Perth saw some exciting and unique cafe additions to the brunch roster in 2021. After the tribulations of the pandemic, the city has been slowly opening its doors to new venues and fresh eats. From fluffy banana pancakes in the northern suburbs to beachside feeds, here are five noteworthy new cafes that opened this year.

Pancakes with ice-cream in one of Perth's new cafes

Nogi Lane, Dianella

Opened in mid-April, Dianella locals Callum Ellis and Tracey Ly have been bringing the edgy vibes of big city venues to Perth’s inner north. The trendy fit out and contemporary menu doesn’t sacrifice the community atmosphere, as the couple-manager duo are passionate about their neighbourhood. Head chef Jason Nicholas (Vasse Felix, Hotel Rottnest) curates a mouth-watering menu and draws on his Indian Burmese heritage in his dishes. Some stand out meals are the banana pancakes served with a macadamia crumble and a butterscotch and vanilla waffle cone, and the Danadargan organic spicy pulled beef, with poached eggs, spinach and cardamom.

Nogi Lane is open from 6am to 2pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 2pm on the weekend.

Brunch and coffee at Forklore, one of Perth's new cafes

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Forklore, West Perth

Since its doors opened in January this year, the West Perth brunch hit has been serving Asian inspired dishes and raking in rave reviews. Hanji and Hanli Khor’s Forklore boasts a bold and diverse menu, plating up favourites like tonkotsu congee and chicken katsu sandos. The forest green ceilings are draped with lush planters that hang above the sleek minimalistic interior, transforming the former office building into an inner-city haven. If you’re more of a sweet tooth, pair one of their delectable croissants with a specialty brew supplied by Five Senses Coffee.

Grab a feed from 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Peggy's bread in storefront

Peggy’s, Fremantle

The sandwich-centric deli has been gracing Fremantle’s cappuccino strip with baked focaccia, English muffins and hearty contis since its June debut. Perched on the corner of Market and Leake Street, Peggy’s serve freshly baked and made to order sandwiches in the heritage-listed Imperial Chambers. Chow down an English muffin topped with sausage, egg, cheese and onion on your way to work or grab a schnitzel sesame sub with cheddar and dill mayo for lunch.

Peggy’s are making sandwiches fresh from 7am to 3pm on weekdays, and 9am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

One of Perth's new cafes in Mount Lawley

Local & Aesthetic, Mount Lawley

This retail and cafe space showcase the best of WA arts and produce, inviting customers to dine in and bask in the soft sun, peruse the local goods and grab a bite from the nostalgic all-day menu. Local & Aesthetic reminiscences on Australian classics, particularly the Numbat Toast, which plates up Vegemite and vintage cheddar on sourdough. The Beaufort Street cafe also stocks pastries from Perth icon Mary Street Bakery and brews locally cultivated Kaltiva coffee. Flip through the second-hand records, wonder around the gallery space and browse the retail outlet for the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health all on your next trip to Mt Lawley.

The cafe is open from 7am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 7am to 3pm Sunday. Retail hours commence at 9am.

Ol' Buoy Cottesloe storefront

Ol’ Buoy, Cottesloe

Cottesloe’s Indiana Teahouse has been revitalised with life since Ol’ Buoy began pumping out beachside feeds late this year. This modern take on the seaside kiosk serves the expected coastal classics like chips, sausage rolls and BLT’s alongside acai bowls, smashed avo and artisanal coffee. Crew favourite is the fish burger with northwest tropical snapper, lemon, dill mayo and nori seasoning. Takeaway after a dip in the ocean or sit in the courtyard under the Capri-style umbrellas shaded by the Norfolk pines.

Ol’ Buoy is open daily from 6am to 4pm.

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