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