Locals from the southern-end of the Sunshine Coast like to get up early and make the most out of each and every day.
This is an easy task in Caloundra and Kawana, because no matter where you look there is a barista with one hand on the group handle and the other ready to take your order.
Keep reading as we dish out some hot local knowledge, detailing the top ten best cafes in the area.
We challenge you to find a café closer to the Beach than Coffee Cat on Kings Beach. Coffee Cat’s appeal extends much further than simply their spectacular setting. Flavoursome specialty coffee and a delightfully creative breakfast menu featuring favourites such as their Quinoa Nasi Goreng and Shakshuka will have you addicted in no time. Grab a takeaway during a pit stop on Caloundra’s scenic coastal walk or make yourself at home in their stunning alfresco eating area.
One of the most insta-worthy locations on the Sunshine Coast and relatively new to town, the team at White Picket Fence in Caloundra’s CBD will draw you in off the street with their delightful aesthetics. Their unique pink archways and diverse breakfast options have earnt themselves an impressive five-star review on trip adviser and they are no slouches in kitchen either. Offering cheeky favourites such as the ‘house deposit’ (a delicious take on traditional avo on toast’ and the chili crab scrambled eggs – we are confident you’ll fall in love this brilliant little café too.
The Pocket Espresso Bar is always teeming with smiling Moffat Beach locals and their four-legged friends from the crack of dawn and into the night due to their effortlessly cool styling, delicious locally-sourced food and next-level Guru coffee. You will leave the Pocket feeling satisfied on so many levels. With an equal focus on keeping their coffee community smiling and providing incredible food – you leave the Pocket satisfied on a number of levels. This spot ticks every box, as it also overlooks the famous right-hand point break of Moffat Beach and is a favourite amongst the local surfing fraternity.
We know all of our travel plans have been put on hold. But, that does not mean you have to go without your favourite guilty pleasures and international favourites – (or beautiful accents!). Another relatively new local favourite on the main street of Caloundra’s CBD, One Third French, provide a seriously good breakfast and coffee option. With a range of daily baked croissants and croc monsieur with cheese spilling out the side - you won’t be disappointed.
The small street along Dicky Beach is packed full of great dining options, and it’s hard to pick one over the other. But, strictly coffee and breakfast – you cannot go past the Giggling Goat. Enter as strangers, leave as friends is more than just a slogan for this friendly little joint. With a traditional style breakfast menu done well and good old-fashioned service this café earns easily earns itself a spot on our top ten.
Offering a ‘twist on the classics’ and an impressive array of coffee blends to keep you interested, Little Miss Saine provides you with everything and more. Featuring a varied menu of seasonal fare, delicious boutique beverages and an underground street art inspired décor ‘LMS’ has it all. For the coffee connoisseur’s, the LMS bean blend consists of a primarily dark-roasted single-origin bean from Brazil, which has been blended with single-origin beans from El Salvador, Indonesia, and Guatemala. Created by LMS and boutique coffee roasters Bellissimo, the blend carries a smooth dark chocolate undertone with a fruity finish. Yum!
Before you get too far, why don’t you grab a second coffee and take your pick from a range of ridiculously good Bagel options just metres away at Twin Fin Espresso. Guarded most days by the most friendly and adorable companion Mary the border collie you will feel right at home at Twin Fin. Try the garlic and onion bagel with the loaded chicken, pesto and mayo topping and then head up the road to the Point Cartwright lookout.
Shiva Dreams is a gorgeous little ‘hole in the wall’ type café located in Minyama who serve Fonzie Abbott roasted coffee and provide delicious food and treats! Chelsea (owner) is equally in the business of selling smiles, good vibes and sunshine as she is coffee with one of the warmest and sincere versions of customer service we have experienced!
Incorporating an interesting and delicious fusion of modern Australian and Mediterranean dishes Mykies by the Bay have a quality food focus and it shoes! Favourites like the halloumi stack, chorizo shakshuka and dukkah eggs are what sets this waterside restaurant apart from the rest. That, and the fact they have a dedicated doggo menu so no one misses out!
Decisions café in Kawana offer an ever evolving menu to cater to all needs from gluten intolerant, vegan and vegetarian needs through to those who have a fulfilling desire for that big dirty juicy burger with double deep fried fries on the side! They have it all!