The Baristorian: You’ll Love This Cafe’s Community-Focused Vibe

Trendy, modern restaurants may impress diners with discriminating tastes but an eatery that evokes a homey feeling will always win anyone’s heart. If a charming community-focused restaurant appeals to you, then you’ll love The Baristorian in Wavell Heights. 

The Baristonian stands at the corner of Newman Road and Main Avenue, taking over the site of what used to be Shutter & Brew. This neighbourhood cafe offers a seasonal menu for brunch, with choices of gluten-free and vegan-friendly meals. 

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This restaurant also provides a range of alternative refreshments from various local companies like Simara, Margaret River Chai Teas and Kakadu Organic Bush Teas. Their coffee is sourced from Syndicate Coffee, which specialises in sustainability. 

But what makes The Baristonian more impressive is its commitment to the community building. The cafe has regular activities — for kids and adults alike — for de-stressing and winding down, and for forging friendships with like-minded people.

For instance, this January, The Baristonian hosted a social sewing club for women, an educational Minecrafting session for young boys, a cupcake decorating workshop for children and a teen book club.

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The restaurant also helps local artists sell their creations of mostly Aboriginal-inspired art in its dedicated art gallery. These are commission-free work so all profits go to the artists who made them. 

At one corner is a nook filled with relishes, jams and other items for gifting to friends and family if you don’t have time to shop elsewhere. These items are from small businesses and local entrepreneurs, further boosting The Baristorian’s goal of supporting the community.

Suffice it to say, it’s more than just the food or coffee at this charming restaurant. 

The Baristonian is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday and at 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

“Great service and food.. simple but stylish menu with normal portions not over the top.. great selection of coffees, gift ware and small gifts..absolutely a gem and great find.”

~ Benjimen Olsen, Facebook 

“A light but cosy atmosphere, great coffee and wonderful proprietors. There’s a water bowl and fake grass mat out the front to park your pooch at (please don’t let them on the lovely comfy chairs, it’s bad form) and they’re more than happy to bring your order out to you.  They have a nice selection of hand made products and art by local and Indigenous artists, the perfect gift or treat stop off.” 

~ Julia Moore, Google Review