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The Premises, Kensington, Melbourne

I’m so glad my brother lives in Melbourne as that provided me with an excuse to visit when I was staying Perth. Hop on a flight and 4 hours later you’re in the wonderful city. He lives in Kensington, which is not too far out from the city. I did my research this time – last year when I visited, I didn’t do any and I definitely found it more enjoyable this time – snooting out the best cafes, lunch and dinner spots around the city. We only had 2 full days in Melbourne as we also took a trip to Mt Martha to visit my boyfriends family friends so we had a lot to cram in. Day one, the first brunch. I wanted to go to Spinifex but it was closed over the Christmas and New Year period but luckily a new cafe has just opened a few doors down called The Premises. The cafe is not quite on the corner of the street – it takes up a lovely shaped space that nestles …

Little Creatures, Fremantle

Cast your mind back 12 or so years and the Little Creatures site in Fremantle, Perth was the shell of an old boat yard, previously used as a Crocodile farm. Now, you will find a bustling restaurant/bar come brewery housed in this warehouse ‘shell’ with fantastic home brewed beers and ciders, great food and most importantly a fantastic atmosphere. The brewery is firmly on show, complete with a viewing gallery to next door where you can watch the state of the art machines in motion. I first went to Little Creatures last year and fell in love with the place. So this year, we couldn’t go without another visit – a trip to Perth isn’t complete without an evening at Little Creatures. Situated in Fremantle, an old shipping town of Perth and possibly the largest suburb, Little Creatures is perfect for all ages – although anyone under 18 has to be accompanied by an adult. Make sure you take your ID with you too as if you’re not with an adult, things can get tricky …

Annalakshmi, Perth

Anyone who knows me will know that over the last three years I have developed a gigantic love for Indian food. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that I live in a suburb in London with the most fantastic authentic Indian restaurants or because everyone in my household knows how to cook a good curry. It’s the spices – one taste of a good curry and I believe that there’s no going back. So to my delight, the restaurant on the agenda for one evening meal in Perth this week was Annalakshmi on the Swan River. We arrived, a group of 14 of us and were seated outside on the balcony overlooking the beautiful Swan River. The concept of Annalakshmi was what drew us – an Indian buffet and when you’ve eaten as much as you possibly want/can fit in your belly, you simply pay what you think the meal was worth or what you can afford. Wow! Annalakshmi is run by a crew of loyal volunteers, one woman who has been working there …

Sayers, Leederville

Another day, another early beach walk followed by a delicious brunch. This time – Sayers in Leederville, my favourite suburb in Perth. Having had one of the best brunches of my life here last year, the visit this morning was highly anticipated. Having already had French Toast and Pancakes, I decided to go for a savoury option. Three of us decided to share two savoury dishes and then get the Crepes with Hot Chocolate dipping sauce and Peanut Brittle for pudding. The breakfast menu is pretty large and Sayers pride themselves on providing the best quality ingredients including locally baked Barrett’s Bread, fresh free range eggs from Pioneer Farms, Perth Pura Milk and 5 Senses Coffee. We shared the Claypot of Sayers Coriander and Cumin Beans, Baba Ganoush, Poached Egg & Toasted Rosemary Oiled Turkish Bread and the Potato Rosti, Poached Eggs, Bacon, Onion Jam, Lemon and Scented Wilted Spinach. My boyfriend ordered the beans last year and they stuck in his memory – we have recreated this dish a few times over the last …

Beaches Cafe, Cottesloe

When it’s 40 degrees in the midday sun, it’s better to wake up early and have a walk along the beach or around the river. So on Boxing Day, we did just that. 9am and the beach was mobbed with people walking and playing with their dogs – it was great to see. We worked up a breakfast hunger and after our walk headed to Cottesloe to get some brunch. The place we went last year for an amazing brunch was unfortunately closed so we wandered down the front and reached Beaches Cafe. It was very busy – probably because it was one of the only places open for breakfast. You order your food at the counter and pay – cash only. As there were 9 of us, we had to pay a deposit and run to the bank. They serve a wide range of juices and smoothies plus hot and cold breakfasts. They also have around three specials each day. One of our party asked for one of the smoothies to be made with …