Next time you’ve got a hankering for a perfectly poached egg or fluffy pancakes, leave the city behind and make a beeline to the Swan Valley. Just a short drive from Perth, the region is dotted with cute cafes and beautiful wineries dishing up a mix of classic and inventive brunches that will leave you full and satisfied for the day ahead.
Taylors Art & Coffee House
This Swan Valley institution is the place to go to get a real taste of the region. Taylors Café is an eclectic and relaxed spot, featuring an art studio, indoor and outdoor seating, lots of room for kids, and a dedication to delivering fresh, locally-sourced food.
It’s hard to top any of their dishes featuring WA free range eggs and locally smoked bacon, but if forced to choose the stacks of fluffy pancakes drenched in maple syrup and topped with fresh fruit would come close. For a savoury version, the Okonomiyaki – a Japanese style pancake with cabbage and mushroom, served with Kewpie mayo, Taylors BBQ sauce, pickled ginger and a fried egg – really hits the spot.
Whatever you order, it’s sure to be fresh and luscious, with ingredients that support local growers. The atmosphere here is just as iconic as the food, so take the time to sit back and enjoy the unique setting as you sip on a fantastic coffee made with beans from Fremantle’s Dark Star.
The charming Little Guildford makes for the perfect start to a day in the Swan Valley. This modern café with an old soul is focused on simple, fresh meals that change with seasons, served up in a relaxed environment by friendly staff.
Under a canopy of flowering trees and vines in the heart of the historic Swan Street precinct, the café’s courtyard is a beautiful and breezy brekky hotspot – but for something truly special, make sure you venture out the back to Little Vines, which serves up the same great food within a glorious garden setting.
Their menu is constantly evolving, but you can expect delicious classics like eggs benedict with salmon, and avocado smash, alongside innovative dishes like croissant French toast and crumbed eggs and sardines on chargrilled bread.
If you’re looking for a decadent breakfast, this little slice of France in the Swan Valley is the place to be. From the colourful macarons and beautiful pastries, to the aromas of freshly baked breads and impeccable coffee, this place is a real feast for the senses.
The ‘Petit Dejeuner’ menu offers a chance to splash out on rich, luscious goodies like crepes and croissants. The savoury crepes are rightly one of the most popular options, filled with the likes of chorizo, salmon, goats cheese, mozzarella and caramelised onions, while sweet tooths will be enamoured with croissants filled with strawberries, Nutella, whipped cream and hazelnuts. Enjoy a glass of French champagne with your breakfast, and imagine you’re in French wine country.
For brunch with an unbeatable view, you can’t go past Oakover Grounds – the fact that award-winning artisan coffee roaster FiORi is on site is just an added bonus.
The eclectic industrial style restaurant, relaxed grounds and wide open space make this a wonderful place for a relaxed family brunch. While the adults enjoy the superb coffee and local produce featured in dishes like the purgatory eggs with spicy tomatoes, chorizo and parmesan on sourdough or the deceptively simple housemade hotcakes with maple syrup and ice cream, the kids will have a ball cruising the lake on a paddleboat or playing with the backyard games.
And if these aren’t enough to choose from, there’s also Swan Valley Café for nourishing vegetarian breakfasts, breakfast steeped in history at the Rose & Crown Hotel, breakfast in a brewery at Mandoon Estate, and brunch served with sparkling wine at Upper Reach Winery’s RiverBrook Restaurant.