Or should we say, what’s not to love about Fremantle? This once humble harbourside town has undergone a wealth of changes over the years, and has fast become one of WA’s most loved cultural hubs; brimming with history, arts, shopping, nightlife and an abundance of delicious places to eat.
With it’s rich heritage, Fremantle is definitely the place for a genuine historical experience. You won’t want to pass up a tour of the Fremantle Prison, Roundhouse and Maritime Museum, and, if that’s not quite enough for one day, you might also like to visit the Shipwreck Museum and Army Museum of Western Australia. A walk through the old Whalers tunnel leading from Bathers Beach below the Roundhouse precinct is also an interesting, albeit slightly eerie, experience.
With your thirst for history quenched, you’ll no doubt be feeling hungry, and thirsty for something slightly more alcoholic. There’s certainly plenty to choose from around town, with classic pub-style favourites including Clancy’s Fish Pub, Little Creatures, The National Hotel and The Norfolk Hotel all serving up delicious modern pub fare and drinks a-plenty. For beachside fun and some of the best ocean views, check out the new Bathers Beach House. For a healthier alternative, head to The Raw Kitchen for an organic vegan feast and a smoothie, Juicy Beetroot Café for some seriously tasty vegetarian eats and a fresh juice, or Little Lefroy’s for a casual dairy and gluten-free dining experience. Bread In Common is a must for all your artisanal bread needs. A little further south is The Local Hotel – quickly becoming a favourite destination among Freo locals and travellers alike, with its quintessential Fremantle vibe and well decked out hotel rooms.
Hunger satisfied, it’s time to get cultured. Fremantle is an absolute melting pot of arts, music and the like, and caters to all tastes and age groups. In what used to be the old Myer building you’ll now find Many 6160 – a thriving retail, arts and events space filled with unique wares and interesting people. The Mantle is yet another collaborative arts space, offering restaurants, a cocktail bar, shared work spaces and arts; the perfect place to eat, drink, work and play. And let’s not forget the Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Arts Centre for free exhibitions, unique gifts and live music.
Want to kick on through the night? No problem. Check out Creatures Next Door for live comedy and cocktails, Strange Company for drinks and tapas-style nibbles, The Odd Fellow for original live music, or head slightly north to an old faithful, Mojos. And if you’re really out to party, there’s always The Clink, Metropolis Fremantle or The Monastery.
From beaches to heritage to arts to music, there’s so much on offer in this eclectic seaside city it’s no wonder it was recently named 7th best city in the world by Lonely Planet. And personally, we couldn’t agree more.