Eat & Drink

Early bird gets the worm, even over the weekend!

Whether you’re a long black, flat white, soy cap, cold brew, dirty chai, matcha latte or an iced latte drinker, many of us need that caffeine hit to function!

Are you an earlier riser? Do you have young kids that you need to get out of the house? Or maybe you like to be up for sunrise and some exercise in the mornings. Or, if you're like us, maybe you just need that early morning fix before you can even think about starting your day.

We've gotten up bright and early for you to snoop out the best coffee places across town that get up as early as you do!


The Bondwood Cafe - 7am Sat
Grab a coffee from this travelling cafe! Serving up gourmet toasties, acai bowls, pastries, smoothies and more, The Bondwood is guaranteed to satisfy. The original 1950s Bondwood coffee caravan is a hard one to miss.
Where: 504 Glebe Rd

Wild Vine Coffee - 7am Sat/Sun
The cutest little coffee van! Grab a yummy coffee blend from Padre Coffee Roasters, toasties and more served out of a vintage 1967 Franklin caravan.
Where: 4/10 William St

Cooks Hill

Baba Yaga – 6am Sat/Sun
Traditional Turkish style food and of course, coffee.
Where: 155 Darby St

Core Espresso - 6am Sat/Sun
If you are an early bird and a lover of Darby Street, Core is usually first open waiting for you to walk through their doors!
Where: 162 Darby St

Goldberg’s - 7am Sat/Sun
Great coffee, great staff and dog-friendly if you sit out the front!
Where: 137 Darby St

Sanctum – 7am Sat/Sun
An oldie, but a goodie! Sanctum has called Darby Street home for years now and is ready early doors to sell you coffees and matcha lattes.
Where: 8/113-125 Darby St

Welsh Blacks – 7am Sat/8am Sun
Sitting on the corner of Bull and Corlette streets, find Seven Miles coffee, homemade cakes and toasties.
Where: 84 Bull St


Blue Door Hamilton - 6am Sat/Sun
Stop in nice and early for coffee, avo toast and acai bowls, among other delicious breakfast options.
Where: Shop 2/103 Tudor St

Common Circus - 7am Sat/7.30am Sun
After you've had your caffeine hit, browse Common Circus' gorgeous retail space for homewares, books, plus goodies for the kids.
Where: 1A Dixon St

Lord’s Coffee – 6am Sat/6.30am Sun
The perfect place for great coffee and great banter, with unique coffee cups and funky old school lounges. You'll want to stay for a second cuppa!
Where: 148B Beaumont St

Mockingbird - 7.30am Sat/Sun
Perched on a corner in Beaumount Street, Mockingbird consistently serves up delicious coffees and breakfast.
Where: 131 Beaumont St

The Village – 7am Sat/Sun
Recently revamped and renewed! Great food and great coffee for all you Hamilton locals.
Where: 2/44 Beaumont St


Equium Social - 6.30am Sat/Sun
Pick up your morning coffee from this crowd-favourite cafe. Every interior designer's dream, Equium Social serves up both a delicious blend of coffee and a lovely interior aesthetic.
Where: 1/5 Maitland Rd

Josie Coffee7am Sat/Sun
Josie's is funky, fresh and guaranteed to give you that morning caffeine fix! Serving up their own speciality blend, Josie's is committed to quality coffee above all else.
Where: 2/16 Hanbury St

Onyx Espresso Bar - 7am Sat/Sun
Each cup of coffee at Onyx is crafted from a chosen local roaster. Don't forget to have a look at the menu too, it'll make your mouth water!
Where: 191 Maitland Rd

The Stack Shack - 6.30am Sat/7.30am Sun
This cosy little cafe has built a reputation for serving up the best local coffee and some classic eats.
Where: 189 Maitland Rd

Zaaki Espresso - 7am Sat/Sun
Coffee with a Middle-Eastern flair! Head down to Zaaki to get your early caffeine hit and see if you can avoid the temptation to get the mouth-watering baklava while you're there.
Where: 402a Maitland Rd


Akuna Cafe - 6.30am Sat/Sun
Sip your delicious coffee, take in the ocean vibes and enjoy an iconic acai bowl in Akuna's sunny courtyard.
Where: 40 Patrick St

Arlo's Coffee Caravan - 7am Sat/Sun
Coffee on wheels! Grab a cuppa and a scrumptious baked item while you sit outside and enjoy the morning.
Where: 23 Caldwell St

