Perth Coffee For $3 Or Less

Gone are the days were you could simply reach into the bottom of your bag and buy a coffee with a small handful of coins. These days handing over a note for a coffee has become the norm, but when  Cafe Del Pescatore in Scarborough charged $7.25 for a mug of flat white/cappuccino (on a public holiday) the news went viral and Perth coffee drinkers started complaining.

More and more articles and websites regarding Perth’s coffee prices started popping up:
Perth coffee is Australia’s MOST expensive:
Perth coffee is Australia’s MOST expensive:
The Real CPI – Cappuccino Price Index™ :
Customers win in coffee wars:

According to The Real CPI – Cappuccino Price Index™ an average takeaway cappuccino in Perth costs $3.87. That is 28c more than the next city (Hobart) and 67c more than the cheapest average (Sydney), that’s 17.2% more.

This means that purchasing 5 coffees a week (52) in Sydney will cost you $837.20 whilst in Perth the same coffee addiction will set you back $1011.40, an additional $174.20 a year.

8 Oz Takeaway Capp (March 2013) CPI
Brisbane $3.52
Melbourne $3.37
Sydney $3.22
Hobart $3.61
Adelaide $3.45
Canberra $3.46
Perth $3.89
National $3.50

Though it is stated that the average price of a coffee in Perth is $3.89 in my personal experience I struggle to find a small coffee for under $4.00/50.

This uproar in Perth’s coffee prices has led to a number of cafes across Perth openly charging $3 or less for coffee. I’ve asked around and compiled a list of these cafes:

399 Bar – 399 William St, Perth (Northbridge)
Art Gallery Café –Perth Cultural Centre, Perth *including hot chocolate
Café Amazon – Coventry Square Markets, 243-253 Walter Rd
Country Road Cafe (before midday) – 307 – 311 Murray St, Perth (CBD)
Digby’s – 1/44 Belmont Ave, Rivervale
Five Bar – 560 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
La Tropicana Café – 177 High St, Fremantle
Ootong & Lincoln – 258 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Pranzo Cafe – 79 Colin St, West Perth
R.E.D.S Cucina – 128 Oxford St, Leederville
Sun Café Australia – 318 William St, Perth (Northbridge)
Tea For tú – (before 9am) 218a William St, Perth (Northbridge)
The Terrace Hotel – 237 St Georges Terrace, Perth (CBD) *including soy
Toastface Grillah – Grand Lane, Rear 143 Barrack St, Perth (CBD)
Venn Bar & Cafe – 16 Queen St, Perth
The Walk Cafe – 97 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
White Salt – 134 West Coast Dr, Hillarys

3 coffee 13 coffee 2

If you know of any more cafes offering a coffee for $3 or less please let me know because I would love to share them.

You can also find this guide on Urbanspoon:


4 thoughts on “Perth Coffee For $3 Or Less

  1. when places start advertising ‘Melbourne priced coffee” you know something has gone absolutely wrong.. and you know you are in Perth. Home of airport priced foods and us fools that have to pay… It’s wonderful being able to get a decent coffee for 3 bucks but none of the above listed are much chop. So I stick to short blacks and still manage a coffee for that price at a decent place..

  2. Astro Cafe inside City West (next to Domayne and Scitech) has $2 coffees, they are small,, but nice and strong.. you have to mention it otherwise it’s $4. but if you work in the City West precinct you get a discount.

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