For a delicious brunch by the beach, Coogee's café scene more than delivers
Rise and dine, Coogee, these dreamy cafés are calling, and we guarantee you’re going to want to get a seat early. This charming beachside hangout may not be as well known as it’s big sister Bondi, but Coogee still draws in the crowds, not least for it’s gorgeous beach, but for its café culture that's second to none. From wholefood havens to cosy neighbourhood coffee shops – we've whittled down the best places for brunch and a brew. These Coogee cafés will not disappoint.
The Little Kitchen is a family business nestled in Arden Street, just off the beachfront drag. And familial it is. It’s unpretentious and approachable, everything you’d want in a friendly neighbourhood café. It still oozes that coastal cool café vibe though, with white, wood-panelled walls and an organic, wholesome menu.
275 Arden St, Coogee
Cali Press, a health café that's taken Sydney by storm is known for their cold-pressed juices, smoothies and wholefoods snacks. Although Cali Press is more of a place to grab and go, you won’t be able to help but linger in their beautiful minimalistic interiors.
215 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee
Locality is at the heart of this friendly South Coogee café, from their locally sourced produce to their huge wall mural, designed and painted by local artists. Their menu looks high-end (yuzu-infused omelette anyone?) , but has a surprisingly affordable price-tag, making this a favourite amongst beachside brunch-goers. Pair your brunch with a gorgeous floral-infused loose-leaf tea – they're famous for them!
203 Malabar Road, South Coogee
This buzzing Coogee hangout might not be your first thought for brunch, but we guarantee it’s worthy of any weekend wishlist. Look forward to a classic menu of Aussie brunch staples, spruced up with a modern twist. The humble jaffle finds a new sophistication with leg ham, gruyere cheese and spiced tomato chutney, while their quirky take on the egg roll – served with a dollop of vegemite mayo – is the ultimate flavour-fest. Oh, and they do a damn good Bloody Mary too. Need we say more?
169 Dolphin St, Coogee
From their locally roasted coffee to their neighbourhood pastries baked nearby in a Clovelly patisserie, Coogee Courtyard is all about celebrating community. They even have a community library in-store where you can stock up on all your favourite reads. The menu comes filled to the brim with a variety of delicious breakfast treats – think savoury toast, fresh fruit and an array of sweet delicacies. And with its laid-back, friendly atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home relaxing with a good book and a tasty local blend.
1/260 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee
A breakfast hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Their brunch menu is just the kind of food you want post-beach session: fresh fruit smoothies, satisfying burgers and a glut of guilt-free treats. The only problem is you’ll find it difficult to pick just one dish. Drop by in the morning to snag a seat at one of their sunny wooden tables.
250 Arden St, Coogee
With four locations scattered around the Eastern Suburbs, Gusto Espresso Bar is theplace to go for good coffee. Be sure to try our favourite dish: smashed pumpkin on toast topped with eggs, feta and dukkah. There’s no better way to start the morning.
211 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee
The Grumpy Baker – or as it’s affectionately known by customers, “Grumpy” – is known for quality, old-fashioned European sourdough and a delicious range of preservative- and additive-free bread. Take our advice: stop by for lunch and pair one of the tasty gourmet savoury pies with a sweet pastry confection. You won't regret it!
98 Beach Street, Coogee
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