Out of town guide: Fremantle

Sure, Fremantle is an easy day trip from Perth, but a weekend (or longer) is definitely better to get a feel for the bohemian-cool spirit of the port city. Start your Freo adventure at these addresses.


The shack
It’s a vibe in this bustling, dog-friendly taqueria, which carries the flag for bold Mexican food and drink in South Fremantle. While the beer and tequila-based cocktail offering aligns with the Mexicana theme, Chef Ben Foss’s Australian accents steer the kitchen in a fun new direction – tostadas cargo ceviche, spiced with peppery berries; the salty flavor gives mushroom tacos; and a Tijuana-inspired Caesar salad remake features smoked bush tomatoes. Arrive outside of peak hours to maximize your chances of securing a seat.

Common bread
Is Bread in Common a bakery? Is it a restaurant? Is it a supplier? Is it a cafe? Whichever way you classify it, one thing is for sure: this converted warehouse has established itself as a staple of Freo’s gastronomic landscape. Delicate anchovy toast served with egg mayonnaise are the stuff of beer and wine snack dreams, while harissa cauliflower is typical of the winning ways of cooking with vegetables. When it comes to drinks, expect a punchy selection of beers, ciders, wines and aperitifs.

Ethos Deli
George’s young owners, Susan Whelan and Melissa Palinkas, love New York institutions like Katz Deli and Russ & Daughters. So when the opportunity arose to occupy a space on bustling George Street in East Freo in late 2020, the couple knew exactly what to open. Enter Ethos, a cozy East European-inspired delicatessen with a strong focus on DIY, from small products in the continental roll, Coney Island hot dogs and other sandwiches, to take-out knishes, terrine and other goodies on the menu. counter. For those who do not watch the time, the dining room on the top floor is a beautiful setting for brunch.


Hush Specialty Coffee
When the discussion is about the best coffee in the port city, Hush often gets the name verified. The exposed brick and wooden space with plenty of natural light is another draw, as is a menu that combines staples for brunch – avocado toast, for example – with luxurious creations in the vein. pavlova and French toast mash-ups. For those in a hurry, grab something from the cafe’s selection of sweet and savory baked goods.

Republic of Fremantle
Once upon a time there was distiller Ollie Kitson who made gin at Sipsmith, the first copper jar distillery to open in London in nearly two centuries. In 2019, he moved to Freo to oversee the production of Republic of Fremantle, another ambitious urban distillery and bar that distils its own basic spirit from wine. The results are expressive gins and vodkas that Republic of Fremantle bartenders deploy in classic and new-wave cocktails. The kitchen keeps time with a menu of small plates ranging from cold cuts to crumpets topped with smoked eggs and crème fraîche.


Take a journey through history at Fremantle Prison
Fremantle Prison, as its website indicates, has been welcoming guests since 1850. After more than 140 years of service, the maximum security prison was decommissioned in 1991 in preparation for its next life as a singular tourist attraction. – the prison is WA’s only world Heritage building – and links to the days of the Fremantle convicts. Talkative guides share engaging stories about the prison’s history, from life inside to more recent initiatives, including the restoration of the prison’s old vegetable gardens.

Get a local’s perspective on Fremantle
There are tourist guides, and then there is Fremantle tours tourist guides. Run by a team of husband and wife – and local residents – Michael and Lucy Deller, Fremantle Tours aims to show visitors less-seen sides of Freo. Tours channel the rogue spirit of the city and include street art walking tours, a beer and bike tour, and vegan food tours. For those visiting during the dry month of July, the Dellers also offer an alcohol-free pub crawl reflecting the growing interest in non-alcoholic and low-alcohol drinks.


Guardian hotel
Today’s history and comforts come together at Warders Hotel, an 11-room boutique hotel located in former heritage-listed warden’s cottages, next to Fremantle Markets. While many of the original features of the cottages have been retained (window frames, staircases), new additions such as marble bathrooms and in-room faucets pouring still, sparkling water ensure guests a good night’s rest. The on-site Emily Taylor Restaurant and European-style Gimlet Bar are also key elements of the hotel’s unique style of hospitality.

Trade Winds Hotel
Built in 1897 and originally known as the Plympton Hotel, the Tradewinds Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the delights of East Freo. (The aforementioned Ethos, young George and the Duke of George all come to mind). The hotel’s 83 elegantly appointed guest rooms are comfortable and spacious, while the hotel’s restaurant and bar offer views of the Swan River.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tourism WA.

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