Amazing Coffee and Cheesecake at Fremantle, WA.
Fremantle is a well-known and well-liked city in
Western Australia. Its bustling
atmosphere, numerous cafes, restaurants, great pubs, and its famous Italian
influence of pizza and pasta all contribute to its popularity. This is a very bland and boring way of
describing Fremantle, which is one of the best places you will ever visit my
friend. Freo has a very distinct vibe
that is difficult to describe until you’ve spent some time there. By the way, on top of everything else, Freo
has some absolutely delicious coffee and cheesecake.
The Fremantle coffee shop strip, also known as
South Terrace, or the Cappuccino Strip is probably what makes Fremantle (Freo)
popular. The strip is also home to
numerous locally made designer clothes shops, gift and bookstores, the famous
Fremantle Markets and the legendary Sail & Anchor Hotel.
The strip is a great place to find an alfresco
table and watch the eclectic Fremantle world go by whilst enjoying a high
quality coffee and a slice of cheesecake heaven.
Fremantle’s enduring coffee culture is known
worldwide and there are some great cafes where you can enjoy Coffee and
Cheesecake. I’m a little biased for me;
I don’t think you can go past visiting Gino’s Café. Gino’s is an iconic Italian cafe that has
been making coffee and cheesecake lovers very happy since 1983. Gino’s is located at 1-5 South Terrace and
they are open from 5:30am till late, 7 days per week. Calling in to Gino’s has got to be on your
list of things to do when visiting Fremantle.
Naturally, Fremantle has many wonderful cafes to
choose from for cheesecake and coffee. I won’t mention them all but the ‘Blink
Coffee Bar’ is outstanding. Located in
the western part of Fremantle, this little coffee shop offers delicious coffee,
pastries, and music. The cheesecake is made from scratch and is available in
flavours like caramel, chocolate, and lemon.
The only thing I probably recommend just as much
as going to Gino’s Café or the Blink Coffee Bar at Fremantle is taking your
holiday on board one of Norwegian Cruise Lines massive ships.
As you would certainly hope, yes they absolutely
do serve cheesecake on board these behemoths of the worlds oceans.
One particular cheesecake that some Norwegian
cruise ships serve up to its guest is their Oreo cheesecake with a balsamic
reduction and strawberries. I’m
drooling just thinking about it. This
dessert is available at their steakhouse specialty restaurants (Cagney’s) that
are on board on only some Norwegian ships.
Another type of cheesecake that if served up on Norwegian Cruise Ships
is their Raspberry Creme Brulee Cheesecake, which is one of the best cruise
ship desserts you will ever have the privilege of putting inside your mouth.
Norwegian Cruise Lines have 17 superlative cruise
ships in their fleet:
Norwegian Aqua Prima (Aqua Prima Class).
Norwegian Bliss (Breakaway Plus Class).
Norwegian Breakaway (Breakaway Class).
Norwegian Dawn (Dawn Class).
Norwegian Encore (Breakaway Plus Class). Capacity of just under 4,000 people, 1,094
feet/333.45 metres long.
Norwegian Epic (Epic Class).
Norwegian Escape (Breakaway Plus Class).
Norwegian Gem (Jewel Class).
Norwegian Getaway (Breakaway Class).
10. Norwegian Jade (Jewel Class).
Norwegian Jewel (Jewel Class).
12. Norwegian Joy (Breakaway Plus Class).
13. Norwegian Pearl (Jewel Class).
14. Norwegian Sky (Sky Class).
15. Norwegian Spirit (Spirit Class).
16. Norwegian Star (Dawn Class).
17. Norwegian Sun (Sun Class).
Sadly though, none of these amazing ships visit
Perth or Fremantle as tourist destinations.
Sure, there are other cruise lines that offer
cruises to and from Fremantle, such as Princess Cruises, Cunard Cruise Lines,
Azamara Cruises and the famous Royal Caribbean to name a few. There are all wonderful Cruise Line
operators and all have their own great ships.
