A freelance writer living in Perth with a passion for music, fashion, film, food and words.
Published September 19th 2011
People seem to forget about East Victoria Park.
They seem to forget that Antz inya Pantz on 965 Albany Hwy offers house roasted beans, and delicious bagels for a mere pittance. Their friendly staff and quiet atmosphere makes it a delight to spend the morning sipping away reading a book curled up in one of their comfy sofas. They open early and shut by 3, and a little earlier at 1 on Sundays.
People seem to forget that just further up the highway Crumpet at 885 offers yummy breakfasts - including freshly baked (you said it!) crumpets - with great vegetarian dishes, gluten-free options, fresh juices, smoothies, and coffees. Their scrumptious food and friendly knowledgeable staff and charming mix and matched décor make up for the often slow service. Seriously. Just taste those crumpets Tuesdays through Fridays 7.30-3 and Weekends 8-2.
People seem to forget 868 Gourmet. They don't remember how this little Italian find makes arguably the best coffee on the strip. Not to mention their delectably priced and tasty breakfasts, gourmet rolls, salads and anti pasti. A little hectic around lunch time on weekdays, I tend to avoid it between 12 and 2, but the service is friendly and otherwise quick and the flavours are delish.
People seem to forget to take impish delight in the Imp Cafe's spot on fiori coffees, finger licking breakfasts, lip smacking lunches, tempting tapas, and devilish house-made deserts. Their regularly changing menus are creative, a joy to eat, and vegetarian friendly. Don't want coffee? Try their chai. Not that sugary powdery chai latte cafes are pedaling these days, chai tea made in the more traditional spirit of aromatic Indian masala tea steeped in water, with milk and honey served as all their teas are in a pot covered by a hand knitted tea cozy. And for the gluten intolerant there are equally sinful gluten free treats like almond crescents and chocolate fudge cakes heated with ice cream. mmmm… Their rich yet minimal decor, witty tattooed staff, and killer tunes make 863 Albany Hwy the place to be from 7am till 10pm.
People seem to forget that East Vic Park is a sweet place to wander on any day of the week. And with a line up of op shops, trendy little boutiques Nosh Gourmet and Ms Demeanour right next to each other, and Crow Books just up the road, Albany Hwy has become the yet to be discovered, still unpretentious alternative du jour cafe strip we all knew it could be.