THE BURROWS CAFE
Housed within the historic blacksmith shop, The Burrows of Berry has a distinctly vintage feel, with camel hide chairs and industrial timber decor. The food is equally as hipster, but with a country-rustic touch. This is the type of café you can cosy up in and easily spend the day – which means you can try their breakfast AND their lunch menu! Lucky you.
Opus Coffee Brewers
Primarily an espresso bar, Opus Coffee Brewers will welcome you with the coffee bar at the entrance, but out the back, communal tables will beg you to stay for brunch. If your Sunday morning ritual looks a little like this: Single O, fresh juice and house-made bagels choca-block full of gourmet toppings – then you’ll be well looked after here. If your Sunday morning ritual doesn’t look like that, one trip here and your weekend brunch game will be changed ...
Beast And Bread
Beast and Bread is a sandwich shop of sorts. Packed with organic, slow roasted meats and fresh, flavoursome veg, these aren’t your average sangas. Despite being a fully-fledged lunch spot frequented by hungry workers by day, come night time, the lights are dimmed and protein plates and craft beer come out to play.
Bread, Espresso &
Bread, Espresso &, is as alternative and hipster as it’s jumbled name suggests.They serve hearty cafe fare and organic Allpress coffee. They’re also super eco-friendly, with a discount for keep-cup-bringers and they give away their leftover coffee grounds to avid composters and gardeners. This place is so lovely, you won’t want to ever leave.
Son of a Gun
Son Of A Gun is housed in a shipping container, and is part of Sifters – the creative co-op in the heart of the Wollongong CBD. Don’t let the fact it’s in a carpark deter you, because this is the go-to hangout for locals who know a thing or two about good coffee. Whether you prefer your brew batch’d, cold or just plain brewed, pull up a seat – or crate and settle in for the morning.
Gidgets Cafe & Bar
Gidget’s combines two of our favourite things: specialty coffee and all day breakfast, making this a Thirroul café a must-go. On the food front, they’ve really upped the ante on all the usual brunch suspects, adding creative twists and using locally sourced produce. For the little ones, the box of toys should keep them entertained if you want to stay a while, which you most definitely will.
Much like the name would suggest, Honest Dons serve good, honest food with an unpretentious vibe and laid back, but attentive service. Food ranges from wholesome nourish bowls to the not so wholesome, but ridiculously delicious burgers and chips. Puppychinos are an obvious drawcard for bringing your furry friends. Bonus awesomeness: they donate the money from puppychinos to a local animal shelter.
Berry Sourdough Cafe
Bread is one of life’s simple pleasures, and The Berry Sourdough Bakery does it well. The bakery attracts a lot of buzz, and for good reason: its century-old building, and gourmet pastries, organic bread and great coffee is quintessentially Berry. Great for picking up some nosh for a day of Berry adventuring, but equally as perfect for a casual long-lunch. With two woodfired ovens and in-house artisan bakers, you know this isn’t going to be an ordinary sandwich.
Despite being named after the iconic Balinese village, Uluwatu, this café doesn’t actually serve up food from our South East Asian neighbour. Eclectic in both style and cuisine, this Stanwell Park gem is dishing up everything from tacos, nachos and gelato. You can get a pretty Instagrammable acai bowl too, so I guess there is a Bali touch after all.
Diggies is a dream for harbourside brunching. Overlooking Wollongong Harbour and giving a heritage building new life, this popular café draws the crowds and has a special weekend brunch menu that is well-worth lingering over. The space is bright and buzzing and is consistently packed with the surfers and workers of Wollongong.
Lee and Me
Lee & Me just reeks of cool with its bare bricks and eclectic menu. Campos Coffee is always a dead giveaway for top shelf brunching and we assure you, you won’t be disappointed. In winter, cosy up by the open fireplace but in the warmer months, catch some rays on the terrace. Operating out of a 1890 heritage terrace house, Lee and Me is more than just a top notch brunch spot, it also has a furniture and homeware boutique ...
Red checkered tablecloths and fairy lights are a winning combo for creating an authentic Italian street side ambiance in the heart of Thirroul. With recipes hailing from Northern Italy and Italian wines to match, you’ve got plenty of reasons to love this seaside gem. Still hungry after your pasta? (unlikely) But if you are, they’ve got a killer gelato bar to fill that spot.
Savannah Cafe & Bar
Situated off the main street in a beautiful arcade, Savannah café brings South African cuisine to the Berry foodie scene. Their tasting plate is perfect for two and an easy way to try all of the signature traditional dishes. After dining, perouse their range of ethically sourced and fair trade African craft work for sale.
Sifters is a community hub and creative space renowned for its edgy appeal. Comprised of various shipping containers, the co-op situation brings together local businesses such as clothing stores, a florist and an art space as well as food truck Son of a Gun. Sifters is an all-day activity, with ample single origin coffee on offer to keep you going.
Gelato Emporium, located in Bulli Tops is a one-stop-shop for artisan gelato, coffee, gourmet pantry items and uninterrupted views over the Illawarra. More than just a rest-stop for drivers en route to Wollongong, this convenient gelateria located at the Illawarra Gateway is well-worth a visit for locals as well.
The Bucks family have been in this building since 1940. Family hospitality runs deep in this local institution and you'd be hard pressed not to find a local that doesn't frequent this cafe slash bar. Coffee cafe by day but by night, Bucks is the go-to place for friends to gather, drink and be very, very merry. Craft beers and Australian wines make for a great accompaniment to their antipasti plates.