The most insta worthy cafes in Perth are right on your door step. Photography by Dion Robeson and Patrick Schuttler.
  • These cafes are perfect for everything from food photography to OOTD
  • They have been carefully designed by some of Australia's best architects
  • The designs incorporate incredible levels of detail and meet challenging briefs

Australia is a nation of coffee lovers, according to McCrindle, with the research finding three-quarters of us drink at least one coffee per day, and more than a quarter of Australians drink three or more cups a day.

The cycling community also holds coffee close to its heart, the tradition observed at least once per group ride, often twice.

With a large and growing cycling community in Perth, it comes as no surprise that there are countless cafes in Perth serving some sensational flat whites to cyclists up and down the west coast, with this Guildford cafe one of the most aesthetic places to stop for coffee and cycling memorabilia.

One of Perth’s most Instaworthy cafes inspired by a jewellery box and cycling

The 36-square-metre Willing Coffee Guildford is located at 110 Terrace Road in Guildford.

While the space is small, the brief was big – to create a classic Italian-inspired café, designed like a jewellery box, with an interior that heavily referenced the client’s love for coffee and family history in cycling.

Designed by OHLO Studio, the architects wanted to reflect the great old-fashioned feeling that Guildford has, combining the traditional and the contemporary to create a beautiful cafe.

The charming space is filled with soft edges and curved volumes. There is a generous radius between the roof and the wall – or in other words a big and gentle curve. It creates a very welcoming, gentle feel, with the display cabinet and area behind which the barista stands, also gently curving down to the floor.

Those large radii and curves continue throughout the seating area and tables, with lighting set behind smaller silver discs, and a large circular mirror set on the wall above the wash basin.

A striking Persian Red Travertine counter anchors the space, a gentle transition between the warm parquetry flooring and the sanguineous burnt umber wall.

The design is deeply interwoven with nods to the past, items close to the heart, and more: references to early industrial designs from the 50s and 60s; diners and classic Italian espresso equipment from the post war period, a local Italian bar, and cycling.

The brief called for beautiful, customer facing storage to house cycling paraphernalia, as well as a collection of books, magazines and papers for customers to peruse.

The design was both tech and feminine, to appeal to the suburban housewife. This balance of masculine and feminine is evident in the design.

The cafe was designed by OHLO Studio, the original article was written by Clare Ryan, with photography by Patrick Schuttler.

The award-winning aesthetic cafe that is perfect for Instagram

Located at Central Park along 158 St Georges Terrace, and also accessible from the Hay Street side, Hemingway Cafe is a beautiful minimalist expression that is sure to make for the perfect Insta-worthy shot, background for your #OOTD, or just to relax and enjoy the award-winning lighting set up.

The entire lobby of the Central Park tower was transformed, with the Hemingway Cafe a part of the project. Previously a place that existed between the outside and the offices above, the new foyer has been designed to invite people to stay and connect.

Open business lounges, reservable pods and meeting rooms, function spaces, and galleries are among the offerings in the foyer, the vast open space is beautifully curated, with furniture and finishes that envelop you and create a sense of shelter inside the foyer.

It was identified early in the design process that the inclusion of a cafe would be key to drive renewed use.

The Hemingway fit-out is an extension of the lobby – large enough to have its own mood but very much in the same tone. With a variety of spaces, Hemingway serves as both a meeting point and place to socialise, and easily adapts into a function space for tenants.

The warm, natural material palette and subtle lighting scheme create an ambience of sophisticated comfort in the lobby.

Light, natural materials with matte or textured finishes absorb light, rather than reflect it.

The foyer was designed by Woods Bagot, the original article was written by Pip Smith, with photography by Dion Robeson.


These stories were originally published in The Architect magazine, an official publication of the Australian Institute of Architects. It has been edited for republication by The Property Tribune. 

The Property Tribune thanks the Australian Institute of Architects for the opportunity to republish the work, and shine a light on Australian architecture.

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