Coffee and Cheesecake at Fremantle

coffee and cheesecake at Fremantle

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:

1.    Norwegian Aqua Prima (Aqua Prima Class).

2.    Norwegian Bliss (Breakaway Plus Class).

3.    Norwegian Breakaway (Breakaway Class).

4.    Norwegian Dawn (Dawn Class).

5.    Norwegian Encore (Breakaway Plus Class).   Capacity of just under 4,000 people, 1,094 feet/333.45 metres long.

6.    Norwegian Epic (Epic Class).

7.    Norwegian Escape (Breakaway Plus Class).

8.    Norwegian Gem (Jewel Class).

9.    Norwegian Getaway (Breakaway Class).

10. Norwegian Jade (Jewel Class).

11.  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 be!

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 Fremantle.

How to get to the Coffee Strip in Fremantle from Sydney? 

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 lot more.

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