Since shifting from Townsville in North Queensland to Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast, we’ve been exploring near and far and have learned a lot. Many hours have been spent chasing furniture for our home and in the course of our travels we’ve inadvertently found the best Cafes on the Sunshine Coast. It is not surprising really because we both love coffee and cakes. We’re not keen on takeaway coffees, we much prefer to enjoy the ambience that each Sunshine Coast Cafe offers.
Best Cafes Sunshine Coast Must Haves:
a) we both enjoy the coffee
b) it has Food to Love
c) friendly service and atmosphere.
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.
21 Birtwill Street.
Caf is where we go for great coffee. The breakfast and lunch menus are interesting also, 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. We try broadening their horizons but they just want to come to Caf!
Some seating inside (A/C), but there are two popular outside areas that we always gravitate to. The side breezeway is perfect for large groups (you can book a table) and the frontage on Birtwill Street for people watching. My preferred is the Birtwill Street area.
They have the same old favourites in their Sweets Bar, but have daily specials that vary up on the countertop. The countertop is where you will find Great Muffins and Cakes by the slice.
- 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.
224 David Low Way.
A patisserie with a quality range of French awesomeness. Those little lemon coconut cakes – Ooh la la.
It’s Francophile heaven with generously sized cakes and slices, but for $3 you can get a smaller sized treat too which I always find a better option for my waistline. Breakfast and lunch are catered for and
I noticed an iconic Croque Monsieur on the menu.
- Authentic French Cakes
- 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.
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 did I mention the coffees come with a complimentary jelly bean.
- A beautiful sea breeze
- Handy spot on David Low Way, the coastal highway.
- Limited undercover seating.
Open: 6am – 3pm
Quirky – Old cars – Cuba style.
6/15 Mudjimba Esplanade.
Situated opposite Old Woman Island and 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, may feature a baked bench top special if you arrive early. 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 Mudjimba beach and park.
Open: 6 am – 1 pm
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.
But this is a cafe for all seasons.
- Delicious cakes
- We keep on returning because it is consistently good.
- Air-conned in Summer and cosy in Winter.
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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