[Perth 2013] Exploring Fremantle and Perth city

Down with flu and a bad cough pfft. But since I’m on MC today and I obviously cannot fall asleep after sleeping the entire morning, let me continue with our Perth travelogue! 

(Catch up on our Travelogue Part 1 here if you haven’t read it!)

Because our hotel motel did not provide breakfast for us (it’s really budget but quite decent – will do up a review later in a separate post!), we dragged our asses over to the McDonald’s across the street to grab a bite before heading out for the day! 

I still remember the days when I was in Perth and rushing for class, when my daily breakfast (ok almost, but not everyday) consist of a Big Breakfast meal, plus an extra Bacon/Sausage and Egg McMuffin. Yeah, and you must be thinking, why the hell am I still this size right? LOL

I like McDonald’s in Australia because it has quite a fair bit of items on its menu that Singapore does not have, for example…

OH MY GOD...

OH MY GOD…

The goodness and wonders  (and sinfulness) of bacon, cheese, egg, meat and hashbrown combined together. O.O

So after that, we hopped on a bus that brought us straight to Fremantle, the famous port of Perth. I decided to bring Kai on public transport for the first two days before collecting our car, for I really thought the TransPerth public transport system there is much more reliable and trustworthy compared to over here >.< (less the very long wait times though).

30 minutes later, we arrived at Fremantle! This is the Fremantle Train Station.

30 minutes later, we arrived at Fremantle! This is the Fremantle Train Station.

Did you know fact: The Fremantle Train Station was closed in September 1979, but due to public pressure and a huge outcry, the new government decided to open it again in July 1983. I did not know that despite being there for such a long time hahaha.

Streets of Fremantle

Streets of Fremantle

Being a weekend, Fremantle was naturally crowded with Aussies and (yes, tourists), many of whom were there to grab breakfast along the al-fresco cafes, or visit the famous Fremantle Markets, which is only open on weekends!

Fremantle's Esplanade Hotel

Fremantle’s Esplanade Hotel

We originally wanted to book the Esplanade Hotel for our stay there, it being close to Fremantle hub, but it was way too expensive. A night there will probably set you back by what… AUD$300++? Plus honestly, it wasn’t really fantastic. We trotted in for a toilet break and weren’t exactly impressed LOL.

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We met up with a few friends of mine from my school days there, as well as a couple of staff whom we constantly kept in contact with. So because we were meeting for lunch, what’s a better meal to have than fish and chips at Fremantle? :P

So we headed over to Kailis!

Kailis - one of the two more popular Fish and Chips restaurant in Perth.

Kailis – one of the two more popular Fish and Chips restaurant in Perth.

Kailis, Fremantle

Kailis, Fremantle

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The "Fish Market" section of "Kailis" had so much good food! Lobsters, tiger prawns, scallops...etc

The “Fish Market” section of “Kailis” had so much good food! Lobsters, tiger prawns, scallops…etc

Look at all the salmon!

Look at all the sashimi!

Kai's Traditional Fish and Chips with a side of Clam Chowder.

Kai’s Traditional Fish and Chips with a side of Seafood Chowder.

My "Seafood Delight" platter, which comprise of scallops, fish, and prawns!

My “Seafood Delight” platter, which comprise of scallops, fish, and prawns!

Kai ordered the “Traditional Fish and Chips (1 piece)” (AUD$9.95) together with a side of “Seafood Chowder” (AUD$9.95), and I had the “Seafood Delight” for AUD$16.95. The prices are relatively steep, and we’re probably paying for the branding that is. The fish and chips weren’t exactly the best (think Cicerellos is better – another post on that soon!), but it was a good meal nevertheless!

Reminiscing the good ol' times.

Reminiscing the good ol’ times.

After lunch, we all went our separate ways and Kai and I decided to pop by the Fremantle Markets since it’s only open on weekends.

Fresh, like really fresh fruits and vegetables in the  "Food" section of the market.

Fresh, like really fresh fruits and vegetables in the “Food” section of the market.

Lelong ah lelong ah...

Lelong ah lelong ah…

LOL. If you smile, you can take a free photo!

LOL. If you smile, you can take a free photo!

If you’re planning to hit the Markets, do take note of their opening hours!

The Yard (food section)
Fridays: 8 am to 8 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 8 am to 6 pm

The Hall (non-food section)
Fridays: 9 am to 8 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 9 am to 6 pm

Fremantle Town Hall: one of the icons of Fremantle.

Fremantle Town Hall: one of the icons of Fremantle.

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And we chanced upon this public toilet. I initially mistook it for a lift LOL.

Yes, this is a toilet.

Yes, this is a toilet.

We caught a train that brought us all the way back to Perth city for a little bit more exploring.

All aboard!

All aboard!

Unfortunately, we arrived a little too late at around 4.30 pm where all the shops were preparing to close. Yes, they close at 5 pm daily except one day a week where they open until 9 pm for late night shopping. All suburbs operate the same way too.

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23We also met up with Cheryl, Herman and Eunice the next day, where they introduced us to this pizza place called Little Caesars Pizzeria, along Oxford Street in Leederville.

24I wasn’t too keen on one of the pizzas due to the overwhelming smell of parmesan grated cheese on it, but I must say the Hawaiian (middle) pizza was delicious! Then, they had the dessert pizza, which was basically dessert materials topped onto a pizza crust!

Our Lemon Cheesecake dessert.

Our Lemon Cheesecake dessert.

We ordered the Lemon Cheesecake dessert which was basically creamy cheesecake mix, crushed biscuits, icing and strawberry sauce onto the pizza crust! We were really stuffed after the meal.

If you happen to be in the vicinity, you can check them out here at: 127, Oxford Street, Leederville, WA 6007. Alternatively, they also have branches in Sorrento and Mundaring!

Good dinner with good company!

Good dinner with good company!

Stay tuned for our next post – driving down south! :)

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