Couple weeks ago we went to the Kalamanda Village Market which is held only on the first Saturday of every month. I’ve been longing to check the market since long time ago, but always every Saturday we had the boys swimming lesson. Thanks God this week the swimming lesson is on mid-term holiday for 2 weeks. The market was jammed packed with sellers and people wandering around. It has lots of arts and crafts things, food, plants, antiques, and lots more.
Kalamanda is situated in Perth hills. I love this little suburb which is to me is more like a little mixed English and France country town. It’s so leafy hills with cute nice looking houses and one of the suburb nearby has an unique name that I like, Gooseberry Hill village. I wish we could have a house in Gooseberry Hill now. But Kalamanda and Gooseberry Hill are very closed by and they have this kind of French looking little shops and restaurants with a French names too. Like, La Provence it’s an exquisite French home-wares, also sells beauty and bath products from the South of France. Le Paris Brest has a delicious lunch with cute settings that you can enjoy your coffee with yummy patisserie by day in alfresco or becomes ‘cafe du soir’ - exquisite a la carte dining at night. If you are a pizza fans, you can enjoy the wood fired pizzas in the cosy Embers pizza restaurant. Also there’s a Thai on the Hill Restaurant which serve authentic Thai cuisine at the top of the hill.
How can’t I fall in love with Kalamanda?? This unique Perth hill suburb has a different character than any other suburb. If you love old English country houses then you should love Kalamanda and Gooseberry Hills villages. And it’s not that far away from Perth too, it’s about 20 minutes drive only. During the year, the Perth Hills area hosts many enjoyable activities like Spring Flower Show, Gooseberry Hill Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Wine Show, and many more.
So, if you don’t have plan for this week-end why don’t you go up to the hills and check it out. You can stroll along the streets and enjoy the windows shopping (or the real shopping) and have lunch or coffee at one of those nice restaurants or cafes. Or if you want to have a mini-get away from a hectic life in the city, you can stay a night ( or more) at one of those very gorgeous lodge or b&b. The Possum Creek Lodge and Rosebridge House are recommended.