I know Manning Park is not part of Fremantle(yet) but it is run by Fremantle resident and my friend Kylie Wheatley, so it deserves a plug.
The market will have a flea market every Saturday morning in March, just pay $ 15.00 for a bay and sell all the stuff you have been collecting but no longer need.
The Manning Park Market is under the trees next to the playground and there is heaps of parking. It got food and craft stalls and live local music, so check it out this Saturday from 8.30 am-12.30 pm.
A new bar is opening on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip next to the Dome Cafe.
It’s a cocktail bar that has got balls, if the name is an indication.
Welcome to The Meatball and Cocktail Bar!
It looks like the former Kulcha space above the Dome cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip will be activated again soon as a bar/restaurant and music venue.
To be able for Mitchelstown PtyLtd, the preferred tenderer after an Expression of Interest period in March last year, to make the interior changes to the building, such as a commercial kitchen and sound proofing, the City of Fremantle will make required changes and invest in making the venue accessible for disabled people and build a lift and new stairs in Collie Street as well as a universal toilet.
It is a lovely space above the Dome and I fondly remember the many performances and exhibitions and the free Saturday concerts on the balcony, so let’s hope the activation and new entertainment venue will be supported by Fremantle residents.
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.
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.
The Under The Bridge Foodtrucks organisers came up with the Trumpish slogan Make Mondays Great Again, so I am stealing it from them.
It’s on again today from 5-8.30 pm at the Fremantle East Street Jetty and a lot of fun. It’s also a great spot to watch the sun set behind the port, fall in love, network, meet new friends, take the dog for a walk, or have a quick swim in the Swan River.
While the official statement I received from the City of Fremantle is that they are looking for alternative options for the short-term lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed, the Fremantle Herald reports that Freo Food will be moving in for five months because O6M will not take up the lease.
Let me first state that I believe that Freo Food is a very good idea. Linking local producers with local customers and supplying packaged-free produce is great. Also good to try to keep it cheap by cutting overheads, so I am all for it.
But the Bathers Beach Art Precinct is the most inappropriate location for a fruit and vegetable shop and it is ridiculous for City staff to tell J Shed artists that the BBAP concept does have allowance for a hospitality operator. Freo Food is not a hospitality operator and it is not an arts related business, so it should not be given the lease to the art studio within the arts precinct. For CoF staff to even consider it is ridiculous!
The anyone will do attitude by the City of Fremantle for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct has resulted in many failed attempts and the committee has not done a very good job in attracting high-quality art businesses to Arthur Head.
The Under The Bridge food van market at the Fremantle East Street jetty has become very popular with hundreds of people sitting at the Swan river watching the sun set behind the port and enjoying great food.
It is on every Monday in summer from 5 to 8.30 pm, so go and check it out next week!
I wonder if anyone at the City of Fremantle picked up on what surely must be a mistake in the promotion of the One Day In Freo concert in the weekly page the City publishes in the Fremantle Herald on page 2.
It reads “Remember everything is free and no tickets or registrations are required.”
Just before that in the promo it also tells us there will be food trucks at the event and I have no doubt that food needs to be purchased from those operators and is not free and paid for by the City of Fremantle.
Imagine, yet another, outrage from the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce if the City also paid for the food. The howling about it being detrimental to all other Freo food merchants would be never ending.
I am sure it is a mistake and the word EVERYTHING should be deleted, but as it stands it is misleading advertising CoF!
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.