For the third instalment of our brunch series we travel across the country to celebrate vibrant Perth's buzzing culinary scene. And it was worth it: from bang on trend matcha lattes to freshly made salted caramel doughnuts (need we say more?), Perth definitely gives good breakfast. Editing this list down to just five was by no means easy, but after a few too many serves of waffles and more smoothies than anyone should ever consume in one sitting, here are the five brunch spots we think you simply have to try.
1. Harvest Espresso
Just south-east of the CBD, Victoria Park is Perth's newest go-to enclave, with a bevy of cool new eateries and small bars. Harvest Espresso is run by a charming and hands-on husband and wife team and provides the perfect place to hole up in on a winter's morning, with its rustic interior and dried flowers arranged on each table. The extensive breakfast menu changes seasonally and offers something for everyone. Our pick: smoked cod with potato rosti, slow-poached egg, bagna cauda sauce, snowpeas and watercress oil.
629 Albany Highway, Victoria Park WA 6100, harvestespresso.com.au
2. Mary Street Bakery
Mary Street Bakery is the latest offering to the Perth food scene from the guys behind Cantina 663 and El Publico - two of Perth's most exciting eateries. With pink neon signage and a mural by acclaimed graffiti artist Anthony Lister, this bakery/café is perfectly situated in chic Mt Lawley. Mary Street is a no-frills affair, but it offers an extensive menu - not to mention one of the best cups of coffee you will get in the West. You can forget about same-old brekkie fare here - instead, try freshly made salted caramel doughnuts or the delicous pork belly, beans, fried eggs and kimchi. Our pick: fried chicken with buttermilk pancakes, fried egg topped with maple syrup.
507 Beaufort Street, Highgate WA, Mary Street Bakery Facebook
3. The Little Bird Café
A sprawling space decked out in retro furniture with a warm and inviting feel, The Little Bird Café is the health-conscious set's brunch destination of choice. The smoothies are a must-try and the menu is studded with a tantalising range of vegan and gluten-free options. Our pick: banana and coconut buckwheat pancakes with fresh fruit and cashew cream.
100 Lake Street, Northbridge WA 6003, The Little Bird Café Facebook
4. Tropico Nortth Beach
Occupying prime position on the most picturesque coastline in the country, Tropico's location is second to none. With an emphasis on sourcing sustainably farmed produce, the menu boasts everything from breakfast staples (think sweetcorn and ricotta fritters with smoked salmon, poached eggs and roasted peppers, topped with crème fraiche) to super healthy alternatives like chia and quinoa salad with peach, berries, mint and lemon ricotta. Our pick: the sweet and decadent Tropico Breakfast trifle.
105/109 Flora Terrace, North Beach WA 6020, tropiconb.com
5. The Shipping Lane
For the ultimate WA beachside dining experience, The Shipping Lane sits right on Leighton Beach with views to Rottnest Island and the Indian Ocean. The coffee is roasted in-house and the lunch runs until 3pm - perfect for those lazy Sunday sleep-ins. The menu caters for hearty appetites - if you always choose savoury over sweet, you'll love it here. Our pick: the crispy potato stack with haloumi, avocado, pumpkin jam, crispy potato skin, quinoa salad and greens topped with mint sour cream.
1 Freeman Loop, North Fremantle WA 6159, theshippinglane.net.au