You know the feeling—you’ve had a big night (or not), it’s 11.30am, and you’re just opening your eyes.
You yawn, take a second to listen to the sound of the birds, and then the hunger sets in. OMG the ravenous, aching hunger that will only be satisfied by bacon. And toast. And coffee. And maybe pancakes. With bacon. But alas! Almost everywhere is now serving lunch to smug, enthusiastic morning people who probably got up at 5am to go for a run. Or something. What do people even do at 5am anyway?
Never fear night owls, we’ve got your back! We’ve put together a round-up of where you can find the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast all day long. Don’t say we don’t look after you.
Zabe Espresso Bar
Sunshine Coast’s own favourite coffee roasters, Clandestino, are available at a load of locations in the area, but you won’t find many that do it better than the crew at Zabe. They don’t have a full menu, but their fully-stocked fridge has a huge range of bacon and egg brioche, frittatas, toasties, muesli slice, and banana bread. If you come along on the weekend, you may catch Tewantin’s funkiest nonagenarian, Val tinkling the ivories in the most awesome live music show on the Coast.
Where: 98 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin
The Velo Project
If you ask REALLY nicely, Coast locals in the know will whisper the directions to The Velo Project, the gatekeeper to some of the best breakfasts in Mooloolaba. This chilled little venue serves up a kick-arse Hunter’s Breakfast for the carnivores (and a vego “Bad Hunter’s Breakfast” for the rest of us!) The gluten-free buckwheat crepes are always a hit, and there’s serious coffee on offer. The full brekky menu is served until 2pm, so plenty of time for a lie-in before you head down.
Where: 19 Careela Street, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5444 8693
Little Boat Espresso Marcoola
If you’re feeling a bit worse for wear and you’re looking for some comfort food to take you back to your childhood, Little Boat Espresso’s “Dippy Eggs” will have you ready to tuck your knees up on the couch, watch Saturday morning cartoons, and fight with your sister. The organic sourdough soldiers and marinated feta totes takes it to the next level. If you’re up for something a bit more exotic, black sticky rice porridge with ginger syrup is just the ticket. Yep, it’s official, these guys serve some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast.
Where: 3 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola
Contact: 07 5457 0898
Noosa Hot Bread
You’re warm and snuggly, the sun’s been up for hours, but you just can’t drag yourself from those sheets. What’s a hungry Queenslander to do? Give your snoring bedmate a nudge and send ‘em out to Noosa Hot Bread. While their full breakfast menu is only on offer until 11.30am, they have plenty of flaky, buttery pastry options available all day. So send out your fearless hunter with strict instructions to grab a few pastries, some takeout coffee, and head back home with the weekend papers, and if you’re lucky, you can spend the whole day in bed…
Where: Shop 5, 4-6 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5448 0959
A jewel in the crown of the fast-growing Nambour foodie scene, Nambour Social is insanely focused on every detail of making their joint perfect, and their menu features some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast. Even though they serve breakfast and Clandestino coffee all day, this is one place it’s worth getting out of bed early for—to make sure you get one of their limited-edition housemade treats—Jambon Fumé et Fromage Croissant (that’s how you say “ham and cheese croissant” in French, doncha know? #jeparlefrancaise)
Where: 59 Currie Street, Nambour
Contact: 07 5476 3172
Confession—I’m having a bit of a love affair with fried sage at the moment. I’ll add it to anything pretty much anything given half a chance. Well, Gainsbourg have added it to their killer version of tomato on toast, along with smoked mozzarella and slow-cooked, sweet garlic. I can’t even. Even the sides on Gainsbourg’s all-day brunch menu will make your mouth water—maple glazed bacon, panko crumbed buffalo mozzarella, potato and quinoa hash. Oh, and don’t forget your sunnies—the view of the glittering ocean means you will need them!
Where: Shop 9, 59-75 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5478 1498
The crew at Shotgun Espresso have got you covered, satisfying every breakfast desire you can imagine.
The old-school Bubble and Squeak with shredded corned beef and leeks is enough to make a Welshman well up with nostalgia for his hometown (or was that just my Welshman?) and chef Laura makes crepes to her Grandma’s classic recipe. The chocolate and hazelnut filling is possibly even better than Nutella #justsayin.
Where: Shop 2, 48 Maple Street, Maleny
When you rock up to The Nines in Maroochydore, you’ll find the menu packed with the usual suspects—pancakes, bacon and egg sandwich, eggs benny—and you might be tempted to dismiss it as “just another all-day breakfast joint”. But these guys deliver the most blinged up versions of every brekky classic you can imagine. The epic Waffles Squared comes with salted caramel sauce, banana and vanilla icecream, and is the ultimate sugar fix. Even the cereal is luxe. No soggy cornflakes here. We can vouch for the Cereal Killa—housemade vanilla, cranberry and nut clusters with yoghurt and fresh fruit. Smug, virtuous, AND happy.
Where: Shop 17A, Sunshine Homemaker Centre, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 4463
The Pocket Espresso
Bringing seriously good coffee to Moffat, the team at The Pocket Espresso will fill your tummies with awesome food all day, while filling your veins with sweet, sweet caffeine.Their epic brekky pies are legendary—with free range bacon and egg pies, and veggie pies available until 2pm.
Where: 1/8 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach
Little Miss Saine
Not your average smashed avo, Little Miss Saine serves up the mother of all hipster breakfast choices, smashed avocado with cinnamon-roasted pumpkin, marinated goats cheese, and basil on crusty sourdough. If you manage to choose just one thing from their enormous all-day brekky menu then you can wash it all down with Little Miss Saine’s own blend coffee. Now I’m a registered coffee addict, but even I was inspired to try the amazing Rabbit Hole caffeine-free teas. And if it’s how you roll, their green shake with rice milk, banana, blueberries, spinach, and brown rice pea protein is… well, it’s green.
Where: 24 Parkana Crescent, Buddina
Little May Espresso
For those of us who can’t face eating breakfast too early, then a drive to the Hinterland’s Little May Espresso for great espresso and a super-late brunch (early lunch?) is just the ticket. If you’re feeling a bit shady after a big night and you’re after something light, banana bread with mascarpone and honey is pretty much our idea of foodie heaven. And for those of a more robust constitution, the Big May with pancetta, mushrooms, and avo on toast is hands down one of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast.
Where: 174 Main Street, Montville
Contact: 5478 5015
Are you an all-day breakfast fan and we happened to leave your fave out of the mix? Let us know!
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