There’s no better way to start your day than with a rich cup of coffee, warm bread, scones and a chat. Every morning on the Kings Park ‘Paris’ end of Rokeby Rd, while the rest of Subiaco sleeps, a dedicated band of cafes and patisseries start serving coffee and cakes to hungry, caffeine-starved locals, early morning walkers and their dogs, cyclists, just-out-of-bed caffeine junkies, trades and businessmen and women alike on their way to work. Most open between 6.30am and 7am, but some are dedicated to the early morning coffee grind with a 6am start.
Monday to Sunday from 6.30am
The smell of warm bread remains after the bakers finish their 10pm to 6am shift and the morning crew take over with brekky classics, coffee and cakes, making getting in there first thing an absolute treat. With fresh, organic bread being their niche, it’s no shock that their calling card is the modern Aussie classic, avo on toast. It’s a simple meal that they’ve mastered, all thanks to their daily-made bread. Or, if you prefer, you can buy a loaf of their famous sourdough or 100% rye bread (for those watching their carb intake) to make your perfect at-home brekky.
Monday to Sunday from 6.30am
Right next door, another local favourite serves great coffee and some of the best cinnamon scrolls in Subi, with an array of health-focused breakfast options to boot. Regulars note the nourish bowl, similar to a Hawaiian poke bowl with salmon sashimi, avocado and edamame beans, as well as the mango acai bowl as favourites. Or, if you’re after a cheat breakfast to start your morning, you can’t pass up on the pancakes stacked with berries and floral arrangements. With a bright yellow theme throughout the cafe, we dare you to not instantly feel more awake walking through their doors first thing in the morning.
The Corner Store
Monday to Friday from 6am, Saturday & Sunday from 7am
Arguably the earliest riser of the group, The Corner Store offers coffee and breakfast with a focus on freshly prepared bagels and seasonal homemade soup by co-owner, Connie. Although they officially open at 6am, both owners Connie and Hamish are there from 5.30am and have no qualms with serving early risers should they need their coffee fix before 6am. While you wait, you can peruse the store’s mini market, which offers antiques, boutique home wares, Mog & Bone designer pet accesories, italian terracotta pots and plants, locally hand crafted ceramics and many more seasonal market products.
Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie
Mon-Fri from 7am, Sat from 7.30am
Neighbouring is a Perth legend Jean Claude, for whom people travel from across Perth to queue for his incredible takeaway patisseries, cakes and winter puddings. Although it may seem rogue to line up for your morning coffee and a pastry, once you try one of their strawberry tarts or croissants, you’ll understand why. Plus, with their winter puddings changing daily, you’ll never grow tired of your morning treat.
Other Early Morning Risers
Monday to Sunday from 6am
An old and cosy favourite since 2000, and the first coffee roaster in Subiaco, Brew-Ha sits just over a block away from the centre of the early morning café hub, serving coffee, pastries & breakfast with plenty of covered indoor & outdoor seating. If you stop by in their early morning hours, you’ll be met by a loyal customer base of cyclists and dog walkers, with the latter preferring Brew-Ha because of the generous outdoor, dog-friendly area. An oldie but a goodie, locals flock for their famous cheese and ham baguette, with the bread (and all their pastries) sourced from the renowned French-owned patisserie, La Gallette De France.
The Little Pantry
Mon-Sun from 7am
While just a 10 minute walk away on Nicholson in Shenton Park, we couldn’t resist including The Little Pantry. Their menu includes an array of brekky classics with a twist, such as earl grey infused oat porridge and a kimchi BLT. With a covered outdoor area, you can enjoy being outside without suffering through the brisk winter mornings.