Category Archives: Goolwa

Hector’s on the Wharf – Goolwa, SA

Main Wharf, Goowa, SA, 5214

This place is dangerous!  Situated on the Main Wharf of the Goolwa Channel, the waters (when there is some – which there is at present – no thanks to up stream) of the once Might Murray amble past on their way to sea. The Pelicans float majestically bye, as the Magpies and Seagulls hover around the cafe hoping for a morsel.  Hector’s is wonderful!  I have been here twice now, and the coffee is fantastic (generally), and the cakes are just as good.  The place service is top notch, and Hector’s is also a cafe/restaurant with a good reputation – but I am yet to sample this.

Latte Quality – Good – depends on who makes it.

Cost – $4.00 for a large mug of latte.  $3.50 for a regular cup.

Coffee SupplierLavazza Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication in-store.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Depends on the number of other people ther – but outside would work well for this.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – Could be done inside, if it was quiet enough, but with the gorgeous views and the great coffee – if could make the study hard work.
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Café Lime gourmet foodstore – Goolwa, SA

Shop 1/11 Goolwa Terrace, Goolwa, SA, 5214

You may have guessed by the new location of the majority of the cafés, that I have recently moved house, and therefore have been on blogging (but not coffee) hiatus.  However, since moving I have visited this café twice and have been impressed both times.  On the first occasion I enjoyed a second breakfast, while  being interviewed by a reporter from ‘The Times’ and than last Friday, while suffering from Hermenutic constipation I ventured back.  Café Lime is easy to find spot, as it is just off the main street with Lime green latice work on the roof, and a lime green wall inside.  They are a highly awarded café (food and barrista), so perhaps worth a look next time you are visiting Goolwa.

Latte Quality – Good.  A little hot and strong I managed to scold my tongue, which altered my taste buds for the rest of the day.

Cost – $3.50 ($4.00 for large) – so on the high side, and the large really isn’t that large.

Coffee SupplierAmanti Coffee

Fair Trade – No. No mention in store, or on the Amanti website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – The two times I have been in there, I would definitely say ‘Yes’
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – During the quiet times this would be a great place to hit the books – but I suspect it would be very busy around meal times, and during the school/summer holidays.

Mocha on Railway – Goolwa, SA

2/9 Railway Terrace, Goolwa, SA, 5214

I used to be a frequent customer of a great little cafe on the Kingsway, Glen Waverley called Mocha Joes – so I was intrigued and keen to try out this cafe.  Coincidentally, they used the same font to display their ‘Mocha’ name…not sure.  My wife and I had lunch here a few months back – and were suitably impressed with the high quality, generous portioned cafe food – great for light meals, or dinner.  There is seating for six outside, with great views back over the park towards the main street, and the inside is decked out in modern ambient cafe styling – featuring local abstract art on the walls.

Latte Quality – Good – a 30 second foam/sugar ratio. A little strong for my liking, but the best coffee of the day hands down.

Cost – $2.90 – which is good, and the glasses are bigger than latte average.

Coffee SupplierGrinders Coffee

Fair Trade – No. No mention in store, or on the Grinders home page.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – It would be a great location for this, whether seated inside or out.
  • Deep and Meaningful –Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – it is not busy with meals, this would probably be a great location – being slightly back off the main street, you need to know where it is to find it – which is good for locals, bad for business.

Cafelicious – Goolwa, SA

9 Cadell Street Goolwa, SA

This little cafe on the main street in Goolwa, is a great place to catch up with friends, have a nice cafe style meal, or sit outside and just watch the world go by.  With great outdoor seating, it is perfect for that pit stop while walking the dog, or riding the bike (lycra-optional), and inside there is comfortable seating – a wall mounted plasma screen TV (not sure why?) and local art lines the walls (other than the plasma, of course). Over a couple of visits, food wise I have tried the Salt & Pepper Squid, which was OK (more batter than squid), the wedges (very generous serve) and the crispy baby octopus (which if you leave to long, looses its crispyness..) But onto the coffee….

Latte Quality – Passable – little foam to speak of, in a typical (on the small size these days) latte glass – but nothing to write home about.

Cost – $3.20 – a bit on the high side.

Coffee SupplierAltura Coffee

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – I would say so – the inside rooms have plenty of noise (cramped tables, TV set and is echoey) but the seats on the veranda – which have heaters for cooler weather – or the seating closer the road would be fine.
  • Deep and Meaningful –Possibily – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – probably not – it is more restauranty, than cafe like inside.
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