If you’re looking for something fun and relaxing to do in Perth this weekend, how about taking a small, scenic road trip to an award-winning café and bakery that’s been featured on the BBC and German television? Nestled in the stunning Chittering Valley wine region, Bindoon Bakehaus & Cafe serves up not only sweet and savoury baked goods, but also some rather outstanding coffee.

When Bakehaus owners Leanne Phillipson and Anne Maree Hagge outgrew the space in Bindoon that they’d occupied for the past ten years, they were presented with the opportunity to not only move into a bigger and more modern building right next door, but also to offer a hand in designing the location that would be best suited to their vision.

Enter the 2010 Western Australia Building Design Award winner. Phillipson and Hagge knew that they wanted to make their Bakehaus a focal point for the community where people could gather for events such as art shows, birthday parties and workshops. With this in mind, the store has been designed to encompass a lounge, a patio with misters, tables, a breakfast bar, an extremely popular ‘Kiddies Bakehaus’, and a small boutique that offers hand bags, scarves, gourmet oils, olives and jams, cookbooks, art, and of course, great coffee.

And speaking of coffee, the blend at the Bindoon Bakehaus is a very pleasing, well-rounded cup with a quality finish. The body is smooth and covers all parts of the palate with light, wood flavours. It has a sparkling, citrus acidity, notes of sweet cocoa and a lengthy, clean and bright aftertaste.

While perusing the display cases for something to eat, consider the Eggs Benedict roll with eggs, bacon and velvety hollandaise. Seriously, where in WA can you find Eggs Benedict this good for eight dollars? For the more vegetarian types, the roasted capsicum and chick pea frittata has feta, leeks, mushrooms and zucchini. Both are refreshingly unique and bursting with flavour. Venture over to the sweets and one must try very hard not to be a bit gluttonous. To say that the delicate decadence of the passionfruit cream sandwiched between two buttery shortbread cookies is out of this world would be an understatement. Everything is baked fresh daily.

This weekend consider making the trip to Bindoon and feel free to bring your friends, your book or even your dog (they are welcome on the patio). Like Leanne and Anne Maree say about the area, “Taking the scenic detour back to the city might take an extra 20 minutes. Stop at some wineries and tack on another two hours, but open a café and you just may never leave.”

Bindoon Bakehaus & Cafe
27c Binda Place
Bindoon, WA 6502

Opening hours
Monday — Sunday 7:00am — 5:00pm

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