12 of the best breakfast spots on the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast might be known as a haven for exploring the great (Queensland) outdoors with beach and hinterland action aplenty, but this Insta-perfect stretch also boasts a smorgasbord of gourmet delicacies straight from the paddock and ocean. After all, you need to replenish after all that swimming and hiking somehow!
Here, we’re toasting to 12 of the best breakfast spots across the Sunshine Coast.
The Milk Bar Coffee Co, Maroochydore
Get your chai, kombucha or pressed juice fix at this cute little café, easy paces from the Maroochydore esplanade. The menu might not be big, but taste factor and presentation is with something for every breakfast-eater, from granola to fritters and bacon and eggs rolls.
Our pick: Break from your usual toast preference and try the black truffle, roast mushies and three-cheese toastie.
Cafe Vie, Buderim
The new-ish Café Vie is plating up amazing vegan dishes, proving that plant-based doesn’t have to be taste-free. You’ll also score a heaped dose of community spirit here, with the café playing host to pop-up markets showcasing local makers from the Buderim area.
Our pick: Think a brekkie burger needs bacon? You won’t after devouring this one with cheesy tofu scramble, smoked tempeh, tomato chutney and spinach on a Turkish bun.
VanillaFood, Noosa Junction
Take your AM meal up a few notches in the health stakes with the wholesome and organic fare at VanillaFood. Pretty in food and not just space (although both will get you snap-happy), you’ve never seen so much goodness atop your toast.
Our pick: Feast your just-opened eyes on hot smoked trout with broad bean, pickled radish, dill yoghurt and watercress on rye sourdough.
Bistro C, Noosa Heads
Breakfast is served with a complimentary side of ocean views at this restaurant overlooking Noosa’s Laguna Bay. Local produce takes pride of place on the menu with toasted banana bread with caramelised fig butter in the light column, and the heftier sticky BBQ pork and rice noodle omelette that’ll set you up for the day.
Our pick: Granola with acai berry sorbet is a staple on their breakfast menu.
Harvest Breads, Maroochydore
Sourdough fiends, rejoice! The in-house bakers at this delicious cross between café and bakehouse, found smack bang in the Maroochydore CBD, have got your doughy needs covered with a philosophy that’s all about nourishing with natural ingredients. Mind the carbs with classic faves like quinoa porridge and omelettes too.
Our pick: The green pea, feta and mint corn fritters loaded up with chilli pepper jam and a side of bacon are a must try.
The Velo Project, Mooloolaba
Get a taste of farm freshness and A-plus food presentation at this quirky out-of-the-way cafe in Mooloolaba. Aside from a super-long list of mouth-watering brekkie options (including eight different types of crepes), there’s coconut-laden smoothies to satisfy any sweet drinker.
Our pick: Roasted field mushrooms, avocado, sautéed kale, parmesan and pistachio crumble and truffle oil served on your choice of toast.
Little Boat Espresso, Marcoola
Feeling adventurous? Down to try new things? Then this is the breakfast spot for you! The passionate foodies behind Little Boast Espresso in Marcoola have nailed the art of turning unexpected combos into flavour hits – think gingerbread waffles with chai poached pears or charred seasonal greens with hot smoked salmon.
Our pick: Their Okonomiyaki green pancake is served with twice-cooked pork jowl, chilli, coriander and a fried egg.
Hand of Fatima, Peregian Beach
Spice up your morning with a little Middle Eastern flavour (sweet or savoury) and great coffee (with an almond milk option) to boot. Time your visit with the Peregian Beach Markets for added atmosphere.
Our pick: Tagine of kefta meatballs with tomatoes, feta and eggs will keep you satiated.
The Pocket Espresso Bar, Moffat Beach
A cracker spot overlooking the sparkling waters of Moffat Beach in Caloundra, the seasonal menu here isn’t just about coffee beans (despite its name). From mouth-watering brekkie pies to quick and easy breakfast cups your senses are spoilt all-round.
Our pick: Dig into crunchy corn and zucchini fritters, with a fried egg, white bean hummus, spiced yoghurt, herb salad and tomato relish.
Prepare your sweet tooth for all of the coconut, chai and poached fruit delights at this super-cute and off-the-beaten track café in Woombye. The little brother to Marcoola’s Little Boat Espresso, Winnie has earned its own Instagram stripes with interior and food aesthetics.
Our pick: The black sticky rice porridge with grilled banana, ginger and honey labneh is pure indulgence.
Homegrown Cafe, Palmwoods
At Homegrown cafe in Palmwoods, you’ll find the best of local produce with free-range eggs from Gympie, Australian-grown pomegranates and herbs from their own kitchen garden reigning supreme. A cup of the good stuff from the in-house coffee roastery will also help kickstart your day.
Our pick: Spicy beans with egg, coriander and goat’s cheese for the win.