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Beth McFadden3 years ago

Your local latte in Mackay!

Drinking coffee used to be an experience, but for most it’s been reduced to a pod and a capsule machine. If you miss the old days where you would visit your local barista to make your daily cup, we’ve found the perfect cafes in Mackay for you. These cafes offer more than a regular coffee; while their coffee is extraordinary and consistently smooth, it’s the service and the quirky locations that set these apart from the rest. Get out of your kitchen and check out these hotspots for your new regular caffeine hit in Mackay.

Jivoli on the Esplanade

Smooth coffee near the beach, Jivoli on The Esplanade - Mackay
Smooth coffee near the beach, Jivoli on The Esplanade – Mackay

This family-owned café and bar is located on the Esplanade just down from Eimeo Beach. With a slogan “enter as strangers, leave as friends” you know you’ll be served your coffee with a smile and good conversation when you step into Jivoli on the Esplanade. With old-fashioned 1950s décor and service, the team here serves up incredible cappuccinos and hearty meals to enjoy alongside your cuppa. Order their all-day full English breakfast with bacon, scrambled egg, sausage, beans, mushrooms and hash brown with tomato for a huge breakfast. Alongside your full English breakfast you will even have access to the self-serve tea, cereal and juice if you’re still peckish!

If you just can’t get enough of this great café, return for a bite to eat at dinner and cocktails across from the water. Their evening menu includes homemade favourites such as lasagne as well as seafood specials like the grilled spanish mackerel served with chips, salad and coleslaw. If you’re gluten intolerant, check out their entire gluten-free menu for a delicious treat alongside your coffee. These guys are open from Wednesday through to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so make this your go-to cafe if you’re looking for a regular stop with a beach view and friendly staff.
Where: 35 Bucasia Avenue, Bucasia QLD 4750

GoWake Espresso

Coffee with a view, GoWake Espresso - Mackay
Coffee with a view, GoWake Espresso – Mackay

For a coffee loved by the locals, visit GoWake Espresso. This cafe is in the most unlikely place as part of the GoWake Cable Park. Although this normally wouldn’t be your first thought for an incredible cappuccino, the team here is dedicated to serving up delicious, consistent and quality coffee for their patrons. Using Tim Adams Specialty Coffee beans, this is a local favourite espresso stop for a strong coffee with the perfect amount of crema.

With a well trained team, you’ll be treated to a smooth coffee with fruity and nutty undertones served up by the baristas at GoWake Espresso. The blend sourced from local roasters has a really unique flavour that keeps people coming back time and time again. If you pop into GoWake Espresso for your coffee, you can even try your hand at cable skiing afterwards! Open from 10am until 5pm, this unsuspecting café is the perfect stop for a fresh latte and a snack, whether you’re going to be skiing or not.
Where: Lot 504, Michigan Way, Andergrove QLD 4740

Billy’s Cafe

Strong Campos coffee, Billys Cafe - Mackay
Strong Campos coffee, Billy’s Cafe – Mackay

Billy’s Café in North Mackay is the perfect place to visit for a filling breakfast and a hot cup of Campos coffee on the run. Located in the Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre, you can pop in here while you’re shopping or visit especially to try their incredible fluffy pancakes. The team at Billy’s Café are all specially trained in their barista skills, so you’ll know you won’t be disappointed!

Sit down for a fresh Thai Beef Salad for lunch alongside your latte or grab a takeaway cappuccino to take with you on your morning shop. If you need something more filling, try their smoked salmon eggs benedict with a piccolo for a delicious hearty breakfast. This is the perfect convenient coffee stop open everyday for your pre-work coffees or your Saturday morning pick-me-up. Don’t miss out on trying the Campos blend served up at Billy’s Cafe.
Where: Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre, Cnr Bucasia Road & Philip Street, Mount Pleasant QLD 4740

If you need a huge breakfast to wake you up, check out these breakfast cafes in Mackay!

Where is your go-to coffee stop in Mackay? Let us know in the comments below!

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