Blue Door Kiosk – 6am Sat/Sun
An all time favourite when you're going on a morning beach walk with friends. Nothing better than watching the waves crash onto the shore as you're sippin’ a soy latte.
Where: Cnr Watkins St & John Pde

Bostin Brew Co. - 7am Sat/Sun
Proudly serving Bear & the Beard coffee, enjoy this delicious blend full of goodness. $1 from every bag of Bear & the Beard coffee sold goes directly to help Bear Cottage provide care for children with life-limiting conditions.
Where: 89/93 City Rd

Convoy Commune - 6am Sat/7am Sun
Serving up a signature blend of speciality coffee, this Byron Bay inspired cafe is bound to give you that sunrise fix along with a whole lotta good vibes.
Where: 1/88 Mitchell St

Frothers Espresso – 6am Sat/Sun
If you're after some real good coffee and some early morning banter and haven’t checked out this little gem on Glebe Road, you're missing out.
Where: 140 Glebe Rd

Merewether Surfhouse - 7am Sat/Sun
The perfect place to grab a cup of caffeine after a nice, early dip in the baths.
Where: 5 Henderson Pde

Newcastle East

23Hundred Espresso Bar - 5am every day
This cafe is built on quality produce, fast, friendly and familiar service, and consistently good coffee.
Where: 71 Scott St

East End Hub – 7am Sat/Sun
This elegant spot is perched a quick walk away from Newcastle Beach. It's a great spot to grab a coffee and breakfast post-morning swim.
Where: 3/3 King St

Estabar – 6.30am Sat/Sun
Another Newcastle East gem that's perfect after your early morning walk.
Where: 61 Shortland Esp

Moor - 7am Sat/Sun
Café by day and Moroccan tagine feasts by night (on Thursdays) – this diverse little gem is an East End favourite.
Where: 33 Hunter St

Newcastle Beach Kiosk6am Sat/Sun
The perfect place to pit stop for coffee if you have conquered a morning walk up Heartbreak Hill and across the ANZAC walk and want to finish at Newcastle Beach.
Where: 42 Shortland Esp

New Lambton

Sherwood Coffee Bar7am Sat/Sun
Pay this lovely cafe a visit and download the Sherwood Coffee App to get your first coffee for free. 
Where: 4/12 Alma Rd

Darks Coffee Roasters - 7am Sat/Sun
If you’ve driven along Turton Road you’ve more than likely noticed the neat little shipping container that not only has ample parking at any time of the day, but parking right at the cafe's doorstep.
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Parking Lot, 294 Turton Rd

The Junction

Talulah - 6:30am Sat/Sun
In the heart of The Junction, Talulah's has a welcoming outdoor seating area to take in the Vitamin D while enjoying that morning fix. Cold brew and turmeric root lattes also available.
Where: 52 Glebe Rd

Goodfriends Eatery - 7am Sat/Sun
Grab your morning coffee and indulge in the delicious blend from Seven Miles Coffee Roasters. The light and airy space, coupled with coffee and an in-house baked scone, makes the perfect recipe for a relaxing morning.
Where: 144 Union St

The Grumpy Baker - 6.30am Sat/Sun
Stop by this incredible bakery to pick up your morning coffee and grab one of their irrresistible pastries while you're there!
Where: 53 Glebe Rd

The Hood – 6am Sat/Sun
Open early doors with a large drinks menu. Think affogatos, iced lattes, deconstructed mochas, freshly squeezed juices, shakes, teas, the lot!
Where: 188 Union St

Tighes Hill

Praise Joe - 6am Sat/7am Sun
Admire the street art as you sip your glorious morning coffee and indulge in one of their delicious Vegemite scrolls!
Where: 8/20 Elizabeth St


Wildflower Espresso – 6am Sat
Wildflower Espresso serves ethical and sustainable coffee Glee coffee beans in the cutest pink coffee cups. They’ve also got bagels, pastries, slices and more.
Where: 71 Cowper St


Brew Tales – 6am Sat/Sun
This cafe a continuously rotating range of specialty and single-origin coffee. If you love tasting new types of coffee, you’ll be wanting to sign up to their coffee register.
Where: 7 Throsby St

Dark Horse Wickham – 7am Sat
What this teeny-tiny cafe lacks in size, it makes up for with big food and coffee flavours.
Where: 26 Greenway St

The Wickham Boatshed – 6.30am Sat/Sun
Offering coffee from 6.30am, The Wickham Boatshed makes for a great starting point for your morning walk, run or coffee catch up.
Where: 91 Hannell St

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