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Posted in bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2019


Strange Company


Strange Company is a gorgeous very Freo bar and one of my favourites, because it just has the right cosy feeling for me.  On Sunday August 25 it will be celebrating it’s fourth birthday and that will be a lot of fun from noon to midnight.

Festivities are happening all day long, with the much loved pop-up wood-fired pizza oven and alfresco bar kicking things off early from 12 midday

Live music will be flowing from 2.30pm all-the-way through till midnight including Justin Walshe Folk Machine, the Dave Brewer Band Deluxe Combo and a series of resident Strange DJ’s

There will also be plenty of free fun and games fit for the whole family, as the team behind the bar bring you a Sunday session in true ‘Carnie-Style’ including a photo booth, vintage circus staff and a popcorn machine for young and old to enjoy.

Strange Company is at 5 Nairn Street, Fremantle.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019




While many traders in Fremantle are struggling it was nice to see a lunch time queue outside the little HARU Sushi bar in William Street today, on a Monday.

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Here a few happy snaps I took around Fremantle on this glorious Sunday.

It was surprisingly quiet on the Cappuccino Strip but the Fishing Boat Harbour was buzzing with foreign tourists, mainly from Malaysia.

My favourite little cafe Chalkys just below the Roundhouse in historic High Street was also doing well and they deserve it because they have great staff, owners, coffee and food.




Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, local government, marketing, PR,, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2019


The City of Fremantle is offering the chance to win a gourmet night out in Freo as part of the City’s latest destination marketing campaign.

The FREOFOODIE competition can be entered by simply spending $20 or more at any participating Freo café, bar, restaurant or pub, during the month of August for a chance to win a $500 voucher to spend on a #freofoodie feast.

Look out for the #freofoodie map in participating venues and ask for your unique codeword to enter online on the Freofoodie page of the website.

Two lucky winners will be drawn every Monday from 5 August to 2 September, with a total $5000 worth of prizes to be won.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said with its outstanding selection of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes, there was no better place for a winter foodie feast than Fremantle.

“Fremantle is already Perth’s favourite entertainment precinct and there are exciting new hospitality venues opening up all the time,” Mayor Pettitt said.

Whether it’s brunch and a coffee at a cosy café, a steaming bowl of ramen from a street side food hall or Nonna’s pasta special and a glass of red wine on the Cappuccino Strip, Freo does have something for everyone.

To accompany the #freofoodie competition the City of Fremantle has also produced a series of videos featuring chefs from some of Freo’s top restaurants including Bread in Common, Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, Propeller and Madalena’s bar – which has just been nominated for Gourmet Traveller’s ‘best new restaurant of the year’ award.

The #freofoodie promotion is the latest campaign to be rolled out by the City of Fremantle as part of our Destination Marketing Strategic Plan and the ‘This is Fremantle’ brand. It aims to generate visitation to Fremantle during one of the quietest off-peak months of the year.

This latest campaign will utilise digital and radio platforms to raise awareness of Fremantle as a winter dining destination and guide visitors to the website and social media channels.




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When things are down we have to remind ourselves of the good things as well, so I was thinking about the demise of Fremantle traders, the hardship of many retailers and the increasing vacancies of shops. Yep, we all know the problems are not unique to Fremantle and similar issues are happening in other parts of metropolitan Perth and WA,  but that does not help anyone.

What might be better for Fremantle though is to talk up our city’s uniqueness and achievements instead of having constant negativity in the news media, so I was thinking about all those iconic Freo traders who have been here seemingly ‘forever’.

I am sure my list is incomplete so please add all those long-term surviving traders I have overlooked.

The oldest shoe shop in metro Perth is Bodkin’s Bootery in Freo’s west end High Street, Bousfield and Warrens menswear have been here for as long as I know, and so has Ruocco’s pizza, the Capri, Culley’s, the news agency in the mall, Cicerello’s, Galati’s, Franks, the South Fremantle fish&chips.

Top that with the Sail&Anchor, National, Orient and Federal hotels, the Norfolk, Little Creatures and Newport, the Local and South Beach Hotel, the Tradeswind, Esplanade and Federal hotels, and the Fremantle Markets.

The Moore&Moore cafe has been open for more than ten years and so has the old Roma, that closed for a while but reopened. The Attic is still going well and so are Gino’s, Chalky’s, Picollo’s, and Duck Duck Bruce in Collie Street have been doing so well that they are opening a new second place in Bannister Street.

Kennedy’s the barber is also going well, and while Norm Wrightson’s will be closing  due to the Manning building development it has been THE iconic Freo barber for ages. And let’s not forget Bitches Brew the framers and art gallery, Kakula’s Sister,  and Japingka Gallery and Megan Salmon’s fashion shop.

