An influx of city dwellers, caffeine connoisseurs, and expert baristas have made the sea-change to this beautiful region - and brought some excellent coffee with them! You'll find our local cafes nestled in country villages, surrounded by rolling green hills and right near unspoilt beaches. On your next visit, grab a cuppa without all the city hustle and bustle at one of our top 10 coffee shops in the Shoalhaven. Move over Sydney, cafe culture is thriving down the south coast and it's here to stay! We're sure that you won't be disappointed with this bunch.
Hyper Hyper, Nowra
Hyper by name, hyper by nature. Fans of robust Italian style espresso will love Hyper Hyper. The coffee here is strong and delicious, perfect for early morning wake-me-ups. All of their beans are roasted in house and are also available for purchase. Hyper Hyper's retro style coffee machines are a fun and bold statement, paying homage to traditional Italian cafes. This hole in the wall cafe has become quite the institution and was recently ranked number 1 on Big 7 Travel's list of the best coffee shops in all of New South Wales.
Native Cafe, Ulladulla
Native is the new kid on the block and has really brought Ulladulla's coffee game up a notch. This waterfront cafe overlooks Ulladulla Harbour and is the perfect place to relax and take a break. Native Cafe serves up yummy Will & Co coffee as well as a deliciously healthy wholefoods menu.
An ideal Aussie road trip stop where you can refuel with coffee and delicious homemade pies. For those who prefer a little sweet treat, their selection of artisan pastries are world class. Milkwood can be found on the main street of Berry and is filled with tonnes of rustic charm. Pull up a seat by the large windows, a great people-watching spot and an idyllic place to sit down and soak up the village atmosphere.
The Sunday Life, Ulladulla
From the master roasters that brought you Maverick (still roasting under new owners), there's now another Ulladulla coffee haunt that is more than just your typical cafe. Located in the plaza, The Sunday Life is all about relaxed vibes and not taking yourself too seriously. Not only are these guys expert coffee roasters that serve up a killer cold brew, the shop also doubles as a vinyl record trader so you can peruse the collection of vintage tunes whilst sipping on your bevvy. Make sure to secure a spot at the "Pac-Man" table where you can have a few goes at some of your favourite childhood arcade games.
Ritual Habitual, Culburra
This coffee van may look like a temporary set up but Ritual Habitual ain't going nowhere! It's a staple amongst the Culburra community and a fantastic chill zone for locals and visitors alike. The coffee is top quality and the cafe's number one focus - you won't find any food on their menu here. Visit Ritual Habitual on the weekend and you'll usually find a musician ripping up some tunes next to the van.
Hit n Run, Nowra
A great urban hangout in Nowra CBD is the Hit n Run Cafe on Junction Street. The space is super cool, with a rustic and industrial fit-out featuring decor like shelves made from old steel pipes. These guys roast their own coffee and have won numerous awards over the years at industry events such as the Sydney Fine Food Awards and the Australian International Coffee Awards. The brews are meticulously prepared by the baristas and are great paired with one of the cafe's famous, fresh cinnamon donuts. A delicious way to start any morning! Grab some beans for home because you just won't be able to get enough of their award-winning coffee.
Brown Sugar, Milton
Brown Sugar is a prime example Milton's wonderful, country charm. The old brick shop opens up to a courtyard out the back with plenty of room to bring the family. The coffee is amazing and we highly recommend the eggs benny if you're there in time for brekky!
A short distance from beautiful North Mollymook Beach, Tallwood is perfectly located for a coffee after your morning walk by the water. The cafe even has a coffee cart out the front so you can order a brew while walking the dog! All of their beans are roasted by the experts at Drumroll Coffee and the brew is so good that some of our locals choose to walk to Mollymook Beach, just to treat themselves to a Tallwood coffee!
Albert and Miso, Vincentia
Located in Vincentia Shopping Village, Albert and Miso is a friendly cafe with delicious coffee, perfect for anyone travelling through Jervis Bay. You can get your traditional coffee favourites here and grab a bite to eat from their wide-ranging menu that features a touch of Asian influence. We definitely recommend a breakfast burrito with your caffeine fix for a great energy boost before a big day of exploring.
The Treehouse, Ulladulla
Get in amongst all the cool cats at The Treehouse in Ulladulla. This cafe is well known for their chilled and laidback atmosphere. The shop is filled with vintage retro furniture and decor. Sink into one of their cosy couches and sip the day away, or grab a seat in the outdoor area and soak up the sun with a delicious coffee. Don't be afraid to ask if you have special dietary requirements, the Treehouse is extremely accommodating with their menu and happy to help.