Top Cafes of 2016 - Wollongong

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in Wollongong, voted by real coffee lovers.

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Best cafe Delano Specialty Coffee in wollongong for 2016

Great spot worth a visit. Unique coffee and cafe set amongst the roasting Delano Specialty Coffee facilities.

I like the idea of Delano's and how the toast their own beans. I've heard many good things and decided to try it. However, I was a little disappointed with my first visit at Delano's. Coffee was very average. In saying that I will be back another time.

Great little find in Wollongong. Great coffee, service and atmosphere.

Best cafe Opus Coffee Brewers in wollongong for 2016

My favourite coffee in the gong. Such a cool spot, really awesome staff and such an aesthetically pleasing cafe

Great little coffee shop, showcase for blacks sourced from small Australian roasters, highly recommend to visit.

I love coming here! The coffee is very smooth and you always finish wanting another cup. The food is fab and they have bagels! Thankyou for bring bagels to the gong 💛

#3

The Broken Drum

Fairy Meadow

Best cafe The Broken Drum in wollongong for 2016

No 1 coffee in the Illawarra Region. How great? Only place where sugar not used in cappuccino as it is already so round, fresh, sweet and creamy. Perfect temperature as well. Terrific staff who all make consistently excellent cup. Interesting small range of quality nibbles. My only complaint - they close at 2pm weekdays. Pilgrimages to original Campos shops Newtown and Camperdown no longer required.

Consistently good Campos coffee on quiet street in Fairy meadow opening early on weekdays but closed on Sundays

#4

Village Fix

Shellharbour

Best cafe Village Fix in wollongong for 2016

This is my go-to coffee house for informal meetings, catch up with family and friends. Always have great coffee here. Thank you!

Best coffee in Shellharbour and staff are very friendly. It's an easy decision heading there each morning for the daily coffee.

You know the coffee is going to be good when they've won BeanHunters #1 coffee in Shellharbour and come first place in the Illawarra's best coffee competition on i98fm and Wave FM. These guys have some seriously good beans (Byron Bay Coffee Co.) and serious equipment (Linea PB machine & Mazzer grinders). They use the organic blend which is extremely smooth to drink (no bitterness at all). Anthony is very particular who he has making the coffee so you can be certain there will be no slap happy teenagers making your coffee, like you'll find at most places in the village. Anthony, Nat, Sarah, and the crew are very knowledgeable and always deliver an impeccable coffee with impeccable service. They are also now offering filter coffee for those who prefer their coffee without milk. So look no further, this place is a favourite among locals and the wider community and you'll be very glad you came here. Well done to the crew at Village Fix.

#5

Swell Coffee

Wollongong

Best cafe Swell Coffee in wollongong for 2016

My favourite place in the Gong. Cool beachy place with a relaxed vibe and consistently great coffee

One of the longest serving coffee shops in the gong. I keep coming back due to people saying they're good. Nice guys but they still stuff up a long back.

Best cafe Bean Roasted Kiama in wollongong for 2016

Delicious almond latte and friendly staff.

Walked into Bean Roasted Kiama for the first time in a month and the lads remember my order. Only got to read a couple of headlines before they had my coffee ready to go. Coffee at this Bean Roasted is reliably awesome. Champions.

Awesome cafe conveniently located on the main Street out of the main activity

#7

Sifters

Wollongong

Best cafe Sifters in wollongong for 2016

My favourite spot in the Gong. Laid back vibes, super friendly welcome, professional service and consistently awesome coffee. Flavour is on the rounded, sweeter style but have never had a less than outstanding experience here. Food is simple but creative, fresh and super tasty too. Great work guys.

Consistent and medium strong coffee. Its in a convenient spot and great to sit outdoors and enjoy the sun with a brew.

#8

Glass Alley

Wollongong

Best cafe Glass Alley in wollongong for 2016

Very good coffee; especially for in a shopping centre.

Today was my first experience of Glass Alley, and I was certainly not disappointed. I had an excellent Colombian geisha; it combined a bright acidity (akin to a Kenyan/Rwandan coffee in many ways) with a subtle, tea-like body. It had really nice notes of grape, raisin, subtle milk chocolate, bergamot and this sort of indescribable 'biscuity' note to it. More impressive than the coffee was the owner Nathan, who is obviously passionate and deeply knowledgeable about coffee. I talked with him after about the parameters of his pour-over, and it was clear that his depth of knowledge is such that he can modulate his techniques to bring out the best in each individual coffee. It was a real pleasure talking coffee with him and experiencing the general lift in the coffee IQ of Wollongong. The laneway and associated mural gives Glass Alley quite the Melbourne flavour. I will definitely be back.

In my top 5 for full body and strong flavour in the area. A bit slow on service, and not at a busy time. Worth a try.

Best cafe Bread, Espresso & in wollongong for 2016

Consistently perfect coffee. The friendliest little place. The best!

Great coffee, on the stronger side which I like 👍

Coffee consistently good - so much so that it can be a bit of a wait on weekends. A lot more GF food options now - great to sit in the garden now too

Best cafe Beast & Bread in wollongong for 2016

Outstanding friendly service great food and lovely coffee

Really enthusiastic and interesting group of people - the coffee is great and the food is delicious. Would highly recommend for a quick coffee or to eat in as well! Thank you!

Best cafe The Hungry Monkey in wollongong for 2016

smooth coffee. the sweet potato chips are delicious. staff are very friendly. definitely worth coming back again and again

Was pleased to find the Hungry Monkey open for coffee at 5pm on a Wednesday. Coffees were nicely prepared and tasted strong, but were easy to drink. Well worth the visit.

We were staying in Kiama for the weekend and enjoyed the food and coffee so much we ate here both mornings! Great coffee, yummy breakfast and lovely staff/service. Would eat here again, and recommend.

#12

lee and me

Wollongong

Best cafe lee and me in wollongong for 2016

This is the weekday regular. 10/10 for 7 years and going strong 💪

#14

Bean Roasted

Shellharbour

Best cafe Bean Roasted in wollongong for 2016

Got to admit, I don't eat here But, the Coffee is great. I visit Shellharbour once every year and while the last year or two the Coffee was a bit ordinary, this year I didn't have one bad coffee. And, I told the girls before I left... cant ageee with the other bad reviews... maybe it's just a matter of taste but I love visiting every year and having a morning coffee here... and I tell every one! I think this year Shellharbour had the edge over Kiama. Thank you Christian and all the best

Consistently good coffee when the guys were there. New girls are slow and not consistent.

Consistently good brew. I grab a takeaway most mornings. SPOILT to have this cafe in the village. Excellent coffee, great staff, and generous owner who gives back to local community through fund raising initiatives. Also, interior styling is good with regular small additions...sucker for a great space.