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

Delicious specialty coffee and simple delicious food from the premier specialty coffee roaster on the south coast

Awesome Colombian washed Single Origin Espresso and sweet, balanced piccolo on the House Blend to finish. Tasty raw treats as well

Espresso had a bit of interesting acidity but otherwise didn’t have a clear flavour profile, did finish cleanly though. Takeaway FW was good. Friendly staff

Best cafe Opus Coffee Brewers in wollongong for 2016

Espresso on Columbian from Sample had a green grape sweetness and acidity. Was let down somewhat by a bitter ending. Really enjoyed FW to-go - good temp and texture, and a nutty taste. First visit, will try again.

My takeaway was freshly flavoured, on the weaker side though very pleasant. Very clean and crisp fitout. Will happily return another time when in town. NB - Address is misleading.....Opus is located on the Princes Hway.


The Broken Drum

Fairy Meadow

Best cafe The Broken Drum in wollongong for 2016

Nice place. Nice coffee. Needs a double shot though.


Village Fix


Best cafe Village Fix in wollongong for 2016


Swell Coffee


Best cafe Swell Coffee in wollongong for 2016

Have had literally hundreds of coffees from here over the years. Consistently great and lovely staff. Offer a variety of coffee styles including nitro as well as selling domestic coffee accessories. Highly recommended.

Best cafe Bean Roasted Kiama in wollongong for 2016

Stopped here for an afternoon coffee last week around 3pm. They were clearly in the process of packing up for the day. We were made to feel unwelcome due to the packing up in progress. They started stacking chairs around us at 3.30 whilst we were still drinking our coffees. I had a look on the website and it said they close at 4. Very confusing. Won’t be returning.

I love Bean Roasted Coffee and continue to visit when I’m in The Gong, but the friendliness of staff seems to be waning and isn’t genuine. My husband walked through the door and gave a friendly welcome ( my husband is quite exuberant in his greetings) and the staff completely ignored Him. Poor darling. When it was time for us to be served She was all smiles and friendly. I felt this was put on and we only get it (a friendly response)when it’s our turn! Needs to be consistent, like the coffee!

Just started getting a coffee from Bean Roasted and absolutely live the smooth taste. Service is friendly and it’s a great place to sit in The sunshine, read the paper and enjoy a coffee. My wife loves the Gluten-free delights they have on sale too!




Best cafe Sifters in wollongong for 2016

Awesome atmosphere. Pretty good coffee. Cool place to hang out.


Glass Alley


Best cafe Glass Alley in wollongong for 2016

Good coffee...not OMG, but a full bodied flavour, well made with a little upfront harshness that may appeal to some. Atmosphere let down by the fact that it’s in a shopping mall.

Best cafe Beast & Bread in wollongong for 2016

Awesome coffee and best quality Almond Milk (Milk LAB). My new favourite place in the Gong.

Amazing coffee and the service was warm and friendly and everything you would want from a little hide away. The food was top notch without a doubt a return cafe.

Great space. Love the chair/stool option. I had the chicken sandwich it was superb. Music + smile = tip Best score I’ve ever given outside of Sydney.

Best cafe The Hungry Monkey in wollongong for 2016

Simply great coffee. Wanted to try out other places but as good as I’ve had in a long time so kept coming back. Normally would drive past to Berry but no longer.

Absolute fave. Delicious coffee, best açai bowl in town. Can be super busy but worth the wait.

Food wasn’t too bad, coffee was alright! Decent place for a nice breakie or lunch


lee and me


Best cafe lee and me in wollongong for 2016

Exceptional coffee and service. 👌if I’m in Wollongong I’d go here over any other and Bean Roasted down south. Both are great places to get a good Campos coffee!

Great cafe centrally located in Crown Street, serving Campos coffee which is always a favourite, highly recommended.

Best cafe Milk & Co Coffee in wollongong for 2016

Great place in Albion park for a coffee and breakfast in Albion Park. 👍


Bean Roasted


Best cafe Bean Roasted in wollongong for 2016

Blown away by the personal service once again. Amity and Nhyree are a true asset to Bean Roasted and they both make a great batch brew ☕️👌

To be perfectly honest I’m sick of seeing flogs ordering these sugary milky coffees and complaining that “it’s not as good as other places..” this is a specialty coffee shop and every time I go in I’m astounded with the information poured out about where my coffee is coming from and what is happening with work behind the scenes and the tasting notes constantly 100% accurate from owner Christian and his staff. I’ve been coming here much more consistently and have been clearly a touch more loyal than some of you whingers on here. Christian comes out of his way to say G’day to everyone in the store when he’s pops in among all three of them, he deserves the success thatBean Roasted is. You don’t get up to 3 successful stores running of luck, these guys know what they’re doing, and aren’t shallow and genuinely have care about their customers and what’s going on in their lives outside of coffee. On the other hand if you knew anything about the hospitality world is that it can be a very turnstile market for workers, so we as customers should be extremely patient whilst new people get trained. I’ve never had a bad coffee here but if I did I would actually not be so childish as to vent about it on here like a little girl, I’d go back in and let the friendly staff know who would happily give me another one. Doing unreal Bean Roasted .👍👍

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