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Urbanistar/New Edition: Northbridge(a.k.a. people-watching paradise)212 William St, Northbridge.

Coffee $3 dine in (may have been upped).Coffee: 3/5, Food: I’ve heard bad rumours, vibe: cute, cosy and bookish. 

Okay, so I’ve read a few other reviews for this place.

Some people liked it, some thought it was utter…well, it wasn’t great. They said the owner was rude. I see that.They said the food was pretty poor. I see that too.They said the coffee was at best hit-and-miss. Yes, that might be true.

 And yet…well call me a big, erroneous softie but NE hold a little fortress in my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had pretty awful coffees there. But also pretty decent ones -the fact that they are $3, cheaper than almost anywhere else nearby took a bit of the edge off. I’m a sucker for the cheap.

I’m a sucker for books too, and being able to flick through a new illustration book or penguin classic while sipping my mostly-ok cap is nice (I don’t know if this is strictly allowed but I do it anyway because I’m a rebel from way back and have a rep to uphold on da streets).

 But I think what I like most is being able to do both of these things while perched at one of the window benches that look out onto William st.  People. Watching. Paradise.Some may say I have no life, others might edge away muttering “creeper” but I don’t mind admitting that I could spend a good half hour just watching people pass by. I make up little stories about where they’ve come from and where they’re going and then feel sad because they’re always far more interesting than where I’ve come from (a lecture) and are going to (woollies) that day. Yeah, vicarious living.

Urbanistar/New Edition: Northbridge
(a.k.a. people-watching paradise)
212 William St, Northbridge.

Coffee $3 dine in (may have been upped).
Coffee: 3/5, Food: I’ve heard bad rumours, vibe: cute, cosy and bookish. 

Okay, so I’ve read a few other reviews for this place.

Some people liked it, some thought it was utter…well, it wasn’t great. They said the owner was rude. I see that.They said the food was pretty poor. I see that too.They said the coffee was at best hit-and-miss. Yes, that might be true.

 And yet…well call me a big, erroneous softie but NE hold a little fortress in my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had pretty awful coffees there. But also pretty decent ones -the fact that they are $3, cheaper than almost anywhere else nearby took a bit of the edge off. I’m a sucker for the cheap.

I’m a sucker for books too, and being able to flick through a new illustration book or penguin classic while sipping my mostly-ok cap is nice (I don’t know if this is strictly allowed but I do it anyway because I’m a rebel from way back and have a rep to uphold on da streets).

 But I think what I like most is being able to do both of these things while perched at one of the window benches that look out onto William st.  
People. Watching. Paradise.
Some may say I have no life, others might edge away muttering “creeper” but I don’t mind admitting that I could spend a good half hour just watching people pass by. I make up little stories about where they’ve come from and where they’re going and then feel sad because they’re always far more interesting than where I’ve come from (a lecture) and are going to (woollies) that day. Yeah, vicarious living.

green-specs-and-crumbs asked: I like your style of writing, it's cute and quirky :) I'm from Perth too, I'm gonna check out the places you suggest :)

Oh thanks, that’s really sweet of you! 
And if you’ve been anywhere nice lately, I’d love to hear about! -♥ 

Moore & Moore
46 Henry st, Femantle. Weekdays 7-4, Weekends 8-4 Coffee: reg $3.8Coffee: 4/5, Food: N/a- $$$, Atmosphere:  indie kid/ artsy vibe: a place to catch up with friends on a sunny morning. 
One day I’ll summon the courage to whip out my camera and unabashedly take photos in a cafe. But today is not this day. Next time, maybe, I’ll take some snaps of the cute outdoor area in all it’s endearingly miss-matched glory, the gallery space next door, the cushy seating stashed in private-feeling nooks. Yep, M&M was giving me pretty good vibes as soon as I walked in.
The food was too expensive for my broke-ass student self, so I just had to watch jealously as other people got amazing looking food. The coffee I got eased my food-envy though- is was lovely! Going there spontaneously on my lonesome (with a hefty bit of physiology reading) I felt a somewhat uncomfortable- this is definitely a place to be with some good company. good company with a spare $20 for lunch. 
It may also have been awkward because of some old high school acquaintances who happened to be sitting at the table next to me. Like, that group of people who it would be awkward to go and say hi to (you don’t know them well enough for that) but if you don’t say hi you know that they know that you know them, and have ignored them. That’s pretty awkward too, you know? 

Moore & Moore

46 Henry st, Femantle. 
Weekdays 7-4, Weekends 8-4 
Coffee: reg $3.8
Coffee: 4/5, Food: N/a- $$$, Atmosphere:  indie kid/ artsy vibe: a place to catch up with friends on a sunny morning. 

One day I’ll summon the courage to whip out my camera and unabashedly take photos in a cafe. But today is not this day. Next time, maybe, I’ll take some snaps of the cute outdoor area in all it’s endearingly miss-matched glory, the gallery space next door, the cushy seating stashed in private-feeling nooks. Yep, M&M was giving me pretty good vibes as soon as I walked in.

The food was too expensive for my broke-ass student self, so I just had to watch jealously as other people got amazing looking food. The coffee I got eased my food-envy though- is was lovely! Going there spontaneously on my lonesome (with a hefty bit of physiology reading) I felt a somewhat uncomfortable- this is definitely a place to be with some good company. good company with a spare $20 for lunch. 

