At first sight, Fremantle’s Fibonacci Centre resembles a psychedelic 1970’s space station. The three-storey, metal-plated building is covered in rusted curlicues and bedecked with tatty furniture. But in place of astronauts, there are artists, and instead of freeze-dried meals there’s fantastic coffee and wood-fired pizzas. This converted 1920’s paint factory is now WA’s largest unfunded private art spaces and home of the beloved Blinco Street Café.
Self-described as a “funky, bohemian urban-hip café”, Blinco Street Café is full of surprises. The walls are covered in gig posters and framed paintings from the resident artists. The floor is paint-splattered and dotted with mismatched retro furniture. There are so many potted plants that the whole place feels more like a gardener’s greenhouse than a café.
The community has welcomed the Blinco Street Cafe with open arms, and it’s become somewhat of an institution in its quiet residential corner of Fremantle. We think it’s all thanks to the large, sun-filled balcony, a wonderfully relaxed place to read the paper, sip 5 Senses coffee and chat with friends over a casual yet delicious meal.
The café’s food is a varied and ever-changing mishmash of classics and funky fusion foods. Breakfast is fresh, free range Eggs Benny, chocolate and banana pancakes, Spanish omelettes and freshly made muffins and cakes. Lunch is always a surprise – but popular dishes include hoisin pork pancakes, nasi goreng, peri peri chicken wraps or potato bravas.
Twice a week, the café stays open for evenings of good food and live music. Wednesday night is Indian Curry Night and Friday is the popular Wood Fired Pizza Night.
Somehow, we don’t think there are any starving artists at the Fibonacci Centre.
(Also published in AgendaCity)