By Leigh O'Connor. Photos: Table 1 Espresso.
Australia’s love affair with coffee and the café culture is
long standing. Lazy brunches and leisurely lunches are the highlight of the
weekend for many, all accompanied by a coffee of course – cappuccino, latte or
espresso – we can’t live without our daily fix.
A growing trend is the pet friendly café, where friends and
family gather for a catch up and bring their pets along for the ride. Many cafés
these days provide water bowls and areas for man’s best friend to relax, while
their owners enjoy smashed avo on toast.
Neighbourhood cafés have become the hub of the community, a
place where staff know diners by name and you don’t have to order your coffee
each time as they know what you have. When friends say ‘where will I meet you?’
the answer is obvious, the local coffee stop!
Looking for a café and coffee nearby? We’ve got you covered.
Sit back with a Campos coffee and take in spectacular lake
views and innovative fare at Table
1 Espresso on The Esplanade in Warners Bay. Exposed slate pillars
and circular pendent lights cast a warm, golden glow over a bustling interior,
as diners peruse a Mod Oz menu with tastes from around the globe.
Start the day with an Extreme
Breakfast Plank of poached eggs, spinach, avocado, bacon, chorizo, hash
brown, halloumi, Mexican beans and tomato relish, served with toasted
sourdough; or perhaps Byron Bay bircher muesli with yoghurt. Lunchgoers may be
tempted by Asian wok tossed chicken stir fry with crunchy seasonal vegetables
and soy sauce with a hint of spice. Merewether locals can also visit Table
1 Espresso on City Road.
Grab an early morning caffeine hit at Coast
89 Café on Toowoon Bay Road in the Central Coast. The flagship café in the
area for Gabriel coffee, this laid-back venue draws a trendy crowd of nearby
residents and visitors, with its charming mix of modern beach shack décor,
whitewashed timbers and bold blue features.
Drop by for a cool drink after a long beach walk and stay
for a bite to eat, such as a salmon and chive omelette with sourdough and sour
cream, or perhaps a grilled chicken burger with bacon, smashed avocado,
Jarlsberg cheese, lettuce and aioli. Those dining at night may opt for
temptations like spanner crab and courgette flower spaghetti with green chilli,
bonito butter, chives and lemon.
Those passing by are drawn by the steaming aroma of rich and
exotic coffee beans from all around the world, at The
Grind at Norwood on The Parade. Coffee lovers congregate from early morning
at this espresso bar before making the commute to work or spending a day
shopping around the surrounding trendy precinct.
Enjoy a fresh baked sweet pastry, ham and cheese croissant
or salad and meat ciabatta roll, while catching up with friends in a friendly
vibe of bold red tones, warmed by glowing hanging lights. While there, make
sure to pick up a bag of your favourite beans to take home - sourced from more
than 20 countries of origin such as Colombia and Uganda - from The
Grind Roast Masters.
A chocolate lovers’ dream come true, Bracegirdle’s
Glenelg on Jetty Road has caught the attention of celebrities like Lady
Gaga and performers from Cirque du Soleil. Filled with warm, chocolate tones
and heritage charm, guests can relax with a freshly ground coffee and a
made-to-order smoked salmon, cream cheese, pesto and salad sandwich.
Bracegirdle’s decadent temptations are handmade on site by
multi award-winning chocolatiers, using the finest Belgian ingredients, making
dessert an absolute must. The classic Chocolate
Affair - a delectable fondue with seasonal fresh fruit - is a local
favourite, along with a large butter croissant served with warm chocolate.
West Coffee Roasters offers the finest quality beans from around the world,
available online, at Eumundi Markets and selected stockists. Based on the
Sunshine Coast, this boutique coffee roasting business is dedicated to
delivering a wide selection from single origin to a unique range of blends,
with advanced roasting techniques that have resulted in national awards.
Signature blend Cheeky
Monkey has sweet bright fruits upfront, malty tones and a smooth woody
caramel finish, earning it a bronze at the Golden Bean awards. For a well-balanced
coffee with hints of berries and rich chocolate, try a cup of Little Friend.
Serving food for enjoyment, Mama
Dee’s Kitchen on Mary Street in Gympie is the culmination of a
family dream. The Kauffmans have long wanted to open a family business and now
present a home-style café, where smoky blue walls and recycled timber welcome
diners into a cheery and comfortable vibe. Specialising in sandwiches, smoothies,
coffee, jams and relishes – everything is made from family recipes handed down
through the years.
Fresh out of the oven every Wednesday, be tempted by lemon,
coconut and maple bacon doughnuts, or stop in for a Reuben sandwich with
silverside, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing on light rye.
