Telegram, a small coffee shop, is inside the wonderfully restored State Buildings on the corner of Barrack and the Terrace. In a trendy wood veneered booth (with old restored crank handles to open it up!) modelled possibly on an early telegraph office – a plaque celebrating the first telegram ever sent and received in Perth is nearby affixed to the Town Hall – they were doing good trade in takeaway as well as dine-in when I dropped by yesterday.
Next door, through an archway, is the Postal Hall – a striking renovation and apparently the GPO before the elegant building in Forrest Place was erected – and here you can sit and drink your coffee at one of the tables scattered throughout, among potted plants – with filtered light from the glass panels in the very high vaulted ceiling.
It really is a stunning spot – with bars and restaurants on each side as well as up market shops opening soon.
My short mac came in a funky little blue cup with Telegram etched on the saucer – the coffee was smooth, with a great crema, nice mid palate bitterness. These guys know how to turn out a good brew.
The State Buildings, and associated bars, restaurants, hotel and shops will be a must visit destination in Perth, and with Telegram you can also be assured to getting a fantastic coffee.