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BEAUTIFUL BOXING DAY

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 26, 2017

 

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There is something invigorating for me to watch the buzz at the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal in Fremantle port early in the morning.

People are excited and the cafe is pumping out hundreds of cups of good coffee, while commercial ships enter or leave the port.

It was kind off reassuring to see that I am not the only one who has aged in the last eight years, but that my former Sri Lankan lover Indira’s stunningly beautiful face now also has a few wrinkles. She was on her way to Rotto.

(We oldies keep telling everyone it’s the youthful attitude that counts, not the years we have been battling to survive on this planet. ; >)

The cafes and shops are open, the beaches clean and the weather a pleasant 27 degrees, so enjoy Freo today and support our local traders!!

….. and for the couch potatoes and sports fanatics there is the Boxing Day cricket test match and the Sydney to Hobart sailing spectacle on TV. I love those traditions.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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CHRISTMAS COFFEE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, Uncategorized by freoview on December 25, 2017

 

There are only very few cafes open in Fremantle today, so it was a nice surprise to discover that both Galogero and the Roasting Warehouse in South Fremantle are open.

The excellent double espresso, served with a glass of mineral water, at Galogero only cost me $ 3.50 so no surcharge.

South Beach was already packed full at 10 am with parking spots at a premium.

In Wray Avenue the new Mod cafe was the only one open and in the Cappuccino Strip Ali Baba. Just around the corner in Essext Street the Istanbul is open as well.

Enjoy your Christmas day and consume coffee in moderation. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

 

A STUNNING FREO SATURDAY MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2017

 

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It’s not often one gets sunburnt before 9am in the morning but that is what happened today when I sat at the B Shed cafe on Victoria Quay from 6.30 to 8.30am.

I love Fremantle Port and the quay was packed with very fit-looking people and expensive racing bikes for an event on Rottnest Island.

The Indian Ocean was dead calm early this morning, so the ferry ride to the island would have been nice and smooth.

The B Shed cafe has new management and very good coffee and the views from there are great, and there are often dolphins in the harbour!

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW ART SHOWS AT FREO’S PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on November 9, 2017

 

 

Two new art exhibitions opened at Fremantle PS Art Space in Pakenham Street last night as part of the High Tide biennale.

Zweitgeist was created by Horst Kornberger and Tom Mueller, while Fathom…ing is by Simryn Gill, Ariane Plassis and Amy Perajuan-Capone.

While at the gallery do visit the Studio 37 cafe at groundlevel. Owner Tom is one of the nicest guys and best baristas in Fremantle, and the jaffles they serve are YUM!

 

Roel Loopers

FRESH FOOD.ART.CRAFT.BREAKFAST.GROWERS GREEN SUNDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, food, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2017

 

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It’s the first Sunday of the month tomorrow, so the Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market will also have a big craft and artisan component.

Fresh fruit&vegetables, bread, pastries, eggs, fantastic breakfast at international food stalls, and plenty of coffee for those of us who can’t start the day without a caffeine hit.

And there is more!

Farmer Damian’s animal touch farm, Fairy Sandy and helpers, face painting, live music.

Great atmosphere for families, dogs, so very Freo!

See you at Annie Street, Beaconsfield between 8am and midday!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COFFEE WITH PIRATES

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, food, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2017

 

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I did not know that it is international PIRATE DAY until I walked in to CHALKYS cafe in Fremantle’s far West End.

Owner Danielle is flanked by baristas Elin and KiKI, who all dressed up for the day.

Freo BID is also having a pirate theme for school holidays with their Treasure Hunt. It runs from September 19 to October 8 and there are a lot of prizes to be won.

 

Roel Loopers

FRESH FOOD AND CAR BOOT SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, food, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2017

 

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Don’t forget it’s Carboot Sale Sunday at the Fremantle’s Growers Green Farmers Market this weekend.

There is no rain forecast, so go and buy great fresh produce, have a yummy breakfast, live music, face painting and an animal touch farm for the kids and lots of stuff out of the back of cars.

Good community fun!

The market is at Annie Street in Beaconsfield and it’s on from 8am till noon.

 

Roel Loopers

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MORE MOORE&MOORE

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2017

 

Fremantle Council approved a ten-year extension of the lease to Moore&Moore cafe owner Simon Naber.

I have been a regular visitor to the quirky cafe in the Henry Street art centre since it opened, and am very happy to know it will continue to operate under the same management.

The Moore&Moore has a cosy courtyard and a children’s playground, and a one-hole mini golf for kids, and was the first Fremantle cafe to build a parklet.

There are issues with operating within the art centre and with a tiny kitchen, but they could be addressed with a bit more flexibility from the City’s Fremantle Arts Centre management.

It is not very practical for example that the centre manager’s office is at the start of the building, when that area would be ideally suited to extend the kitchen and coffee service to. The art centre manager could relocate to one of the two artist’s studios at the back, to accommodate the need for the cafe to have a larger kitchen/barista area.

If the Fremantle Arts Centre has a need for more artist in residence spaces one or two of the Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane next to the Roundhouse would be well suited for that purpose.

The Moore&Moore cafe is a well-established and much liked cafe and function centre in the West End and should be more actively supported by Fremantle City.

 

Roel Loopers

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DESTROY ART GREAT FOR CAFE D FREO

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

 

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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

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HOW THE FREO WEST END LOOKED

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

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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

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