Fancy a French feast but ain’t even got enough cash to get you as far as the airport, let alone on an actual plane to frog-land? You’re not the only one.
But rather than wallow in our lack of funds, or our inability to fly to another country just because we want something to eat, we’re bringing the French to the mouths of people just like us, with this killer hitlist.
Croissant, croque monsieur, and crème brûlée are all waiting for you at the best French cafes on the Sunshine Coast. And you won’t have to drink a single frothy café crème in the process. Winning!
Le Bon Delice
A little French nook in Peregian Beach, Le Bon Delice is THE spot to head to cure your macaroon or éclair withdrawals. Beyond, the not-too-sickly sweet treats, these guys serve pretty much the tastiest Oeufs Brouilles—scrambled eggs with chives and prosciutto, served with slow-roasted tomatoes on rustic toast—we’ve had in this hemisphere. Not too dry, not too runny, just right! Oh, and just in case you were wondering, ‘cause you totally were, not only is Le Bon Delice one of the best French cafes on the Sunshine Coast but they also do a high tea that’ll totes impress the mother-in-law, if you need to play the nice card. You’re welcome!
Where: Shop 8, Heron Street, Peregian Beach
Noosa Hot Bread Shop
We may just rate this boulangerie slash café slash sometimes restaurant as having the best croissants and pains au chocolate and pains au raisin on the Coast. Okay, we do. Well, they’re as close as we’ve come to the real thing. Light, flaky, not over-cooked, but definitely not under-cooked, either. Just utter perfection. Beyond Noosa Hot Bread Shop‘s epic creations, which FYI are baked daily and are made with French ingredients shipped from France, the coffee is also top-notch, using one of our fave local roasters Costa Noosa Espresso. Like we said, no café crèmes around here. Just good, strong coffee.
Where: Shop 5, 4-6 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads
Maison de Provence
Drive away from Noosa and head for the hills, and you’ll come across the very sweet and very French Maison de Provence. This patisserie and café whips up dreamy breakfast and lunch dishes with a French twist. And because you don’t eat French to be “healthy”, we totally recommend starting with a dessert, out of fear that you may not be able to squeeze one in after you’ve scoffed a whole meal. Then, and only then, order your main. It may sound crazy, but it’s actually pretty sane. Trust us.
Where: 9/13 Garnet Street, Cooroy
The Long Apron
So, the Sunny Coast obvs has the Frenchies love of sweets and brekky covered, but what about the rest of the eating spectrum? Three words—The Long Apron. This European-inspired restaurant serves up a luxe dining experience perfect for a long weekend lunch or a romantic dinner, at the super spesh Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville. We don’t wanna sway you, but they HAVE been voted as one of the top 100 restaurants in Australia. Impressed much? Start with the potato, oysters, garlic, and vinegar broth with crème fraiche and onion oil, end with the epic dessert that is raspberry cream, crème fraiche ice cream, sour meringue, and amazake. Delish!
Where: 68 Balmoral Road, Montville
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