Food treasure tips for Fremantle

The West’s Hermione Stott with Rob Broadfield have put together this great summary of the perfect day grazing Fremantle’s best venues. I think they did pretty well. There is a fun video on the link too.



You’re in Freo. You’re hungry. You’re thirsty. It’s hot. There are people everywhere, spilling out of cafes, bars, juice joints … where do you go?

Like everywhere in Perth you can’t just rock up to any old place and expect top-notch nosh with a side of wow.

You’ve got to know where you are going, whether it’s for an oh-so-healthy acai bowl or well-constructed negroni.

For the most important meals and drinks of the day, and with some expert help from local hooch slinger and bar owner Darcy Travers from Strange Company, food critic Rob Broadfield and yours truly have sourced new, off-the-beaten-track finds.


Third Wheel, 408 South Terrace, South Fremantle;open 7 days 6.30am-2pm, and 7.30am on Saturday and Sunday

Set up by a young local couple and delivering simple, affordable fare, delicious coffee and mouth-watering sweets.

Third Wheel.
Third Wheel.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian


The Attic,16 Bannister Street; open7 days 7am-3pm

These guys have been around for a little while but have just started opening for seven days. Check out the green chilli eggs — one of the best breakfasts in Fremantle.

Green chilli eggs.
Green chilli eggs.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Bottega, 87 Market Street;open 7 days 6.30am-6pm

Awesome and delicious for lunch (and breakfast). House-baked bread, tasty rolls, and delicious Italian fare. It’s also a classic Freo experience to sit on the cafe strip and people watch.

Bottega.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian


Blink Espresso, 19A High Street; open Monday-Friday 7am-2pm

Blink and you’ll miss it. If you’re in a hurry Serge won’t keep you waiting. If you have a moment he’ll chew your ear off.

Studio 37, 22 Pakenham Street; open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm and 8am-1pm on Saturday

A favourite local meeting spot with great coffee.


Modern Eatery, 6/124 High Street Arcade; closed Monday, open for lunch 11.30am-2pm except Tuesday and dinner 5.30-9pm

Some of Fremantle’s best sushi and a delicious showcase of Japanese cuisine. Little known fact, it also has beer on tap.

Coccolicco, 185 High Street;open Monday-Friday 7am-3pm

Huge, simple and delicious sambos from $7-$9. Good coffee to boot.

Coccolicco.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Cafe 55, 55 High Street; open Monday-Friday 7.30am-3pm

A local haunt for cheap Vietnamese.

The Orange Box, 20 Leighton Beach Boulevard, North Fremantle; open 7 days 6.30am-3pm

Ex-Rockpool head chef rocking one of the best beachside kiosks in Perth. Well-executed hospitality.

The Orange Box.
The Orange Box.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Short Order Burgers, 1 James Street; open Thursday-Saturday 6-10pm and 5-9pm on Sunday

Best damn burgers in the Port City.


The Local Hotel, 282 South Terrace; open Monday-Friday 11am-late, Saturday and Sunday 9am-late

The pub that does what it says on the label. It’s not unusual to bump into any number of Fremantle locals enjoying a boilermaker or glass of rosè.

The Local Hotel.
The Local Hotel.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Norfolk, 47 South Terrace; open 7 days 11am-midnight

New chef and a new smoker in the courtyard. Great drinks and great food, great vibes to meet friends for a bevvie and snack.


Strange Company, 5 Nairn Street; open noon-midnight 7 days

New menu at the moment. Head chef Ricky is back from a recent trip to Spain and Italy and his dishes are thus inspired, using top-quality local seafood, heirloom tomatoes, local carrots and an all-Australian cheese list.


Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, 134 High Street; open Tuesday-Sunday 5-9pm

Heavily spruiked already but worth every word. One oven, woodfired, that’s all.

Holy Smokes, Shop 8, 17-23 Collie Street, open Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-midnight, Friday and Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday noon-10pm

Serving up food that’s healthy for the soul, if not the heart.

Little Lefroys, 310 South Terrace, South Fremantle; open Monday-Wednesday 7am-3pm, Thursday-Saturday, 7am-9.30pm and Sunday 7am-1pm

This little local gem is a find. Does great brekkie, lunch and dinner. Lovely staff, rocking menu and great wine list. Ticks all the boxes.

La Sosta, 85 Market Street;open Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm and Friday-Sunday 11am-11pm

Authentic Italian fare at fabulous prices.


The Odd Fellow, 47 South Terrace;open Wednesday-Sunday 7pm-midnight

Live music, adult drinks, simple food.

Miss Chats, 59 High Street; open noon-midnight 7 days, 10pm Sunday

Classy, unpretentious joint with rocking tunes and great cocktails.


Jane’s Walks are free, citizen-led walking tours where locals get together to explore and talk about their neighbourhoods and they celebrate the approach of Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building.

The walking tours are part of the annual Jane’s Walk movement of free citizen-led walking tours. In 2016, Jane’s Walks took place across 6 continents, 36 countries, 210 cities, in the form of over 1000 walks. This year the walks will be happening from the Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rio, Mumbai, Perth and Freo!

Fremantle – Peter Newman (May 7 9:30am – Meet front of Bathers Beach Cafe)

Delve into the great activist stories that have shaped Freo’s culture, buildings, public spaces and strong stance for people over cars. Join Peter Newman for a free Sunday morning stroll where we’ll learn more about the community that makes Freo such a special place! You’ll be encouraged to add your stories and observations of life as a resident, worker or visitor as we reflect on life in our progressive patch, and how the active community here inspires other parts of Perth.

