Hole in the wall cafes are my favourite kind, not only due to their often unique aesthetic, but the excitement of the search they entail. Such was the case in a recent visit to two month old Flora and Fauna. After traversing the main strip in Northbridge, I was happy to veer towards the more secluded street of Aberdeen and down what appears to be an unused alleyway. Flora and Fauna is a tiny space but not underwhelming; customers are met with a delightful store-front, a quirky outdoor seating area adorned with bunting and flowers in abundance.
Asides from visuals, the 'make or break' moment for me when it comes to cafes is the service, and Flora and Fauna offers what I believe to be the friendliest customer service I have experienced in Perth. The moment I walked in the door I was greeted with a smile and helpful advice on the day's offerings. Flora and Fauna serves coffee, fresh juice and tea. In terms of food, while not having a lunch menu as such, Flora and Fauna's cabinet is filled with many treats such as salads, raw cakes and bagels. The owner also advised me about their veggie wraps which had sold out by the time I arrived. She was, however, kind enough to go out of her way and make up another two fresh wraps for myself and my companion.
The veggie wrap turned out to be absolutely fantastic. While being a relatively simple dish, the fresh ingredients really made it shine, with the homemade hummus in particular being finger-licking good. I also ordered a pot of the specialty tea that Flora and Fauna stock called Harney and Sons in the blend chocolate and coconut. It intrigued me enough to want to try out the whole selection of teas, which ranges from apple and cinnamon, mango, floral tea and more. Finally, I couldn't resist trying the raw caramel slice, which was insanely delicious and filling. Usually I avoid raw offerings at cafes due to their often expensive price tag, but the prices at Flora and Fauna are very decent. In total, I spent $21 for my very satisfying meal.
With fantastic food, there is not much more you could really ask for, but Flora and Fauna appeals by offering that extra little something, selling bunches of flowers, greeting cards, specialty teas and other assorted gifts. I decided on buying a tin of Harney and Son's tea as a gift. The owner kindly offered to wrap it for me, making me fall even harder in love with the place, which emanates so much warmth, passion, care and feel good vibes.