This is the life. Blue sky, warm sun, shops that are open on a Sunday. Welcome to Hillarys Boat Harbour. A destination for locals and tourists alike since 1988, Hillarys Boat Harbour has recently undergone yet another massive renovation and extension, broadening its appeal even further.
There is not much you can't do at Hillarys – swim, eat, drink, shop, boat, visit AQWA, people-watch – it's all there. As a dining destination you are now spoilt for choice with a huge range of options from sushi to ice-cream, Italian to burgers, casual dining to pizza, meat-fest to fish'n'chips.
We headed to Hillarys on a brilliant Sunday morning, looking for a coffee and 'second breakfast'. It was almost too difficult to decide, but we ended up heading to Toscanini's because we had both been there before and always enjoyed our meals.
One of three Toscanini's (the others are in Applecross and Bicton), this café offers licensed dining - breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. With both indoor and outdoor seating, offering views over the marina, Toscanini's is relaxed and popular. We sat outside under the shade and perused the breakfast menus. We had missed the weekend breakfast specials ($10.90 available from 7-10am) but there were plenty of options to choose from including the 'Belly Buster' (perhaps more aptly named the pocket buster at $27.90) which includes sausages, bacon, eggs, tomato, hash brown, baked beans, mushroom and toast. You can get reduced versions of this for $21.90 without the hash browns and baked beans and less meat.
Other breakfast fare includes omelettes ($19), egg Florentine/Benedict ($19), croissants ($13.90), toasted sandwiches and rolls ($8.90/$10.90) and a range of pancakes and crepes ($11.90-$13.90) including choc chip, caramelised banana and maple syrup or blueberry and icecream. Yum.
I was craving salt so chose the ubiquitous bacon and egg toasted sandwich for the very reasonable price of $8.90. It came with two fried eggs and a pigs worth of bacon. Very good value. My sister showed considerable restraint in the face of the incredible cake cabinet and came back with a Florentine, a gooey biscuit made with corn-flakes, glacé cherries, honey and liberally drizzled with chocolate.
The cakes cabinet was extraordinary, and I would have taken a picture but there was usually a crowd pressed up against it. It makes their claim that it is the 'biggest cake cabinet in Perth' highly believable.