It is three months since we shifted from Townsville in North Queensland to Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. In an attempt to find furniture for our home, we joined a Buy Swap and Sell Facebook group, which it seems, is a surprisingly easy way to become locals. We’ve clambered down steps to rural properties and stood on the decks of homes with panoramic ocean views, but while we don’t always come away with the goods, we have learned a lot on our treasure hunts. Most importantly we discovered our Top Five Sunshine Coast Coffee Spots.
Our choices are Cafes where;
a) we both enjoy the coffee
b) where the food is made with love and
c) the atmosphere is friendly.
As we live in Coolum it is no surprise that our go-to Coffee Spot is right here. Caf is a walkable distance from our home, although I confess that we do currently drive there. However, the idea is that when my Cruiser bicycle (very on-trend on the coast) arrives we will cycle there – Marty is already pedalling his way around the different beaches.
Caf. 21 Birtwill Street.
Caf is where we go for great coffee. The breakfast and lunch menus are interesting, with the ability to build your own cooked breakfast – perfectly suited for those with calorific requirements. We take all of our visitors to Caf and they love it too. Some seating inside (A/C) and two popular outside areas – the side breezeway perfect for large groups and the frontage on Birtwill Street for people watching. Some vegan options. Friendly fast service even when busy. Dogs are welcome and water bowls are supplied.
Open: 6.30 am – 4 pm
Quirky Monthly Events: Beer and Beets. Wine and Cheese. Messy Art.
Le Bon Delice French Patisserie. 224 David Low Way.
A patisserie with a quality range of French awesomeness. Those little lemon coconut cakes – Ooh la la – an intervention may be required. It’s Francophile heaven with generously sized cakes and slices, but for $3 you can get a smaller sized treat too. Breakfast and lunch are catered for and I noticed an iconic Croque Monsieur on the menu. French style bread, croissants and pain aux raison are baked on site and can be purchased over the counter. Friendly Aussie welcome here.
Open: 7 am – 4 pm
Quirky – Orders written directly onto the Counter top.
Cuba Street. 970 David Low Way.
The coffee is great every time and top marks for the budget friendly super-sized free-form orange and date scone. Served with butter in a paper twist, fresh orange and jelly bean. Handy spot on the coastal highway. Limited undercover seating.
Open: 6am – 3pm
Quirky – Old cars – Cuba style.
The Island Surf and Espresso. 6/15 Mudjimba Esplanade.
Situated in a great spot for the family opposite Power Memorial Park, this Cafe doubles as a surf/skate shop and apart from the cake cabinet, features a baked bench top special. The muffin we tried up front was far too addictive. Luckily for my waistline it wasn’t available the next day. Love the long polished concrete table top, casual atmosphere and proximity to the beach.
Open: 6 am – 1 pm
Lawn Espresso. 1/18 Farrell Street.
We came for the air-conditioning on a stinking hot Market day and stayed for the friendly service, good coffee and the exceptionally good lime tart. It tasted like a condensed milk tart your Mum would make, with a punch of tangy lime and pastry that tried to steal the show. We’ll be back next time we’re in Yandina.
Open: 6.00 am – 3.30 pm
It’s fun trying to find the perfect coffee – there are so many places to try! Luckily we’ve done the work for you here on the Coast. Where is your favourite coffee spot?
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