Discover Kawana’s best places to eat and drink right now

Family lunch at Your Mates

Think droolworthy night markets, street eats and craft beer that’s some of Australia's best.

Expect the unexpected in Kawana. It’s packing some serious flavour! 

Let the good times roll at Your Mates Brewing

Built on the back of mateship, sweat and lots of beers, Your Mates Brewing started out as two mates having a go in a tiny industrial shed. 

With a lot of grit and determination Your Mates has skyrocketed to become a major player in the craft beer scene, with their tropical ale Larry voted the third best sessional beer in the country. Double high fives legends!

Co-Founders Hep and McGarry have kept the dream of mateship and top-notch beers alive, expanding to create Your Mates Brew House. Get amongst the good times with trivia nights, parmy party’s and loads of special events.  

Try it all at Malt Shovel Taphouse

Malt Shovel Taphouse, Birtinya

Malt Shovel Taphouse, Birtinya

A world of toffee malts, floral hops, refreshing hits of liquorice and apple awaits you at Malt Shovel Taphouse, the melting pot of many-a-craft beer. 

Pouring brews from big gun craft brewers like James Squire to local legends Eumundi Lager and a whole lot in between, this is the place to sample a few frothies, kick back and relax with some live music, rotisserie BBQ dinner and your mates. Cheers!

Run to Paradise Rum

Paradise Rum Distillery is the newest distillery and Caribbean restaurant to open on the Sunshine Coast. 

Inspired to bring the ultimate in Caribbean-style rum to the region, the founders went to great lengths to create premium quality craft spirits distilled in American oak barrels for five years before it’s hand bottled in-house. 

Their botanically infused rum, gin and vodka range was created for happy afternoons, a night with friends and a way to cap off the week – fun times! 

Eat, drink and unwind here. With the scent of coconut and lime on the breeze, your Fridays are about to feel like holidays!

Graze well at Green Zebra

Specialising in banquet style sharing of ‘moreish’ Mediterranean food, Green Zebra is one you’ll want to book ahead to guarantee a seat at the table.

Located on Kawana Island, overlooking picturesque Double Bay, take your time savouring new flavours, unique dishes and the company of good friends or family. 

Get started with a mix of mezze plates packed with colour and variety before moving onto a fresh fish of the day laden with the classic tastes of Southern Europe. Flavour is your friend here! 

Meander the Kawana Farmers Markets

Locals know that Kawana Farmers Market is the best on the Coast for top quality fresh local produce, gourmet goods (think olives, fresh pasta, kimchi), pretty things and organic goodness. 

Start Saturday morning right with a French Sin Bakery croissant and coffee, before doing a slow wander around to check out who has the best cherry tomatoes. 

Maybe you’ll meet Charles the Mushroom man, also known for his epic turmeric, ginger, lemons and zucchinis. Kawana Markets is just delightful.

Munch and sip at Twin Fins Espresso Bar

The quintessential pocket sized coffee shop, Twin Fins Espresso Bar is right by Kawana Beach and La Balsa Park, making it a top spot to get your caffeine fix and super scrumptious brekkies, brunches and homemade cakes and slices.  

Acai bowls served in coconut husks your thing? They do those too, plus some out of this world loaded up bagels. #getinmybelly

You’ll feel as cheerful and chilled out here as the crew. The atmosphere here is just swell! (5ft glassy swell that is).    

Make the right choice at Decisions Café 

Decisions cafe, Birtinya

Decisions cafe, Birtinya

Decisions Café puts the power with the people when deciding whether to eat ‘superfood’ or ‘superjunk’ food, but also believes in uniting different eating preferences under one roof.  

At Decisions you’ll find a vegan munching on a vibrant buddha bowl sitting next to someone chomping into a massive beef burger with fries. 

Pick your mood, pick your poison and get into this vibrant, airy café heaving with energy. Locals tip: This place is a fave for a takeaway work lunch. Fast, fresh, and fantastic. 

Unwind at Wildflower Restaurant & Bar

Open for brekkie, lunch and dinner, Wildflower Restaurant and Bar is wonderfully positioned to take in the tranquil waters of Kawana Lake. 

Craving a flavoursome snack and a quiet red? Try the pumpkin bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes, green olive and artichoke. Or if you’re up for a more substantial meal, the chefs at Wildflower work wonders transforming local produce like Mooloolaba prawns and Moreton Bay Bugs into exquisite masterpieces. It’s easy to unwind well here.

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