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Published September 10th 2017
Visit this Charming Cafe, For Cheap, Excellent Food & Coffee
The Babylon Cafe is a Leederville enchanting and well hidden establishment.
The entrance to Babylon Cafe
Situated at the end of a welcoming, narrow lane-way, even the laneway is fascinating with its eclectic selection of vintage goods, wall paintings, pot plants and fabulous succulents.
The laneway leading to the Cafe
Babylon has an admirable ambience with all staff members being friendly and helpful. Their menu is basic, however, the food they do have, is excellent, and I am always pleased when there is a small menu as I am quicker to chose!
Basic but good menu
Owned and run by Simon Adonis, Simon says (yes!) that Babylon has been going for about 2 years. Simon is a barista and they specialise in outstanding coffees in three sizes.
Simon, the warm and friendly owner
You walk down the narrow lane and come to a clearing where there are vintage tables and chairs, and to all dog lovers, apparently, these people are dog lovers and encourage you to bring along your dogs. There are of course, several places in the "yard" where your dog can get a drink. Some dogs can even sit at the table and many of us dog owners think dogs are "people without speech", and must, therefore, be treated as such!
Down the other side of this area is like a "coffee window" where you can order takeaway without having to go into the actual cafe.
Take away or quick coffee area
Their menu consists of about 5 items and they have some of these on display under the counter.
These items are:
Voosht with cheese, jalapenos toastie
Bacon or veggie stack
Chook with sweet mustard pickles toastie
Ham with cheese and Dijon mustard toastie
3 cheese with green chilli jam toastie
They have a range of divine looking cakes which I was told, are made daily by Simon's mother, Di, who dutifully delivers them fresh daily.
On the day we were there, Di had baked delicious slices such as:
Slice of Sunshine
Pep in your Step
Cherry Ripe bar
plus more which are varied regularly
These cost around $4.50 each, which is a lot cheaper than at most other cafes and restaurants around Perth. I actually wanted the "voosht toastie" however my friend who is fussier than I am, wanted this one, so I took another one, and tasted some of hers!It was a "simple" toastie, but packed with flavour, and was well worth the $9 which it cost.
Terribly tasty toastie
I ordered the bacon stack which our waitress, Lisa, brought to us within about five minutes, and which cost just $10 for two pieces. I was pleased this stack was not too large a serving, and was ample for lunch time. This consisted of layers of flat bread, filled with bacon, melted cheese and vegetables.
Lisa, our waitress
My bacon stack
The Babylon is a very casual cafe which is situated round the corner from the main Leederville strip and is, therefore, easier to find parking on the metered roadside.
There is eclectic furniture all around the courtyard area which adds to the atmosphere - second-hand vintage furniture gives it character.
There is quite a large courtyard area with tables and chairs as well as an inside eating area, but on this day it was a beautiful spring day, and we chose to eat outside under an umbrella away from the gorgeous sun!
Eat either inside or outside
Everything here is "home made" and made to order (apart from the pancake stacks), and I am sure all this food is very fresh, as well as being "tasty". The kitchen area where food is prepared is clearly visible in this small area, and I always find this a plus when you can see in to where food is actually made, rather than it being separated from the public.
Here is a short video with Simon explaining a few things about Babylon Cafe:
It has an adorable atmosphere, which is both inviting and comfortable and even though the menu is limited, it is a great place for a casual snack or lunch. You can be sure of friendly, smiling and efficient staff who seem there to "please" the customers! With very reasonable prices, good coffee and amicable staff, this is a must try for those who want good quality food and coffee.
Rear 656 Newcastle Road
Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 3 pm
Saturday 7.30 am to 2 pm
Sunday - closed