The Weekender: Fremantle, WA
Fremantle is the ultimate destination you didn’t realise was so close.
Fremantle is a port city known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and abundance of remnants left from days when Australia was a British penal colony. Fremantle housed convicts and many of the old buildings served as gaols. Now, Fremantle is a unique and beautiful spot that is overflowing with places to wine, dine and have a good time.
Bread in Common
Half restaurant, half deli/bakery, Bread in Common has something for everyone and generates food and interior inspiration to a glorious extent. The open kitchen sits alongside diners and can be viewed from the mezzanine level lounge. The emphasis of the food is on their seasonal farm to table menu, enforced by Executive Chef, Scott Brannigan and Head Chef, Chris Eales. The menu, whilst being designed to enjoy with their signature bread, offers vegan and gluten free options. Connected to the restaurant is the small deli which sells sandwiches, their bread and handmade treats fresh from the oven daily.
Bread in Common – 43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA 6160
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar is your new spot for spices and a wide variety of flavours. Head Chef Leigh Power builds on his passion for hawker-style street food through this menu, with share plates that dazzle with taste, influenced by seasonal produce. The focus is substance over style, however the modern Asian menu does both superbly. The rooftop aspect of the restaurant is yet another reason to visit, with stunning views and cool vibes that go perfectly with their speciality cocktails.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar– Level 6, 1 Silas Street, East Fremantle, WA 6158
In Italian, La Sosta means ‘stopover,’ and just like the folks at La Sosta will tell you, there is always a good reason to stop at this restaurant. Since 2012, La Sosta has grown into a three level space, perfect for every occasion and their food has only improved. All food is prepared in-house including their pasta, butter, sauces and wood-fired bread. The fresh ingredients are exclusively from Western Australian and Italian suppliers, ensuring the best quality and authenticity to the meals.
La Sosta – 1/85 Market St, Fremantle WA 6160
The Cappuccino Strip is unique to Fremantle and is a coffee lovers dream. Situated from the corner of Bannister Street to Parry Street, the strip is not exclusively coffee, as it is also home to restaurants, pubs and breweries. The Cappuccino Strip is a five minute walk from Fremantle Train and on weekends is the centre of Fremantle’s entertainment precinct. If you’re in the mood for a cappuccino, some other form of coffee, an alcoholic beverage or a refreshing juice, the Cappuccino Strip is your go-to spot.
Cappuccino Strip – South Terrace, Fremantle, WA 6160
Sail and Anchor
Sail and Anchor is a famed pub in Fremantle, a place that strives to be at the heart of the local community. The aim of the pub is to be a place where friends can meet and families can relax, which has definitely been met. Sail and Anchor also serves as the unofficial ‘clubhouse’ for many local sporting teams, a place to celebrate wins and commiserate losses. Sail and Anchor is the local place that every town wants and has a contemporary interior, is a heritage listed landmark and can boast forty cold taps, three hand pumps and four bars.
Sail and Anchor – 64 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA, 6160
Whisper Wine Bar
Whisper Wine Bar is a little bit of France located just near the Cappuccino Strip in Fremantle. The elegant and historic building sets the tone for the bar, as former Parisien Thierry Rodari has created a friendly, vibrant venue where you can catch up with friends, enjoy a drink before a movie or dinner and a glass before heading home. Described as “a little bit of peace in a noisy world,” the Whisper Wine Bar takes you away from your worries and cares, and into a world filled with the calm decadence of wine.
Whisper Wine Bar – 1/15 Essex street, Fremantle, WA 6160
Sightseeing in Fremantle is awe-inspiring, as it was settled in 1829, meaning a lot of the buildings date back a significant extent. Pictured above is Fremantle Prison, which is a former prison and World Heritage Site that has all the original cell blocks, gatehouse, perimeter walls and tunnels. The other image is the Round House, which is another former prison and was the first permanent building built in the Swan River Colony in late 1830 and opened in 1831. It is still the oldest standing building in Western Australia. There are many other sightseeing opportunities in Fremantle, such as the Rainbow Sea Container, Esplanade Park and many museums.
The Fremantle Markets have been around since 1897, and after stepping inside the markets it becomes clear that there is a distinctive atmosphere, combining over a hundred years of vibrant culture and heritage. The markets consist of fresh local produce, indigenous and independant products, music and unique food offerings. Boasting over 150 stalls, the Fremantle Markets are a must-see for both locals and visitors!
Fremantle Markets – Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle, WA 6959
The most important aspect of Fremantle is the coast, being a port city, which lucky for us, means beaches. However, Fremantle beaches are not just any beaches. These beaches are spectacular, each one being unique and showcasing a different aspect of Fremantle’s seaside heritage. Indian Ocean views stretch out for as far as the eye can see, while the sunsets are something you will never forget.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
The Esplanade offers a touch of the past with amenities for the future, located in the heart of Fremantle. The rooms and suites are spacious and elegant, most with private balconies and some overlooking the resort-style pool. There is a fully equipped gymnasium, two heated pools, business centre and 12 conference rooms. With two restaurants and three bars, you’re not likely to go hungry, while the proximity to the water and parks will have you spoilt for choice on where to spend your time.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160
A feature of the new Richmond Quarter development, Seashells Fremantle is a mix of apartment styles which have all been luxuriously styled and furnished with spacious private terraces and are suitable for couples, singles and business or leisure travel. Located on Levels Four and Five of the Richmond Quarter in East Fremantle, the apartments are set around an European-style piazza with cafes and shops, while Sweetwater Rooftop Bar is situated on Level Six.
Seashells Fremantle – 1 Silas Street, East Fremantle, WA 6158
Hougoumont Hotel Fremantle
The Hougoumont Hotel is all about “setting sail on an intimate experience that draws you closer to people and places.” The boutique small room hotel was purpose-built using sea container construction and takes care of the little things – whether that be a Nespresso machine or luxury bathroom toiletries. The hotel is located in the middle of Fremantle, which makes it the perfect place to explore from.
Hougoumont Hotel Fremantle – 15 Bannister Street, Fremantle, WA 6160