The Manning building development with a new tavern, brewery and distillery will be great and so will be the Police&Justice complex tourist attraction with hotel, FOMO at Kings Square will offer a whole new shopping and hospitality experience, and a few new hotels  and residential apartment buildings will pop up in the centre of Freo over the next years as well

It might often feel as if Fremantle is on it’s knees but the fight is not over by a long way, and Freo people and traders know how to fight and the community knows how to support one another. We’ll get through these tough times by telling ourselves and others that Freo is a pretty outstanding place to visit, shop and live. We can do it Freo!



Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, culture, food, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2019


HUB Nights at the Moores. August 1


HUB NIGHTS start tomorrow at the Moore&Moore cafe in Fremantle’s Henry Street so go and check out what’s on offer!

We hope you are ready to get your feet tapping and show us your dance moves to the amazing tunes of The Witchy Djypsies

Hub Nights on Henry Street with Soul Festival is happening THIS Thursday 1 August from 6:00pm.

There will be plenty to see, do and eat at the Launch Party of Hub Nights. Immerse yourself in the wonderful night of music, workshops and market stalls.

We can’t wait to see you!

Register your interest through Eventbrite:



Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2019



I am very sad to hear that SWEETLIPS in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour has closed forever. It is the fish&chips outlet that was my Freo favourite and where I sent visitors to Freo to.

I have no idea why they closed as the Leederville outlet has also closed so something must have gone terribly wrong.

This is their Facebook message:

To all our Sweetlips friends, it’s with a heavy heart we let you know that our much loved Fremantle and Leederville stores will permanently close. Fremantle is officially closed from today and Leederville will close after trading on Sunday night. So many of you have supported Freo and Leederville for years and it’s been our privilege to serve you.
*All vouchers can currently be redeemed at Sweetlips Melville or Scarborough or a voucher/credit can be obtained by the issuer as they have been notified. X

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Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2019



Good news for the former Stable Hands restaurant in Fremantle’s Bannister Street, which unfortunately closed after a wall collapsed at the heritage building next door.

A new restaurant will open there in August owned by the owners of the very popular Duck Duck Bruce cafe in Collie Street.

The Lions and Tigers restaurant will seat about 80 guests and will offer Anglo Indian food created by top chef Alia Glorie, and a tandoori oven has been installed.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2019



Two Freo food snippets. My favourite fish&chips shop SWEETLIPS in the Fishing Boat Harbour is closed due to unforeseen circumstances and that is not good for them during the busy school holidays.

And up the hill Hilton Pizza clearly got issues with spelling Italian, so one has to wonder which sort of cheese they are really using, because it is not Mozzarella. 😍

Roel Loopers



This year is the first time that the Fremantle Festival is held in winter and it starts this Friday.

Fremantle’s 10 Nights in Port is a celebration of contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance fom July 12-21.

Spread across Fremantle’s precincts, 10 Nights in Port takes into consideration the traditions of the local community and the character of the historic city. Each component of the festival is carefully woven out of the fabric of this place, says Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Feast of the Deceiver, presented by Secret Squirrel Produc,ons, is a WA first and will lure guests into a world of ulterior motives, an immersive game and luxury dining. The luscious six-course dinner will occur in a secret central Fremantle location and will keep diners on their toes.

Also premiering, The Miss Behave Gameshow is a freewheeling, high-energy variety whirlwind. Direct from her sold out seasons in Las Vegas and Sydney, London cabaret queen Amy Saunders (La Soiree, La Clique) will intoxicate audiences with her special brand of gliBering chaos.

In its ninth year, the highly successful Hidden Treasures winter music series will return as part of 10 Nights in Port with an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage.

Between shows, audiences can take a Soak in a series of outdoor relaxation stations where they can submerge and unwind or warm themselves by one of the many Festival Fires around the city.

The Festival Club at the Moore&Moore cafe will also offer a place to leisurely hangout throughout 1the Fremantle Festival with a series of hearty communal dining experiences, delicious drinks and music.


Glass Houses and Green Futures

Friday 12 – Thursday 18 July


Glass Houses & Green Futures is a celebration of the horticultural knowledge and passion that exists across Fremantle. Conversation and cultivation will take place in five artist-built hothouses, led by the artists and gardening enthusiasts who keep Fremantle green, growing and blossoming. The site-specific glasshouses will host public sessions in locations across Fremantle and its satellite precincts.

Feast of the Deceiver

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July


Venture into a world of ulterior motives, immersive games and luxury dining, presented by Secret Squirrel Productions. Beginning as a luscious six-course dinner in a secret central Fremantle location, Feast of the Deceiver is not all that it first appears.

Fired Up

Raku firing & hot drinks: Saturday 20 July


Fired Up is a participatory community project that reflects on what can happen when one master shares their skills among many students. Beginning with a series of public workshops, each ceramic form will then be placed into the fire to be hardened and cured.

Hidden Treasures

Thursday 11, Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 July


In its ninth year, Hidden Treasures treats WA music fans to an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage. This series of gigs offers a rare peek into some of the West End’s most evocative and tucked-away workers’ clubs and small venues.

Future Treasures

Wednesday 17 July



Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July & Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 July


The Miss Behave Gameshow

Friday 12, Saturday 13, Thursday 18, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July



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