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14 Cosy Winter Coffee Shops on Sydney's Northern Beaches

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by Sue Hinchey (subscribe)
A freelance writer living and loving in the northern beaches of Sydney for over 30 years...travelling, writing, outdoor activities, gardens, and Pilates are just a few of my favourite things. See my blog www.potpourritravels.wordpress.com
Published June 8th 2017
Closet yourself away in these cosy winter coffee shops
There's nothing like a bit of wintry weather to send us running indoors, and even though the northern beaches is awash with coffee shops, sometimes it's purely the weather that dictates my choice. During the summer, my favourites are the coastal hotspots that also offer a view, but when I want to bunker down inside with a hot chocolate and brownie or three, these 14 (in no particular order) are a few of my favourites. And I love that they all have something special to offer, apart from just great coffee.


The Greedy Goat, Palm Beach
Like book titles, sometimes a name alone can be enough to attract my attention. Yes, I love the name, but I also love the homely atmosphere here. There's a nice little covered porch, indoor and outdoor seating, and the home cooking makes me feel like, well, I've just popped home for a cuppa and cake. Perfect in any weather, and makes the drive all the way to Palm Beach worthwhile. Check out their menu here.
Best Bits: - they do take-out, catering with as little as 48hrs notice, and the coffee is Allpress.
Phone: - 02-9974 2555
Address: - 1031 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach
Hours: - Open 7 days, 8am - 2.30pm


Harvest Store and Kitchen, Newport
The big pink sofa and booth-seating inside is most inviting, but the menu is full of surprises and has a list of mouth-watering options that make Harvest stand out from the crowd. Share plates, unique salads and, being licensed, a list of cocktails and catering options means you could have your wedding here. For the menu and catering options click here.
Best Bits: - a concept by two women to bring sustainable practises and Australian products from the paddock to the plate.
Phone: - 02-9997 6967
Address: - 352 Barrenjoey Road, Newport
Hours: - Open 7 days, 8am - 5pm


RUKUS, Newport
The unassuming sign and front door meant I almost missed this new 'kid on the block'. Plus, the big comfy lounge inside made me feel like I'd walked into someone's lounge-room. Three local beach boys have collaborated to create some extra-special menu items, such as their black-charcoal-bun egg-and-bacon roll, or a mango smoothie with chia, turmeric and lavender buds.
Best Bits: - the big lounge area and boutique coffee, Unground.
Phone: - 0422 984 612
Address: - 5c Robertson Road, Newport
Hours: - Open 7 days, 6am - 4pm


GFC Gluten Free Café, Newport
It's tiny and intimate and the name has nothing to do with the other GFC. If you're one of the many people who have trouble finding something to eat to suit your food allergies, then look no further. Everything is 100% gluten-free, so wrap yourself up in the blankets provided and relax. Check out their menu on facebook, plus they welcome dogs.
Best Bits: - perfect for Coeliacs and dog-lovers
Phone: - 0402 107 713
Address: - 1 Kalinya Street, Newport
Hours: - Open 7 days, 7am - 3pm


Coffee Bros, Mona Vale
Tucked away behind a lovely sprawling pistachio tree, there's more to Coffee Bros than first impressions reveal. It's a family owned and run business, a complete range of fair trade and boutique blends is available for purchase online, four varieties of coffee is available through the espresso machines at all times (including cold drip), and the café supplies seasonal and unusual options such as African eggs. The urban rustic décor is pretty inviting too.
Best Bits: - if you like their coffee, you can buy the blend.
Phone: - 02-8411 2190
Address: - 1/54-56 Darley St., Mona Vale
Hours: - Open Mon-Fri 5am-3pm, Sat 6am-2.30pm, Sun 7.30am - 1.30pm (Kitchen closes at 12)


The Bite, Mona Vale
Another family-run café offering Danes Speciality Coffee, huge windows so you can hide inside and watch the passing parade, or prop outside on the undercover seating if you like your fresh air. The breakfast menu offers generous portions of freshly prepared food, which is very handy being right next door to a Fishing and Tackle store.
Best Bits: - grab something hot on your way to or from your fishing expedition plus any extra tackle you might need.
Phone: - 02-9979 4966
Address: - 50 Darley St., Mona Vale
Hours: - Open Mon-Fri 6.30am-3.30pm, Sat&Sun 7am-3pm


