We’ve got a fetish for all things breakfast, and our flexible tastes means we go weak for waffles, eggs, avo on toast and brekkie burgers, without a second thought. Lucky for our hungry souls, we’re well looked after by the best cafes on the Sunshine Coast. The exciting mix of faithful old-timers and innovative newbies that make up the morning food scene all have one thing in common: they serve up some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast.
Here, our fellow breakfast compadres, are the very best Sunshine Coast cafes you should have eaten breakfast at if you call this patch of paradise home.
South (Caloundra Area)
White Picket Fence
Every angle of this place is photogenic. Team that with an incredible dish list and it’s no surprise we’re rating White Picket Fence as one of the best cafes on the Sunshine Coast. Feast on The House Deposit; a dish of organic sourdough on a bed of beetroot hummus and topped with avocado, Persian feta, edamame, lemon and pomegranate—let’s just say it won’t be your last time.
The Pocket Espresso Bar
The coffee guns of the south, The Pocket rules anything with caffeine in it. And we all know the liquid stuff is the new breakfast of champions.
The Pastry Lab
If you’re craving a flaky almond croissant on the Sunshine Coast, The Pastry Lab should be the first stop on your list. Part artisanal pâtisserie and espresso bar, this little corner of pastry heaven will definitely have something to entice you—slinging First Batch Coffee and everything from cinnamon scrolls to pain au chocolat, we dare you to walk away empty handed.
Pumping out what’s been rated as some of the best coffee on the Sunshine Coast, if you’ve never dropped by this cute-as-a-button spot, make it your next detour on the way to the beach—serving up an impressive all-day brunch menu loaded with hot cakes, bowls, burgers and loads of enticing chef’s specials, we promise you won’t leave Lamkin Lane hungry or uncaffeinated.
Greenhouse Cafe is your go-to if you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan breakfast in Caloundra. With so many epic options on their all-day menu, we recommend narrowing it down to the waffles served with coconut nutmeg ice-cream, a smoothie bowl or the nasi goreng. You can thank us later.
One Block Back
Down a quiet little cul-de-sac, about five minutes’ walk from the village, One Block Back can be found in a converted warehouse, complete with corrugated iron walls, a cabinet packed with delicious RAWR treats, herb gardens out the front and back, a shady deck and a steady stream of in-the-know locals who can’t stay away from their Nutella and banana crepes.
We may be a long way from Sicily, but lucky for us, Cafe Sisily is dishing up authentic Italian sweets, including some of the best cannoli on the Sunshine Coast. Hidden down the southern end of the coast in Golden Beach, you’ll find the tastiest fried pastry tubes filled with sweet creamy custard or ricotta (yep, we’re talking about cannoli!) that’ll go absolutely swimmingly with your morning coffee.
Central (Birtinya To Mudjimba)
The Velo Project
If you ask anyone who serves the best breakfasts in Mooloolaba, they’re probably going to direct you here. Off the beaten track, this eclectic cafe is a neighbourhood favourite, perfect for groups with both indoor and courtyard seating. Their menu is huge, so going once won’t be enough, but start your Velo experience with one of their savoury crepes—you won’t regret it.
Decisions are the pros when it comes to being naughty (#superjunk) and nice (#superfood). Get a fruity acai bowl one day and back it up the next with the Korean Steak Burger complete with Asian slaw, fresh herbs, shallots, sesame seeds, and roasted garlic mayo all on top of a pillowy milk bun.
Conveniently located on the esplanade, Schwenkee is not only one of our Mooloolaba favourites, but one of the best cafes on the Sunshine Coast. From pastries to brekky rolls, to a rotating roster of delicious specials, you’ll want to head to Schwenkee ASAP.
Tucked away like a hidden gem in Mooloolaba’s new The Wharf precinct, La Finca brings a whole lot more than just delicious food to the table. Not only does La Finca brew a mean coffee, but they also whip up some amazing creations in the kitchen. Using local and seasonal ingredients, La Finca takes the classic breakfast and lunch options we all love and serves them up with an authentic Colombian twist. Think roasted pumpkin hummus on sourdough, black bean chipotle chicken bowls and beef and blue cheese burgers. Yum!
A long standing favourite, Backstreet Café slings all your fave breakfast classics and then some. From pancakes to juicy burgers, this cute little spot is one of our faves—plus you can’t beat the view, especially during whale watching season.
Coffee is the star at Urban Garden, so if you’re after a no-fail cup of joe, this is one of the best cafes in Maroochydore to hit. With a small selection of cabinet food (the Milk Bar Cookies are life-changing) these guys have food trucks rock up on the regular, so be sure to keep an eye on their socials.
