Walk south down South Terrace. The eateries go right down to South Beach at the end. Some tourists never get out of the main drag. There are two or three pubs along the way and heaps of restaurants.
Mark's long journey
Sunday 4:30 p.m, don't want to pay 400 zillion dollars for a kilo of tomatoes at the supermarket? Go to the Freo Markets up the Capuccino Strip, at 4:30 all the sellers cut their prices and the Market is only open Fri-Sunday. Bargains? The other day we got about 8 or 9 kilos of fruit and veges for 14 bucks.
Bill and Trevs Xcellent Adventure
Summer sizzles in Freo. Live on the cheap. Find yourself a nice dorm room. The average hostel puts the hottest clubs to shame. Do the odd day treck to South beach, Cottesloe beach or Rottnest Island. Make a pot of sweet chilli mussels, they'll cost about 6 bucks a kilo, kick back lissen to some tunes (K+D sessions), drink beer, be merry, and soak up the sun. The cheapest cooked brekky I know in Freo is Cafe Presto in front of the hospital, $6.50 bacon, eggs, toast, tomatoes, and tea or coffee. But the best quality most incredible value for the money meal is The Quadrant Pizzeria on High Street. Grace and Claude make real pizza, their vegetarian, Sicilian, Calabrese and meat lovers are awesome, their carbonara or salmon pasta dishes are divine, 10 bucks all you can eat, for desert you get a special treat. B.Y.O. beer or delicious with Evans and Tate Gnangara shiraz, a very palatable beer drinkers wine ;-). As for coffee, the Merchant Cafe is slowly sending my mate Alex broke. Need some nice threads on a budget, Diamond Aps on Wray avenue, turn 2nd left past the hospital. Best Fish and Chips is Joes Fish Shack, $11.50 for a seafood basket.
Fremantle is a breath of fresh air. It has a quirky vibe, anything goes! Beautiful climate, beaches, historic buildings...
Here's my TOP 10 to-do's for Freo: (in no order)
1. Fremantle Markets, get a beer at the market bar and listen to the buskers.
2. Definitely do the night-time Prison tour, its excellent.
3. Go to Little Creatures for a pale ale and frites, you'll love it.
4. Get the ferry to Rottnest Island, its so pretty... but don't feed the quokas!
5. Get a caffeine fix on Cappucino strip, Gino's and Benny's do great coffee.
6. Old Shanghai foodhall opposite markets does great food, cheap (especially Taka's Japanese).
7. Jump on the free bus (it's orange and has CAT written on it).
8. Shopping... cool clothes and jewellery by local designers.
9. Go see a band in the Newport, or DJs in Norfolk.
10. Seafood haven... some os the best in the world (according to the locals!). Go to Fishing boat Harbour, for fish 'n chips.
Fremantle, commonly known as "Freo" is a laid back town full of cafes, hip bars, tourist shops, and historic sites that lies right along the water. It is only 40 minutes from Perth and has a train station and bus port for easy transportation to and from your Fremantle hostel and in and out of town.
Freo itself is quite small and can easily be explored by foot or bike. A very informative visitor centre lies in the heart of the city with countless pamphlets and activity deals for the area. Your Fremantle hostel should also have information and activity suggestions. Markets are also frequently held in town with fresh food, live music, and unique crafts. The Little Creatures Brewery resides in Freo and is a popular tourist stop. Remarkable seafood restaurants line the wharf and compete for the title of "best fish and chips". Water taxis leave Freo Port for Rottnest Island several times a day allowing for a day or overnight trip to the island.
There are many backpackers hostels in Fremantle to choose from with great meal deals and competitive pricing. Freo is generally safe so location of the hostel is not too important; most are located on the same streets. Grocery, liquor, ATMs, and chemist are all easy walking access. Freo’s lovely atmosphere and friendly locals make it easy to spend at least a week in town.