Up Close and Local Tours Coffee and Brunch Walking Tour Review
It was a rainy wet Saturday morning in late May when armed with rain jackets and umbrellas we joined a Coffee and Brunch Walking Tour in Victoria Park. The tour was run by Shannon from Up Close and Local Tours. The tour was all about tasting coffee and morning delicacies on the Victoria Park strip. We started at 10.45am and finished at 2pm. The walk included 6 stops at various cafes, larders, a gift shop and a bar to finish.
First stop was Social Manna and we enjoyed a very nice cup of coffee using Pound coffee beans. Being a person who normally has milk in her coffee I was surprised that I was enjoying a black coffee, with very good crema, and didn’t even notice it did not have any milk. Very delicious, could have had another but knew there was more coffee to come so had to pace myself. Sandro, the owner, shared with us the history of the café and also the story of the mannequin with the crocheted G-strings. Very comical, you’ll have to go in to check it out. Our brunch snack was a chicken waffle which was very yummy.
Next stop was Decanter where we had Birria Birria, a toasted tortilla with meat, cheese, onion and served with a rich meat broth. Again I say yum. Here we were also able to purchase drinks and for us,that meant some bubbles to celebrate a belated birthday.
Then it was on to Vic Park Larder, which is predominantly a European deli but also has some café seating. Again we heard from the owner, Gino about his history in Vic Park and also the history of the Larder. They make a lot of their own food for eating there and takeaway and also bring in food and products form the local area. We got to try some pate on bread and also some local meats and cheese.
Modus coffee was next, here we did a coffee taste test trying I think 3 different coffee beans from around the world. They was also some little sweets delicacies to enjoy.
We had a short stop to have a look in the Gourmet Gifts shop.
Last stop was Palace Arcade where we were able to enjoy an Espresso martini or another type of cocktail. As in the name Arcade there were many arcade games to play and some tickets were included in our tour. This is where our tour ended.
This tour was part of The Taste Vic Park tour series that was supported by the Town of Victoria Park. They were showcasing one of Perth’s most vibrant and multi-cultural neighbourhoods and showing that there are many hidden gems to taste around every corner. The tour was all-inclusive of food and drinks (other than if you wanted to purchase drinks at Decanter). Our tour had 11 people, the maximum was 12. Because of the support of the Town of Victoria Park the price was $49. For now, there will be no more tours but they will be bringing back once the weather improves.
It was a fun way to spend 3 hours on a Saturday. All the stops were on Albany Highway and the walk between stops was easy. Thankfully for us the rain was not too heavy. Shannon was a great tour leader and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and hope to get back to some of the places visited to try more of their menus. The sort of tour you would do while away on holidays but great to do o your own doorstop. Proves we don’t know our own backyard.
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