South Fremantle – David Snyder (May 13 10:00am – Meet front of Galati & Sons)

Take some time out to discover the local stories of South Freo! Meet at Galati & Sons and learn about the cultural history of Wray Ave. Share your local experiences and hear about the hidden stories in our neighbourhood. We will complete our free walking tour with some wise words about our exciting South Freo from the legends behind ‘The Local Hotel’.


There are others in South Perth, Inglewood, West Leederville and Beechboro too.

Websites – or



Congratulations to new Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham


Last night’s council meeting was an emotional affair.

On the sad side, we said farewell to former deputy mayor Dave Coggin who is off to work as a senior advisor to our new State Premier. Dave will be missed on the Freo Council for his intelligent, insightful and thoughtful contributions and we wish him well in his new role.

On the happy side, Cr Ingrid Waltham was elected in his place and I warmly welcome her into the role. Ingrid has been on Council for almost six years and is someone of integrity and great intelligence. I’m really looking forward to working with her more closely.

Roel Looper wrote it up well: 

Here’s a snap from the end of the meeting:



Fremantle Heritage Festival 2017 – 30 years on from the America’s Cup Defence

This year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival celebrates those who have created history and along the way made a lasting contribution to what Fremantle is today. Some of these contributions were planned, some accidental, but all worth reflecting on.

This year we will have a special focus on one of the biggest contributions to Fremantle’s modern history – the America’s Cup Defence of 1987.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Fremantle took its place on the world stage to host the most prestigious sailing race of them all. Our port city underwent major redevelopment in the lead-up to the Cup in anticipation of the world’s media attention and influx of spectators.

Paying homage to the legendary race as part of this year’s festival, the National Hotel is teaming up with the WA Maritime Museum to present America’s Cup Defence 30th Anniversary Dinner – a night of tall tales, dinner and dancing at the WA Maritime Museum.

The WA Maritime Museum is also inviting people to share your photos from the event 30 years ago.

Fremantle’s legendary West End is again a huge focal point for the festival. Since the last Fremantle Heritage Festival, the entire West End has been included in the State Register of Heritage Places. This is a fantastic achievement which ensures Fremantle’s heritage buildings can be enjoyed by future generations. The festival is a great time to engage with this historic precinct by taking a tour of some of the beautifully restored buildings or by listening to sea shanties in the Whalers’ Tunnel.

There is of course plenty of other ways to engage with Fremantle’s heritage as part of the festival, from a murder mystery dinner at the Esplanade Hotel to a quiz about the history of beer at Little Creatures, classic rock and reggae bands at Mojo’s and an even an alternative history bike tour with me called Demolished and Unbuilt. As always there’s something for everyone.

Programs are out, so come along and help us make history while celebrating all we love about Fremantle past and present – May 26 to June 5.


The Fremantle Network Monday 24th at the National

Rock up for some interesting discussion from Freo locals on what is happening in and around Freo. This month…

Dimitri Kapetas, from EHDO architecture

EHDO is very excited to be in the process of designing the first Nightingale Housing project in WA, here in Fremantle at 29 Wood Street.

Nightingale Housing is a non-profit organisation formed by a group of leading Australian architects. It aims to create affordable housing models that are specifically designed to achieve environmental and social benefits for cities. In other words, Nightingale promotes the building of communities, not just market commodities.

Michael McPhail, the Deputy Mayor of the Town of East Fremantle (and Western Australia’s youngest!)

His passion for cities and making them better places for the people that live in them infuses everything he does.

The focus of his talk will be the future of the Leeuwin Barracks, and the impact this will have on the future of Greater Fremantle.

Originally educated as an urban planner, Michael now works for global real estate firm CBRE to market Perth’a next generation of apartment living.

As a Councillor, Michael’s key focus include ensuring meaningful community engagement in the redevelopment of Leeuwin Barracks and reimagining of East Fremantle Oval, leading East Fremantle’a push to ban single use plastic bags and championing the upgrading of East Fremantle’s exceptional foreshore.

6pm, Monday 24 April
Upstairs at the National Hotel

Sleep Out Under the Stars 2017

Come on down to the beautiful surrounds of the University of Notre Dame for one of Freo’s favourite fundraisers.
Sleep Out Under the Stars is a very special evening, hosted by St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre and the University of Notre Dame to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.

Join us for an evening of live music, kids’ activities and community spirit…you can then opt to stay over in the gorgeous Malloy Courtyard or Prindiville Hall…or you can head home to your own bed 🙂

Musical acts this year include the soulful jazz stylings of Lois Olney, folk songstress Ezer Eve and of course the fabulous Starlight Hotel featuring clients from St. Pat’s.

Soup provided by Empyrean and crusty bread from Bread in Common.

This ia a family-friendly event…no alcohol permitted.

This is a wonderful way to start a conversation with your friends and family around homelessness…but it’s also a lot of fun too. Hope to see you there!

Saturday May the 6th from 5.30pm at University of Notre Dame Australia

19 Mouat Street, Fremantle

A Trial to see if 3 Bins is Better

The City of Fremantle is proud to support the 12 month trial of a new Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) system being rolled out by 7,000 City of Melville residents this spring. The trial includes the introduction of a third waste bin to encourage better separation of waste which will lead to cleaner compost and less waste going landfill and is a collaboration between the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, City of Fremantle, City of Melville and Town of East Fremantle.

Following a successful trial in Melville, Freo residents are expected to be introduced to the third bin in 2018/19.

This video explains it well: