I can not begin to tell you how much has happened in the last month! With surprises around every corner, the dips and turns of life have taken me (and many of my nearest and dearest) to unexpected places. Reminding me that you can not predict life and that maybe you shouldn't even try. So I was so pleased to dedicate an afternoon to simply relax, gossip, eat and play tourist in the hidden nooks and crannies of East Fremantle as part of my new series Become A Tourist In Your Own City.
So often we get caught up in our every day lives that we forget to enjoy and experience the places we live in. In this series I hope to remind you, and myself, to take time to open your eyes what is available on your own doorstep, rather than feeling the need to travel great miles to feel alive.
After last month's expedition to Perth's city centre, I decided to head a little further off the tourist trail, to George Street in East Fremantle - a street many Perth locals don't even know exists.
George Street reminds me a little of a country town. Although the street is full of high end boutiques and wonderful cafes and restaurants there is such a local, community feel about the place. The sounds of giggling children fill the air as kids run around exploring with out a care in the world, whilst their parents and neighbours take advantage of the good food and coffee, having long afternoon catch ups with the friends they ran into on their evening dog walk.
With a rather large collection of boutiques, George Street has a lot to offer. Particularly if you are looking for a gift and especially if the gift is for yourself!
One of our favourite stores would have to be Willow And The Bowerbird which houses a wonderful selection of jewellery, accessories, home wares and body products, all selected by owner Sarah.
Located in a lovely, bright corner building the space is one you could spend hours rummaging through to ensure you don't miss a product.
As well as home wares and gift stores, George Street also houses a number of lovely local clothing stores such as Hubble +Duke (a cute store filled with the cutest handmade baby and children's clothing), Indi + Em, Iridescent Sea, Savvy and Harper's Emporium, all filled with high quality, stylish and local garments.
As Saturday was such a beautiful day we decided to stop by Cookie Dough Biscuits for a cup of tea and a cookie to enjoy in the afternoon sunshine.
There are many notable food stops along George Street and Cookie Dough is just one of them. Although it was closed when we were there, I hear Hubbles Yard Cafe is well worth the stop for breakfast if you get the chance!
A popular stop for locals as is the George Street Bistro & Merchant, as well as serving lunches and coffees it is the perfect place to find tasty treats to take home for your cheese platter.
As the warm afternoon sun began to dip behind the trees we took a wander across the road and just happened to find ourselves in The Wine Store and Kitchen, with glass of red in hand.
With its extensive wine list and a modern Australian menu The Wine Store is the perfect place to spend the evening catching up with friends and exploring new tastes in a comfortable, contemporary venue.
As well as a bar/restaurant, as it's name suggests, it is also a rather wonderful cellar store celebrating a large portfolio of beer, cider, wine and spirits. What this means is that if you try something you like in the kitchen you can simply pop next door and purchase a bottle to take home with you!
The smells coming from the kitchen were enticing, but as a day like this is about exploring and seeing what is on offer, we decided to leave its taste testing for another day and head back down the road for dinner.
There are a couple of spots available for dinner along George Street such as Limones, The Wine Store or even Giorgio's pizza but we decided to opt for Barque. Described as Asian fusion, Barque offers a diverse share style menu featuring wonderful fresh local produce in a charming colonial house.
|chilli braised beef, eggplant, spring onion|
|coconut poached ocean trout, green mango|
It is so wonderful that even though I have lived in Perth my entire life, and have visited George Street previously, I can still find places to discover and learn more about these slightly hidden areas of the city. What I love about this series is that it forces me to take myself out and gives me an excuse to venture to places that I hear about yet never go... and, I hope that it inspires you to do the same.
So why not go and become a tourist in your own city?
You may be surprised what you will find!