Best Outdoor Eating & Drinking Spots On The Coast

By Trixie Hillen
5th Mar 2017

sunshine coast cafe
sunshine coast cafe

The dry, scorching heat has lowered to a mild sizzle and autumn is in full swing, so all you probably wanna do right now is eat alfresco.

We’re helping you make the most of this sunshiney place we live in, with a roundup of the best beer gardens, courtyards, outdoor bars, and verandahs to wine and dine. Because let’s get real, it’s never going to be too cold to eat outside on the Sunshine Coast.

Bistro C | Noosa

Get glam on the Noosa beachfront with all the beautiful people at Bistro C. But bring your sunnies, because the reflection off the water is bright…

Little Coco Loco Club | Caloundra

Sign up for some beachy chic with Frozen Sunshine icy poles, beach umbrellas, acai bowls, and good vibes at the Little Coco Loco Club in Caloundra. Then, gap it to the beach!

Guru Life | Rosemount

If you can’t cope with an overload of feathery cuteness, Guru Life might NOT be the place for you. This garden café slash weekend restaurant (with its very own coffee blend no less) has an epic outdoor garden and duck pond, meaning you might have some visitors waddle past you at any moment. With a menu loaded with epic eats and cocktail jugs, this spot is just as spesh when the sun goes down.

The Velo Project | Mooloolaba

Kick back with a smoothie bowl and some local Sunny Coast produce in The Velo Project‘s back courtyard, and hide from the tourists in this locals-only, (kinda) secret spot.

La Canteena | Maroochydore

For a total outdoor dining experience, you can’t beat street eats and a margarita under the fairy lights at La Canteena. Who woulda thunk this place could exist in the heart of Maroochydore?!

Boat Shed | Cotton Tree

For the perfect Sunny Coast autumn evening, book a table under the Cotton Tree for sunset with a plate of local seafood and a bottle of chilled Sauv Blanc at the Boat Shed. And the views of beginners falling off their SUP is all the entertainment anybody needs.

Homegrown | Palmwoods

Home to one of the cutest courtyards on the Sunshine Coast, Homegrown are masters of food. Without sounding corny, everything that comes out of this place is made with love, from the ravioli, winter warmer soups, and even their own Tin Shed Coffee. We’ll meet ya there, m’kay?

One Block Back | Moffat Beach

One of our fave openings of 2016, One Block Back in Moffat Beach is a warehouse space turned into a very cool cafe. Brunch here and you’ll get to feast on the likes of charcoal bowls and lamb burgers while hanging on a gorgeous deck overlooking bushland.

Periwinkle | Peregian Beach

The square at Peregian Beach has more great eating spots than you can choose between, but the latest gem on the block is charming, classical French bistro, Periwinkle. Sit in the courtyard, with oysters and champagne, and pretend you’re in Paris. Tres bon!

Village Bicycle | Noosa

Check out the awesome new set-up that our mates at Village Bicycle have designed. The boys are still bringing the goods, with wings, Taco Tuesdays, and the Perfect Storm cocktail (trust me). And the street-front bar is the perfect spot for a bit of people-watching.

Brouhaha Brewery | Maleny

Chillax with a boutique IPA in the newly refurbished and refreshed Brouhaha Brewery. The team at this Sunshine Coast Hinterland hotspot have just had some time off and are ready to kick back into action.

Cholo | Noosa

Even though Village Bicycle has had a shiny new facelift and moved down the road, it’s not like the familiar original venue on the corner has been forgotten. The crew responsible for Village Bicycle have blessed us with a new offering in Cholo. So hang out in the updated beer garden with chilli cheese fries, a frosty cerveza, and your besties.

Spirit House | Yandina

For the granddaddy of all outdoor dining spots on the Sunshine Coast, you can’t go past Spirit House. Like stepping into a secret walled garden in the mountains of Thailand, you’re pretty much guaranteed a lake view, and probably a too-close-for-comfort wildlife encounter with the resident water dragons.

Woodfire Grill | Noosa

If you can’t guarantee a sunny day, Woodfire Grill has got you covered. Their outdoor section overlooks the Noosa River and can be closed in to keep you snug and dry in case of bad weather. Sipping a glass of red while hacking into a chargrilled piece of beef makes the chilly weather seem a bit less terrifying.

Image Credit: Claire Plush, Ariana Gillrie, and Daniel Hine for Metropolist

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