The Central Coast of NSW has a lot to offer, with some of the best beaches in the country. But did you know that it’s home to some of the most interesting and inspiring places to dine?

The coast has a countless of fantastic cafes, restaurants and takeaway shops that are all worthy of a visit, but there’s a few that stand out. Here’s why:

1. The Ark Cafe – Norah Head

Just down the road from Norah Head Lighthouse, this gorgeous cafe is filled with the finest local art and the most amazing coffee aroma. There’s plenty of seating inside and out – there’s even beanbags you can relax on! They’ve got an excellent menu too, ranging from light snacks to delicious main meals and deserts.

Pictured: The colourful atmosphere of The Ark’s inside dining area
Pictured: Battered fish and chips with an African mocha coffee
2. Two Birds Gallery Cafe – Toowoon Bay

Two Birds is renowned on the coast for showcasing some of the best local art and handicrafts, as well as making a delicious coffee. A perfect place for Mothers Day or a catch up with the girls, they also do high teas starting at around $20. A very inspiring space that’ll leave you feeling refreshed.

Just some of the gorgeous art, gifts and homewares available to purchase in store (Photo:
One of the many creamy coffees available (Photo:
High tea with 4 savouries & 3 gourmet sweets (Photo:


3. Famished Cafe

A hidden secret in Gosford, this cosy eatery is worth a look around. Not an inch of the room is missing retro memorabilia. The staff are so friendly and charismatic, going to whatever extent to make your meal just right, and there’s a really lovely home-cooked vibe. There’s so much to look at, you can’t possibly have a boring meal here!

Pictured: Dining inside is like taking a trip back in time!


Pictured: Just a fraction of their extensive menu, which they’ll happily cater to suit your tastebuds!


4. Gotham Coffee – Long Jetty & The Entrance

Calling all Batman fans! With two spectacularly themed cafes at two gorgeous locations, you simply must visit Gotham Coffee. With a sleek, gothic interior design contrasting from the vibrant beaches surrounding them, they’ve created an oasis that’s so unique yet comfortable, it even attracts local celebrities, Short Stack!

The funky dining area in Gotham Coffee The Entrance (Photo:
Feeling like something healthy? Try a delicious YoHanBerry! (Photo:
Aussie pop punk band Short Stack say Gotham Coffee serves up the “best coffee in town!” (Photo:
5. The Glass Onion Society – Long Jetty

Every time I have driven along The Entrance Road, this little cafe always been packed full of people. Not to mention my Instagram feed, which is full of photographs of their smoothie bowls. This relaxing space is filled with recycled and donated furniture, and they take great pride in

There’s plenty of comfortable seating available inside and out (Photo:
Healthy green smoothies and creamy lattes are just some of the beverages they have to offer (Photo:
A taste of the scrumptious main meals at The Glass Onion Society (Photo:
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