Where to Find Great Coffee in the Margaret River Region
Whether you like your coffee with an ocean view, surrounded by forest or while people-watching in the main street of Margs, you’re never far from an excellent brew down south.
As the cooler months approach and the temperatures slowly decrease, our collective love of a good cup of coffee increases exponentially. But where to go in the Margaret River region for a decent coffee and a warm and welcoming atmosphere to boot? Well, there’s no shortage of options.
Lizzy Pepper has done the hard yards and sipped her way around the region to find the finest flat whites, long macs and hot chocolates. Head to one of these places for a sure-fire caffeine fix and a dose of good vibes, too.
New Kids on The Block
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Café
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
I worked here as a lighthouse guide many moons ago, so it was a thrill to visit The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Café just days after it opened in a newly renovated cottage. The team from The Goose in Busselton are serving up cakes, biscuits and seriously yummy toasted sandwiches alongside great coffee. They’ve decked the limestone cottage out beautifully with flea market finds – collectible tourist teaspoons, a 1960s wireless radio and mismatched retro china. There are puzzles and jigsaws plus a nautical-themed playground outside for the kids. Take a lighthouse tour and look out for blue wrens in spring and summer, and whales during the winter migration. Treat yourself to a coffee and toastie afterwards and see if you can finish that kangaroo puzzle.
Open 9.30am to 4.30pm daily. 1267 Cape Naturaliste Road, Cape Naturaliste, Dunsborough.
Rob Mayberry, the man behind Little Willy’s, Bookend and Dancing Goat in Perth, opened this great little café in Witchcliffe in late 2017. Yardbyrd‘s coffee is made with Pound beans, local Geo Organics unhomogenised milk and rainwater. “It’s the little tiny things that add up to a different experience” says Rob, and he’s absolutely right. The breakfast burrito is on a homemade tortilla, there’s fresh pressed apple juice in the bircher muesli – everything is made in-house, from scratch except the Margaret River woodfired bread.
Open 6am-4pm weekdays, 7am-4pm weekends. 10413 Bussell Highway, Witchcliffe.
The Good Egg
Not just a café – Deb Hallyburton and Amy Ovans have built a community, and a space where book clubs and mothers groups meet, and locals hold workshops and cooking classes. The Good Egg is an industrial space with a mezzanine floor, comfortable velvet couches and a great ambiance. Coffee is from Micrology, an independent roaster in Perth. My flat white was strong and creamy, just how I like it. Breakfast is served till 11.30am and all day on weekends. I had traditional French toast and a side of bacon, all drizzled with maple syrup. The menu has clean eating options, and everything is available gluten free.
Open 6.30am-5pm weekdays, 7am-4pm weekends. Unit 4 38-44 Albert Street, Busselton.
Brew+ is a new drive-through liquor and coffee shop serving Yahava coffee in West Busselton. It’s locally owned and operated by the same team behind Dunsborough and Cape Cellars, so you can pick up a great coffee and find a new craft beer or local wine too.
Coffee 6.30am-4pm weekdays, 7.30am-2pm Saturdays. 231 Bussell Highway, West Busselton.
Coffee With an Ocean View
Bunkers Beach House
Nestled in the sand dunes is this modern café-restaurant. Bunkers Beach House do a roaring breakfast and lunch trade, and it’s popular with weddings too. Inside the café there’s ocean glimpses but arrive early for an outdoor table on the deck with a sweeping view of Bunker Bay. This is one of the loveliest beaches in the south west – the sparkling turquoise water and fine white sand is hard to resist, so bring your bathers.Coffee is by Margaret River Roasting Co, and teas from the local Seven Seas Tea. Our flat whites and soy lattes were perfect. We shared chachouka (eggs baked in a flavoursome tomato stew) and vanilla waffles, but next time we’re coming back for lunch – there’s a mix of Middle Eastern inspired dishes and pizzas on the menu.
Open 8.30am-3pm daily. Farm Break Lane, Cape Naturaliste.
The White Elephant Café
You may have seen the photos on Instagram – delicious food and coffee served on the deck with the glorious blue ocean right behind it. Bring your bathers because the beach is right there, and you’ll want to jump in. White Elephant Café is perched above Gnarabup beach, in front of some spectacular limestone cliffs. It’s popular with locals and tourists alike who flock here for the great food and awesome views. Most of the tables are outdoors on the deck, but there’s an indoor space for cooler days.The coffee is made with Dimmatina beans, expertly roasted in Perth. We had iced coffees and brekky burgers before hiring stand-up paddle boards from the beach hut to explore Gnarabup bay.
Open 7.30am-3pm daily. Gnarabup Rd, Margaret River.
Tried and Tested
This place is awesome – from the barista’s cheery ‘hello’ to the seriously good coffee, the people -watching and the café’s push for sustainability. Karen and Rob Gough have worked hard at Settlers Tavern since 2003, and opening Sidekick Café in 2014 was “like a second honeymoon”. They’d followed coffee trends around the world and sorely missed having inspired, quality coffee in Margaret River. They describe the building as like a fish bowl and hence engaged an artist to create the fish logo and artwork on the only wall. I’ve had coffee here many times and it’s always fantastic – quality is high and consistent. Beans are organic, fair trade from Dukes Coffee Roasters. Hot chocolate is made with Bahen & Co chocolate, and teas are from Chamellia and Whistleblower. Sustainability informs everything they do, they were the first business in town to use compostable paper straws, they recycle everything and use Enjo cleaning cloths rather than chemicals. A lot of care has gone into the food and beverages at Sidekick; there’s nitrate-free bacon, free range eggs, no white sugar or white flour in the baked goods. There’s a printed ingredient list of all their dishes and cakes, brilliant for anyone with food intolerances. I love their bagels with a jalapeño cream cheese schmear, or the pecan macca tart which is made with local nuts. Tip: buy a $10 teatowel; 100% of proceeds go to the Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service.
Open 7am-4pm daily. 5/110 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River.
Set in the majestic surrounds of the Boranup Karri forest, this gorgeous cafe will please both parents and kids. A fantastic menu with wholesome food cooked on site, and offering smoothies and fresh juices as well as great coffee, Café Boranup has a wonderful relaxed feeling of just being away from it all. Kids will enjoy the life-sized chess and snakes and ladders, and parents can wander through the gallery next door for locally-made arts and crafts.To complete the experience, follow up your trip to Café Boranup with a tour of Lake or Mammoth Caves nearby. Café Boranup is also a breastfeeding-friendly zone so perfect for new mums.
Open 8am-4pm. 7981 Caves Road, Forest Grove. Call 08 9757 7279 or visit cafeboranup.com.
And Honorable Mentions Go To…
Serving up a delicious cup of coffee with absolute beachfront views, The Goose also has a full kitchen and bar menu so you can turn cool coffee mornings into early lunches!
Margaret River Bakery
A quirky, comfy, and busy local favourite, the Margaret River Bakery offers lots of nooks to hideaway in over long conversations with friends and, of course, a great cup of coffee (usually served in a cute, eclectic cups).
Serving up speciality coffee to loyal Dunsborough folk and beyond, Maker Espresso is modern and friendly.
Whether it’s just coffee or coffee and brekky you’re after, a morning spent in Evviva Cafe‘s gorgeous little front yard won’t do you wrong.
Enjoy views right over the iconic Busselton Jetty as you sip on your morning coffee at The Equinox, a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee anywhere in between.
This blog has been adapted from an article written by Lizzy Pepper entitled ‘Full of Beans’, which was originally featured in our Autumn magazine. The introduction to this blog was written by Emma Pegrum.