cafe: Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Marvel Street Roasters coffee. 260 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul. The original Buck Hamblin ran a shoe store here for three generations of his family, and now it’s a licensed cafe. Ex-White-Horse barista Luke Barrett is at the helm, and is running the show on a hot but quiet Saturday afternoon when I wander in.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Inside, it’s a spacious, well lit place with comfortable chairs and excellent coffee. I have an espresso and a filter, and they’re both well made, and Luke is happy to explain their origins.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

And you have to love a place with a lego character on the espresso machine.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Open 7am-4pm every day.

Beanstalk cafe, Thirroul

Beanstalk Cafe, Thirroul

 Aroma coffee. Corner of Lawrence Hargrave Drive and Railway Pde, Thirroul. Driving down from Sydney to Wollongong I saw this place out the car window, and after a long drive it was something of an oasis to call in to on the way back north. Plenty of tables outside, and then surprisingly few tables when you walk inside. Imagine my surprise, after ordering some food, a coffee, and a couple of babycinos when they say “have a seat in the bookshop”. Walk through the interior door and you’re in a spacious bookshop that seems to have an emphasis on cookbooks. There’s even a second hand section. 

The food is freshly made and very tasty, and the coffee is competently put together. If you’re down the coast looking for a place to stop and recharge, then this is a good one.

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Oskar’s wild café and bookshop, thirroul

Delano coffee. Amazing painted ceilings are on show in this space, and all the adjoining shops in the complex. The décor is part old-world sweet shop, with just a touch of modern bookshop on the edges.

There’s an average-length menu, and the food is good. The coffee, disappointing at best. Stick with their selection of teas instead.