If you're sick and tired of yet another boring shopping experience at your local supermarket, it's high time you head to Fremantle where even grocery shopping can be fun.
As well as boasting a vibrant arts scene and cafe culture, Freo offers several extremely atmospheric alternatives for stocking up on your kitchen and other household essentials, one of which is Kakulas Sister, the little sister of the long-running (over eighty years to be exact) and extremely popular Kakulas Brothers in Northbridge.
Situated on Market Street in the historic Princess Theatre building, the store combines Victorian-era architectural charm with the earthy pleasure of shopping the old-fashioned way, measuring your own whole grains and lentils from large hessian bags and crates which are aesthetically scattered around the store, and exchanging greetings with friendly shop assistants who seem to know all the locals by name.
While Kakulas Sister doesn't sell fresh fruit and vegetables (wander up the road to Fremantle Markets to buy those), the goods available are a delicious mixture of wholesome dry goods, local gourmet delights, organic goodies, exotic herb teas, international products (especially Continental) and fresh items like olives and cheeses straight from a well-stocked deli.
It's definitely a foodie's paradise and customers come from far and wide to savour the store's special ambiance. Although it can get pretty crowded at peak times, such as on busy weekend market days, the atmosphere is invariably laid-back with regulars pausing for a friendly chat - a little like how I'd imagine an old-fashioned general store would have been like, long ago.
Apart from the fact that Kakulas Sister is one of the best spots in Freo to stock up on exotic and hard-to-source kitchen essentials and groceries, it's also one of Western Australia's top places for people-watching. Half an hour or so spent scouring the shelves, and the shop-floor, reveals a deliciously eclectic slice of Freo life: bohemian artist types, airy-fairy New Agers, teenage surfies, international backpackers, trendy professionals and earnest-looking students, all up for a bargain.
Bargain-hunting is yet another good reason to shop at Kakulas Sister. While many items, especially the local gourmet delights and organics, are strictly for the well-heeled, there's always plenty of cheapies to be had, generally displayed in baskets and shelves just outside the store.
In conclusion, if you're convinced that food shopping should be so much more than a rushed trip down to your local Coles or Woolies, you're bound to find Kakulas Sister a real treat. If the wide range of exotic delights and terrific bargains isn't enough to tempt you, the people-watching and the happy, laid-back Fremantle vibe is priceless and sure to put a smile on your face. To rediscover the long-lost art of pleasurable shopping, head to this little gem of a store - soon.
Kakulas Sister is located at 29 - 31 Market Street in Fremantle. Although they don't have a specific website of their own, to learn more about Kakulas Brothers (the original family store, that has been trading in Northbridge for almost ninety years) take a look at this website. To contact Kakulas Sister direct, phone (08) 9430 4445.
Address: 29-31 Market St
Fremantle Western Australia 6160