Ah Sunshine Coast, after an absolutely epic summer of new openings smattered from the Coast to the Hinterland, you’ve backed it up with a very decent six months.
It’s no easy feat being the new kid on the block, but this lot have proved that there’s always room in our lives for another spot to get that much-needed caffeine kick, indulge in a bit of a booze fest, or scoff back on incredible dishes.
Today, straight from Metropolist HQ, we’re laying down the best new openings of 2016 so far. Hold on to your hats peeps, ‘cause shit is about to get tasty.
Who would’ve thought that a brewery set up in a dilapidated shed could cause such a stir? Not us! But then again, we didn’t know it could look as homely and imperfectly perfect as Bonsai Brewhouse, either. Opening in Pomona in April, this hidden watering hole is by far one of the hottest stories we’ve covered this year. No windows, no doors, but a whole lot of tasty house-made beer and cider, make this one of the Coast’s favourite new destinations to get a cold one.
Where: 18b Reserve Street, Pomona
Oh Darling Café
Any girl with a slight love of anything bohemian, romantic, or feminine, planned a year’s worth of lunches, breakfasts, and coffee dates as soon as they caught a glimpse of that eclectic window wall belonging to new café, Oh Darling. You know the one. Housed in the same building as Cottontree Backpackers, this relaxed coffee shop has a bunch of lovingly-prepared sandwiches, wraps, bliss balls, and muffins on offer to pair with your wake-me-up brew and riverside views. With nothing quite like it on the Sunshine Coast, make sure you’ve got your camera ready, as this is easily one of the most Instagrammable cafés you’ll come across.
Where: 15 The Esplanade, Cotton Tree
Urban Garden, Nambour
With an already super loyal following of caffeine addicts at their Maroochydore store, Urban Garden took their expertise inland opening a second coffee shop in Nambour. With a stadium-like layout, where coffee sippers sit behind the espresso-making station, this is one café that’s not afraid to do things a little differently. There’s cold brew on tap, as well as sparkling water, so lug along your laptop, connect to their wifi, and get your work done somewhere inspiring. Productive-levels = all-time high.
Where: Bury Street, Nambour
Melt-in-your-mouth lamb shoulder, super slow-cooked brisket, and the best mac ‘n’ cheese we’ve tasted in years, Dirty Moes is the dive bar we never knew we were missing out on. That is, until it opened. A sleek, dimly-lit urban interior—think: exposed brick walls (shipped from Sydney!), copper bar, polished concrete floors—along with incredible Deep South offerings make this one of the best restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. And it’s only four months young. We can harp on about this place forever, and thankfully you lot are the same.
Where: Shop 8/11 Landmark Resort, Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Whisky Bar at Rick’s Garage
This one is a bit hush-hush and you’ll be hearing more from us soon. But for now, here’s what you need to know: whisky bar at Rick’s Garage. Yep, the Palmwoods favourite that serves up some of the best burgers on the Sunshine Coast has its very own whisky hub and we’re pretty sure you’re going to love it. Keep your eyes on Metropolist, as we’re going to spill the beans very soon.
Where: 14-16 Margaret Street, Palmwoods
Oh Padre, we rave about you to everyone we meet and still we feel the need to rave a little more. Hands down one of the best openings of 2016, Padre Coffee is possibly the most beautiful gallery-like, coffee-worshipping space we’ve ever laid eyes on. So much more than just a coffee shop, if you haven’t been to this roaster slash café slash coffee school yet, you’re killing us. What are you waiting for?
Where: 10 Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville
Scraping in to our list of the best new openings on the Sunshine Coast, with a New Year’s Day launch, MV Catalina is all your Noosa day-drinking dreams come true. Cruising up and down Noosa River at prime sunset time, a ticket aboard this refurbished boat will get you a cocktail on the water, live tunes or DJ set, and epic views. Tickets to Catalina’s events sell out Speedy Gonzalez-fast, so get in quick. Oh, and these clever peeps also opened a tiny coffee shop on Catalina’s jetty allowing you take you morning latte aboard when the boat is parked up.
Where: 172 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
10 Toes Brewery
Serving their brews to folk in-house from the beginning of 2016, 10 Toes is a super relaxed brewery that feels like it’s run by your good mates, even if you don’t know head honcho Rupert from a keg of beer. We’re loving that these guys open their doors from Wednesday to Sunday (hours vary, so check their Facebook page) so us thirsty peeps can guzzle one of their handcrafted beers almost any day of the week, and that they go one step further by bringing in our fave local food trucks and stalls for the chews—you’ll find Puerto Taco and Good Food Fellas here regularly. And if that’s not sold you on the awesomeness of this place, they also host The Cheese Club and The Brew Clinics, where you can learn to BYO—Brew Your Own.
Where: 4/127A Sugar Road, Alexandra Headland
This airy café’s out-of-town location means we haven’t had to battle what we Sunshine Coasters call “traffic” to get a morning buzz, since its launch in February. And we all know how good it is to just slip into an easy park, order your coffee, and then be sipping on it—all within the space of 10 minutes. Right? What’s even better is Hamptons Espresso, alongside serving liquid gold from one of our fave local roasters, Tim Adams Specialty Coffee has a cabinet full of house-made vegan and gluten-free cakes. Oh, and they offer free wifi. It was a big day when we discovered this gem.
Where: Shop 2, 9 Goshawk Boulevard, Buderim
Bringing coffee to Coolum industrial estate since April, as soon as we caught wind of Reception opening we knew we had to help break the news. Tiny in size but big in great coffee, this minimalist espresso bar is the place to perch when you want to devour a hot one over a game of Uno with your mates.
Where: 2 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach