Central Coast, NSW

Great cafes for breakfast Central Coast NSW

By Rosie Stevens

September 11, 2020 | 4 minute read

Three Donkeys Wholefood Cafe - Wamberal Beach
Three Donkeys Wholefood Cafe - Wamberal Beach

Famed for its picturesque ocean and sweeping sandy stretches, the Central Coast is the ideal weekend getaway for Sydneysiders. Idyllic pockets of beauty brimming with laid-back coastal charm can be found just 1-2 hours drive from the city, and for anyone that likes a caffeine and breakfast fix before kicking off a day at the beach or trying one of the spectacular walks on offer, you're in luck on the Central Coast. Here are my suggestions of top breakfast spots for your next weekender.

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.

Three Donkeys Wholefood Cafe - Wamberal Beach

Situated just a short walk away from Wamberal Beach, Three Donkeys is a crowd-pleasing pick that ticks all the boxes—fresh decor, a health-focused menu that is extremely accommodating to dietary requirements and a stellar drop of coffee can be expected with every visit. 

Bacon and eggs, veggie stacks, fruit bowls, pancakes and smashed avo are all popular menu choices, alongside specialty drinks like charcoal and matcha lattes and an array of fresh, vibrant smoothies. And if you’re after a little treat to take away with you—we challenge you to walk past the selection of treats, raw slices and cakes on offer without being tempted! 

The Boy and the Rose Cafe - North Avoca  

Set across the road from the trendy North Avoca beach, The Boy and the Rose Cafe is a true favourite among locals and tourists alike. Serving consistently great cups of coffee and a diverse menu that caters to a range of dietary requirements (lookin’ at you—gluten free’ers and vegans), this cafe is the ideal brunch spot for your next coastal getaway. A blue algae bowl makes for a quirky, Instagrammable, and—we have to admit it—delicious choice, while a vegan or beef burger, sushi bowl or inspired combination of eggs Benny and corn fritters are hearty picks for the hungry.  

This Little Piggy - Point Clare
This Little Piggy - Point Clare

This Little Piggy - Point Clare

With a focus on simplicity and quality local produce, This Little Piggy in Point Clare is the perfect precursor to a day at the beach. The menu is both extensive and varied; serving all manner of delights from Egyptian eggs and a breakfast board to organic pumpkin bread with pumpkin hummus, garlic, dill and oozy eggs plus a ‘big hog’ toastie—brimming with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese, a hunk of avo and soft boiled eggs. What’s not to love?!

Pearl Beach Cafe - Pearl Beach

 A true gem of the Coast, Pearl Beach is renowned for its pristine shores, beautiful bushwalking opportunities and easy-going, unspoiled atmosphere. Nestled at the heart of the National Trust village, Pearl Beach Cafe and General Store runs a roaring trade keeping visitors and locals caffeinated and well-fed. 

Roast vegetable frittata, waffles with maple syrup and crushed hazelnuts plus beetroot cured salmon and shakshuka eggs all grace the menu, alongside the usual suspects of eggs your way and an array of extras. Once you’re happily fed and watered, the Pearl Beach to Patonga Track awaits—one of the Central Coast’s most popular bushwalks that will quickly have you working off those waffles! 

Island Time Espresso Bar - Terrigal
Island Time Espresso Bar - Terrigal

Island Time Espresso Bar - Terrigal

At Island Time Espresso Bar in the popular suburb of Terrigal, there’s no shortage of quintessential Coastie charm. Embracing their beachside location and using it to inspire their tropical-sounding menu, there’s something for every kind of breakfast lover at this must-visit haunt. 

From a classic bacon and egg roll and a decadent smashed avo, to a breaky sandwich complete with crumbed katsu chicken breast and a delectable trifecta of breakfast burgers to choose from—you’ll certainly have no trouble finding something you fancy. If it’s something sweet you’re after, there’s an indulgent French toast on the menu (we won’t tell if you don’t), alongside a duo of açai bowls that are rumoured to be among the best on the coast.

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