The Hilltop Store

Originally built in 1924 as a general store, The Hilltop Store has seen many changes but has always had a special place in the hearts of locals. Being an iconic building known by many, we are committed to continuing its legacy.

Now, The Hilltop Store is a licensed café that encapsulates the coastal country lifestyle that Sawtell exudes. Owned and operated by three life-long friends who love to connect people and community through refined coffee, great food and fun times.


The Hilltop team

Chefs Carla and Richie met back in 2006 working alongside one another at Aria in Sydney. Life saw them work in many a kitchen, but it is their most recent work that really set them apart. Richie opened and was head chef at Chiswick in Woollahra, while Carla was head chef and co-owner of 4Fourteen in Surry Hills. After 4years in these rolls they decided to make the move with their new born son Hudson back to Carla’s home town of Sawtell.

Matt and Carla have been best friends since their days together at Toormina primary school. Travelling and living together throughout life has seen some of Carla and Richie’s passion for the hospitality world rub off on him. The idea of opening a place together has been the topic of late night conversations for many years and there was no place like home to follow through on these dreams.

The move back to Sawtell was not only driven by the thought of bringing up their small families in this beautiful part of the world and being closer to family, but also for the abundance of fresh locally produced food that is available on the doorstep of the mid-north coast. Their dream is to create a food destination that champions the local regions offerings and the Hilltop Store is their dream realised!


The Hilltop Store

114 First Avenue
Sawtell NSW
Please note: Parking is provided on First Avenue in front of the premises. Thank you.