Mary Street Bakery’s flagship café in Highgate heaves. Last year’s The West Australian Good Food Guide Best Casual Dining category winner is still winning the hearts and minds of its Mt Lawley and Highgate fans.

It is the flagship of the rapidly expanding Mary Street empire of restaurateur Paul Aron and chef Michael Forde. It’s where it all began for the ambitious duo, but they haven’t forgotten their roots. Earlier this year, the coffee game got serious. Beans are from Offshoot Coffee – their own roastery in Hibernian Place.

The all-day menu spans typical breakfast-y dishes to more serious stuff like fried chicken buttermilk pancake with chilli maple butter. Their super-pimped doughnuts have become the most Instagram-worthy treats in Perth.

Want to eat away the effects of the night before? We recommend the crispy duck leg rice cake with wombok peanuts and nyonya sauce. All this good gear is wrapped up in a local bakery style décor – a hangover from when they actually baked bread here – and a vibey local atmosphere.