24 HOURS IN FRE­MAN­TLE

Jesse Cai, founder of Square One Ac­tive Re­cov­ery, Sin­ga­pore’s first exercise-based chi­ro­prac­tic clinic

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» EAT

When it comes to cof­fee, you are spoilt for choice in Fre­man­tle. It’s a tough call, but my favourite spot has to be Lit­tle Stove. It’s a cof­fee shop about 6km from the heart of Fre­man­tle. (You can rent a bike and en­joy a scenic ride.) Lo­cated within a res­i­den­tial area of Bic­ton, the fam­i­lyrun busi­ness opened in 2009 and uses lo­cal pro­duce (some of which come from their own gar­den; they rear their own chick­ens as well). Once you step into it, it feels like you’ve been in­vited into their colour­ful, gar­den home for a meal. I highly rec­om­mend their full break­fast for the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence. Shop 97/103 Har­ris Street, Bic­ton WA 6157, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 9319 9811

» DRINK

Leopold Hotel’s Leopold Lodge is where the locals will be. The happy hour beers go for AUD$6.70 per pint and house wine are just AUD$3.50. (For per­spec­tive, it’s nor­mal to pay AUD$3.60 for a can of coke.) They have a wide se­lec­tion of lo­cal and im­ported beers on tap, and huge couches to just re­lax with your friends. There are also live mu­sic and pool ta­bles. As the night goes on, the vibe gets more ex­cit­ing and con­vivial. 326-334 Can­ning High­way, Bic­ton WA 6157, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 9460 9918 » STAY

There is noth­ing like liv­ing in a build­ing that is over 100 years old. Es­planade Hotel Fre­man­tle by Ry­dges is a his­tor­i­cal build­ing that has been re­fur­bished into a hotel with a re­sort-like vibe. You’ve got all the mod­ern trap­pings of a pam­per­ing stay: heated pools, spas and rooms with a view of ei­ther Fre­man­tle’s park­lands or the pool. My favourite bit is the wrap­around ve­randa on the sec­ond floor. I love to spend a lazy Sun­day af­ter­noon there reading a book while sip­ping a cuppa. What is also good is the lo­ca­tion. It is within walk­ing dis­tance to most of Fre­man­tle’s best sights and ac­tiv­i­ties. 46-54 Ma­rine Ter­race & Es­sex Street, Fre­man­tle WA 6160, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 9432 4000

» DO

As a for­mer dragon boater, I can’t help but rec­om­mend head­ing over to the shore­line of Gilbert Fraser Re­serve on Tues­days, Thurs­days (6pm) and Sun­days (8am) to check out the In­dian Ocean Dragon Boat Club. For a fee, vis­i­tors can pad­dle with the team from the Fre­man­tle basin to Perth CBD. If you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to get up close with dol­phins. (They’re quite a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence.) 30 John Street, North Fre­man­tle WA 6159, Aus­tralia.

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