There's many suburbs in Perth that are home to fantastic boutique shopping and local and handmade items. Whether you're into having a bite to eat after a ride, or gift shopping for a friend, nobody knows a place like a local.
So, take it from me as a local, that there's plenty to do at this home in the hills, especially with some tips from the insiders.
While it's only just up the hill on either Kalamunda or Welshpool road, the town has the feeling of being removed from the suburbs. To the East is the Perth Hills, budding with Wineries. Try out Fairbrossen Winery, or Core Cider House, which includes a great little restaurant for a Sunday afternoon.
The surrounding areas are beautiful year round and many cyclists enjoy a weekend bike ride through the hills, or a walk along the bibbulmun track. When you get hungry, there's a variety of options. If you're feeling the health buzz, you might like to try Haynes St Larder. It's a tiny little cafe that's so well hidden you might miss it, if not for the brightly coloured tables and chairs out the front. Serving the very best in healthy food from 8am on the weekends, I recommend you try one of their salads, which are anything but boring.
If you want something more substantial, try Jack and Jill for the Urban dining experience and a great coffee, or Elevated Grounds Coffee House for unusual decor and something a little different to eat.
These three are located within several doors of each other on Haynes street. If you'd like to wander further afield, many side streets will lead to many different breakfast and lunch houses.
While on Haynes street, don't forget to check out Dreams for fine locally made jewellery, and probably the shop I most frequently visit, Herb Circle. This health and gift shop has a variety of things, from natural cosmetics and soaps, to candles, jewellery and herbal teas. If you need a gift in a pinch, it's very easy to choose a selection of nice things here.
If op shops are your things, make sure you get there in the morning when everything is still open. Hidden behind the bus station is the CWA opp shop, and look out for Verna's room, tucked behind the church, where I often score great finds on the $2 rack.
If you're in Kalamunda for Dinner, there's a variety of restaurants open in the evening. My first pick is The Cavern, if you like Tapas (What's Tapas? Get introduced here). Not cheap, but it provides a great atmosphere, an even greater menu, and excellent wine. For something more classic, try Embers Woodfired, which serves a range of Italian food, with a modern Australian twist.
As well as these, there's beautifully-British Stirk park, the Kalamunda History Village, and plenty more that I don't have time to talk about here. You'll just have to go and see for yourself ...
The Kalamunda Town boasts many great little shops and parking is easiest if you don't try to parallel park on Haynes Street. Parking behind the stores and walking through is often a better option. It's best to come in the morning, when all the shops and cafes are still likely to be open. You might even hit market day!