Wander down one of Bunbury’s most-loved streets. It’s known for cute, independent shops, restaurants, small bars and great street-side people watching.
Weekend breakfast is the best at Benesse Bunbury with its gorgeous new vibrant interiors created by MERGE design – deep green VJ cladding, tan cushions and lots of plants because you can never have too many! We love their cookie dough balls too.
Seek out a turmeric latte, cold press juice or Mano a Mano coffee from boutique coffee house and cafe, Townhouse Bunbury or try the Bean & Cone in Victoria Street. If the sun is shining, head to their banging backyard featuring wall murals by local artists.
Grab a quick bite to eat at Cafe 140 and while you’re there, take a swing. Their ramen with extra chilli on the side will cure any side effects from last night’s antics. Then slip through the side door for the best organic, hand-rolled doughnuts in the region from the Bread and Butter Wood Fire Bakery. Make sure you also pick up one of their organic wood-fired loaves with homemade creamy butter.
Venture down Central Arcade to La Pause Miam, a Parisian café with Scandi style. Expect everything from Parisian croquet madame, to duck burgers, bacon and eggs, and stacked pancakes. The pastries are baked fresh and melt in your mouth. Locals vote their coffee as the best in the city! Or, if you are on a health kick visit Plant Organic Cafe & Market for a green smoothie with home-made almond milk and a famous choc spirulina superfood ball.
On your bike, then you must stop at Melo Velo, where MILs flock after their morning ride.
Small bar comes restaurant, Yours or Mine serves incredible South American food with an eclectic wine list, craft beer and a knock your socks off espresso martini. Devour pulled pork tacos, grilled marron with chimichurri or, once again, we recommend saying ‘yes please’ to the Feed Me menu option.
Continue your international influenced foodie journey at modern Japanese fusion restaurant Tokyo Jacks. They pride themselves on using the best produce and their regular sake degustation nights are legendary. If Indian-fusion is more to your tasting, head a little further down Victoria Street to the Funkee Monkee Eatery & Bar.
For dinner, Market Eating House is a perennial, local favourite and a West Australian Good Food Guide 2017 Top 25 Casual Dining Restaurant. This is a dining experience not to be missed!
For shopping of the food variety, visit Australian-European food providore The Rusticana, bulk stockists of dried fruit, nuts, rice, flour, spices, tea and coffee to name a few. It has a continental deli with all manner of local and imported small goods plus a traditional butcher shop serving premium local produce, including Yearling Bell Beef, Mount Barker Chicken and Turkey, Amelia Park Lamb and a range of game meats.
Start your night with a glass of wine in Mojo’s streetside sea container. It has one of the biggest wine lists in the region, including local Geographe wines, and museum wines from their cellar. Two young sommeliers, Jake Atkinson and Samuel Sauvetre (affectionately known as the Wog and the Frog) oversee the selection.
Traditional pub lovers are not forgotten with a plethora of options including one of the oldest running pubs in WA – The Rose Hotel. Pub drinking is a BunGeo institution, and on a Friday after work or Sunday afternoon, locals will be enjoying a beverage on Victoria Street.
End your night at the ultimate hipster hang-out, Lost Bills. a tiny bar with a banging craft beer list, eclectic spirits, and some damn good wine. It was also one of only four regional WA finalists in the 2017 WA Best Small Bar Awards.
Victoria Street is full of little boutique stores that are big on style. Start at Sabotage. You’re destined to do some damage here, with the leading Australian labels – think Assembly Label, Stevie May, Neuw Denim, One Teaspoon, and more. Life and Soul Boutique has some of our favourite brands (Auguste, Arnhem, Nobody Denim, Camilla & Marc, Thurley, and Empire Rose, just to name a few), as well as talented up-and-coming designers to discover. Seek out their collection of ByHelo jewellery. Canadian born, now Bunbury local, Heloise Fitzpatrick makes superb architecturally influenced designer pieces.
For uber cool vintage finds, Maker + Co COLLECTIVE is the place to go. Continue through this cool warehouse to find an eclectic collection of art, clothing, designs, prints, creations and ethical product from local artists, artisans and ethical traders. Next door is the gorgeous Green Depot, an iconic green corner plant store offering the latest in plant fashion, garden ware and home decor. It has a funky hipster jungle vibe which everyone loves!
Source beautiful children’s clothing, gift and toys at Kidd & Co for babies to 8-year-olds. Mums Emma and Ally have created a divine collection with a strong emphasis on organic clothing and products. From Pap & Nimmy Organic, Bebe, Coco and Ginger, to Melbourne-based brand Designer Kidz, you’ll be ooohing over the super-cute product.
Pick up a copy of the Bunbury’s new ReDiscover and Out of the Box Street Art Map by Six Two Three Zero and discover the city from a different perspective. Bunbury is home to the largest collection of street and public art in regional Australia. Canvases are everywhere you look in BunGeo, which teems with vibrant street art. Spot everything from abstract, commissioned works, restaurant-themed façades and lots more in Bunbury. Find the whimsical characters painted by leading WA artists on 20 electrical boxes scattered through the CBD.