Three south of the river brunch spots to try this weekend!

Brunch is still my favourite meal of all time and I’ve been out and about every weekend ticking one or two new places off my extremely long wish list. Lately we’ve been hanging out in our old hood, the South Perth area and it’s surrounds, as a crop of cool new spots have popped out of nowhere! Here are three places you need to visit for brunch this weekend – plus you can take a stroll down the banks of the Swan when you’ve finished. Sounds good, right?

The Little Banksia, South Perth

Here’s a tip – get in early! This place was buzzing when we arrived. And parking can be a little crazy town since this cool spot is smack bang in the middle of a suburban street. The cafe is an old house converted into a coffee shop so do have a wander through if you’re looking for a table as there are loads of rooms to dine in. We managed to grab a table outside on the fake grass. The menu is huge and I had trouble choosing my breakfast dish but finally decided on the Kale & Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon, Poached Egg and Dill Cream. The presentation was stunning. The kale cakes were moist and full of “that” flavour, but not too overpowering. The corn added a bit of sweetness and texture. The egg was poached beautifully and the salmon was fresh and rich, and they were very generous with the portion given. E loved her creamy scrambled eggs and crisp bacon too. No complaints on her end – she may have even said they were the best eggs she’s had in a while! The coffee was A+ and almond milk is available. The coffee blend was strong and lovely, and we will be back for sure! 

Penny’s Cafe, Applecross

Cute as a button, tiny and very welcoming, Penny’s Cafe is a gorgeous little cafe nestled amongst the shops in Applecross. I’m a little jealous of those who work near by as it’s the perfect spot to pop in for a weekday lunch or brunch. I visited recently with my Nanna for a quick bite to eat and we felt very at home. The interiors are stunning, very modern and crisp. I fell in love with the coffee inspired art on the walls and the pendant lights look beautiful above the cake display and coffee counter. The menu is short and sweet, with daily specials. I was tossing up between the Bacon & Egg Sandwich on Brioche (yum) and the daily special, but decided on the special which was a Pork Belly Bahn Mi ($8.50). We also ordered a coffee and I am pleased to say they do have almond milk available. The coffee was piping hot, rich and creamy and the blend was lovely. I loved the large “bowl” style mugs they were served in, they were huge! The service was very efficient and our coffees were out very quickly, followed by our food. I made the right choice ordering the Bahn Mi. The flavours were very traditional and could have come from a side of the road vendor in Nam. The pork belly was crunchy and crisp, adding a gorgeous texture to the dish. All of the ingredients were very fresh and tasty. Such stunning presentation too. What a gorgeous coffee shop, I will be back for sure!

Nic & Kolo, Applecross

I stopped in recently with my family for a quick coffee and cake as I was dying to see what had replaced Jac’s. What a beautiful new cafe! The interiors are very fresh, and I just love the design of the place, especially the semicircular gold counter – very impressive. We visited in the late afternoon – too late for lunch and too early for dinner, but the cake selection and prompt service kept us enticed. The coffee blend is really good, and I mean good. My Long Mac was strong but not at all bitter, it was a lovely coffee. Little Sister went with the Mocha and she was very impressed by how chocolate based it was. The carrot cake I selected was so moist and packed with crunchy nuts and the icing was thick and zesty. Little Sister tried a Friand which she said was also very moist and buttery. The food we saw come out of the kitchen looked so good and we’ve decided we will be back for brunch ASAP! Welcome to the neighbourhood Nic & Kolo!

If you’ve visited those ones already, perhaps Kettle Cafe in Lathlain, George Street Cafe & Patisserie in Kensington or The Sparrow’s Nest in Victoria Park take your fancy? 

Where have you eaten out lately? Any Perth cafes I need to add to my wish list?

E x 


  1. I think Im going to have to try the Kale cakes with salmon dish at The Little Banksia, Im drooling right now 🙂 Looks so good!

    • It was really delicious. I’m not a huge kale fan as it really is an acquired taste, but this dish was divine! Enjoy!!

  2. twenty says

    They all sound like great places to visit.

  3. giraffestyle says

    Thank you so much for your suggestions! I live SOR and am always on the hunt for places slightly closer to my ‘hood! 🙂 I only drove past the George St cafe yesterday actually. I will have to try these places out xx

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