Well we all know that our paleo friends are trying to take over the world, but this one is for our gluten-free BFFs! So, stand back cavemen!
Seriously though, you only have to glance at any menu from the Sunshine Coast’s best cafes and restaurants to see that we pretty much cater to every lifestyle and tastebud here, you know, because we’re nice like that. Even the UFO enthusiasts! Okay, maybe not them (but can someone jot that one down as a must?).
Anyhoo, gluten-free buddies, we hear you and we salute you. So here are the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast that are gluten-free and sure to fire up your AM bellies.
Kimnat Little Market & Cafe
Early birds or those with feisty kids eager to eat the house down at the crack of dawn can shoot straight to this charming, Queenslander cottage serving up not just gluten-free breakfasts, but some of the best organic coffee and vego/vegan eats in town—all from 6.30am daily (yawn/stretch!). There’s cakes—so beautifully presented even the Queen would approve—slices, and doughnuts, but for breakfast it’s all about the buckwheat pancakes or eggs benny bagels at Kimnat Little Market & Cafe. The chia bircher cups are also popular and will have you asking for a second round. *rings bell*
Where: 14 Blackall Street, Woombye
Contact: 07 5442 2388
If you’re the type who likes trawling Instagram for those drool-worthy, colourful raw cheesecakes topped with edible flowers, then this Café Nurcha is your place. A favourite hippy haunt hidden in Wises Road’s commercial hub, these guys can fuel your belly with a plethora of au naturel foods which are sure to have you smiling from ear to ear, all from 7.30am. Recently launching their new smoothie bowls, there are five different flavours (including acai, phew!)—all topped with their own in-house quinoa and maple macadamia muesli. The blueberry pancakes are also outstanding as are the brekkie stacks of wilted baby spinach, potato rosti, sautéed field mushrooms, and oven-roasted tomato with caramelised onion. Now we’re talking, kids. Could this be one of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast?
Where: 32 Wises Road, Buderim
Contact: 07 5479 0746
New Earth Cafe
This cruisy, earthy java lounge, tucked quietly away from Coolum’s busy beachside strip, is an all-raw, all-organic, all-dairy-free, and of course ALL-gluten-free kinda place—you know, all that good stuff you’re sorta MEANT to be eating. So, if you’re off to hit the waves, take a yoga class or heck, compete in the iron woman titles, then New Earth Cafe‘s Warrior Porridge is sure to charge up the fearless champion within. Plush, it’s got to be one of the healthiest and best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast. The deliciously warm quinoa, chai, coconut, and raisin porridge is topped with banana, coconut yoghurt, coconut sugar, and goji berries—holy YUM! And if that’s not enough then get amongst the homemade, sprouted seed Living Earth Bread, smothered in either; wild herb pesto, guacamole, or almond hummus, and topped with roma tomatoes and lush seasonal greens. This is too good.
Where: Shop 7, 21-37 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach
When they talk about putting a rainbow on your plate then this beatnik cafe shines a kaleidoscope of goodness on every dish. The signature plate at Vanilla Food is the paleo cardamom waffles topped with berries and coconut ice cream, then doused in pure maple syrup and pistachio dust—is your mouth wide open yet? If not, how about the eggs and mushrooms with a delightful hollandaise sauce—all-organic of course! (Remember, this IS Noosa, people.)
Where: 59 Rene Street, Noosaville
Pancake fans will also fall in love with the banana paleo pancakes at CK Wholefoods. Topped with CoYo coconut ice cream, seasonal fruit, and drizzled with pure Canadian maple syrup, these babies are hella good! If you’re about to hit the gym or run a few laps down the Mooloolaba Esplanade, then the High Protein Paleo Salad might just be your best bet. With flaked salmon, eggs, avocado, asparagus, sun-dried tomato, and roast almonds, tossed through kale, with a side of grilled chicken—your belly will be as big as your biceps! Locals are all over these guys, claiming they have the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast. You be the judge!
Where: 17 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
The Paleo Place (Now Closed)
This place is pretty much as close to a gluten-free utopia as you can get, with everything in store for the munching, minus that darn wheat-barley-rye protein. So welcome to the Promised Land, folks! It seems most customers here come chasing a good old-fashioned big brekkie with the eggs benedict coming a close second. If eggs don’t float your boat, the home-made muesli with berry compote and coconut yoghurt is a great alternative, not to mention the maple syrup, bacon, and banana pancakes—yep, save one for us please!
Where: 28 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra
Contact: 07 5491 8388
The Shak Organic Cafe & Wine Bar
Buderim’s fave health den, The Shak dishes up gluten-free brekkie choices which will not only blow your mind, but have you doing happy kicks down Burnett Street. Be sure to sink your teeth into The Gatherer which features poached egg with quinoa, roast pumpkin, mushrooms, avo, and dukkah served atop sautéed leaves and herbs with an exquisite tamari and ginger dressing. Or try another local fave—Eggs Benjamin—two poached eggs, baby spinach, house hollandaise sauce, and a crispy herbed potato rösti.
Where: 11/43 Burnett Street, Buderim
Contact: 07 5445 3692
Ditch the sourdough at Monica’s, one of the best cafes in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and you can still enjoy the same tasty meals as your friends—we don’t want anyone left out now. We rate this Maleny spot as having some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast, and a fave must-try is the savoury mince, poached eggs, and roasted tomatoes, drizzled with a caramelised balsamic—scrummy! Or perhaps the baked eggs in a chorizo, capsicum, and tomato sauce, with creamed cheese and fresh rocket. It’s so healthy you will give Popeye a run for his money!
Where: 11/43 Maple Street, Maleny
Contact: 07 5494 2670
Little Boat Espresso
This little beachside coffee house does some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast including gluten-free options. Try Little Boat Espresso’s black sticky rice porridge with hung yogurt, grilled banana, puffed rice, and ginger syrup, laden with the usual edible flowers (we can’t have our healthy food without the nectar of the gods!). And if that hasn’t already tickled your fancy, then their yogurt panacotta with figs and sweet dukka is a guaranteed winner. Sah-weet!
Where: 3 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola
Contact: 07 5457 0898
Did we miss your fave gluten-free-friendly cafe that serves up some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast? Tell us!