Best Coffee & Cafes in Hunter Valley
Cappuccinos, espressos, macchiatos, frappés, flat whites, you name it, coffee is definitely on the menu in the Hunter Valley. Whether you prefer a steaming hot cup of flavoursome caffeine or a refreshing iced late to chill with, you’re in for a real treat.
As every coffee lover knows, the best coffee isn’t just about the ingredients. It’s about the atmosphere, ambience, barista skills, and those all-important side snacks to accompany it. Get ready to indulge with some truly refined coffee experiences in and around the Hunter Valley.
1. The Conservatory
What better way to kick start the day than with your morning caffeine fix overlooking beautifully maintained rose gardens and ornamental fountains at The Conservatory. On chillier days, retreat indoors and for views of the Brokenback Ranges.
Nothing beats a decent brew outdoors, which is where to head if you want something a little more whimsical. This is also the perfect place to indulge in a rich and traditional high tea with a twist.
Make the most of the beautifully romantic landscape as you savour every flavour served up. Sink your teeth into macrons, eclairs, fresh scones, savoury tartlets and much more, all paired with a glass of sparkling. Coffee is always good, but in the land of plenty, it’s great to try something a little bit more special.
2. Cocoa Nib
Just as cheese and wine are the perfect match, so are coffee and chocolate. With freshly brewed coffee coming in a variety of ways, it’s the ideal place to pair bitter with sweet. If you’re a bit of a chocoholic, welcome to heaven! This is the sweetest Hunter Valley Restaurant in town.
Inside you’ll be greeted with luxury artisanal chocolates and sweet treats designed to satisfy your cravings. Fresh handmade pastries and cakes are the perfect accompaniment for those more into morning tea.
It’s a fantastic place to stop off at while exploring the local area.
3. Mr O Kitchen Espresso Grocer
A maker of scrumptious speciality coffees and a small business that supports the locals. Sourcing their milk from a nearby farm and coffee beans from Glee, they not only make your coffee just utterly delicious but also support the local economy.
If you’re also fancying a bite to eat, Mr O has a creative and unique menu that’s worth a try. They are experts in creating amazing dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan delights. And even if you don’t have any of these dietary requirements, you should still be making a plan to visit. The plates that’ll be served to your table will be sensational.
Enjoy a sunny afternoon with a fabulous meal and a generous cup of smooth coffee.
4. Grices Bakery Cafe
Discover delightful homemade cakes that not only look amazing but taste delicious too. Partner them with your favourite brew and enjoy a little slice of heaven.
The bakery has options to sit inside, in the garden, or to take away. If you go along in the late morning, you’ll be able to treat yourself to a traditional fry-up or some fluffy croissants. Though if you’re not an early riser, the bakery offers cafe style meals throughout the day. The prices here are reasonable, meaning you’ll be left with plenty of change.
5. Sabor Dessert Bar
It’ll only take you 10-minutes to reach the idyllic location of Sabor Dessert Bar via a beautiful scenic drive through Hunter Valley wine country. You’ll be surrounded by views of vineyards, lush greenery and local wildlife; perfect for sipping on a fresh coffee.
When you walk in, you’ll instantly notice that the desserts are to die for. Choose from hot cookie dough, strawberry cheesecake, meringues, or gooey chocolate cake. The choices are endless. You even have the option to indulge in 4-5 mini desserts on one plate.
Partner your desert with your favourite cappuccino or latte and your experience will be elevated to a whole new level of deliciousness.
6. Simply D’Vine Cafe
Visit here and your tastebuds will experience an explosion of flavours. This is a place where you find the unexpected. You might like to try the uber-posh cooked breakfast with fambeyed tomatoes, or perhaps poached eggs on toast. Add one of their delicious speciality coffees with your order and you’ll be happy. The taste sensations will be dancing in your mouth.
Enjoy the feel of this barn conversion cafe as it boasts beautiful brick and wooden interior with an undercover outdoor garden area. Enjoy your coffee and snacks in the shade with a gentle breeze.
7. Epoche Lounge Bar
Get cosy at Epoche Lounge Bar with a delicious cup of roasted coffee on a stylish and comfortable sofa. Large windows flood the area with light, creating a truly inviting atmosphere.
No cup of coffee is complete with a few side orders. Why not indulge in a dish of Hunter Valley olives with garlic bread or a three Cheese bruschetta. Then simply kick back, unwind and enjoy a little ‘me time’. Best of all, there’s no need to jump in the car to hunt down that perfect brew. We have everything you need right here.
8. Grinders Espresso Bar & Flowers
This vibrant social scene offers the opportunity to hear talent from some great local bands while enjoying all different blends of freshly grounded coffee. The coffee is simply delicious and accompanied by the music, it will warm your soul.
It’s an informal setting; you can sit inside or out. You’ll feel comfortable in your shorts and t-shirt here, just chilling with your coffee and perusing the menu. Also serving fantastic milkshakes, topped with cream and whole ring doughnuts, the menu is simply to die for.
Grinders Espresso Bar & Flowers offers a wide range of food and drinks. Order a cooked breakfast that is served in the pan, or cheeseburger and chips served in a basket. They even make different types of enticingly sweet truffles; have some boxed up and take them with you or add them to your meal. It’s a popular destination for people looking to refuel.
9. Cafe Manuela
Serving delicious coffee and wine that rivals those of boutique vineyards and cafes, you’ll want to see what the fuss is all about. The outside has a truly European look and feel, while on the inside it is comforting and homely.
With high-quality food at affordable prices, this is worth a visit. Why not try the lamb shanks, chunky chips, and seasonal vegetables. Or perhaps a giant platter of battered fish and rustic chips. The food and coffee here will not disappoint.
10. Greg’s Espresso Bar
Greg’s Espresso Bar is one of those places where you can grab a coffee, kick back and relax while watching the world go by. Friendly service combined with specialist coffee is definitely on the menu. The coffee here not only looks amazing, but it also tastes it too. Whatever your favourite blend is, baristas will whip up a hot and tasty cup, every time.
There’s also a light bites menu of baguettes, sandwiches and delightful homemade soups. Enjoy great coffee and a tasty snack, recharge your batteries and get ready to power on with the rest of your day. There’s nothing stopping you from stopping on the finest roasts around.
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