“Deja Brew – The Feeling that you’ve had this coffee before.” Author Unknown

Cafes, Western Australia by Jo Castro
Sea Gardens Cafe at Prevelli near Margaret River is close to the beach and has wonderful sea views too. Great for sunsets.

Don’t you love Funky Cafes? You know, the sort that are quaint and quirky, that serve good food, and preferably also have a good view.

Going out for coffee and (ahem) cake is becoming a little bit of a habit in this household. Especially if we’ve been on a bicycle ride or a beach walk and think we really deserve a few extra calories and a hit of caffeine.

I love coffee, my tipple is a cappuccino but if I’m feeling judicious then I’ll  ask for a skinny cappuccino. Ha! There’s not much difference is there? And especially because I’ll often ask for a large biscuit or piece of yummy orange cake to go with it 🙂

Rachel from Sea Gardens in Margaret River makes the most divine cakes, and it’s always difficult to refuse her latest eats and treats that she’s concocted with lots of  hubble bubble toil and trouble – or so I like to imagine 🙂

Funky Orange Cake by RAchel at Sea Gardens
Rachel’s funky orange cake – YUM!

So Sea Gardens Cafe and Restaurant is the first funky cafe that I’d like to introduce you to today. It’s situated at Prevelli, right overlooking the sea in the near distance where you can if you’re lucky in winter spot whales breaching and in summer watch surfers surf The Bombie break.

It’s quaint, it’s casual and you can dine inside or out. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome from Giles (don’t you just love a French accent?) and a hearty brekkie, lunch or dinner depending on when you rock up. Sometimes there’s music and others there’s just the sound of the sea and the breeze, and if you want to bring your own, then there’s Preveli Wines cellar door right next door.

Cafes, Western Australia by Jo Castro
Preveli Wines cellar door is next to Sea Gardens cafe. A great place for a sundowner.

In no particular order, second up is The Margaret River Bakery. If you look carefully the cafe appears to be on it’s last legs, because it’s in a ramshackle wooden building that seems to have seen better days. BUT that’s it’s charm. It’s quaint it’s quirky and by golly the food is good. You’ll be tempted as soon as you walk in and are confronted by a legion of home baked goodies. Expect chandelabras, odd china cups and plates, nooks and crannies and a breakfast or lunch experience that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Cafes, Western Australia by Jo Castro
The quaint Margaret River bakery can be found in the main street, not long after you’ve crossed the bridge as you enter ‘Margs’.

Third on the list is Shaana Cafe at Yallingup. This was a suprise for us because the last time we visited the beach at Yallingup the previous cafe had closed down. But now, run by Alfonso, Claudio and Milena who hail from Rome in Italy the cafe has had a renaissance and serves well priced breakfast, lunch, dinner and takeaways. Claudio brings his chef skills to the cafe, and was once the Chef at Wise Wines.

Curious artefacts carved from flotsam found on the beach, and interesting finds from markets adorn the walls of the cafe, and you’ll love the three jean clad bottoms that greet you above the Cafe shutters. Milena is all smiles and will be sure to tempt you to a little Italian delicacy to eat at the cafe or take down to the beach which is just metres away.

Cafes, Western Australia by Jo Castro
Shaana Cafe at Yallingup is funky and serves up wonderful Italian fare.Claudio and Milena will give you a very warm welcome.

Yes, I love Cafes, and in respect of Coffee, I’d like to leave you with this tongue-in-cheek prayer.

“Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz:
It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no Equal:
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks:
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the House of Mochas forever.” Author Unknown

For the Coffee Quotes … Thank you to Spilling The Beans Chicago

Now how’s about you tell us where your favourite cafe is?

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  1. Rachel England-Brassy

    Thanks Jo for the great big thumbs up! And we are off to try Shaana’s in Yallingup the first break we get 🙂

  2. Riverbend books is my fave hangout and just up my street literally!. They serve coffee and cakes on a breezy deck screened from the sun by bamboo. It’s attracts all the local literary types and is just a nice place to hang out, get some inspiration and escape the Queensland humidity.

  3. we discovered a great little place in Denmark when we were there last year – natural healthy food and so delicious. Right in the main street just around the corner from the Newsagent. They are called the Bibblumun Cafe.

  4. I’m definitely going to look out for that on our next visit. Thanks for sharing Jill 🙂

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