Take a stroll along Maroochydore’s First Avenue and discover
locally loved café Project
Espresso. An eclectic mix of pallet timber furnishings, painted statement
stools and modern artwork sets a funky, welcoming interior vibe, where cosy
nooks await those meeting friends after a morning beach walk or for a casual
Choose from a menu of all-day eats, with dishes like a
pulled pork burrito, with cheese, beans, slaw, barbeque mayo, avocado, tomato
salsa and lime; or those time poor can pick up a grab ‘n’ go option such as a
sweet chilli chicken wrap, with spinach, cheese, smoked chicken, sun-dried
tomato and sweet chilli mayo.
Slide onto the comfy couch with a coffee in hand and chill
out at Padlock
Grill Café on Latrobe Terrace in Geelong. This new café on the block
has an industrial feel with shabby chic concrete and brick walls, mismatched
funky stools and natural light pouring through a floor to ceiling glass
frontage, with street side views of the world passing by.
Early risers can tuck into a big breakfast of grilled
halloumi, olives, tomato, cucumber, scrambled eggs, Continental salami, French
toast and a choice of jam, while those stopping by for lunch or dinner may be
enticed by flame grilled lamb skewers with lettuce, tomato and garlic sauce,
served in a roll or wrap.
An upbeat soundtrack and modern, chic carefree décor make Café
Republic on Toorak Road in South Yarra, a local favourite. This
European-inspired café offers housemade menu items such as thin crust pizzas,
ravioli and an assortment of sweet treats displayed on the counter, teamed with
a coffee of choice.
For breakfast, try Portobello mushrooms with buttered
spinach, slow poached eggs, crispy kale and macadamia crumble, or spiced corn
fritters with rocket, bacon, chilli oil and slow poached eggs. Lunch and dinner
guests can delve into the likes of dill battered flathead with Asian salad,
sesame and lime and housemade tartar.
For a delectable French-style experience, locals and
visitors alike are drawn to Breizh
Café creperie and patisserie on Edgar Street in Ainslie. This cheerful
locale radiates warmth and soul, fitted out to echo the French region of
Brittany, with charming stone wall features, rustic floorboards and crimson
Enjoy a savoury gluten-free galette made of buckwheat flour
at any time of the day, filled with something simple like ham and cheese, to as
elaborate as Boudin Blanc with white pork sausage, gruyere, mushrooms,
caramelised onion and baby spinach. Pair the crepe with authentic French cider
or whiskey, before indulging in a dessert galette, drizzled in salted butter
Wash away the stress of the day at The
Glasshouse Café on Binara Street in Canberra. Whether craving a tasty
breakfast or leisurely lunch with a glass of wine under the trees, expect fresh
fare with both Asian and Mediterranean influences.
Take a seat in the glass atrium, where the world seems to
float serenely past and settle in with a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, butter
sautéed spinach, chipolata sausages, mushrooms, hash brown and baked beans. Lunchtime
temptations include pesto chicken pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and
baby spinach, tagliatelle and creamy basil, pesto sauce; or perhaps a pulled
pork burger, hickory barbeque sauce, housemade coleslaw and a side of chips.
With an array of fresh, seasonal flavours from Tasmania’s
bountiful countryside, Le
Café on St George on Ann Street in Launceston, is a locally-loved
favourite. Located in a prime position opposite St Georges Square, this café
has a distinctly European style with deep red walls adorned with vibrant
paintings and framed period postcards featuring Parisienne scenes.
Be sure to order a Tre Campi Fairtrade coffee and admire the
outlook to mountains, while delving into a continental omelette with sautéed
capsicum, tomato, onion and fresh herbs, topped with tasty cheese and served
with toasted sourdough. Lunchgoers may be tempted to pick up a slice of satay
chicken pizza, with red onion, basil and cheese.
Sink into leather Chesterfield lounges while sipping a
specialty coffee at Café
at The Rose on Stirling Highway in North Fremantle. Tucked inside the
historic Rose Hotel, this café draws a loyal local following with an ambient
interior setting of dark polished timber and cream walls, radiating a warm and
cosy vibe, while in colder months get toasty beside the crackling fireplace.
Expect breakfasts such as maple glazed leg ham served with
Saucy Savage basil pesto on organic sourdough, topped with poached eggs, rocket
and roast cherry tomatoes; visit for lunch and enjoy the likes of ginger
roasted pumpkin and chestnut soup, or slow cooked beef cheek ragu with
housemade pappardelle pasta.
A glistening ocean backdrop awaits diners at Backbeach
Café & Restaurant on Ocean Drive in Bunbury. Perched over the sands of
Backbeach, unwind with space to breathe in the timber decked glass sunroom
elevated out and above the beach, or chill out inside in a contemporary styled
Ease into the day with a Yallingup coffee and a breakfast of
avocado and feta bruschetta, tossed with spinach and basil, avocado yoghurt
dressing, housemade dukkah and pancetta, served on chargrilled pana di casa.
Admire a stunning sunset while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying a seafood
basket with battered fish, salt and pepper squid, grilled prawns, mussels,
tartar sauce and chips.
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