KI's Hottest Coffee Stops
Where to go to get that all important coffee fix
By Tania Dalton from @BessieBusAndUs
Kangaroo Island has always been famous for its extraordinary scenery, wildlife experiences and simply being a great destination to get away from the hustle & bustle, but did you know it’s also starting to grow its reputation for coffee and unique cafes?
Whether it’s the need to start your day off right, or the 3pm pick-me-up to get you through, take a read to find some of the Island’s hottest spots for that all important caffeine hit. You’ll soon see there’s more to KI than just its natural wonders.
Celebrating all things Kangaroo Island, Millie Mae’s Pantry showcases a number of the Island’s producers in both their menu and in their pantry store. Set on the site of an old orchard in a rustic shed, you can not only enjoy a delicious hot cuppa, but indulge in breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. Takeaway options are also available if you are ready and raring to hit the road.
Did someone say dog friendly? With a name like the Fat Beagle, we are not surprised. This family owned and run coffee shop are welcoming not only you, but your four legged friend for that all important coffee break (ok, maybe not a coffee for the doggo, but perhaps a nice bowl of water?) The owners are always up for a chat and love sharing their wealth of knowledge about the island which makes it a great place to plan your stay. Who knows what little secrets they will share with you? If you’re lucky you might even get there in time to try their special vanilla slice. If there’s any left…
The view alone is the perfect reason to stop by The Deck Café. Enjoy your coffee, or maybe even a spot of lunch, from the deck overlooking the picturesque American River. It is also the perfect location for avid photographers with plenty of water birds including pelicans & quaint fishing boats moored in the sheltered waters. Take the time to browse through the artwork created by renowned local artists which is also available to purchase if you are looking for a souvenir of your KI travels.
Cafe Scrumptious located at Frogs & Roses Garden Centre, Cygnet River
Set in a romantic garden and plant nursery there is plenty for you to explore at Frogs & Roses. The interior is quirky and constantly changing giving you something new with each visit. They have certainly created a warm & inviting atmosphere here. Whether it be a simple coffee, or a food stop for one of their famous pizzas or cheesecake (or both), Frogs & Roses is a favourite among the locals. Check their Facebook page to see daily pizza specials.
Don’t panic if you arrive at the address and it looks like a truck depot, you’re in the right place! Keep driving on in.
No trip to Kingscote, the main township of Kangaroo Island is complete without a stop by Cactus Cafe. Grab yourself a coffee, a bite to eat (they are well known for their fabulous brunch and lunches), or even sit back in the sunshine and enjoy a locally-produced wine, beer or spirits. This cafe really lives and breathes everything produced on KI! We recommend making a booking if you’re looking to dine in.
You know when you are in the perfect place for a good coffee when you find out they are also award-winning coffee bean roasters! For any coffee lover, a visit to Chocol’art & Coffee in Kingscote should definitely be on your itinerary. They are the only coffee shop on the Island that specialise in a variety of artisan coffee flavours & beverages as well as delicious chocolate treats. You can enjoy their product in the comfort of their cafe, and also purchase a pack of delicious Island roasted coffee beans to make your own at home.
The Rabbit Warren Bakery is a must-visit destination when in Kingscote. After all, no regional trip is complete without sampling the local bakery goodness so be sure to try more than just a coffee on your visit. Their freshly baked goods are popular among both locals and tourists, with all the quality you’d expect from your local homestyle bakery.
When driving down Emu Bay Road you will come across the Emu Bay Lavender Farm. It’s quite unassuming as you drive past, however, once you’re in, it’s like being in a fairytale with a gorgeous garden setting, fish pond and hanging tree branches filled with fairy lights. Once inside the store itself, you are welcomed by the fragrant smell of lavender and delicious treats from the kitchen. Browse the many gifts, then relax under the trees with your coffee. Take our advice; make sure you have a lavender scone with your cuppa…you wont be disappointed.
On the South coast of Kangaroo Island you’ll find the Vivonne Bay General Store & Bottle Shop; home of the famous Whiting burger! It is your one stop shop on this part of the island. Pop in for that coffee fix and grab a snack, fill up your car with fuel, or shop for anything you may have forgotten to buy before heading off on the rest of your travels. They have a great selection of local produce such as honey, eggs, cheese and jams.
If you like your coffee with a side of ocean views, then the Rockpool Cafe is for you. With a relaxing atmosphere and close proximity to the hidden beach of Stokes Bay, it’s the perfect spot to chill out before or after your swim. There’s even a covered kids area to keep your little ones amused while you enjoy your coffee. As this place is best enjoyed in the warmer months, their opening season is from 1st Sunday in September (Australian Father’s Day) to 2nd Sunday in May (Australian Mother’s Day). Check their hours before visiting.
It might be your first stop, or maybe the last stop, but either way the SeaDragon Cafe in the SeaLink ferry terminal at Penneshaw has your back if you are needing a coffee hit by their baristas. There’s also a variety of snacks to keep you from going hungry. Sit back and enjoy as you look out at the beautiful views of Hog Bay and watch the ferries roll in. There’s free Wi-Fi and a souvenir and produce shop for those last minute gifts as well.
We hope you love our list! Feel free to let us know if you have any other favourite coffee shops and cafes to visit on beautiful Kangaroo Island. While you’re there, feel free to take a look at some of the great activities you can do via sealink.com.au - happy travelling!