The Best Local Cafes chosen by Wollongong Women

What are some of the best cafes in the Illawarra? We posed this question to followers of @wollongongwomen and collated some of the most common answers for you to try next time you're craving some caffeine or cake.

Brown Sugar Espresso

Open from 6am on Weekdays and 7am on Weekends, Brown Sugar Espresso is the perfect place to visit if you’re craving a morning coffee any day of the week. At Brown Sugar Espresso, they focus on providing you with premium coffee and tasty treats with a warm smile, what better way to start the day?

On the menu: "Being an espresso bar, obviously our main thing is coffee, coffee and more coffee. we also have tea, chai lattes and milkshakes (for little people and big people!).

We have a daily range of sweet and savoury treats to tempt you. Our baked treats are prepared offsite by local home-bakers and artisan bakeries. Our toasted sandwiches are a crowd favourite and are available daily either in-house or grab and go."

Address: Shop 2, 103 St Johns Ave, Mangerton, NSW, 2500

Wilde Thirroul

Wilde Cafe Thirroul describes themselves as wholesome, simple, and fresh. Their menu offers everything from savoury to sweet and their food is oh-so-instagramworthy. Open 7 days a week means there's always time for you to go test their tasty treats.

On the menu: Every coffee under the sun, including ones for when you’re feeling a bit adventurous like the Tumeric Tonic, Pink Elixir, and Matte Booster. Their food includes everything from poached eggs on toast, to acai bowls, to cakes and pastries. Plus, they have a range of coffee beans for you to be your own at- home barista.

Address: 368 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul, NSW, 2515

Blue Jays

Blue Jay Cafe in Albion Park is known for its panoramic mountain views and great coffee. Visit this place next time you're wanting to connect with nature while enjoying a beautifully made coffee.

On the menu: Boasting a varied and colourful menu, Blue Jays has meals that will satisfy all members of the family. Try their Purple Halloumi Toast, Orange Blossom Pancakes, or Blue Jay Brekky Roll for breakfast, or if you're visiting for lunch, their selection of burgers and salads are guaranteed to please all.

Address: Shop 1, 7 Sophia Street, Albion Park, New South Wales, 2527

All Good Things

All Good Things located in the heart of Wollongong is all about, well, all good things. They're a boutique whole-foods cafe and store, providing the Illawarra and South Coast with certified organic foods and whole food products. If you're on the lookout for wholesome and nutritious foods definitely give All Good Things a visit.

On the menu: Their food is nutrient dense, ethically sourced and chemical free.

"Almost everything is made in-house, from our raw gluten-free vegan treats, nut milks and bone broth, to our delicious main meal offerings. All of our meals are always refined sugar-free made with unrefined good fats . Our meals are predominately gluten-free, with gluten-free bread replacements always available. We source locally grown produce and have hand selected products from local suppliers who care about providing quality goods just as much as we do."

Address: 91 Burelli Street, Wollongong, NSW, 2500

Delano Coffee

Delano Coffee are open weekdays for breakfast and lunch and all things coffee related, from retail coffee to equipment, single origins, cold brew, and takeaways.

"Whilst sipping a coffee you can can view our state-of-the-art roastery or ask our knowledgeable staff any coffee related questions you may have. Within our doors we also house a fully equipped training space, perfect for barista up-skilling, brewing education, and supporting our network of wholesale cafes. You can book a class here."

On the menu: Coffee & Tea, Seasonal Food, Pastries, Retail Coffee and Accessories

Address: 85 Montague St, North Wollongong, NSW, 2500

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