A friend recently asked me to recommend a place for Sunday afternoon tea . It was a lot harder than I thought. Not everywhere is open on a Sunday, and many places close between lunch and dinner service.
If you don't want to plan months in ahead and book an expensive high tea, where are some of the great places in Perth where you can get a decent cake and coffee on a Sunday afternoon?
Let us know your favourite afternoon (and morning) tea destination.
They make the food small and dainty so you don't have to be
Sayers Sayers is always popular. Fresh, delicious food and a killer reputation will do that, but while you may have to queue for a table for weekend breakfast, if you come by on a Sunday afternoon you are pretty much guaranteed a table.
Two big positives is that they always offer plenty of gluten-free options and the cakes and quiches (and other assorted goodies) are obviously house-made. Nothing is brought in from wholesalers, every cake, slice, muffin and pastry is made onsite with locally sourced ingredients.
Greens and Co. Greens has one of the biggest cake displays in Perth. You need a map and a daypack to get from one end to the other, and as such it will always be a favourite destination for afternoon tea. With couches and coffee tables and those ethereal hanging lanterns, Greens is a great meetings place at all times of the day.
For those who live further up north, fear not, Café Elixir will fulfil all your afternoon tea needs. With 24 hours notice you can partake in one of the best value 'tea parties' in Perth ($24, including two drinks) otherwise there is a range of cakes, scones and muffins always available.
This place has afternoon tea written all over it. Are you going to choose the churros with melted chocolate or one of the awesome tasting plates? Perhaps a decadent cake or maybe a sundae made with melted couverture chocolate. Drool.
Locations in Northbridge, Subiaco, Hillarys, Leederville, Fremantle, Mandurah and Rockingham
Open: varies from store to store, usually around 10am-10pm
So what if you die a little every time you eat too much cake, it's a good way to go
Every time I go to Zamia in Kings Park for breakfast I see that cake cabinet and tell myself I need to come back for morning or afternoon tea. It's inspiring, and when you also take into account the beautiful view and the fantastic Synergy Playground nearby, it is a winning place for afternoon tea.
Address: May Drive, Kings Park
Open: weekdays 8am-4.30pm, weekends open til 5pm
Jean Pierre Sancho
It helps if you like macarons but it's not essential if you plan on visiting this award-winning French bakery. Although they specialise in the chewy little biscuits JPs also offer a range of tarts, pastries and cakes.
There is also a large range of sandwiches and breads, but this article is about afternoon tea, not lunch, so stick to the sweets!
Address: 878 Hay Street, Perth (there are other locations, but they're not open for Sunday afternoon tea)
Open: weekdays 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
They do a brilliant breakfast, but they also have a display case groaning with a range of sweet cakes and slices begging to be tasted. Tarts has a decent range of gluten-free options so this is a great destination if you are restricted with what you can eat www.weekendnotes.com/tarts-cafe/
Address: Lake Street, Northbridge
Open: Tues-Fri: 7am-10pm, Sat-Mon: 7am-5pm
Mary Street Bakery
Recommended by many of Perth's foodies, this is a relatively new kid in town and already has a great reputation for good food. It's a bakery, so it must be good at afternoon tea and if you get a chance to try the salted caramel chocolate tarts, you'll be happy all afternoon.
WEST Koko Black
This is a chocolate shop disguised as a… well, a chocolate shop. Luxury drips from every surface, and you need a decent bank balance to step through the door, but once you're in be prepared for decadence on every scale. The serving sizes are small, but they're very elegant. Perfect for a ladies afternoon tea.
If you are looking for a simple afternoon tea on the way home from the beach, then fortysevenkirwan is a great place to stop. The range of cakes and sweets may be small, but it is enticing and there are even some savoury muffins if that's your thing.
Every time I have been to Bada Bing for breakfast or dinner, it has been the fully loaded cake fridge that has caught my eye, so there was never any chance of it not making this list. The range is extensive and exotic, and there is the wonderful view of Jackadder Lake to enjoy as you eat a week's worth of calorie intake. Yum
EAST The Imp
The Imp has been recommended by a friend who lives in the area and she says it is a great afternoon tea destination. They are coy about the menu online but considering they only serve 'sweet treats' (no savoury) from 5pm, this definitely sounds like my sort of place.
I've already declared their savoury muffins best in Perth, but their small range of cakes and sweets are also a big drawcard for a lazy Sunday afternoon tea. As their website says, they like to bake things like your Grandma would make, except more frisky. Count me in.
Another recommendation from a Vic Park local, one of the big drawcards here is the all day dining (and that breakfast menu, drool). With a small but delicious dessert menu this would certainly fulfill requirements to be a wonderful afternoon tea destination.
I called on friends who live in the Eastern suburbs to give me names of great afternoon tea locations out east, and The Roastery was the first one mentioned. While there is a definite focus on their speciality coffee, they are proud of all their cakes, slices and sweet treats which are all homemade.
Sherbet cafe & Bake Shop on Whatley Cresent in Maylands is just the place for afternoon tea - their cakes are delicious and the vintage decor is wonderfully old fashioned. I highly recommend the banana bead (it has bits of chocolate in!). They also make cakes to order on site in small batches.