Review: Hidden away in the Swan Valley, this iconic business has been making premium chocolates and confectionery for over 40 years, making it Western Australia's oldest operating chocolate factory. You will find a huge range of chocolates available to purchase at Whistlers. Some of my favourites include chocolate-coated snakes, peanut brittle, chocolate-coated mint leaves, honeycomb, and their mixed round platter. Whistlers also has a gift shop, a café, and an outdoor garden and play area for children.
2. Holly Raye's, Bassendean
Address: James St Bassendean, WA, Australia 6054
Hours: Mondays closed, Tuesday to Friday from 7.30am to 2.00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 2.00pm.
Review: Holly Raye's is a modern, hipster café and restaurant tucked away in a quiet street in Bassendean. The thing I like most about Holly Raye's are their cakes, biscuits, pastries and slices. Choose from delicious treats like giant Kingston cookies, triple chocolate raspberry brownies, honey joys, oaty ginger crumble slice, giant Monte Carlos cookies, Turkish delight friands, chocolate cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting, caramel slices, and more.
3. Lavender Bistro and Boutique, West Swan
Address: 6 Cranleigh Street West Swan, 6055 Western Australia
Review: Located in the Swan Valley, the Lavender Bistro and Boutique is a French inspired café and boutique that serves high tea, meals, wine, desserts and pastries with a lavender twist. I always enjoy a visit to the Lavender Bistro and Boutique. The restaurant has a relaxing vibe to it and the staff are always friendly, attentive and welcoming. I would recommend coming here for high tea or ordering some desserts off the menu. I really like their scones (choose from lavender, plain, or one of each) which come with lavender jam and cream. They also do a delicious lavender ice cream. Don't forget to also visit their boutique, which sells a range of lavender products, such as jams, oils, lollies and cosmetic products.
4. Candy Cow, Cowaramup
Address: Shop 3/69 Bussell Highway, Cnr Bottrill St, Cowaramup Western Australia 6284
Review: Candy Cow is a sweet shop and candy factory located in the small country town of Cowaramup. A popular spot with tourists, Candy Cow is a fun place to stop for a visit with the kids if you are travelling through the South West. This colourful sweet shop sells a little bit of everything, from retro candy favourites, to their signature honey crunch, chocolates, fudge, nougat, lollypops and more.
5. Margaret River Fudge Factory, Margaret River
Address: 152 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 4pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.
Review: The Margaret River Fudge Factory is one of my favourite places to visit in Margaret River. I always include it in my list of things to do. The Margaret River Fudge Factory is 100% Australian owned and operated. They sell a range of sweets from their famous premium made fudge, to truffles, pralines, chocolate bars, traditional lollies and more. My favourite fudge is their fairy fudge which is covered in hundreds and thousands.
6. Maison Saint-Honoré, Caversham
Address: 100 Benara Rd, Caversham WA 6055, Australia
Hours: Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm
Review: Maison Saint-Honoré specializes in authentic French cakes, desserts, crepes and more. I am a big fan of their macarons, which come in a variety of colours and flavours. If I am visiting for afternoon tea, I might get a hot chocolate with one or two macarons on the side for myself. If I want to spoil someone, I will purchase a box of eight as a present, and have fun selecting different flavours and colours. Maison Saint-Honoré also do wonderful crepes. Their savory crepes make for a delicious breakfast and their sweet crepes are fantastic dessert options.If you want to try one of their cakes, you can't go past their lemon meringue tart, which is just great. If you are visiting with a friend and want to share a dish, you have to try their sweet tasting plater for $20 which comes with eight mini desserts.
7. Mondo Nougat- Factory & Café, Herne Hill
Address: 640 Great Northern Hwy, Herne Hill WA 6056
Hours: Mondays closed, Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 5pm.
Review: Mondo Nougat-Factory & Café is a family-run business located in the Swan Valley that has been producing traditional honey-based nougat and Italian style pastries since 2005. Mondo Nougat is a great place to visit. The last time I visited, there were blocks of rocky road, bags of assorted nougat bars, Italian biscuits, chocolate honey comb pieces, traditional hard-boiled sweets, nougat flavoured gelato and much more. The staff were very welcoming to customers and were quick to offer me a free tasting. I purchased a bag of mixed mini nougat bars and a bag of Turkish delight chocolate pieces. I will definitely be coming back to try some of their gelato next time.
8. Lawley's Bakery and Cafe, Mount Lawley
Address: 616 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6am to 4.30pm and Public Holidays from 6am to 4pm.
Review: Lawley's Bakery and Café is a bakery located in Mount Lawley that sells fresh bread, sandwiches, soups, salads, bagels, and pastries. The café in Mount Lawley was the original home of Lawley's Bakery and Café. The success of Lawley's has seen additional cafes open in Osborne Park and Malaga. I've been fond of the original Lawley's in Mount Lawley's for years. I'm a huge fan of their pancakes with mixed berries and vanilla ice cream for breakfast and I like going there for afternoon tea and getting a coffee and a lamington or lemon tart.
9. Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop, Maylands
Address: 206B Whatley Cres, Maylands WA 6051, Australia
Hours: Monday 6.30am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday 6.30am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday 6.30am to 4pm.
Review: Sherbet Cake & Bake Shop is a café and bakery located in Maylands. This charming vintage inspired café is always bustling when we come to visit. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is always pleasant. We ordered a cake from Sherbet's for my daughter's fifth birthday called a "freckle cake" that came covered in hundreds and thousands. It was a huge hit with the kids. If you are planning on visiting Sherbets, I would recommend trying their cupcakes, which are very indulgent and delicious, or having a slice of cake.
10. Mimmo's Gourmet Gelato, Guildford
Address: Unit 9/121 James St, Guildford WA 6055, Australia
Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays closed, Wednesdays to Thursdays 12pm to 8pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 9pm, Sunday 12pm to 8pm.
Review: Mimmo's Gourmet Gelato is an award-winning gelato and sorbet shop located in Guildford. This is one of my favourite places to go for ice cream. They sell cakes, sorbets and premium made gelato. There are always some interesting flavours to pick from, like Milk and Cherry, Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffin and White Choc and Tiramisu. The staff here are always so friendly. I remember we went there once and my little girl wanted bubblegum gelato, but there was none available. The clerk behind the counter smiled and told us to wait. He went out the back and came back out again with a fresh tub of bubblegum which put a huge smile on my daughter's face. It's good customer service like that you don't end up forgetting.