Are you thinking about going up to Nelson Bay in Port Stephens this summer? Are you looking for a decent café to get your coffee fix each morning?
My family and I moved to the Nelson Bay region over a year ago now, and within that time we have been exploring the area and scoping out the best cafes in town. We have also got to know a few locals, who have pointed us in the right direction of the ones they think have the best coffee, the friendliest staff, the best view and the tastiest menus. We have made it our mission to check them all out, and see which ones we think are the best to go back to time and time again. This is our list of the Top 10 Cafes around Nelson Bay - why don't you try them for yourself when you get here and see if you agree! You really can't go wrong...
1/ The Little Nel is one of the most popular cafes in town with both locals and tourists alike. You can find it up a short hill underneath Hotel Nelson on Government Road. This café has a popular outdoor eating area, which has water glimpses from the tables, as well as a cool indoor area with leafy and modern décor. The coffee is divine and the presentation and taste of the food is exceptional. They also have a good range of raw, vegan slices, muffins and cakes at the front counter. There is nothing "little" about this café - it's big on taste! See here for details. For a full article on The Little Nel, see here.
2/ Evviva is a popular café located on Stockton Street, which runs down the hill through the middle of town. From the front, it looks like a small coffee takeaway outlet, however when you walk in, you see how long this café, restaurant and bar is. Enjoy a meal sitting at the eclectic tables and chairs inside, under the chandelier in the function room, out the back in the courtyard, or in the two cosy armchairs out the front. It is open for dinner most weekends and offers tapas and a tasty cocktail menu. Evviva also has one of the best coffees in town! See here for details. For a full article on Evviva, see here.
3/ Blueys Café is a casual café with water views, located down at the d'Albora Marinas on Teramby Road. Relax and enjoy the delicious food, while watching the world go by at the marina. Our favourite breakfast picks are the Bacon and Egg Rolls (which have a stick of pork crackling through the top!) and the healthy and fresh Superfood Breakfast Bowls. All ages enjoy playing with the over-sized chess game out the front. See here for details. For a full article on Blueys, see here.
4/ In House Kitchen Café is located on Donald Street and it is a light, airy and modern café to walk into. It is part of The Home Interior store, which sells on-trend interior design décor with a beachy vibe. The café reflects this style, in the whole interior and also with creative chefs producing attractive meals on the plate. This cafe can get busy, so get there early for a table. See here for details. For a full article on In House Kitchen café, see here.
5/ Essence Espresso can also be found on Donald Street, just up the road from In House Kitchen, above. It is particularly popular all year around with locals, for its cheap prices, tasty coffee, eclectic retro furniture and friendly staff. They also have a colourful cake cabinet with vegan options. See here for details. For a full article on Essence Espresso, see here.
6/ Nice Café is a popular café with visitors under Nelson Towers, which is located on Victoria Parade at the end of the pedestrian bridge - but it can also be accessed through the St George arcade from Magnus Street. This family-friendly café has the menu inside a Golden Book for kids and there is a small kids corner for toddlers. The coffee is tasty and it has an easy, relaxed atmosphere. It can get busy, however, so have a back-up café if you arrive and it's packed. See here for details. For a full article on Nice Café, see here.
Essence Espresso - a simple, locals favourite with retro colour
7/ Crest Birubi Beach can be found at Birubi Beach Surf Club in Anna Bay, just 15 minutes drive from Nelson Bay. This 32-kilometre long beach is popular to visit, with access to the Stockton Sand Dunes, where you can slide down dunes and go camel riding. Crest has one of the best views in the region, overlooking the blue waters of Birubi Beach - where you can spot dolphins from your table. Enjoy the shady position, a good coffee and a healthy breakfast. See here for details. If you want a quick takeaway, they also have a Kiosk on the outside.
8/ Inner Light Tea Rooms is located on Lighthouse Road - on top of the headland at Little Beach, just a 5 minute drive from Nelson Bay. This cafe has breath-taking views down to Shoal Bay and to the mouth of Port Stephens. It is an enjoyable venue for breakfast or lunch, however, the scones are particularly popular too! Their slogan is "Come for the view, stay for the food" - which is accurate. Parking can be an issue. See here for details. For a full article on Inner Light Tea Rooms, see here.
Toasties & scones with a view at Inner Light Tea Rooms
9/ Longboat Café is located at Fingal Bay Surf Club, 10 minutes from Nelson Bay. It is a beachy café, where you can relax with friends and family, with a playground nearby for the kids. This café is particularly popular after the Park Run on Saturday mornings, as the finish line is located right outside. See here for details. For a full article on Fingal Bay, see here.
10/ Mermaids Café can be found at Shoal Bay Country Club, right across the road from the water on Shoal Bay Road. It is just a quick and scenic 5 minute drive from Nelson Bay. This café is only open for breakfast, so get there early and chow down on delicious food, before going for a walk along the beach. The rest of the club is open until late, so ensure you go back for cocktails and seafood platters with a view! See here for details. For a full article on Mermaids, see here. With so many great options to choose from, which one(s) will you try when you visit Nelson Bay this summer?
Colourful & beachy at Mermaids Cafe, Shoal Bay Country Club