We lived in the suburb of Maylands in Perth for five years and watched it grow from undeveloped, vacant buildings to one of the weekend hot spots in Perth for dining out. Whatley Crescent runs alongside the train line and the strip between Eighth and Ninth Avenue is packed full of mouth-watering options, you won’t know where to start!
On a Saturday morning you’re sure to find the line-up for a table at Mrs S. out the door, but it’s without a doubt worth waiting for. Whether you favour the rose and berry pannacotta and granola for breakfast or ‘The Manwich’ for lunch, you won’t be disappointed with your selection from the funky menus made out of old children’s story books. The indoor area is light and bright with high ceilings and large windows, but if it’s a little chilly and there’s only outdoor tables available, never fear – blankets will be provided. The front counter is packed full of baked treats adorned with edible flowers that look way too pretty to eat. Need I say more?
Grab a ready-made picnic from Smoult’s to enjoy an afternoon of sumptuous cheeses, meats, relishes and breads. Surrounded by water, Maylands is the picnic-perfect location so head towards Peninsula Road and choose a spot along the Swan River for a scenic and relaxed afternoon. Complete with cups, plates and cutlery all you need is a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine and you’re good to go! Don’t feel bad if you love the produce so much that you’re tempted to go back afterwards to grab some supplies for later on – it happens to the best of us!
A favourite of ours, Chapels has incredible service, delicious food and a relaxed vibe. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with an extensive Eurasian inspired menu, everything from the kimchi pancakes to the savoury scones will fill your belly with delight. For my fellow tea-lovers out there, they have a wide variety of loose fine teas on offer – and it’s a never-ending (very pretty) pot! Choose one to start you off and keep getting it refilled with different flavours to see how many you can sample. With a range of incredible baked goods to choose from, it’s also the perfect spot for afternoon tea (we recommend the macaroons and scones!). Chapels doubles as a shop, so you can walk away with your favourite tea or even a beautiful ceramic or antique piece of furniture sourced directly from Asia by the team.
SHERBET CAFÉ & BAKE SHOP
As soon as you step inside the doors of Sherbet you feel as if you’ve just walked into your (very fashionable) Nana’s home. Its vintage decor combined with pastel colour scheme is the perfect setting for the old-fashioned baked goods that make this place so popular. It’s always packed with loyal and new customers sampling the sweet treats so if you’re unable to find a table be sure to grab a take-away so you don’t miss out! With an array of mouth-watering cupcakes, cookies and slices on offer I challenge you to pick just one!
Small in size but huge in personality, Swallow Bar is the perfect spot to finish off your day. Whether you’ve chosen your favourite cider or one of the signature Swallow cocktails, it’s the ideal place to relax back to live music and enjoy dinner and drinks with friends. Choose between the funky booths made from old train seats and luggage racks, a stool at the bar or a seat in the intimate courtyard out the back. With Parisian-style decor, Swallow Bar transports you into a world of delicious food, great atmosphere and flowing drinks.