Some of the best coffee spots in the Bunbury Geographe lie hidden in the most unlikely of places, so you need to know where to go if you’re serious about your caffeine hit.
We’ll help you unearth some hidden brews that only locals know about and would rival the work of the best city baristas. Trust us – they will be worth the drive.
1. Benger Coffee Garage, Benger
A car mechanics isn’t where you’d expect to find what locals call the best coffee in the South West – a recent Melbourne visitor told us it was as good as any she had tasted! Don’t be put off by the garage surroundings as you reach the small locality of Benger, between Brunswick and Harvey, on South West Highway. Benger Coffee Garage is so worth the stop. They use a quality Naked Espresso premium blend called Mega Choc Blend, which is freshly roasted to bring you a sweet and nutty textured coffee, with milk chocolate and caramel flavours and a rich dark chocolate finish. Tea connoisseurs aren’t forgotten with exclusive Tea Drop tea. We are also partial to their beautiful organic Woodfired Fruit Loaf from Bunbury’s Bread and Butter Woodfired Bakery; with chunks of yummy dried fig it is the perfect way to start the day! At this time of the year, you can usually pick up a bag of locally picked oranges and mandarins too. Open 7am-3pm Monday-Friday.
2. La Pause Miam, Bunbury
Bonjour! Hidden down Central Arcade in Bunbury, you’ll find a little bit of France in Bunbury. La Pause Miam is a hip new establishment that has the most divine tartlets, mouthwatering crepes and fabulous coffee. Home for owner Charlotte is the West Coast of France – Les Sables D’olonne – while her partner, Erich hails from Germany. They met, she cooked for him, he fell in love, and the rest is history. Di Mattina coffee beans are the cafe’s choice of caffeine goodness or for the more health conscious, try their turmeric lattes. After something more substantial and winter warming – menu favourites include the Pulled Duck Burger and Croque Madame.
The premises are super stylish too. Open 7am-4pm Monday – Saturday, 8am-3pm Sunday.
3. Wagon 537, Collie
This ultra cool pop-up cafe, located in a heritage train wagon is reinvigorating Collie. People rave about the coffee sourced from the Margaret River Roasting Co. Rachel and her daughter Emma from Wagon 537 also delight visitors with cold press juices, green smoothies, turmeric and beetroot lattes, and gluten free cupcakes.
If you’re not counting kilos, handmade burgers and cut chips with a milkshake maybe more to your liking. Takeaway or spread a picnic rug out on the lawns of aptly named Central Park and relax. Don’t have a rug? The friendly team at Wagon will happily loan you one. Open 7 days a week. See their Facebook page for winter opening hours. P.S Another local coffee institution in Collie is the Colliefields Cafe.
4 Lady Marmalade, Kirup
With a five star rating on Tripadvisor and Facebook, this delectable coffee and cake shop will not be a secret for long. Affectionately renowned as the “sweetest stop in the South West”, Lady Marmalade in the quaint village of Kirup is the long term dream of owner Lynlee Rutten. Each week, she adorns a generous oak table with macarons, cakes, slices, scones and her biggest seller – lemon meringue cake. The self-taught cook decided to open the cafe when the century-old building came up for lease, providing the perfect setting for her cafe.
To-die-for cakes are served with Grouch&Co coffee from the Myaree-based specialty roaster. Their burgers are fantastic with homemade everything, including the mayonnaise and chutney. Breakfast is also forging a reputation with offerings like brioche French toast served with mascarpone, honey and rosewater cream, pistachio crumble, topped with berries. Open Thursday to Monday, 9am to 4pm. Before you leave, head a few doors up to Newy’s Vege Patch, an organic fruit and vege shop with a cult following.
5. The Tree House, Boyup Brook
A trip West to ‘real’ farming country doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice your coffee indulgence – let us introduce you to The Tree House. Locals love their coffee and visitors from far and wide applaud it. Tripadvisor reviewer culinaryadventurer1 quotes “Visiting from London we stopped in to this cafe for a road trip stop off. Can I please just say that the coffee we ordered and heartily drank was totally wonderful.’ Not only does The Treehouse offer awesome Yallingup Coffee Roasters caffeine hits, but they are also environmentally conscious, supporting the fight against single-use cups. Chia lovers can rejoice with Claremont-based Simara Blends or you can savour a beautifully raw cold pressed juices from local company Ge Ge Juices. Their food menu is wide and varied, often with a classic Australian and Asian twist. Importantly, where possible it’s based on seasonal regional produce with beautiful heirloom vegetables, and ingredients such as Pemberton’s Holy Smoke bacon (nitrate and preservative free), Dinninup Grove Olive Oil and Boyup Brook beef from Venturon Beef. The massive plus is its cost. Ultra budget friendly – Fresh local fig and prosciutto salad with feta, pine nuts, and pesto chicken $14:90. And, to ensure you truly feel like you haven’t left the big smoke, there’s free wifi too! Open 7 days from 8.30am.
So seek and discover these secret spots, and let us know your opinion once you’ve sampled!