremantle, so a compromise has to be found that works better.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, lifestyle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2017



I did not realise that the World of Renovation showroom that opened a few weeks ago in Fremantle’s historic West End also has a very classy cafe at the back that would make a great small bar.

Debretton&Bennett serves Gesha coffee and is open daily from 8 am to 2 pm.

It can be hired for functions.

It is very tranquil and away from High Street and is next to the Police Station.

As one of the few patrons yesterday remarked. “It’s not very Fremantle, more like Claremont.”  I really like it. Check it out!


Posted in cafe, coffee, fremantle by freoview on March 26, 2017


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!

Roel Loopers



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 fremantle, heritage, retail, shopping by freoview on March 1, 2017


High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End is the most beautiful street in Western Australia in my opinion.

It is also a fantastic old-style high street shopping experience that has a sense of wonderment about it. If it had a roof over it it would be one of the world’s most stunning shopping arcades.

There is such a large variety of traders in the Goldrush period buildings that I thought to mention them all, because there are probably quite a few you don’t know about:

  • The National and Orient hotels, Lapa Brazilian restaurant, Roma Cucina Italian restaurant.
  • Chalkys, Blink, Hush, Breakers, High Street Dispensary, Piccolo, Cafe 55, Quinlans, and Common Grind cafes.
  • Japingka, Adam Monk, Artisan Store galleries.
  • New Edition and the Second Hand bookshops

and there is a whole lot more!

Clara Beauty, Remedy, Bousfield, Adulshop, the Police station, Notre Dame University, Enzo D’Allessandro hairdresser, Djurra, Ugg Australia shoes, Three Stories fashion, Common Ground fashion, Fremantle Beach and the Sundance backpackers, Printline, Bitches Brew framers, Unique Hair, Bodkins Bootery, Anjel MS fashion and Fremantle Art Space, Kartique. Ame Belle fashion, Port Stationary, Dreske Somoff leather, Tuart Place social services, Australian Maritime Officers Union, West Coast Cruise&Travel Centre, High Street Chemist, Haute on High fashion, Lee’s newsagency, Compendium, Ancient Earth, Lavita hairdresser, Finishing Touch gallery, Rialto Apartments, The Record Finder with two shops, Port Jarrah furniture, Absolutely Adult, the Buffalo and Navy clubs, ACAI Bros raw food, Brazilian Butterfly beauty, Miss Chats Bar.

You still want to argue there is no shopping variety in Fremantle? This is just one street full with it!

To top it all off Freo’s most gorgeous street ends at WA’s oldest public building the Roundhouse and the lovely Bathers Beach.

It is anyone’s guess why the City of Fremantle and BID don’t do more to promote High Street as a great shopping experience that has character, is very Freo, and very different from the sterile shopping boredom in the major centres.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, coffee, food, fremantle by freoview on February 21, 2017



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.

Roel Loopers



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