When you are lucky enough to live on the doorstep of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, it’s kinda tempting to play it down. After all, if we didn’t have to contend with parking hassles and long queues in summertime, we could have that golden stretch from First Point to the river mouth all to ourselves…
But if it were just us locals, Hastings Street would just be a nondescript row of shops with a coffee shop, a bakery selling stodgy pies and Vanilla Malt Oak, and maybe a public toilet block.
It’s only because of the thousands of tourists who visit Noosa every year that we have one of the most amazing strips of food and wine and fashion in the world.
And to that, we say let’s sit back, relax and make the most of the best places to eat and drink on Hastings Street.
Cafe Le Monde
A Noosa institution—immerse yourself in a truly local meal at Cafe Le Monde with locally-roasted Clandestino coffee, Noosa Reds tomatoes and Tanglewood pastries.
Bistro C is just the spot to warm up in the sun after an early morning swim. Fill up for the day with a Middle Eastern brekky mezze or pulled pork and sweet potato hash—easily one of the best breakfasts in Noosa.
10 Hastings Street
This boutique accommodation right in the centre of Noosa has a café open to guests and visitors. They dish up an epic acai bowl and the salted caramel cold press coffee is to die for.
Definitely the best place in Noosa for people-watching, Aromas seating faces out on to the street, so order a croque monsieur and housemade cold press juice and start judging.
Superfood smoothies, chia seed cups, kombucha, raw vegan cakes. Everything this raw, plant-based health bar serves up is free from all the nasty stuff you need it to be free from.
Providore On Hastings
If you want to grab a takeaway picnic for some whale watching in the Noosa National Park, or stock the fridge for when your besties come over, you’ll find everything you need at Providore On Hastings.
Noosa Surf Club
Get in early for a window seat at Noosa Surf Club. You’re guaranteed good pub food, reasonably priced, cold beer and a multimillion dollar view.
So good they’re popping up all over Australia, Betty’s serves up classic American-style burgers with a soft bun and just the basics. Stack it up with extras if you’re feeling hungry, and finish it off with a ‘concrete’ (AKA soft serve ice cream). We vote for the lemon raspberry cheesecake.
Kick back with a glass of bubbly and freshly shucked oysters at Season, while you watch the waves roll in. How’s the serenity…
Streets Of Harlem
Chill out in this New York-style bar with live tunes, cocktails and an urban, club vibe. If you stop by Streets Of Harlem for coffee, their sweet treats are provided by one of our favourite local bakers, Sweetness Contained.
Everyone will tell you Locale is the best Italian in town—and they’d be right. This place oozes atmosphere, and with a wine list as thick as a phonebook, you’ll definitely find something you like. And we promise Rio will make you feel as welcome as if you were a local.
Noosa Beach House
For a little bit of luxury, throw on something a bit spesh and book a degustation at Peter Kuruvita’s Noosa Beach House. Devour seven courses of seafood and local produce AND matched wines, and you'll experience first-hand why this is rated as one of the best places to eat on Hastings Street.
This is pizza but not as you know it. With a reputation for serving some of the best pizzas in Noosa, El Capitano's organic sourdough pizza bases are fermented for 72 hours and the toppings are all about quality, baby. And the kids’ menu folds into a pirate hat. Is there anything cooler than that?
The sushi bar is just the spot to grab a bite in if you’re flying solo or if you just want something quick, light and healthy.
Sails has to be the best location in Noosa, with tables so close to the beach, you can practically dip your toes in the water. Using organic and ethical produce where possible, the simple ocean flavours in the menu reflect the location perfectly. In the mornings, don’t miss the coffee cart for a takeaway coffee and pastry.
Head to Zachary’s for a quick, good quality pizza in a family-friendly environment. Just up the road is Zac’s Burgers if that’s more your style. They’ve got some great specials and deals if you want more bang for your buck!
Buddha On Hastings
For seriously quality food and a late-night vibe, Buddha On Hastings is the hottest spot in Noosa. If you get a few entrees to share, you don’t have to fight over who gets the pork belly and who gets the Mooloolaba prawns.
Even if you just go for the unforgettable cocktails, you won’t be disappointed. Order a few share boards and woodfire pizzas, sink into the comfy lounges and we promise you’ll be impressed by Miss Moneypenny’s.
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