I'm an aspiring writer living in Perth. I like to take the scenic route and take pleasure in the simple things in life, such as good food and good company.
Published March 23rd 2014
Where coffee and motivation collide
As assignment deadlines loom all the closer and tests become more frequent, I have found myself spending a lot more time in my room or at my University library, studying for hours on end and making the finishing touches to essays and speeches. While I am back in the studying routine after a very long three month break, I still find myself becoming restless and bored out of my brains when stuck at a desk for too long. If you are anything like me, then you will know the world of good a change in atmosphere can have on clearing one's mind, and there really is nothing like the promise of a hot beverage and something yummy to eat in a relaxing café to motivate oneself to get things done.
With this in mind, I set out to share a few of my personal favourite cafes which offer a pleasant study space. After all, with studies suggesting that the ambient sounds of cafes help to increase creativity (see: here and here), what more reason do you need to pursue these spots?
The Tenth State
Image from The Tenth State's official facebook page
Conveniently located near the UWA crawley campus, The Tenth State offers an ideal reprieve from arduous study sessions spent in the library. It is a tiny cafe, meaning it can get very busy, particularly during the earlier hours of the day. However, if you are lucky enough to secure a seat in the back room, you will find that it is the perfect place to read over notes and to revive. A range of home baked and very appealing cakes and pastries do not fail to entice; the cupcakes in particular are mouth-wateringly good.
Perth, Western Australia 600 open: 7:30-5pm Mon-Fri, 8:30-1pm Sat facebook page
Wild Poppy cafe (image taken by myself)
Wild Poppy draws you in with its 'granny chic' vibes and delicious, freshly baked cakes on the display counter. If you wander to the very back of the cafe, you will also find the perfect place to study, with lots of room to work on the long wooden tables. The couches are also insanely comfy; believe me, you wont be able to get up out of your seat for a while. Wild Poppy offers an especially hearty breakfast menu to power you through your work. The added bonus of Wild Poppy is it provides free Wifi for all customers.
Tea for Tu was one of my regular haunts of 2013 and it continues to be in 2014. Tucked behind tu boutique on William Street and next door to the Mechanics Institute Bar, Tea for tu is a tiny space and a hidden gem. The seating out the back is the perfect place to soak up the sunshine and enjoy a freshly brewed tea served in fine bone china, or a quality cup of coffee, while reading a book or catching up on study notes. Tea for tu also offers a variety of savoury and sweet delicacies if you are in need of refuelling. My favourite time of day to visit is during the later part of the afternoon, as I have found it a lot quieter and therefore ideal for studying. After your visit, I would also recommend having a look at Tu's Stairwell Gallery; there's always an interesting exhibit to see.
218A (Rear) WILLIAM ST. NORTHBRIDGE
Perth, Western Australia 600
open: 8-5 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Sat & Sun website
Canvas Cafe is one of Fremantle's hidden gems and an ideal place to go for a good feed in a relaxing atmosphere if you are feeling especially overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to complete. The courtyard is the perfect tranquil space, as it does not tend to get noisy in the open outdoor area, and the sunshine peeping through the courtyard's foliage will surely improve your mood. Seeing the latest exhibition at the Fremantle Arts center also offers a great incentive to clear your mind after an intense study session.
1 FINNERTY ST, FREMANTLE
Fremantle, Western Australia 6011
open: 8-3 Mon-Fri, Sat & Sun 8-4 facebook page
The Little Concept
Image from The Little Concept's official facebook page
Another Freo cafe that has such an upbeat vibe. The allure of The Little Concept is its amazing coffee and the range of healthy food on offer: think Vanilla Chia puddings, cold pressed juices and raw desserts. The large communal table is a good spot to catch up on readings or to do some research while sipping a beverage of choice. I personally recommend and swear by TLC's chai lattes, which I believe to be among the best in Perth.
7 WRAY AVE, FREMANTLE
Perth, Western Australia 6959
open: 7-5 Mon-Sat, Sun 7:30-3 facebook page
Can I also add X Wray Cafe in Freo (opposite Luna Cinemas). I have books and paper and my laptop spread all over the table as we speak, nice quiet music, trees overhead and others with laptops so I don't feel too nerdy :)