Eat & Drink

Your go-to coffee guide for Lake Macquarie

You asked for it - and here it is! As voted for by you.

With so many choices around Lake Mac to grab a coffee we thought we would shed some light on your faves. Here are the seven most popular spots as voted by you (in no particular order).

Maxy + Mimi, Dudley

With a focus on community and collaboration, Maxy + Mimi hosts regular workshops and market mornings featuring local artists and craft.

The café also features occasional live laid-back music performances – a nice point of difference from the usual Spotify café soundtracks. The coffee is always excellent, and the café wins two green thumbs up for offering a discount to customers bringing their own cups.

It’s also dog and kid-friendly, with heaps of space and toys and a play-kitchen to keep the little ones amused while you relax.

Little White Bull Espresso, Warners Bay

Coffee lovers are spoilt for choice along the lakeside strip of Warners Bay’s Esplanade, with the constant competition producing a consistently high standard end to end.

Little White Bull earned a mention thanks to its great service, coffee from Seven Miles Coffee Roasters and delicious food served in generous portions.

Chefs Bailey Walters and Todd Farrell, along with barista Jinny Roberts, have focused on creating a welcoming culture for visitors and locals alike, rather than just another hole-in-the-wall.

Cargo Espresso, Redhead

The million-dollar views are reason enough to take a seat just metres from the sand on iconic Redhead Beach, but it’s the coffee and food that will keep you coming back.

With such a stunning location, owners Murray and Maree Ruse could almost have been forgiven for resting on their laurels with the actual menu.

Instead, it’s all top-notch. Coffees are made with beans from Newcastle’s Sprocket Roasters, while the accompanying food options include classic beach staples and gourmet dishes featuring locally sourced produce.

Common Circus, Belmont

Across from Belmont foreshore and baths, this café prides itself on three things: simplicity, quality and community.

The menu is basic but fantastic, coffees are made with Glee Coffee Roasters beans and the owners host regular free community events, from yoga sessions over the road to children’s petting zoos out the front.

The all-ages crowd shows this is a place for the people. Up the back of the beautifully outfitted café, eclectic homewares and lifestyle products provide even more excuse to escape to the circus.

Café 2283, Toronto

Few cafes boast regulars arriving by jet-ski and kayak, but with its proximity to Toronto’s sparkling foreshore it’s clear to see how Café 2283 achieves this feat.

Table service is a nice change from the usual coffee queue, and the cosy interior and cosmopolitan street-side outdoor seating offer two distinctly different experiences.

The café is a passion project of owners Adam and Valentina Levak, who jumped into hospitality when the premises came up for sale a couple of years ago, and their fresh enthusiasm is reflected in what they deliver.

Door 34, Cardiff

Cardiff born-and-bred owners Caroline and Tony Hayes have made this tiny café a decidedly family affair since opening five years ago.

Their mums – aged 86 and 87 – make the slices and tea towels, while their daughter, Ebony and her partner, Hayden, help serve customers … many of whom they know on a first-name basis.

It’s the kind of place with a homely feel but a funky vibe, thanks in no small part to the Doors theming, complete with a giant artwork of front-man Jim Morrison. Coffee is top-notch, sourced from Newcastle’s Silverskin micro-roastery.

Main Coffee Co, Edgeworth

It doesn’t have the view or the suburban serenity of other cafes in this list, but Main Coffee Co makes up for it in spades with what matters most: supremely good coffee and service to match.

Owners Rachel and Adam Porcu took over this freshly renovated café in July and have quickly expanded their loyal following of commuting coffee connoisseurs.

They open at 5am Monday-Friday to catch the early tradie rush, with a small sit-down area showcasing works by a local artist. The café also offers a text-your-order and drive-up service out the front for customers with no time to spare.