KIN Cafe & Bar is located on Stockton Street
, which runs down the middle of Nelson Bay Town Centre to the d'Albora Marinas
. From the front, it looks like a small cafe with a couple of bar tables and a takeaway coffee window, but when you walk inside it is surprisingly spacious with dark walls, fairy lights crisscrossing the ceiling, eclectic vintage furniture and a private dining room at the very back.
My family and I used to visit this cafe when it was called Evviva
, so we knew that there was also a surprise outdoor courtyard out the back door, that we didn't know about for the first few visits. The new owners of KIN have freshened up the courtyard walls with white paint and added more pots of succulents, but it has the same casual, comfortable vibe. You can access the courtyard through the cafe or through the gate in the Rivers
car park. It is our new favourite place to spend a Sunday morning - enjoying good coffee and good food...
Kin Cafe & Bar courtyard - entrance from Rivers car park...
Kin Cafe & Bar - front entrance
KIN Cafe & Bar is open for breakfast and lunch and it is licensed, so you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine with your lunchtime meal. The menu is reasonably priced (see images below), with a wide range of delicious meals at the usual prices. There is also a display case of cakes and slices, which you can enjoy with your coffee or have as dessert.
On our visit, my family settled into a shady spot in the courtyard and I went inside to order at the counter, at the entrance of the cafe. We weren't particularly starving, so we ordered a Bacon & Egg roll, raisin toast, coffees (iced and hot), a kids milkshake and carrot cake, for our daughter. I had only returned to my table for 2 minutes, before our drinks started arriving! This happened the last time that we were at KIN as well - the staff were surprisingly quick, even though the cafe was pumping. It didn't take long before all of our drinks and meals were at the table and we could relax, while listening to the lorikeets' chatter in the trees.
An easy, leisurely breakfast in the courtyard
Current Menu (February 2022). Image: Original images from KIN Facebook
Healthy options and a colourful vibe. Image: Kin Cafe & Bar Facebook
If you are visiting Nelson Bay on holidays
, or you're a local looking for a new cafe to check out, then set your sights on KIN. Although there are a wide range of cafes
to try for breakfast (with The Little Nel
the most popular and the busiest!), KIN is our new top pick as it is casual, quick, friendly and relaxed. A leisurely breakfast in the courtyard is the perfect way to start our Sunday before a day at the beach
, going to the markets
at Fly Point, seeing a movie
or exploring the region
Why don't you start your day with at KIN Cafe & Bar? This comfy couch is waiting for you...
* For more ideas on what to do in Nelson Bay and Port Stephens, see the Port Stephens Weekendnotes website.
Get comfy on the couch and relax at KIN Cafe & Bar