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Ed

You might not think you’ve come to Freo for supplies, but don’t be surprised if you come away with a stash. A tub of chilli olives, perhaps. Some sourdough. A wheel of cheese. Some biltong. Maybe a kilo of marinated camel.

If you want an insight into the soul of the city, ‘grocery sightseeing’ is a great starting point.

Many Freo locals adopt the ‘little and often’ mode of shopping, and there’s plenty of niche gourmet establishments that make that possible. Places where longstanding owners know their customers’ names along with their facts about spelt flour. Shops whose giddy aromas of spice, bread, salami or white mulberries announce themselves 20 paces down the footpath. Outfits whose branded calico tote bags are as collectable as the produce for which they are locally famous. Places with heart. 

If you want an insight into the soul of the city, ‘grocery sightseeing’ is a great starting point.

Try walking into Abhi’s Bakery and out again without succumbing to a fruit loaf for the morning’s brekkie, for instance. Or maybe you’ll opt for a giant loaf of sourdough from Wild Bakery, with a couple of takeaway bienenstich slices for the road.

At Kakulas Sister, and its neighbouring Little Sister, harness your willpower if cheese and / or Turkish Delight are a weakness. This is the spot to collect a nifty box of biscuits, some seeds, olive oil, coffee, chocolate, dolmades and endless caches of the European deli-style stuff you don’t necessarily see in the supermarket aisles.

Beyond the gifts and trinkets of the Fremantle Markets is The Yard, where multiple stalls offer a catch-all for produce. There’s butchers, bakers, peddlers of wholefood, cheese sellers; you can even get biltong and cupcakes, and herbal tea. Not to mention fresh fruit and veggies direct from the market gardens. If you’re there near close of business on Sunday, expect bargains as the sellers out-shout each other for your attention.

Get the weird mushrooms, the hard-to-find fresh herb and the dinky okra here – it’s all in gleaming good shape.

The cacophony of signage outside Frank’s Gourmet Meats declares the breadth of what’s on offer at this Fremantle institution on Wray Avenue. You can get your scallopini and your chicken kebabs, sure. But if meat–flavoured adventuring is your thing–emu, camel, goat, duck, crocodile anyone? Frank probably has it. The sausages are legendary.

Get the add–ons at another longstanding institution, Galati, next door. This family–run grocer has bargains in the fresh fruit and veg department, plus a good range of cheese, cured meats, deli items and plenty of Italian speciality breads, oils and pasta. Their continental rolls are an excellent takeaway lunch option.

At Manna Wholefoods, you can shop for all things earthy and organic. A thriving café serving up the right mix of wholesome and flavoursome lunch, raw sweets and juices, it’s also a grocer with a distinct bent towards healthy, organic, sustainable fare. Tubs of nuts, seeds, grains and dried fruits are just the start. If you need Himalayan salt, cacao butter, organic milk, essential oils, mesh bags, cruelty-free cosmetics or thoughtful kitchen utensils, this is your stop.

When you’re after top quality fresh produce, or that tricky ingredient that isn’t at the supermarket, Peaches in South Fremantle is the go-to store. Get the weird mushrooms, the hard-to-find fresh herb and the dinky okra here – it’s all in gleaming good shape. There’s also loads of high end confectionary, deli items, smoked fish and free range chicken. Peaches has an entire organic section at the back, and a well-oiled checkout system. You’ll be offered bags or a box, but you might consider an upgrade.

As with any of these specialty outlets, a calico tote adorned with the shop’s logo could become a treasured Freo memento.

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