As I sit here watching the rain cast a dreary film over the quaint harbor in Victoria, BC with E napping silently upstairs (I better not be jinxing it), all I can think of is what I would do for a Sunday session in Fremantle.
Americans love a good ‘Sunday Funday’; Australians fancy a ‘Sunday Sesh’. Pretty much across the globe, people like Sundays.
A proper “Sunday Sesh”, as it is so aptly abbreviated by our good friends down under, is a hazy mix of friends, food and good brews. What’s not to love? While on Australia’s west coast, taking a dip down to Cottlesloe for drinks at the OBH is usually preferred, but I’m a big fan of a good natured run around in Fremantle (also not short on brews). Follow my lead, and you won’t be sorry. (Don’t worry about having a designated driver- the Transperth train runs right into the heart of Fremantle!)
First take a necessary frolic in the park to soak in the realization of the perfect day you are about to have:
You are going to want to stock up on some snacks with all the drinking (and further frolicking) you have planned so make a pit stop at Kakulas Sister on the main road to grab a bag full of my personal favorite, dried strawberries. They are like little bursts of heaven; you’ll thank me later. Plus, it’s nice to have a stash of healthy sugar rush snacks at your disposal. They’re healthy…shh:
If you are anything like my friends and I, it will have taken you an excessive amount of time to actually leave for your day out so you are going to be starving and in need of sustenance (beyond what dried strawberries can provide). Little Creatures Brewery on the water is going to look like a viable solution, but only if you are keen to wait around for a half hour before a waitress even comes to say hello. The remedy: The Monk Brewery and Kitchen on the main street. You won’t find views of the water but you will find good food, even better home brews, and a great spot to people watch. Sit outside, but make sure you’ve slathered on the SPF 50 because the sun down under is no joke:
After filling your bellies with steak sandwiches and cold drinks, the obvious next stop is more drinking. It is Sunday, after all. Walk about 15 steps right across the street to Sail & Anchor for cocktails and a beer sampler from their expansive beer menu. You can pick and choose your samples but we let the bartender surprise us because we like to live on the edge. Take your liquid smorgasbord upstairs to the balcony to watch live street performances below:
When you’ve decided you’ve got enough of a buzz going on, walk another 15 steps to the Fremantle Markets. Who doesn’t love a good market? Even if they aren’t your thing, you’ll have had anywhere between 1-10 (listen, I’m not judging) drinks at this point so you’ll be excited for just about anything. Open almost every day, the Fremantle Markets are a must visit if you find yourself in the area. Stroll around and check out all of the goods (and of course food) available. You won’t regret it.
Finally, stumble your way back to the train station with full bellies and possibly ridiculous buzz induced market purchases (cough, didgeridoo). Wash, rinse, and repeat next Sunday.