January 17, 2015
When I'm not working on Eve Organics, I'm usually at a cafe somewhere. I LOVE cafe-going, and I'm slowly but surely building up a list of healthy cafes in Perth - where, luckily for me, new healthy eating spots pop up all the time! Here are my latest finds:
Pictures taken by myself. Copyright Eve Organics 2015
Little Bird Cafe (Northbridge)
Feel: Little Bird is a cute little cafe with a generous menu, on the corner of Lake St and Newcastle St in Northbridge. There are tables both inside and outside (with shade), so it's perfect on a sunny day.
Food: The menu consists of a few quirky items (Buckwheat & Coconut Pancakes with Cashew Cream are a fave), along with healthier takes on all the old favourites, like Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros.
The Huevos Racheros (foreground) and Buckwheat & Coconut Pancakes (background)
CNR Kitchen (Northbridge)
Feel: CNR Kitchen is a small space but with plenty of outside bench seating, overlooking the Northbridge Piazza. It's a little healthy oasis in the middle of town and you can sit outside without being in full sunlight. They also run healthy eating/cooking classes, and 95% of their menu is gluten-free; so it's fantastic for celiacs.
Food: I've only tried the raw treats here (which were delicious), but they've just started opening regularly in the evenings - so I'm keen to expand on my culinary experience!
The Raw Treat Tasting Board
Kinfolk Cafe and Wholefoods (Mundaring)
Feel: Sitting outside at Kinfolk (which you have to do - there's no inside, just a kitchen) is like sitting in your own back garden - but a beautiful, serene back garden. It's a really nice setting to sit and unwind, maybe after you've been for a hike on one of the nearby trails!
Food: They have a small menu but the food is mostly organic and locally-sourced, and the portions are generous. They also bake different treats every day, which you can drool over on their Facebook page.
Genesis in the Hills (Roleystone)
Feel: Like a converted country home, Genesis in the Hills is surrounded by a spacious verandah where you can sit out and enjoy the sounds and smells of the bush. They even have little bohemian-looking cover ups to put over your legs when it's cool outside. It's a beautiful place to sit and nurture your soul with some chit-chat and your body with some healthy treats!
Food: Lots of vegetarian options, and really, really healthy food. Each meal is packed to the brim with super foods (kale in the salad, seeds in the burger patties, etc). It's also tasty, colourful and the servings are generous. They have sweet treats too - or, while you're in the area, you can drive around the corner to the Roleystone rose nursery and have tea & scones for dessert!
The Open Sandwich (foreground) and Falafel Open Burger (background)
Fez Café (Mount Lawley)
Feel: Fez gives me a kind of ‘Greek’ vibe – but that could just be me. It’s open, airy, with pretty details and plenty of natural light. Perfect for lazy Sundays.
Food: The popularity here is due in part to the presentation. Fez’s Citrus & Ginger Panacotta is all over Instagram, and with good reason – it’s just so pretty on the plate. Their menu changes every now & then, which keeps thing interesting; and they always have a selection of raw balls, muffins etc artfully draped around the counter.
The Jalapeño & Zucchini Bread
Veggie Mama (Mount Lawley)
Feel: Veggie Mama is a humble space. There’s seating both inside and outside – not a huge amount of room but enough for a quick bite, and it’s in a great spot right in the middle of Beaufort St (corner of Vincent).
Food: This is a vegetarian’s paradise. They offer a subway-style burger bar where you can even choose from several types of patty (don’t like chickpeas? No problem), as well as delicious hot cooked vegetarian meals which change regularly. They also have a cabinet full of raw sweet things. I’m a big fan of their Cacao Slice.
The Pearfect Pantry (Wembley)
Feel: Tucked in amongst a complex of units, the Pearfect Pantry can be a little tricky to find - but oh is it worth it. It's tiny, but you can sit inside or outside and, whilst the surroundings aren't particularly scenic, you'll be too busy enjoying the food to be worried. They offer healthy High Teas here, which is what originally appealed to me - and I wasn't disappointed! We enjoyed a vegetarian high tea - but they can also make it vegan/gluten-free if you need. Just let them know when you book. Even better - it's no more expensive than a normal, less-healthy high tea - so why wouldn't you!
Food: I've only tried the high tea here, but it was absolutely delicious. Probably the best I've had. We had hot, fresh vegetable frittatas, two types of sandwiches packed with roast veg, cheese, etc - and a host of delicious healthy treats. We couldn't finish it!
Me enjoying the vegetarian high tea
The Raw Kitchen (Fremantle)
Feel: Think warehouse - lots of open space and high ceilings. There’s very limited outside seating but the view is just a street-view, so probably best to sit inside anyway. The Raw Kitchen also run workshops and yoga classes in the same space. Very cool! Find out more at their website.
Food: The Raw Kitchen does raw extremely well. From their 100% raw pizza (is there such a thing?! Turns out there is) to their zucchini pasta, nothing you eat there could possibly make you feel guilty – and it’s incredible how much flavor they can pack in without cooking a thing. Their raw vegan cheesecakes are also top-notch.
The Raw Pizza
Do you have any favourite healthy spots in your city? I'd love to hear about them!