For some of us, the day-time caffeine hit wears off and we need a little extra pick-me-up after work. In Perth, however, most cafés shut up shop around 3pm and it can be notoriously difficult to get your hands on a good cup of coffee. We’ve done some scouting and found the best late-night cafés in the Perth CBD doling out cups of that caffeinated good stuff long after the sun has gone down.
A grab and go specialty coffee joint located at the Wellington Street Entrance to Raine Square, Voodoo Café offers three locally-roasted blends and is open every day until 10pm – one of the latest open cafés in the CBD! A reliable option for an afterwork re-fuel, Voodoo Café’s house blends incorporate a range of flavours from milk chocolate and forest berries to darker tobacco notes. Whether you opt for a cold brew, a siphon or classic espresso, you will get the caffeine hit you were looking for. With limited indoor seating and a few alfresco tables, you can take a seat and watch the nightlife go by.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 6:00am- 10:00pm; Sat & Sun, 8:00am- 10:00pm.
10/300 Murray Street Mall
Holmes & Co
Nestled alongside the Murray Mews building in the CBD, Holmes & Co is a laid-back café and bar situated within their own cosy alleyway. Morphing from a day-time café to a bar at night, Holmes & Co is an excellent coffee spot for any time of the day, with an assortment of cosy couches and bar stools to suit your mood. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, on weekends you can even catch some of Perth’s most iconic artists live while you enjoy your evening coffee. In support of the local music scene, they also host an open mic night on Thursdays from 6pm.
Opening hours: Mon – Wed, 6:30am- 3:30pm; Thurs, 6:30am-10:00pm; Fri, 6:30am- 12:00am; Sat, 7:00am- 12:00am, Sun, 8:00am- 2:00pm.
329 Murray Street, Perth
The Island – Elizabeth Quay
A family-owned waterfront garden bar and restaurant, The (aptly-named) Island sits on its own private island at Elizabeth Quay in the restored Florence Hummerston building. Open late throughout the week, their coffee is roasted by Five Senses, a speciality coffee roaster operating out of Northbridge, and then brewed using their Synesso hydra machine. So, if you’re needing a caffeine boost after a late night at the office, head over to The Island before your commute or afterwork commitment – it’s conveniently located within 5 minutes of the Elizabeth Quay train and bus station.
Opening hours: Mon- Thurs, 11:30am- 8:00pm; Fri, 11:30am- late; Sat, 11:00am- late; Sun, 11:00am- 6:00pm.
1 Valdura Place, Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Greens and Co – Leederville
A little out of the CBD but still worth a mention, Greens and Co is a funky café in Leederville with retro décor and hanging lanterns – the go-to spot when you’re craving a late-night snack or pick-me-up. After years of being a cash-only venue, you’ll be pleased to know that they are now accepting credit card too. With comfy couches, pool tables and walls covered in vintage music posters, its hipster atmosphere is a great place to socialise, have a coffee and relax after work. We are all too familiar with their selection of decadent cakes, which are served up in massive slices perfect for sharing (or wolfing down greedily like nobody’s watching).
Opening hours: Tues, 7:00am-2:00pm; Wed-Fri, 7:00am-5:00pm; Sat, 10:00am- 9:00pm, Sun, 9:00am- 6:00pm.
123 Oxford Street, Leederville
Open deep into the twilight hours, The Moon is Northbridge’s most iconic after-dark café. With American diner-style booths and stools at the bar, it’s the perfect spot for a quick cup of joe or to satisfy the midnight munchies. If you’re just after a quick coffee, The Moon offers Noble Beast, a local coffee project by bean aficionado Tim Fraser, who freshly roasts the beans weekly. If you’re heading out of the city towards Mount Lawley, you can pop in on your way home from work for that much needed caffeine hit.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Fri & Sat, 12:00pm-12:00am.
Shop 2/323 William St, Northbridge
Image credits: Voodoo Cafe, Holmes and Co, The Island, Greens and Co, The Moon