Perth sometimes gets a reputation as a sleepy city, and we think we’ve found the reason: Great coffee becomes increasingly difficult to find in the late afternoon. While Perth had no shortage of incredible brews, many of our favourite stores shut before 4pm, leaving us coffee lovers who aren’t morning people stuck with a homemade or lacklustre fix.
We’ve searched Perth and found four spots serving up the goods well into the evening. And so whether it’s to steel ourselves for a late night of festivities, recover from a long day’s work, or just because coffee is fantastic, we head to:
Big El’s x The WKND - Yagan Square
The newest addition to our list is a collaborative space between Big El’s Latin American Fusion restaurant and The WKND, a specialty coffee space which is fast becoming one of our absolute favourites. When does Big El’s become The WKND and vice versa? We have no idea, but we don’t really mind because they serve great coffee all the way through.
After coffee try: Pulled Pork Mango Tacos
Henry on 8th - Maylands
This quirky cafe filled with art and vintage furniture transforms into a bar and restaurants as the night goes on, but never turns off the coffee machine. Be sure to check out their art space upstairs and keep up to date with their regular live art and music nights.
After coffee try: a pork burger and a beer, or if you’re really raring to go skip straight on to an espresso martini.
Petition Kitchen - Perth City
In the beautiful state buildings, Petition Kitchen dim the lights and take on a slightly more formal vibe in the evenings, but they’re always happy to make lovely coffee. Stay for delicious food and fresh oysters after your coffee has perked up a bit, and be sure to check out their wonderful neighbours.
After coffee try: A couple share plates before a trip through to their wonderful neighbouring wine bar or beer corner.
Gordon St Garage - West Perth
The converted Gordon Street Garage now serves as a beautiful cafe/restaurant as well as home base for the mano a mano coffee roastery. While you won’t be able to peek at any coffee roasting (which often starts at 4am), you’ll still find fresh coffee served all throughout the night.
After coffee try: BBQ Salmon and a WA white wine.
Got a favourite evening coffee spot? Let us know in the comments!
As part of our ongoing series on the art of grazing we spoke to Tiffany of Tiffany Keal Creative Studio. Tiffany specialises in event styling and elegant and beautiful grazing tables. We caught up to discuss her favourite food board additions.
Could you introduce yourself and your creative studio
I’m Tiffany Keal, Creative Director of TKCS. I started my creative journey by intensive studies at WAPPA of set & costume design, followed by the move to Melbourne where I undertook a course in Visual Merchandising and Event styling. I embraced the knowledge from both courses and when back in Perth I started my own business specialising in Creative Direction and Styling. Grazing is our business and our passion, I have always been passionate about food and it seemed a natural progression to align both food and my styling to produce grazing feasts not only for the eye yet also for the palette.
When you set up a grazing station what are the things which people immediately jump on? What are your essentials?
People are always drawn to the beautiful soft cheeses. Depending on the visual scape we vary our parings to enable us to use seasonal produce. Dripping honeycomb and candied walnuts are a crowd pleaser.
What are your favourite inclusions and what are the sleeper hits which people might not think of but which go down a treat?
This often changes due to seasonal favourites. Often suppliers will let us know when they have something new and unusual, as we're always up for experimenting.
Our focus is to hero the cheese, artisan meats, and seasonal fruit: always including glazed pears and fresh honeycomb. Our go to for honeycomb are Perth local bee gurus The Furious Bee.
You’re at home on a Friday night and just want to throw a few things on a board, what do you go to?
Manchego, Sicilian green olives, Halloumi with caramelised dates, Duck & orange pate from Poach Pear. And of course our candied walnut
Does your work with the studio extend to what you eat at home, or are you more inclined to just throw a few things on the board?
It comes naturally in everything I do. I can’t help myself, it must be styled! Yet always with a more relaxed approach at home.
What are the simplest things which step up your experience? Which are the most overlooked?
We always use the finest produce, aesthetically we want to create visual magic. More importantly it must taste as good (if not better) than it looks!
For us its about having a less is more approach: It's better to have produce that everyone is swooning over.
Check out more of Tiffany's work on her website and follow more pictures of beautiful events and grazing tables on her Facebook and Instagram.