It may also have been awkward because of some old high school acquaintances who happened to be sitting at the table next to me. Like, that group of people who it would be awkward to go and say hi to (you don’t know them well enough for that) but if you don’t say hi you know that they know that you know them, and have ignored them. That’s pretty awkward too, you know? 

Frisk Espresso Bar
31/103-105 Francis st, Northbridge.
Coffee: reg-$3.9, large- $4.6
free WIFI for customers, open 7am- late Wed-Sun. mon&tues until 3pm.
coffee-4, food- n/a, atmosphere- artsy but unpretentious
Okay, so I don’t know why, but apparently I completely forgot how a cafe works after walking though the door. After ordering my large cap (delicious, by the way!) to dine in, I just loitered awkwardly around the bar, making stilted conversation with the friendly barista (kudos to him for the effort. I was just not even on this planet, I swear). Because apparently I’m an ‘independent woman who don’t need no service’ I also (awkwardly) tried to take my coffee to my table (“oh, I can take that out for you, ma’m”-friendly barista). And now I’m hiding behind my laptop, sipping my wonderfully creamy coffee wondering why they even let me out of my cave.
Moving on, with its graffiti-esque wall mural and miss-matched furniture the Frisk looks quirky without being obnoxious. Students with their macbooks, 30-something professionals grabbing a coffee on the run, middle-aged couples chatting over a cuppa- no one seems out of place here. Even on my lonesome with my lecture notes for company I don’t feel awkward or out of place, which I really appreciate. Focus is on coffee and liquor rather than food (I’ve yet to try anything on the stronger side, but I fully intend to return with company next time I make a late-night trip to Northbridge).

Frisk Espresso Bar

31/103-105 Francis st, Northbridge.

Coffee: reg-$3.9, large- $4.6

free WIFI for customers, open 7am- late Wed-Sun. mon&tues until 3pm.

coffee-4, food- n/a, atmosphere- artsy but unpretentious

Okay, so I don’t know why, but apparently I completely forgot how a cafe works after walking though the door. After ordering my large cap (delicious, by the way!) to dine in, I just loitered awkwardly around the bar, making stilted conversation with the friendly barista (kudos to him for the effort. I was just not even on this planet, I swear). Because apparently I’m an ‘independent woman who don’t need no service’ I also (awkwardly) tried to take my coffee to my table (“oh, I can take that out for you, ma’m”-friendly barista). And now I’m hiding behind my laptop, sipping my wonderfully creamy coffee wondering why they even let me out of my cave.

Moving on, with its graffiti-esque wall mural and miss-matched furniture the Frisk looks quirky without being obnoxious. Students with their macbooks, 30-something professionals grabbing a coffee on the run, middle-aged couples chatting over a cuppa- no one seems out of place here. Even on my lonesome with my lecture notes for company I don’t feel awkward or out of place, which I really appreciate. Focus is on coffee and liquor rather than food (I’ve yet to try anything on the stronger side, but I fully intend to return with company next time I make a late-night trip to Northbridge).

Milk & Honey
82 James st, Northbridge
Coffee: Cup-$3.8, Mug-$4
Food: Raisin toast (& Coffee) $6
Coffee- 4, Food- n.a., atmosphere- family friendly
Now, early-to-mid mornings aren’t good for me at the best of times, but after being propositioned by a homeless man selling papers and accosted by several sellers-of-things on the sidewalk (oh, Northbridge). I was feeling decidedly shaky and in need of either a strong drink or a large cup of Dr. Caffeine.
Considering the time of day, I opted for the latter.
I decided to duck in to M&H because, honestly, it was the nearest thing. I checked out the breakfast menu: It seemed reasonably priced, and sounded pretty appetizing. The wraps, subs and salads looked petty good too. But in the end I just opted for a large cappuccino, and for $2 extra got a slice of raisin toast.
The coffee was quick to arrive, creamy and just-hot-enough. The toast was fine- just one thick slice with a little hotel butter thing. Average, I suppose- it’s hard to impress or disappoint with toast. The interior was bright and open, but nothing special. Somewhere you’d take mum for brunch.

Milk & Honey

82 James st, Northbridge

Coffee: Cup-$3.8, Mug-$4

Food: Raisin toast (& Coffee) $6

Coffee- 4, Food- n.a., atmosphere- family friendly

Now, early-to-mid mornings aren’t good for me at the best of times, but after being propositioned by a homeless man selling papers and accosted by several sellers-of-things on the sidewalk (oh, Northbridge). I was feeling decidedly shaky and in need of either a strong drink or a large cup of Dr. Caffeine.

Considering the time of day, I opted for the latter.

I decided to duck in to M&H because, honestly, it was the nearest thing. I checked out the breakfast menu: It seemed reasonably priced, and sounded pretty appetizing. The wraps, subs and salads looked petty good too. But in the end I just opted for a large cappuccino, and for $2 extra got a slice of raisin toast.

The coffee was quick to arrive, creamy and just-hot-enough. The toast was fine- just one thick slice with a little hotel butter thing. Average, I suppose- it’s hard to impress or disappoint with toast. The interior was bright and open, but nothing special. Somewhere you’d take mum for brunch.

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