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Discover the Illawarra’s Best Coffee

When it comes to finding the best coffee in the Illawarra, our team at Molenaar x McNeice doesn’t muck around. Whether you’re a local or visiting, our expert real estate team have shared their favourite coffee spots in the region. From cosy cafes to the perfect espresso, these recommendations will ensure a fantastic local coffee experience in the Illawarra.

Top Coffee Spots in the Illawarra

Manning Street Local, Kiama

Jarrad can’t get enough of Manning Street Local. “The owner and staff are lovely, friendly, and welcoming. It’s a warm environment with AMAZING coffee every time. Plus, it’s in a banging location in Kiama. If you’re in Kiama, don’t miss out on this awesome little joint.”

Hevan Espresso, Corrimal

Another top pick for Jarrad is Hevan Espresso in Corrimal, which he describes as having a “warm, chill, and low-key atmosphere.” He’s never had a bad coffee here and swears by their bacon and egg roll. It’s his absolute favourite spot for both coffee and breakfast.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Jess recommends heading over to Buck Hamblin in Thirroul to see Luke for a fantastic coffee experience.

Black Market, Thirroul 

For Grace, Black Market in Thirroul is unbeatable. Not only do they serve the best coffee, but their pastries are also to die for. A must-visit for coffee and pastry lovers alike! Sharne agrees, noting that Caleb’s jokes are hilarious and add a special touch to the experience.

Bread, Espresso & 

Adam loves the good vibes and excellent coffee at Bread, Espresso &. The staff are always friendly, making it a perfect spot to start the day. Kerrie also starts her mornings here in Austinmer, enjoying great coffee and friendly smiles.

Lettuce B. Frank, Wollongong

Adam recently had a great coffee at Lettuce B Frank and was impressed by their cool vibe.

Kick Me Coffee, Wollongong

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Jessika looks forward to her daily visit to Kick Me Coffee. “The staff are always so lovely and welcoming, and they make the best cappuccino in the Illawarra.” It’s her go-to place and she looks forward to seeing the staff every morning.

Flat White With One, Russell Vale

Erin is all about the best chai lattes in town, which she finds at Flat White With One in Russell Vale. It’s her top pick for a perfect chai latte experience.

Where In The World Espresso, Wollongong

Guy believes that the best cup in the gong comes out of Where in the World Espresso. He says “It’s a young family business offering tasty real food, plenty of banter, and laughs!”

Crazy Horse, Fairy Meadow

Tyler says Crazy Horse in Fairy Meadow makes an awesome cup of coffee and the staff are really friendly. He also recommends Ariel’s in Balgownie for really nice food at a very good price.

Finbox, Thirroul

David loves to relax at Finbox, enjoying the sun and the escarpment view. The relaxed, chilled surf vibes make it a welcoming place to unwind.

Uncle Earl’s, Wollongong

Jordy swears by the best almond cappuccino with one sugar in the Illawarra, and possibly the world, at Uncle Earl’s. The lovely staff and great tunes create the perfect morning vibe.

Runner Duck, Wollongong

Ed is a big fan of Runner Duck, where Mike, the owner, knows everyone’s name and order. The rigorous barista training ensures every coffee is excellent. They even have their own roast, which Ed exclusively drinks at home. Plus, their new space on Langs Corner is fantastic, and their merch is too good to resist.

These beloved coffee spots not only serve great coffee but also create memorable experiences with their friendly atmospheres and exceptional service. Next time you’re in the Illawarra, make sure to check them out and enjoy a cup of coffee that comes highly recommended by our local real estate team.

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