Since moving to Perth from Bellevue Hill in Sydney 17 years ago, I’ve called Claremont home for most of this time. I love it here so much that I thought I’d share some of my favourite local haunts with you.
Image: Cheryl Botha, Claremont local and Founder of Ankalia Sandals
How would I describe Claremont? It’s a beautiful affluent, leafy suburb with wonderful people and an awesome happy, healthy vibe.
Image: Cheryl Botha, Founder & Creative Director of Ankalia Sandals
My favourite places for a caffeine fix? There’s a few! I love Elixir on Stirling Highway in Nedlands. It’s very convenient if you’re driving towards to city in the morning. I also love the coffee at The Goods Shed on the northern side of Claremont train station. It’s where I go for coffee after my gym workout a few times a week. I do also like the coffee at Deli Chi Chi in Mount Claremont.
Image: Cheryl Botha of Ankalia at Flourish Coffee & Juice ,Floreat Forum
Favourite place to shop? Well of course I’ll say Claremont Quarter and the three streets surrounding the the centre, being Bayview Terrace, St Quentin Avenue and Avion Way. CQ is a small boutique shopping mall and it houses most of the Australian designer stores, as well as David Jones. So, a big tick on every level here.
Image: Cheryl Botha in her Perth made Ankalia Sandals
Drinks and dinner in Claremont! Hmm! Well Claremont isn’t really the place I would choose for a drink but if you really need a drink, I can tell you there are 3 options right outside Claremont Quarter. They are Brooklyn Lounge and Billie H, both on St Quentin Avenue. There’s also the original Claremont Hotel. For dinner, if it has to be in Claremont the there’s Nolita on Bayview Terrace and Mortarzilla by Lemongrass for good Thai food. On Stirling Highway there's traditional French at Chez Pierre and traditional Italian at Gargano. Ooh and I must say I love the pizza at Allegro.
Image: via Claremont Quarter on Instagram
The best things about living in Claremont. Definitely the people and the location. It’s close to the city, the Swan river and Cottesloe beach. It’s on the city to Fremantle train line, which is great if you’re going to a concert or sporting event. There’s an abundance of dedicated bike tracks to the city, the river and the beach. And being a bit of an outdoor, active girl there’s lots of beautiful parkland and beautiful places to walk.
Image: Cheryl Botha cycling through the Claremont Rose Gardens
Being active in Claremont. That’s easy! There are bike tracks as I mentioned already. There’s Claremont Pool and next door to the pool is a small golf course and lake Claremont which has a wonderful bush walking track. There are also lawn tennis courts as well and horse-riding options near the showgrounds. Otherwise a walk along the river checking out all the beautiful homes is something I love to do.
Image: stunning riverfront home discovered on one of my neighbourhood walks
Saturday Farmers Markets There are two great farmers markets that I recommend. They are both open on Saturday morning only, and they are Subiaco Farmers Market which has a great vibe with not just amazing fresh produce but also live music, a children’s animal farm and a really good social vibe where people hangout and socialise whilst having breakfast. There’s also Mount Claremont Farmers Market.
Image: Ankalia sandals at Mount Claremont Farmers Market
I displayed my sandals at both of these markets in the early days of Ankalia and I loved meeting lots of local people in my area, as well as getting a Golden Retriever fix every Saturday morning. Also, it gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of the beautiful Ankalia women that wear my sandals. If you want to check out my sandals, we are online at www.ankalia.com They’re handcrafted by me right here in Claremont. So that’s another big tick for Claremont too!
Image: getting my Golden Retriever fix at Mount Claremont Farmers Market
Lots of love,