A four hour drive south of Perth lies the little town of Albany. Once a whaling port, Albany now seeks to rebrand itself as the adventure capital of Western Australia. Featuring crystalline blue waters, mostly deserted beaches, and bushwalks for days, it is easy to see why. But when all that hiking, climbing and fishing is done, a weary traveler needs a place to refuel and refresh to start the next adventure. Here is the result of in-depth research on the most important meal of the day: breakfast.
Hands down, the best coffee shop in Albany is the Naked Bean.
Though a bit off the beaten path, these folks roast their own coffee, serve up delicious baked goods, and sell hard-to-find coffee accoutrements (i.e. espresso makers, dampers, and chemexes). They offer a wide range of coffee beans and teas to enjoy in-store or at home.
The Naked Bean
For those looking for fuller fare, The Store
is a relatively new addition to the Albany scene but already boasts a reputation for fantastic carrot cake (and I concur). Located on Frederick St, it is a cute little place to have a chat, have a light lunch, or do some antique shopping.
Down the street is The Alkaline
, serving up vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free goodies. But if you don't ascribe to one of these diets don't let that stop you. Their offerings are innovative and tasty – a perfect combo for any foodie. Their offerings extend well into lunchtime as does breakfast which is served all day.
One block further
, a neighborhood go-to for good coffee and breakfast staples, though this is quite typical fare.
For a real foodie treat, a few doors down is Gourmandise & Co
, and this would be my recommendation.
Baked Eggs at Gourmandise & Co
The little shop is a slice of French Provence, and fittingly so, as the owner hails from that region – accent and all. In addition to delicious breakfasts they serve a wide range of teas and have a little store of cheeses, fresh baked goodies and picnic goods. The beautiful wood table in the middle of the facility is family-style seating that encourages a lively and festive atmosphere.
Gourmandise & Co