Nestled on a busy stretch of Stockton Street in central Nelson Bay, Evviva opened in 2016, housed inside the old Watercress site. By day it’s a cute café, but by night it comes into its own as a tapas restaurant with a range of wines and cocktails. Sit back and feast on spiced meatballs or whole baked Camembert, or stay a little longer into the night with a carafe (or two) of wine. 14a Stockton St, Nelson Bay, 2315. 02 984 2211.
Port Stephens has a lot to offer – restaurants, quad biking and trips out to the deep, dark seas, not to mention cafés with some of the best cake this side of Black Star Pastry. Here’s our guide to the beachside locale. Want more travel ideas? Check out our guide to the best camping spots near Sydney.