A staple to the Maroochy cafe and breakfast scene since 2010, Murray’s licensed café and espresso bar stocks everything from healthy treats to all things just a little bit naughty (um, hello freshly baked lemon and blueberry XL muffins). This one’s also the perfect spot for a bit of pup pampering—with homemade doggie treats and puppuccinos at the ready, everyone goes home with a full tum.
Mill St. Kitchen & Pantry
Mill St. Kitchen & Pantry's all-day menu consists of all sorts of fresh dishes like pan-fried Noosa scallops and chorizo on sourdough, three-cheese brunch gnocchi, smoked Yandina tempeh with cashew cream and lots more. They’ve also just rolled out a small plates menu for those of you who like to rock up late; highlights include Fraser Island Spanner Crab Crostini, crispy garlic potatoes, seared Maleny Wagyu steak and lots more.
The Village Pickle
The Village Pickle is a small family-owned and operated cafe that specialises in house smoked meats, fermented foods and hot sauces so if that sounds like something up your alley, you’ll definitely want to pop in for a visit. Their signature dish is their take on a New York classic: the Reuben sandwich, which is made with their own hot brisket pastrami, house made mustard, Russian dressing and sauerkraut. But the fun doesn’t stop there: they also sling toasties, vegan bowls, loaded fries, as well as local coffee and craft beers, so make sure to pay them a visit.
We have it on good authority that you can only really rate eggs benny if the hollandaise is house-made. Good news, at Nambour Social it is. Better news, it tastes freaking amazing. Add to that friendly service, and this is the kind of place you want to start your day.
A Sunshine Coast cafe that’s totally worth jumping in the car for, Homegrown’s breakfast menu is divine, especially when it comes to their summer lemon myrtle pannacotta, paired with mango and blueberry. Delicious!
Hungry Feel Bar & Eating House
Where else can you get a BBQ Kingaroy pork belly banh mi for breakfast other than Hungry Feel? We just don’t know. Or, if you’d rather drop in for lunch to try something from their fresh and seasonal menu, this Buderim cafe dishes up pizzas, salads, pastas and everything in between.
Located within Maroochydore’s Coastal Wellness Centre, Cafe Nurcha is your one-stop shop for nourishing plant-based food and vibes that are always spot-on. The whole cast is here, including an all-day breakfast menu, lunch, pizza and if you want our tip; whatever meal wins your vote, side it with Nurcha’s famous loaded wedges. You can never go wrong with garlic and thyme potato chunks topped with smoky jackfruit, rainbow slaw, aioli and chilli jam.
The Birds & The Beans
It’s time for us to have a talk about The Birds & The Beans. This super cool coffee shop is running out of the converted Vandy’s Garage to keep you caffeinated during the working week. Serving Kai Coffee, they also have a tasty selection of freshly baked goods, including muffins made by their friends down the road at Hungry Feel—we have it on good authority that they sell out quickly, so you best get in early.
Blink and you might miss Elliotts Bistro, and you’d seriously hate to do such a thing. Open daily for breakfast and lunch (closed Mondays), and Thursday evenings for Roast Night, this spot is dog-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your BFF behind. Try their smoothie bowls for a super-refreshing post-swim snack.
Trust us, you’ll feel good just reading the menu at Evolution Fuel, it’s that healthy. Taking the bar up a notch, their dishes are packed with the good-for-you stuff, can be eaten in or taken away, and, the best bit, they’re pretty cheap. Introducing the Sunshine Coast to poke bowls, these guys have wellness and your stomachs on their mind 24/7.
Harvest Breads & Cafe
Aside from the fact they do THE best bread, Harvest also does an awesome spread of AM dishes including green pea, feta and mint corn fritters with avo, aioli and Harvest’s very own chilli pepper jam. Add bacon and you have picked one hell of a winner!
Locally sourced specialty coffee? Check. Fresh and tasty eats? Check. Some of the friendliest service around? Triple check. Pop into brewed. espresso for your breakfast and coffee needs and leave with a smile on your face, guaranteed.
A homemaker centre isn’t where you’d usually expect to find some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast, but then again, there’s nothing ordinary about The Nines. Eat. Waffles. Now.
We love High Tide in the morning, as much as we love them at night. A place for cool cats who like breakfasts that turn into lunches that turn into drinking sessions.
Want to escape the Coast without leaving it? Guru Life is a cafe slash bar slash roastery, and their in-the-middle-of-nowhere location makes their already delicious dishes taste that much better. One of the best cafes on the Sunshine Coast if you like eating al fresco and happen to be carting around some little people, too.