Café Racer Co., Mona Vale
On the park in the centre of Mona Vale this recently revamped café (it used to be called 'The Inch')has cosy indoor seating and a large sun-drenched patio area for when the winter sun just begs you to sit in it. It's been a Mona Vale 'staple' for ten years, serving Campos Coffee and a reliable mix of healthy and interesting breakfast and lunch options.
Best Bits: - reliable quality healthy food & the sun lounges.
Phone: - 02-9999 4483
Address: - 1 Park St., Mona Vale
Hours: - Open 7 days 6.30am - 3.30pm


Quattro Stagioni Deli, Mona Vale
The new owners here have created a cosy lounge area inside their Italian-style deli. There's always plenty of nice newspapers and magazines to flip through, and the background music is relaxing and not too loud. I love being able to pick up an array of cold cuts, olives and European goodies too.
Best Bits: - handy deli items, and very friendly staff.
Phone: - 02-9999 4746
Address: - 1/1767 Pittwater Rd., Mona Vale
Hours: - Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat&Sun 9am-4pm


illie home & gift, Narrabeen
With plenty of off-street parking and a short stroll from Narrabeen Lake, this cute and cosy café is attached to a homewares store. An eclectic selection of gifts, jewellery, handbags, and baby clothes gives you something to browse through while waiting for your order, then find a corner, grab a newspaper to flip through and while away an hour.
Best Bits: - my lemon polenta cake was easily walked off with a quick stroll to the lake and back again.
Phone: - 02-8002 1848
Address: - 1329 Pittwater Rd., Narrabeen
Hours: - Mon-Fri 6.15am-5pm, Sat 7am-4pm, Sun 8am-3pm


Driftwood Café, Narrabeen
Offering some healthy 'detox' smoothies, and a selection of comfy couches in the sun, Driftwood also has a selection of clothing and gifts to browse through. Positioned opposite Narrabeen beach makes it appealing in all seasons, but on a wintry day, the big couch in the sun is hard to beat.
Best Bits: - great spot in all seasons
Phone: - 02-9970 8911
Address: - 4/18 Ocean St., Narrabeen
Hours: - Open 7 days 7am - 3.30pm


Stay Grounded, Collaroy
'Stop-breathe-brew' is the mantra from the passionate crew, and stepping inside this cosy enclave, off busy Pittwater Road, helps you do just that. With a menu using free-range eggs, sugar-free Sonoma sourdough bread, cold-press juices, and a range of gluten-free and dairy-free options, this team practice what they preach.
Best Bits: - healthy wholesome food
Phone: - 02-9984 1222
Address: - 1093 Pittwater Rd., Collaroy (opp. surf club)
Hours: - Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat & Sun 7am-4pm


Side Street Café-Bar, Collaroy
A bench top to catch the morning sun, plus an outside tranquil garden setting in the shade makes this subdued Café an all-season venue, and being back off the main road adds to its ambience. There's a nice mix of tacos, burgers and healthy salads and acai bowls. They've just started doing dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, but parking can be a bit tricky - the surf club or main road are the best options.
Best Bits: - walk to the beach, BYO weekend dinners
Phone: - 02-9982 1548
Address: - 4 Collaroy St., Collaroy
Hours: - Open 7 days 6am - 3pm


Alfresco Emporium, Collaroy
This iconic building has been a landmark destination on the northern beaches for many years. Sitting inside amongst the gorgeous homewares and Hampton-style furnishings, the afternoon sun streams in the north-facing windows, and with the sun on my back, I could easily drift off. Home-baked goodies and efficient friendly service speaks of their ongoing dedication to quality products and classic styling without being stuffy.
Best Bits: - High Tea Tuesday $35 p.p. click here.
Phone: - 02-9919 0619
Address: - 1021 Pittwater Rd., Collaroy
Hours: - Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 10-3pm



TastebudsatHills, Terrey Hills
Big lounges positioned to catch the morning sun, or cosy corners inside under heaters are a sample of the versatile seating available at this well-known café, nestled amongst the flowers at Terrey Hills Flower Grove. A range of homewares, gifts and fresh flowers means you can also have a little browse amongst some really beautiful pot-plants and gift ideas. Check out their menu here.
Best Bits: - weekly and daily specials
Phone: - 02-9450 0873
Address - 287 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
Hours: - Open 7 days, 7am - 5pm
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