Get to Know the Fun Local Businesses of Topsail Island

Get to Know the Fun Local Businesses of Topsail Island

Here it is, Topsail Island! We have compiled a one-stop, go-to source for our favorite coffee shops, surf shops, stores, bars and ice cream parlours, all in one place. Bookmark this page before your next Topsail Island vacation, because although our Ward Realty vacation homes are awesomely comfortable and fun, you gotta get out sometimes, too! 

Many of our fun local businesses have been recently launched by enterprising young people. Others have been opened by folks who have visited Topsail Island from other parts of the country and decided not only to call it home, but have decided to invest their future in our little towns! 

By supporting these local businesses, you are helping Topsail Island remain one of the best vacation destinations on the east coast for families, couples, and friends. You'll find everything you need right here! 

Now.... get to know the fun local businesses of Topsail Island. 

Your morning coffee

Sure, you have a coffee machine in your Ward Realty vacation rental, but sometimes it's nice to get out on a sunny Topsail Island morning, grab a coffee and a donut, and mix with the locals. Here are a few shops to help you do just that. 

Coffee and Donuts | Ward Realty

The Daily Grind 

Enjoy a variety of hot and cold coffee drinks, all made to order. Also juice, soda, tea, and pastries like muffins, yogurt, bagels, cakes, cheesecake, red velvet cake, pie and more! They have a new deck, ready to welcome you with outdoor seating, plus live music and wine. 

114 N Topsail Dr. Surf City, NC

Surf City Coffee

The owner of Surf City Coffee, Pat Davis, "first visited Topsail Island as a getaway from my home in Ohio, and fell in love with the ocean, hunting shark teeth, and the island lifestyle."  She opened her current location in 2019 and loves getting to know locals and visitors! Learn more about Pat here

205 D Roland Ave, Surf City, NC

Sea Blue Coffee & Gifts

New to Surf City, this shop is already getting great reviews for their delicious drinks and really cute coastal gifts. 

You can order drinks online or through the "Joe" app.

116C S. Shore Drive, Surf City, NC

Surf & Play

Topsail Island is a great place to learn something new. Want to try surfing? Stand up paddleboarding? Kayaking? We have a few great shops on site that will not only rent you everything you need, they will also give you tons of practical, local advice to make sure you get the most out of your adventure. 

Oh, and check out this blog that will tell you everything you need to know about surfing on Topsail Island. 

Boy on a Paddleboard | Ward Realty

On Shore Surf Shop

George Howard and his wife opened the shop in 1997! A trusted source for all things surf and skate, they also provide lessons and rentals. 

They even have a pretty cool surf shop where you can purchase your own board (or just a cool hoodie). 

Bert's Surf Shop

Everything you need to surf (from wetsuits to boards), as well as clothing, sunglasses and other accessories. An island staple! 

310 New River Dr., Surf City, NC 

50 South

Here you can rent bicycles, surfboards, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. They offer free delivery on most daily rentals. 

306 S. Topsail Dr. Surf City, NC 

Surf City Surf School

Their motto is: "We exist so you can ride waves."  

Specializing in surfing instruction, Surf City Surf School is owned and operated by island native Cody Leutgens and a topnotch crew of instructors and knowledgable staff. They strive to provide Topsail Island with professional surf instruction for any age or ability, from toddlers to grandparents!   107 North Shore Drive 


Shopping at the beach | Ward Realty

Mia's Marketplace

2 shopping experiences in one huge store! Visit "The Pantry" ~ Old-fashioned candy, salt water taffy, dips, mustards and salsas, and the best pretzels & chips!

"The Boutique" is packed with uncommon gifts, home decor, jewelry, resort-wear and specialties. You'll be glad you visited!

14061 Nc Highway 50, Surf City

Sandy Toes Boutique

Sandy Toes Boutique is an exclusive locally-owned boutique located on beautiful Topsail Island. They are the go-to place for sophisticated and trendy clothes made for today's woman. 

206 N Topsail Dr. Unit D, Surf City

Southend Outfitters

Southend Outfitters is a coastal lifestyle and activity store on Topsail Island, NC. They carry a selection of upscale clothing and apparel brands for both men and women as well as a selection of quality gear for outdoor coastal activities. They also offer rentals on bikes, pickleball sets, kayaks and more. 

627 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach

Surfside Sportswear and Gifts

Surfside is one of Topsail’s oldest shops (established in 1976). Locally owned and operated by Elizabeth (Peggy) Fussell and her daughters Lori Howard and Angela Fussell, they are a full service store with 5000 sq.ft. (located between Island Delights and Bert’s Surf Shop). 

"Find Clothing, Swimwear, Shoes, Hats, Jewelry, Souvenir T-Shirts & Sweatshirts, Quilts, Decorative Pillows, Lamps, Gifts, Flags, Windsocks, Rugs, Christmas Cards, Ornaments and more!"

314 N New River Dr., Surf City

Fine Dining

Beauchaine's 211

Upscale dining with a beautiful view of the Intercoastal Waterway, the Surf City high rise bridge, and gorgeous sunsets.

