The café experience is evolving fast in Australia and, as the knowledge and skills of baristas increases at a seemingly exponential rate, it takes a little bit more to stand out from the pack. Fortunately, The Bench Barber and Eatery goes above and beyond to offer a modern café experience.
Situated in Perth’s western suburbs, The BB&E’s federation era windows overlook the fashion destination that is Napoleon street.
Given the high-street surroundings, café owner Kate Jensen has created a chic and modern café that offers a whole lot to the discerning patron.
A Synesso takes pride of place on the bar and pumps out some seriously sweet, chocolatey tasting espressos and flat whites, courtesy of the Crompton Road blend. Meanwhile, a fully equipped kitchen offers patrons a changing menu of Australian café classics. My fried kale, eggs and haloumi were the perfect start to a spring time morning. Healthy, spicy, salty, and deceptively filling. And for those who want to reward themselves after a swim at nearby Cottesloe beach, the cake cabinet is also waiting.
The Florentines come highly recommended 😉
Finally, as the café name implies, there’s a beautifully furnished barber’s studio recessed behind glass doors.
The café’s open, airy layout makes it the perfect people watching destination too. Internally, the open space allows you to see all the action in the kitchen, café and barber’s area easily, whilst those front windows offer a private viewing of the high-street elite.
The Bench Barber & Eatery
38 Napoleon St, Cottesloe WA 6011
Mon – Sun: 7am – 5pm
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