If you’re visiting Western Australia, then a stroll around Perth’s port city, Fremantle, is an absolute must.
This Bohemian city is full of ‘chic’ coffee shops, art galleries, performing artists, trendy restaurants and of course boats.
Having spent many of my teenage years growing up on the streets of Fremantle, the changes have been nothing short of amazing, initiated when the city became the host for the America’s Cup race back in 1987. From plain old shabby to ‘shabby chic’. The old buildings have been restored and play a major role adding charm and interesting history to the streets.
The tightly packed Fremantle markets have been a constant over the years, filled with everything from food to furniture, spilling out onto the sidewalks and the outdoor café experience is rampant. You can’t beat ‘Gino’s’ for a chance to sit with many of the locals and tourists alike. On the weekends, it’s a great place to sit back, read the paper and people watch.
Keep your eye out for the lovely street murals and don’t forget to take a walk down to see the old prison, The ‘Roundhouse’, or the Maritime museum.
If you have children head to The Esplanade, Bathers Beach and a stroll along the Boardwalk and don’t miss eating lunch at Cicerello’s, which has been an iconic Fremantle eatery since its founding in 1903, where you can choose from a selection of fresh seafood and chips.