Thu 15 Jun 2017
With so many fabulous options for coffee in the City's CBD, you may have missed some gems hidden away down laneways, tucked behind carparks and in building nooks. Amanda from The Chefs Wife Perth delved down our many lane ways and arcades to show us some of her favourites not be missed.
If you’re a street art fan like myself, and like a bit of culture with your caffeine, you will be able to spy some of Perth’s most vibrant artworks near some of these spots too. So follow the aroma of freshly ground beans and discover a favourite new coffee haunt today!
Max + Sons
Head off the beaten track, down Rail Lane and you’ll find Max & Sons. Here, the friendly baristas are likely to remember your name after a few coffee runs. Their excellent coffee is a custom blend that is developed with Five Senses and the maple bacon and cream cheese bagels are not to be missed!
Find Max + Sons at 140 Perth, Rail Lane, Wellington St, Perth (behind The Globe).
Uncle Joe’s Mess
At what first appears to be a King Street barber shop, head down a corridor and you’ll find Uncle Joe’s Mess, where they serve up their own 'Joes Blend' roasted by Dimattina Coffee. At this cool little spot you can escape the bustling city streets and enjoy a chilled brunch with funky tunes.
Find Uncle Joe’s Mess at 76 King St, Perth.
Standing Room Only
You get the feeling that at Standing Room Only the baristas are deadly serious about their coffee, which is outstanding and many rate it as amongst the very best of Perth CBD’s coffee spots. There’s nothing else to lose their focus, no food or fancy smoothies, just good honest caw-fee.
Find Standing Room Only at Piccadilly Arcade, Perth.
This popular little coffee shop in Shafto Lane, brews up a top house blend as well as offering four different single origin coffees. They even have a range of quality milks to choose from including local Banister Downs and Bonsoy. Their food offering is sure to tame those lunch time cravings too.
Find Hopper Espresso at 3A Shafto Lane, Perth.
The Wolf Espresso
Wolf Espresso is found in Wolf Lane which is a mecca for vibrant murals by local and international street artists in the Perth CBD. Here you can indulge in a guilt free treat with your Veneziano coffee as there’s a focus on balanced and healthy food.
Find The Wolf Espresso at 800 Hay St, Perth.
Hiding out of sight in the basement of Print Hall you’ll find Small Print, an artisan style bakery. Their coffee is top notch and their range of coffee beans are sourced from around the world. A great little spot to grab a coffee and a house baked pastry or pie before dashing to the office.
Find Small Print at Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Tucked away down Grand Lane you’ll find the grungy-cool of Toastface Grillah. A top spot for a pimped up toastie and hip hop beats, their coffee is also well worth checking out, especially made for them by The Northbridge Coffee Roasters.
Find Toastface Grillah at Grand Lane, Rear 143 Barrack Street, Perth
Need a caffeine fix while shopping in the city? BLK Espresso is found just behind Topshop. As well as the aroma of their Café Aurora arabica beans, you’ll notice their striking hand drawn mural and moving wall art that tells the story of how coffee is made.
Find BLK Espresso at Shop 8a, Carillon City, 207 Murray St, Perth
Just over the Horseshoe Bridge on William Street, you’ll discover Babooshka, a little café at the end of an arcade. The popular brunch spot and home to crazy triple doughnut milkshakes also makes a good cuppa coffee using a Blacklist roast.
Find Babooshka at 7/189 William St, Northbridge
The 5 Senses coffee at Moana is totally worth traipsing up the stairs for. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a coffee on their balcony, which overlooks Hay Street Mall. The café has a bohemian feel, the heritage building is shared with an artist-run exhibition space and holds regular acoustic gigs.
Find Moana upstairs at 618 Hay St Mall, Perth
These coffee spots all may be hidden from view, but they’re well worth seeking out for a caffeine hit in the city!
A girl can only drink so much coffee, so you might want to check out these other out-of-sight spots that I’m going to try next time I’m in the city…
Mo Espresso – Trinity Arcade
Lowdown – Cloisters Arcade
Pony Express O – 21 Mayfair St, West Perth
"For those who like their coffee... down a laneway, through a carpark in a stable" Pony Express O
Telegram Coffee – State Buildings
Do you have a coffee spot so hidden I didn’t stumble across it? Let me know in the comments below...