For my mind though, I’d love for first time coffee
and cheesecake loving visitors to Australia to be able to hop of the incredibly
Norwegian Cruise Lines ship and then go and then get a cab to either Gino’s or
the Blink Café’s. How good would that
Worry not though, I’m sure you could always contact
Norwegian Cruise Lines from wherever you are in the world and find your way to
Sydney on one of their incredible ships.
They don’t come to Sydney very often the normally include Sydney as part
of some 13 and 21 day cruises they have from other destinations.
The important thing is that you are now in
Australia. I just need to get you to
Fremantle, specifically the coffee strip.
After disembarking from your Norwegian Cruise Line ship in Sydney,
proceed to the Four Seasons Hotel. This luxurious hotel in Sydney’s historic
Rocks district has stunning views of Sydney Harbour. The Overseas Passenger
Terminal is only a 4-minute walk away.
Have a good night’s sleep, because after than, I need to get you to
How to get to the Coffee Strip in Fremantle from
Your Coffee and Cheesecake awaits you.
There are several options for getting you from the
Four Seasons in Sydney to Gino’s or the Blink Café’s in Freo. How you get there depends on your budget,
time, and personal preference naturally but here’s what I can suggest:
Aeroplane flights: This is
the quickest and most convenient way to travel between the two cities, but it
is also one of the most expensive options these days. It’s unfortunate how expensive air travel
has become in Australia. Aside from
that, a few airlines, including Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia, offer
direct flights from Sydney to Perth. The flight lasts about 4.5 hours, and how
much you pay depends on whether you fly during peak tourist season or not.
Another cruise, this time from Sydney to
Perth: this is the more leisurely and scenic option,
but it is also the longest and most limited. Princess Cruises, Cunard, Azamara,
Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Silversea are among the few cruise lines
that offer cruises from Sydney to Perth. The cruise duration ranges from 14 to
28 days, and the average round-trip fare is between $3,000 and $10,000.
Take the very famous Train:
This is the most adventurous and historic mode of transportation, but it is
also the most time-consuming and infrequent. There is only one train service
that connects Sydney and Perth, and that is the Indian Pacific. It’s
magnificent and well worth the wait.
The Indian Pacific train departs twice a week and travels for three days
and four hours. Depending on the class and season, the train fare is very
expensive, even for a one-way ticket.
The Indian Pacific is the only train that
currently operates on this route; cabin tiers range from Gold Single to
Platinum, with significant price differences based on comfort and
amenities. The Indian Pacific offers a
variety of fares, including Advance Purchase, Everyday, and Fully Flexible,
each with its own pricing structure. You may be eligible for senior discounts
or other special offers as well. A
general price range for a train trip from Sydney to Perth is as follows:
1. Single Gold: $2,345 – $3,680
2. Gold Twin ($2,755-$4,220)
3. Platinum (from $4,820 to $6,900) but heck, if
you can afford it, give it a whirl, I doubt you would regret it.
Catch a Bus/Series of Buses:
This is the most cost-effective and flexible mode of transportation, but it is
also the most exhausting and time-consuming. Greyhound, Firefly Express, and
V/Line are among the bus companies that operate between Sydney and Perth. The
bus journey involves numerous transfers and stops and takes approximately two
days and twenty hours to complete. The round-trip bus fare is too variable to
mention because it depends on the company and season.
Drive yourself in a rented vehicle:
This is the most independent and customisable mode of transportation, but it is
also the most difficult and risky. You can rent a car or a campervan in Sydney
and then drive to Perth, then Freo along the Hume and Eyre Highways. The
driving distance is approximately 3,935 km to Perth, and the driving time is
approximately 41 hours, but that time is obviously if you were a robot and did
not need to sleep.
I’ve travelled across and back several times; I
usually take my time and enjoy all of the beauty that this incredible island
nation has to offer. The cost of driving
(not the hire costs) depends on the vehicle type, fuel price, tolls, and
lodging along the way, but it is estimated to be around $1,500 for a one-way
trip, but if you’re like me and enjoy taking your time and exploring, allow a