Off on the annual down south getaway and worried about where you’re going to get your caffeine fix? Never fear, we've lined up the pick of the bunch for piccolos, favourite dives for flat whites and classic coffee shops for cappuccinos. Whether you’re headed to Margaret River, Dunsborough or anywhere in between (or beyond), rest assured that ducking into any of these coffee spots will guarantee the perfect blend thanks to baristas who know their Arabica from their Robusta.
Here are the best cafes in the Margaret River region.
Merchant And Maker
Friendly service, super coffee and a host of take home goodies mean that Merchant and Maker in Dunsborough is your one stop shop on your trip down south. Choose from all sorts of caffeine affiliated drinks and accessories from pour over, French press and Aeropress through to eco cups. Bonus points for solving the problem of ‘what’s for dinner?’ with one of their home cooked take home meals.
Albert and Nikola
Coffee and art align at this hip Dunsborough hang out. Raw treats, breakfast bowls and of course, stellar coffee from crew who know their froth from their foam. The baristas at Albert and Nikola are sure to whip up a beautiful design in your cup before it’s sipped and savoured.
Plant lovers will delight at this cafe overflowing with greenery and great coffee. You can pop in and grab one to go at Grounded, but we would recommend making a morning of it and chilling out in the light and airy space. Pull out a board game or a craft project and hole up for a few hours of caffeine fuelled bliss.
Silver Bullet Espresso
Good coffee and good company can only be bettered by good views. Dunsborough Bay is filled with golden sands, sun drenched skies and aquamarine waters. Grab a coffee from Silver Bullet’s vintage airstream van and you will be graced with a friendly chat with owner Sally. One of the most relaxing spots by the beach to bring your eco cup out to play.
Yahava Kwik Koffee
The northern branch of the local coffee producer Yahava Kwik Koffee, while not as extensive as their Margaret River flagship, is just as convenient. Zip through the drive through for a coffee before reaching your holiday destination in Margs central, or to refresh the palate (and head) after a day of wine tasting.
Gourmet Food Merchant
Prepare to enter for coffee and leave with coffee and cheese and jam and crackers and honey and a bunch of wildflowers, phew! Using local coffee from The Margaret River Roasting Co, the brews at Gourmet Food Merchant are always reliable and a treat for the tastebuds with milk from Bannister Downs. Sourcing some of the region’s most delectable gourmet creations, it would be a crime not to take something home for lunch alongside your latte.
Black Sheep Deli
Caffeinate yourself with a side of clean eating at this cute little joint on Cowaramup’s main street. Along with the usual suspects, you can grab all manner of healthy juices and concoctions to supplement your coffee fix at Black Sheep Deli. While you are at it grab a snack or a light lunch from their drool worthy cabinet. Service with a smile means it’s tempting to kick back and indulge in a little me time.
The home of coffee in Margaret River, Yahava fits the bill whether you have five minutes or half a day to while away the hours in coffee heaven. In a rush? Wind down the window and hit up their drive through to keep your caffeine levels up to speed. Time to spare? Potter about in the store and learn about the art of coffee, bean varieties and the ins and outs of Yahava’s coffee sources. We dare you to make it to the till without leaving with a sweet treat alongside your drop of choice.
A favourite of locals and visitors alike, Sidekick is a staple on the Margies cafe radar. Prop up on an outside stool: perfect for people watching or when sipping with your canine companion in tow. Blankets are provided for when the temperature dips below the warming power of a long black. Yogis keen for a chai bliss bomb, but still in need of a cheeky caffeinated hit, will be in seventh heaven with their dirty chai. A daily changing spread of snacks and light meals with plenty of gluten free options.
The lofty and open space means that Riversmith is filled with locals working at their home away from home…that is when the tables have space for a laptop and notebook. Weekends see this joint pretty full. The coffee is reliable and the adjoining gift shop is filled with a solid half hour of browsing.
Margaret River Collaborative
A coffee counter is hidden behind an assortment of local producers in this new addition to Margaret River. One of the first stops as you pull into town from Perth; at Margaret River Collaborative you can pick up an indoor plant styled in its own macramé outfit, indulge in a quick wine tasting and of course enjoy a fab coffee at this little oasis.
Owner Liz is a Margaret River girl, born and bred. Starting Brewshack at the tender age of 21 it continues to produce some of the best coffees in town—and some of the best service. Greeted with a smile, settle in on one of the comfy couches and don’t be surprised if you leave having made a new friend. No Wi-Fi here means that the focus is on human connection; it’s not a pit stop for anti-social caffeine fuelling.
Fresh healthy food. Tick. Cozy nooks and crannies. Tick. Off the beaten track. Tick. Good coffee. Tick. Tick. Tick. Any cafe that makes their own almond milk clearly cares about what goes into their coffees. When the busy main street is packed, Drift is a perfect hideaway that often goes unnoticed by the tourist crowds.
The Margaret River Bakery
The Margaret River Bakery is a highlight of any visit to Margs. While their breakfasts and baked goodies are to die for (obviously...um it IS a bakery!), they also do seriously good coffee. With some of the towns top baristas behind the machine, coffees are crafted carefully into every cup. With whimsical stylings, it’s a hangout that is both kid and grown-up friendly.
The White Elephant
Instaworthy beach views mean that The White Elephant is always packed with locals and visitors alike. Perch by the fireplace in cooler weather or chill out overlooking the quietly lapping waves on the shore when the sun is out.
Moving from their central position to their new home next to Margaret’s Beach Resort has seen the offering from The Larder expand. Finally, Prev peeps can grab a coffee and brekky to go without having to cross Caves road before hitting the surf. Winner, winner chicken dinner. Or should we say…breakfast.
Opening last year to the serious coffee drought in Witchcliffe, this cafe has been welcomed by locals and visitors alike. Great coffee and super cute styling will ensure that a quick visit to Yardbyrd turns into a sit in the garden where the sleepy town is the perfect pace to remind you to smell the roses on your way back out the hustle and bustle of the world.
While you're down there, we assume you'll need to know about the best wineries in Margaret River too.
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