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Essence Espresso Cafe

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published February 26th 2019
Start your day with a smile
Essence Espresso is a colourful café that is located on Donald Street, in the heart of Nelson Bay. Although there are many popular breakfast cafes in town, Essence Espresso is another busy venue which attracts locals and visitors who want to stop for a coffee, families who want to have a healthy breakfast and couples who want to relax together on the couches. It is one of those cafes that you walk into and say "Wow, this is funky".

It is definitely not short on colour!

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Essence Espresso Café - you can't miss the colour!


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A quiet moment between customers - retro furniture and colourful decor


Our family enjoy visiting this café for its well-priced food, delicious menu and beautifully-made coffee. If you order a cappuccino, expect to find a cute surprise - which is guaranteed to start your day with a smile...

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Service, and coffee, with a smile


Over the last few months, we have visited this café for Saturday morning breakfast a number of times and kept going back for the menu - it doesn't matter what you pick, you will find something for every taste, hunger level and budget. The Breakfast Menu is particularly affordable, with most choices under $15 and the most expensive item on the menu is $20. Ensure you check out the Specials Board on the way in, which has extra options each day.

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For a closer look, click on the photo


On our last visit we sat outside along the street front and ordered the Avocado and Feta Smash and Eggs Benedict, while our young daughter ordered fruit toast and a kids-sized milkshake. Each meal was eaten with gusto, with an enjoyable blend of flavours and sourdough toast supplied from Two Bobs Bakery, just around the corner.

The serving sizes were just right - large enough to fill you up but not so huge that you couldn't move afterwards. We all scraped every last bit off our plates and could then go and enjoy a bike ride along the Nelson Bay Foreshore nearby, without feeling so heavy that we would fall off! Our meals left us feeling energised and ready to start the day, in the stunning Nelson Bay.

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Avocado and Feta Smash - two slices of sourdough toast, rocket, lemon ($12.90)


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Eggs Benedict - two free range eggs on sourdough with hollandaise and leg bacon ($15.90) and Thick Cut Fruit Toast ($6)


Although this colourful café is popular for breakfast, they also attract the regulars with their affordable lunch menu, delicious coffee and sweet treats, that you can enjoy all day long. Check out their Facebook for updates on the cakes they will be selling on the day of your visit, with attractive donuts, slices, pies, cakes and cupcakes to make your stomach rumble.

Essence Espresso is a popular cafe for a reason - it is friendly and a welcoming hub for the local community. Friends meet up for breakfast, dog-walkers stop for takeaway coffees and locals chat to each other between tables. As you sit there, you feel like you have settled in to a comfortable café, which is like a home away from home.

If you visit with kids, they will love the colourful cups, the colourful décor...and of course the colourful cupcakes!

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Mmmm...morning tea sorted! Image: Essence Espresso Facebook

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Why? Go where the locals go!
When: Monday to Friday 7am - 4:30pm, Saturday 7am - 1pm, Sunday closed (except for school holidays and public holidays). See Facebook for current times
Phone: 02) 4981 5646
Where: 1/47 Donald Street, Nelson Bay
Cost: Reasonably-priced menu
Your Comment
Love the colours, Sue!
by Elaine (score: 3|6475) 172 days ago
Essence Cafe is my Cafe and this article has made my day,week ,year. Thankyou so much. I put a lot of time and effort into the cafe and so do my staff. So to read that you enjoy your visits so much is wonderful and its what we strive for. Regards Megan.😀
by Jmeg1 (score: 0|5) 110 days ago
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