211 S Topsail Dr., Surf City

Daddy Mac's Beach Grille

Oceanfront dining in the heart of Surf City featuring a large deck overlooking the Surf City pier.

108 N Shore Dr., Surf City

Beach Shop & Grille

Enjoy farm fresh daily specials, plus stop by their gift shop. Located in Topsail Beach!

701 S Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach

Ocean's Edge

You won't find a prettier view than the oceanfront panoramic display from the top of the St. Regis Hotel (in North Topsail Beach).

2000 New River Inlet Rd. #2701

North Topsail Beach, NC

Splash By The Sea

Located in Villa Capriani in North Topsail Beach, here you can enjoy American outdoor dining around the pool or choose indoor dining so you never have to worry about the weather. 

790 New River Inlet Rd., North Topsail Beach

Quartermasters Tavern 

Located on the mainland in Surf City, Quartermasters serves freshly prepared seafood and American cuisine. The tavern features a full service bar and full menu with 7 HD DirecTV's. 

13741 NC Highway 50 / Roland Ave., Surf City

Xanadu Grille

Located upstairs above the Xanadu's Bakery and Market, in Surf City, the Grille is known for great service, decor, and delicious food! 

404 Roland Ave., Surf City

Casual Dining

Santino's Pizza & More

Originally from the Bronx, New York, the Baisi family decided to bring a little taste of home to the beautiful coast of North Carolina. Established in 2016, Santino's Pizza & More specializes in pizzas, pastas and subs. With a passion for cooking and creating delicious, homemade and fresh dishes Santino's has become a place for great food for great people.

205 S Topsail Dr, Surf City,

Max's Pizza

Long time "Topsail Island tradition", Max's is operated by a local family and located in Surf City.

602 Roland Avenue, Surf City

The Breezeway Restaurant

Located on the Intercoastal Waterway in Topsail Beach,  the Breezeway is known for their fresh catch and fried seafoods. A Topsail Beach institution! 

636 Channel Blvd, Topsail Beach

Surf Dog Bites & Brews

Located in Surf City, Surf Dog is serving Angus burgers, all beef hot dogs, soups, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, beer, wine, and more!

204-A N New River Drive, Surf City

Shaka Taco

Topsail's taco takeout. Options are made fresh daily using choice ingredients from farms and fisherman as local as we can muster. Enjoy tacos, taco bowls, quesadillas, beer and wine.

After taking your surf lessons from Surf City Surf School, stay for some amazing fresh made tacos and other selections. 

107 North Shore Drive, Surf City

Fancy Sushi

Located in Surf City, Fancy Sushi offers Topsail great Asian Fusion sushi and traditional Chinese cuisine.

124 N New River Dr., Surf City

Sweet Treats

Ice Cream Cones | Ward Realty

Sugar Island

Delicious cookies, cakes, coffee and other treats, as well as unique gifts, local beer, and books.

206 N Topsail Dr., Surf City

Xanadu Bakery

Fresh baked goods, quiche, and a market. Don't forget the grille, located upstairs.

404 Roland Ave. Surf City

Bumblebee Market

Sweet treats and unique gifts.

330 N New River, Surf City

Topsail Island Trading Company

Family owned and operated, their collection of jewelry, nautical gifts, and our famous (homemade) fudge are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

201 N New River Dr., Surf City

Sugar Kingdom

The newest giant sweet shop on Topsail Island, this shop is the "ultimate candy experience".

125 N Topsail Dr, Surf City

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Island Delights

Get fresh ice cream, burgers and fries at Island Delights.  The owners are some the original residents of Topsail Island and have been here forever! Stop in and have a chat. 

316 N New River Dr., Surf City


Beer Flight | Ward Realty

The Second Row

This “beer, wine, music, and guitar shop” venue is kid-friendly (and pet-friendly too!). 

They serve beers from the Salty Turtle as well as from many Wilmington and NC Breweries. As a matter of fact 75% of their beers are from NC.  Stop in for a flight. 

121 North Shore Drive, Surf City

The Peak Tap House

The largest draft beer selection on Topsail Island! 

205 Roland Avenue Suite C, Surf City

JM's Place Pub

Our self-described "local's favorite dive bar"! 

522 N New River Dr, Surf City,

10th Street Grill

10th Street is locally owned and operated. They offer beer, wine, cocktails, frozen drinks, homemade eats, and entertainment (music, games, pool, dance floor, 150" HDTV). 

2111 N New River Dr, Surf City

Quartermoon Books

Quartermoon has an event just about every night, like live music, wine tasting and book’s authors events. Enjoy tasting a large variety of high quality wines by the glass at Quarter Moon - beers too. Oh, and they are pet-friendly. 

708 S Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach

Buddy's Crab House & Oyster Bar

A classic spot to sit on the spacious outdoor oceanfront deck with a cold beer and some great food. 

101 Roland Ave., Surf City

Goodness! This list should keep you busy for a while. Make sure to bookmark this post so that you can use it to search for some of our favorite spots to eat, drink, play and hang out on Topsail Island. Maybe we will see you around town! 

Get to Know the Fun Local Businesses of Topsail Island

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