Well, aren’t I a lucky little caffeine addict. Truly spoiled for coffee choice in my neck of the woods, I often find I’m a tad blasé about what’s on offer. So it’s always a nice surprise to venture out of this sprawling city of Sydney a little further afield and find a brilliant coffee spot. Whaddya know kids? The world doesn’t begin and end with Sydney.

I can’t help but think the common threads among the cafés I love- vintage furniture, bearded baristas, bikes on the wall are kind of the hipster’s equivalent of going to Paris and only eating at McDonalds. These cafés are familiar, non-threatening. I know what to expect from them. They’re a genre, a brand if you will. And I’m pretty brand-loyal these days. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, I’m not sure.

Anyway, I’ve checked out Rolador in Hamilton a few times now, and I have to say I’m impressed. Like many great things in my life, it was my gorgeous boyfriend’s idea, as was this post. There is indeed a roller door on one side (facing the station) serving takeaways, with a bunch of benches, tables and chairs scattered around. Inside it’s all eames-era vinyl chairs and kitsch knick knacks, but we find ourselves a seat outside and it’s not long before someone comes over to take our order.

Perched on a sun-drenched corner, seconds from Hamilton station and open seven days a week, I find myself wishing Rolador were my local. Friendly staff, retro touches, good coffee and home-baked treats, even Mexican tapas, whatever the hell that is, at night sometimes. And I love a café where you can literally see you train pull up.

We weren’t catching a train that day, but if we were I’d be willing to miss it for this oh-so-lemony lemon muffin we chose, which was more like cake really. We bantered back and forth with the waiter about what qualifies as cake. My macch was no slouch either, and my man pronounced his piccollo a success.

It was so pleasant in the sun we sat for some time, spreading butter from our laksa spoon on our lemon cake/muffin and sipping coffee in a reasonably sophisticated manner. I even refrained from dunking the cake in my coffee.

If I lived in Newcastle, I’d be pretty happy with this place. The coffee is good, they offer a decent spread of homemade-looking (in a good way) cakes etc. on the counter, the menu looks solid, and the vibe was relaxed, friendly, and not the least bit pretentious. We’ll be back.

1 Beaumont Street
Hamilton, NSW 2303
02 4969 1786

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9 Responses to Rolador, Hamilton, Newcastle

  1. Dunking cake into your coffee, now that would be French. I love the name of this place and really like the mural of the tree. Coffee looks pretty good!
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    • Lau says:

      Not to come off like an fbi announcer or anything, but it’s ‘a gorgeous little place.’ Oooh! And I see you’ve done a cafe review! I’ll have to stop by…

  2. Hannah says:

    I’m totally seeing the Superman photo in the third photo down…

  3. Gaby says:

    The way I see it: a muffin is a mushroom-shaped portable cake.
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  4. SarahKate says:

    Roladoor? With a rolling door? Love it. Also love that the butter came in a laksa spoon. Tres cute.
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  5. Really love the decor of this place!
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  6. Braedon Savion says:

    I think Rolador is a nice cafe with its yummy coffee. I am an outsider of Newcastle. So, if anytime I will go to Newcastle then absolutely I will go to Rolador to have the delicious coffee. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Jenna Grimes says:

    I am drooling to be at Rolador right now. The coffee served their is fantastic. I will sure go there when I visit Newcastle.
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  8. Furniture looks great, coffee is good, and the designs are amusing. I’d say Rolador is a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
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