5 Best Perth Cafés to Read In with Katherine Dorrington, Perth Writers Festival Program Manager

Published on February 13, 2017
Categories - Blog, Guest Bloggers, Read About

Katherine Dorrington is the Perth Writers Festival Program Manager, which means (amongst other things) that she is basically the expert on reading. She’s the one with the best advice both on what to read and where to read it, so today we are joined by Katherine who has shared her 5 favourite Perth cafés to read in, with book recommendations for each location. What a treat!

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Photo by Katherine Dorrington, @katherinedorrington.

Pixel Coffee, Leederville – A gorgeous little café that turns out awesome coffee and yummy food. I love their seating out the front that comes with crochet blankets to stay warm.

Book:  The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley – The beautiful cover of this book matches the décor at Pixel Coffee so perfectly. The story of artist Elizabeth Gould will have you entranced while you sit surrounded by the stylish local art on the walls of Pixel.

Chu Bakery, Highgate – Strictly speaking this is the best café to grab a take away coffee from and then head to Hyde Park to read your book while lying on the grass. Add one of their incredible pastries and call it bliss.

Book: Goodwood by Holly Throsby – This atmospheric novel set in a small country town just begs to be read outside.

Little Way, Nedlands – Tucked away in Nedlands (but close to my office) I love their lush outdoor courtyard. Perfect place to sip coffee, refuel with their mixed mushrooms and lemon ricotta on sourdough and dip into a good book.

Book: The Nix by Nathan Hill – Smart, funny literary fiction that will have you hooked.

Bread in Common, Fremantle – I love everything about this place, but particularly the common tables. Reading is such a solitary activity but I love the buzz of a busy café around me when I’m reading.

Book: The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu – Brilliant, moving short fiction that suits the energy of Bread in Common.

Little Guildford, Guildford – I love the retro stylings of this café and their mismatched rustic tables. Park yourself at one of their outdoor tables, or next to one of their big windows while you read a gripping novel.

Book: The Dry by Jane Harper – you will not be able to put this book down once you start it, so this is the perfect café to settle in for the morning.


PWF2017 books

The Perth Writers Festival takes place over 23-26 February with all of the above authors appearing at the 2017 Festival – we can’t wait! You can browse the full program over here.

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  • Some of the best Perth cafes!! Pixel is my favourite by far. Acai bowls everyday! (I wish!) Thanks for the new reading list recommendations.
    x Jenelle

    by Jenelle on February 16, 2017 at 11:24 am
  • Thank you for the inspired list!
    I’m a regular at Chu (shout outs to Mr and Mrs Chu for getting me through my maternity leave with daily sugar and caffeine overloading!) and heading to Little Guildford for the first time next week.
    I’ve only ever been to Pixel in a hurry, but will have to make sure I linger longer next time.

    I’m currently reading ‘HOW Two LOVE:Making your relationship work and last’ by Jan Resnick PhD

    by Lauren on February 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Jenelle – for me it’s their nourish bowls! So good!!

    Lauren – I hope you enjoy Little Guildford next week, I second Katherine’s recommendation! And thanks for sharing what you’re reading too.

    I’m currently reading Madeleine Thien’s ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ and Clementine Ford’s ‘Fight Like a Girl’. I always have two books on the go. Madeleine Thien’s book is next to my bed for nightly chapters and Clementine Ford’s book is in my bag to read on the bus, over lunch and when I’m early for meetings.

    – Claire

    by admin on February 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

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