The city of Fremantle or otherwise known by the locals as ‘Freo’, is one of the oldest and most beautiful place in Perth. A city full of heritage showcasing old buildings, really cool cafes, delicious restaurants and culture. This small, but grand city was founded in 1829 and now has over 25,000 residents.
After stepping out of the train station, you could really feel like you were transported to a different land. A place with a certain European flair to it with its Victorian style buildings and the various monumental statues. It’s rather nostalgic seeing such old structures in this day an age where heritage buildings are constantly being bulldozed for the sake of modernisation. It’s a shame however that some buildings were really poorly maintained with broken windows and paint wearing off.
If you want to see what Perth may look like 100 years ago, Fremantle is a great place to visit. Bring your kids, bring your wife ’cause Fremantle is where it’s all happening.
New Edition Bookshop + The Grumpy Sailor
One thing I have found to be very frustrating about Perth is that the bookshops are complete shit and bonkers. The books are pretty boring and quite general, on top of that the prices are horrible. I have longed for Perth to have some kind of Kinokuniya (famous Japanese bookstore that is extremely big and offering a huge variety of books), ever since Borders went bankrupt worldwide, Perth is left good-bookstore-less…. Until, today, when I found this cool little bookstore called ‘New Edition Bookshop’. A place hidden inside the city, it felt like I discovered a kind of gold (abit over-the-top, but that was how it really felt). The bookshop has a great selection of books and equipped with ‘The Grumpy Sailor’ cafe, where you could chill and read books. Too bad the coffee wasn’t anything special, but the atmosphere is astounding.