As the Coast becomes increasingly chic, so too are the cafes, their baristas and the quality of the coffee.
No matter where you live or wherever you’re visiting, rest assured there is somewhere to get your coffee fix.
From the tip of Toukley to the edge of Ettalong, here’s our guide to the Coast’s top 10 takeaway coffees.
The coolest spot on Toukley’s main strip, Barber Shop Espresso is a hole-in-the-wall cafe serving up exceptionally good coffee. There’s only a handful of seats in a minimalistic setting because it’s all about the coffee, a fruity Toby’s Estate blend. It doesn’t stay open long or late but Josh is there when it counts.
The Burrow is exactly like the name suggests: warm, dark and cosy, and the service from hosts Lauren and Luke is friendly and personable. Grab a takeaway Toby’s Estate on your way to visit The Entrance Pelicans, or bypass the busy tourist hub and just grab a flat white on the way up north.
There’s an awesome foursome serving up a good brew on the Long Jetty strip. Whether you’re en route to the Entrance or heading south to Sydney, the hardest part is choosing whether to call into Glass Onion, Green Tangerine, Modern Organic or Common Ground. We love them all.
Freshly ground beans meet freshly grown greens at Like Minds Avoca. Conveniently located on the way in to Avoca – it’s a cafe, garden and creative space where hipsters and hippies, surfers and city slickers, all gather in search of their daily caffeine hit.
Seats and stools are hot property at Bella Natural Food Co so takeaway is always a good option. With Terrigal Beach only a few paces away, it’s tempting to find a beachfront perch and enjoy the view. Bella’s coffees are often in demand so be prepared to wait on weekends.
The Village Emporium is a little gem nestled in the Wamberal shops and a perfect highway stop for commuters going north or south. Grand Cru coffee is their bean of choice – it’s a dark and rich brew. Husband and wife team Derek and Trish are leading the charge with cool, creative pastries on the Coast – try a Duffin (a donut muffin hybrid) with your coffee for just $1.
Helping to put some oomph into each and every day, Ooomph at East Gosford serves up a deliciously smooth flat white. The industrial-style cafe is tucked away in an alley but we’ve never had trouble finding a park when we need to duck in for a coffee.
Jimmy G’s is building an empire in Gosford – five cafes and counting. They serve their own “Jimmy G’s” blend, sourced from Guatemala. With fast, personal service, Jimmy G’s baristas are the type who remember your order after the first visit. If you work in the CBD and need a takeaway, head to their Espresso bar and say hello to the effervescent Des, she’s a coffee pro and loves a chat while you wait. Gosford’s newly revamped Imperial Centre is the latest place to house the Coastie chain.
Widely considered the best cuppa on the Peninsula, punters come from far and wide for a Campos coffee at Coast 175 Ettalong. Sometimes parking can be tricky but it’s worth persevering to get your weekend fix from one of the most coastal chic cafe’s on the Coast. For a takeaway a smidge closer to the water, sister establishment The Box offers convenience in a cup from its seaside kiosk.
We’ve recently discovered Point Clare’s chic hole-in-the-wall cafe – This Little Piggy. From the cheeky flying pig mural to their pretty bio cups, it’s a cafe with personality. It’s little wonder the locals have embraced it – the coffee is top notch.
Coastal Chic Tip: Do your bit for the environment and take a ‘keep cup’ in with you next time you see your fave barista.