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The Millpoint Book Caffe

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
Published June 9th 2014
Books and Brunch in an Iconic Corner of South Perth

After an hour or two's observing the birdlife foraging for breakfast on the lakes of Mill Point in Perth, I was getting rather peckish myself. My hosts suggested we waddle ten minutes up the road to the Millpoint Book Caffé. What a find for a bibliophile! We were lucky to snare a table as it is wise to book at weekends.

There were books as far as the eye could see, with an eclectic collection of tables to allow the serving of refreshments. One could choose to eat amongst the myriads of books, or retreat to the outdoor setting.

Whilst waiting the arrival of breakfast, you can catch up on the latest news or the latest in books.

There is a wonderful section for children and young adults.

The enthusiastic staff are always on hand to offer advice and make recommendations.

Many a local book club enjoys this venue for regular outings. Appropriately, it is the former home of West Australian writer, Tom Hungerford.

For the uninitiated, one orders and pays at the counter, and the fare is then delivered to your table. I was going through an iced coffee phase, and I was not disappointed.

Breaking away from my usual brekkie fare I chose the pancakes, but was a little disappointed in their texture. Although I was not expecting crepes (which may be a wiser variation on this theme of fruit and maple syrup), I found them a little tough and chewy. A pancake should be light and fluffy. Not so in this case.

Husband ordered a crepe wrapped around a savoury breakfast filling. This was accompanies by his usual cappuccino, so he was well satisfied.

Can a business serve two entirely different purposes? There are plenty of examples of book cafes throughout the world. My experience has been that gourmet fare cannot be expected when the primary purpose of a business is to sell reading materials. However, I am happy to combine two of my favourite hobbies when needs must.

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Why? To combine the joys of books and food
When: 7 days a week, 8.30am - 5.30pm
Phone: 08 9367 4567
Where: 254 Mill Point Road, South Perth WA 6151
Cost: Various
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I suppose when you are focussing on one aspect so much, the other inevitably suffers. It is hard to get both up to exacting standards.
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