The passionate team behind Cafe Vie have laboured over creating plant-based breakfast and lunch menus that not only excite but are also bursting with flavour. One of the Sunshine Coast’s best vegan cafes, this Buderim beauty is renowned for their Potato Rosti coupled with spinach, creamy avocado, crispy asparagus and topped off with hollandaise sauce.
The Milk Bar Coffee Co.
From house-made orange and pistachio granola to freshly-baked cookies that are so delish (go the Mars or the Snickers) the icing on the cake at The Milk Bar Coffee Co. is the cute fit-out and friendly service. The menu is succinct but if you still can’t decide, go the avo on toast—topped with goat’s feta, dukkha and charred lemon, we can’t think of a better way to start the day.
Sitting pretty in Cotton Tree, if you haven’t visited the refurbished Glass, it’s time to pick up your act. Super chilled vibes and friendly regulars will make your coffee taste that much better. Promise!
Peaky Blinders fans, eat your heart out; this Sunshine Coast cafe will be right up your alley. Beyond the polished concrete floors, pressed tin espresso bar and brick archways, Criminal Coffee is a hotspot for good local coffee and drool-worthy toasties.
Slinging some of the best breakfast and coffee around, Frankie’s in Woombye should definitely be on your top spots to hit up if you’re on a Sunshine Coast cafe crawl (or just if you’re in the area). Toasties, eggs benny, hotcakes...the options are endlessly delicious.
North (Coolum To Noosa)
If a cafe’s interior and vibe is just as important to you as the menu, then you’re going to love Vanilla Food. Off the main drag in Noosa Junction, this ‘Grammable cafe serves breakfast and lunch dishes made from organic and locally-grown (where possible) ingredients. Plus, they have an extensive range of delectable desserts for sweet tooths, perfect to pair with a Clandestino Roasters coffee.
If the only thing turning you off street food is a gutter stoop or having to stand while you’re gobbling, Jimmy Fox offers street food, sitting down. With breakfast and lunch options available, it’s the tacos that keep us coming back for more—that, and the espresso milkshake.
Hand Of Fatima
A fave Peregian Beach haunt, Hand Of Fatima is the go-to for epic Middle Eastern cuisine just after sun up.
Cafe Le Monde
Locals and tourists make up the hustle and bustle at this Hastings Street cafe. Cafe Le Monde—it's an oldie but a goodie.
Besides amazing boutique roasted coffee and a unique range of gin, Moonstruck’s menu will not let you down when it comes to food. If you’re after breakfast or lunch you can dip in and grab a coffee, a pastry, a toastie or even a classic Reuben sandwich and bask in the old-school European cafe vibes.
Le Bon Delice
The tiny Le Bon Delice has a sprawling terrace and does a cracking croque monsieur. Devour slowly, then shop-hop through the village, before circling back for a scoop of their housemade traditional French ice-cream or crème glacée.
Part bike showroom, part cafe, and part bar, Moto do everything well including serving up a super smooth Clandestino coffee. Yep, this could be your new local and you don’t even know it yet.
If you’re hunting for a beachfront cafe on the Sunshine Coast, nowhere beats Bistro C. A stone’s throw from the water at Noosa Main Beach, this longtime local’s favourite dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner—so you don’t need to watch the clock, phew!
Found in the outskirts of Noosa, this hidden gem is changing Noosa’s coffee game with every house roasted and carefully brewed coffee they create. Built inside a renovated warehouse, Flying West will coax you in with the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans, and keep you there with the spiced pumpkin and maple waffles.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
This top breakfast spot in Maleny is as homely as they come, filled with friendly faces, comfy seating and wholesome food. Take your morning to a whole other level with Monica’s potato and feta cakes with bacon, herbed sour cream, cherry tomatoes, rocket and toasted seeds. Heavenly!
Another Maleny fave, Shotgun Espresso has an all-day seasonal menu, featuring ethically-sourced dishes. Standouts? Try The Gatherer Bowl— loaded with pumpkin hummus, avocado, halloumi, roasted vegetables with red quinoa, goat’s feta, seasonal garden leafy greens and a sprinkle of toasted seed and nuts.
Little May Espresso
For the fluffiest scrambled eggs on the range, head to Little May Espresso and chow it down over a morning of people-watching. This quaint Sunshine Coast Hinterland cafe is also the perfect spot to get your caffeine hit before adventuring down to Kondalilla Falls.
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Image credit: Lumea Photo and Ariana Gillrie for Urban List