Where do you get a good coffee before 6am in the Illawarra?

Our top Illawarra coffee spots for the early riser:

This article was updated November, 2022


The Illawarra is home to a large number of shift workers, tradespeople and Sydney commuters. For those of us who are on our way to work long before the sun is up, the struggle is real, when it comes to grabbing a good brew on our way. It’s only the most committed baristas who are willing to have their coffee machines ready to get to work as such an ungodly hour, but for that, we thank them.

We’ve scoured the Illawarra to find some of these dedicated cafes who open their doors before 6am in order for you to get your early morning caffeine fix. We aren’t all morning people, despite what our work schedule demands from us, so be sure to be extra nice to these gracious givers of the good stuff next time you’re their first customer of the day. Check out our top picks, from the Northern Illawarra suburbs to south of the Windang Bridge.


FinBox Supply Co

269 Lawrence Hargrave Dr,
Thirroul 2515 NSW

Finbox is the love child of a surf shop and a cafe. Conveniently located in the northern end of Thirroul, it’s the perfect spot to pull up out the front for a takeaway coffee as you pass through the main stretch or to grab a cup of the good stuff to take with your while you check the surf. The crew at Finbox start serving from 5:30am to ensure you have an amazing start to the day.

Seafoam Cafe, Thirroul

6 Railway Pde,
Thirroul 2515 NSW

Tucked inside Byrne Surf shop, the friendly team at Seafoam have the coffee machine warmed up by 5am.

His & Hers, Corrimal

313 Princes Hwy,
Corrimal 2518 NSW

You won’t be disappointed with the coffee or the food at His & Hers. Opening from 5:30am weekdays,



Shop 3/167-172 Balgownie Rd,
Balgownie 2519 NSW

The team are serving coffee with a smile from 5:30am weekdays and 7am weekends. Their all day brunch menu will satisfy any food craving you have, but if you’ve never tried a souffle pancake, do yourself a solid and grab a table!

Two Doors Up,
Fairy Meadow

Shop 1/31 Princes Hwy,
Fairy Meadow 2519 NSW

And the bragging rights go to…
the winners of local radio station 96.5 Wave FM’s Best Coffee in the Illawarra!

You’ll also find some hearty breakfast options, regardless of whether savoury or sweet is your thing. Two Doors Up open from 5:30am weekdays.

The Happy Barista,

172-174 Keira St,
Wollongong 2500 NSW

Tip: When other great baristas recommend the coffee somewhere, its’ bound to be good! That’s how I found out about The Happy Barista. Blink and you’d miss this hole in the wall, but it’s so worth keeping an eye out for! True to their namesake, the staff here are full of smiles and even offer an app for pre-ordering your cuppa, so you can grab it on the run.

High quality coffee served from 5:45am. That’s gotta make you happy!

Country Grocer Cafe,

1/130 Princes Hwy,
Unanderra 2526 NSW

The warm and friendly staff here will make you feel like a regular from the first visit. Country Grocer is so much more than a fruit shop and deli – the cafe serves up excellent food and the coffee machine is purring from 5:30am.

There’s also a stack of “grab and go” options in the fridges, so why not sort your day’s lunchbox out while you’re there?

Xavier’s Place
Fairy Meadow

Shop 4/19-21 Princes Hwy,
Fairy Meadow 2519 NSW

Conveniently located on the highway, you don’t need to detour to get your caffeine fix on the way to work. Serving Whitehorse Coffee from the Sutherland Shire, Xavier’s Place will have you sorted from 5:30am on weekdays and 6am weekends. I highly recommend the Benny Roll to start your day off right.

Wollongong City Patisserie

Shop 2, 39 Bethlehem St
Cringila 2502 NSW

Cringila isn’t just the secret home of the Illawarra’s best burek – it’s also a sneaky spot to get yourself an excellent cup of coffee as early as 5am. You can also grab some delicious lebanese pastries for your brekky on the run. Once you’ve seen what these guys can create in their cake display, you’re going to be back to book your next celebration catering!

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Kombi Coffee Co.

100 Moombara St,
Dapto 2530 NSW

Not far from Dapto Mall, you’ll spot a gorgeous yellow and white 1976 Kombi camper. Get a little closer, you’ll smell the sweet aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and see a big smile ready to greet you.

These Foragers Markets regulars have their doors (or should I say, rear door) open from 5:30am Monday – Wednesday. Say G’day to Kenni the Kombi and the crew!

Oh Dang! Espresso,

2/314 Windang Rd,
Windang 2528 NSW

Serving up Whitehorse Coffee and some mean looking breakfast burgers, Oh Dang are ready to greet you with a massive smile to start your day. It’s a no brainer if you’re heading north, with parking spots usually available right out the front.
Open from 5:30am for takeaway coffees.

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Got a recommendation for us?

If you know of a great Illawarra business serving up quality coffee for the early birds, let us know. We’d love to expand our list!