There’s a common belief about WA’s hospitality industry that businesses often struggle to consistently deliver on ‘the big three’: good food, good service and a good view.
Many cafés, bars and restaurants might deliver one or two well, only to struggle for that elusive third element. Two out of three isn’t bad – but it’s not great either.
But every now and again, a local eatery gets tongues talking for its ability to offer treats for the eyes and mouth, rounded off with passionate staff keen on delivering dining experiences to remember.
Since first opening its doors in November 2015, Café Isthmus has been quietly building a three-tick reputation not only among North Fremantle locals but those willing to travel a suburb or two for a café experience done right.
Boasting a light and classic space designed by the team at Michael and Hamish, it offers a unique and tranquil environment to sit back and enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures.
Owner Carrie Kelly has been at the helm since day one and says focusing on the little things helps ensure visitors leave Café Isthmus satisfied.
“We’re fortunate to enjoy a great location so close to the beach, which is such a huge part of the local Perth lifestyle,” Carrie said.
“But it’s about more than just offering an impressive view. We want to share our love for quality produce and great coffee with our customers, see them enjoying themselves and deliver a relaxing experience.”
First and foremost, Café Isthmus is fuelled by a passion for good food and top-notch coffee. Its range of carefully-selected coffee and tea sets the foundation for its offering, which extends to an impressive seasonal menu produced entirely on site.
And that means everything – all cakes are baked on the premises and a fresh menu’s prepared daily, right through to a selection of house-made jams and relishes.
There’s plenty of options for those on-the-go (a take away coffee and something crumbly from the cabinet, perhaps?) through to more substantial breakfast and lunch selections for those with a serious hunger to tame.
Choose from classic breakfast favourites or one of their fresh daily specials, all catered to a variety of preferences, tastes and cravings.
Wordsmiths among us will know an ‘isthmus’ refers to a narrow strip of land with sea on one side, forming a link between two larger areas of land.
So it comes as no surprise that Café Isthmus lives up to its name with pride of place between Perth’s sparkling Indian Ocean and the Swan River, perched high on the rise looking out to Rottnest Island and the Fremantle Port.
Views are impressive and plentiful – from the bright and breezy interior booths and tables, to stools at window’s edge or open-air tables, you’re never far from warm sunshine, a cool breeze or a backdrop to savour.
Carrie and the Café Isthmus channel energy into sharing their love for quality produce and top-notch coffee, helping visitors walk away with a full belly and a wide grin.
And there’s plenty of opportunity to see the sights and taste, well, the tastes – with doors open seven days a week.
Coffee is pouring from 6:30am weekdays and 7:00am on weekends, with food options rolling out until mid-afternoon, or pasta with a sunset from 5:00pm on Wednesdays. Bellissimo!
Table bookings and walk-ins are greeted with the same welcoming smile, so bring along your friends, family, or a good book and settle in for view and experience to remember.
There’s never a huge rush at Café Isthmus, so just relax and enjoy a triple treat.
9 McCabe Street, North Fremantle WA
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