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Where to eat and drink in Caloundra

Where to eat and drink in Caloundra

From some of the Sunshine Coast's best breweries to award-winning distilleries and Instagram-worthy seaside cafes, we've taken the guesswork out of where to eat and drink in Caloundra.

Where to eat and drink in Caloundra
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Beers & bevvies Caloundra @ Pocket Espresso

Get amongst the good vibes at The Pocket Espresso

The Pocket Espresso
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The Pocket Espresso

Starting out in a tiny nook, The Pocket Espresso took over the space next door, transforming it into one of the hippest venues on the Coast. 

With a bustling café/coffee scene by day and a buzzing restaurant/bar by night, bring the dog and go barefoot while you watch the waves roll in or join the locals for trivia night with one of the best cocktail menus the Coast has to offer. Tip: Get into the Lost Cargo Mojito. Amazing!

The Pocket has struck the perfect trifecta of warm, eclectic-boho vibes and top-notch coffee, coupled with chilled live music and tasty eats. With a delectable Asian-fusion menu that makes your mouth do a little dance, what are you waiting for? Get amongst the fun times!

Have a sesh at Moffat Beach Brewing Co

Moffat Beach Brewing Co
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Moffat Beach Brewing Co

From Bogan Bingo Thursdays to live music Sunday sessions with a house-brewed frothy in hand, Moffat Beach Brewing Co is the place to rally your mates and soak up the beach view, while enjoying music and an epic feed. 

With its beachside brews taking off, Moffat Beach Brewing expanded its operations to a central Caloundra Production House and tap room. With more than 20 taps of award-winning beer, live music and a permanent food truck serving slow cooked meats and American-style sides, it’s no wonder the place is heaving most days!

Our favourite: The Deadbeat Boyfriend, the ‘easy drinker’ who, like its name, isn’t too complicated or challenging… *awkward cough*.

Kick back at Brouhaha Brewery

Behind every Sunny Coast brewery there’s a story of fanatical beer lovers wanting to take their love of coldies to the next level. Brouhaha Brewery is no exception.

Descending the mountain range to Baringa (near Caloundra) to expand its operations, visiting Brouhaha is like heading to your mates’ garage for a few tinnies, only the garage is ultra-deluxe!

Kitted out with a 16-tap, two-level tap-house and a 35 hectolitre brew-kit, relax among the laid back buzz of laughter and banter, while watching the beloved brewing action take place.

Get down on the weekends for a tour and partake in a rotating array of food-truck goodness.

Take a tasting adventure at Beachtree Distilling Co.  

Caloundra’s first distillery Beachtree Distilling Co merges the wisdom of old-world natural tonics and recipes with the latest technology to produce a range of organic gins and vodka using indigenous flavours and sustainable processes.

Take your tastebuds on an adventure that says ‘hello Friday’ like no other with a sample tour of this award-winning distillery using premium mixers and native produce. 

It’s like the essence of Australia is captured in each bottle.

Make your way to White Picket Fence 

White Picket Fence cafe, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
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White Picket Fence cafe, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra

Cute as a button, White Picket Fence oozes boho-beach-chic with a relaxed decor that says ‘plonk here for a while’. Dogs and kiddos are all welcome, and so are bare feet and tourists.

A fabulous place for brunch, get amongst this haven for your tastebuds for brekkie, lunch or drinks seven days a week. Try their scrumptious house sodas or spoil your pooch with a Puppacino or doggie biscuit. Yup, there’s a menu for our furry friends too! #toocute 

Unearth your inner yum at One Block Back 

One Block Back, Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast
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One Block Back, Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast

What was once an industrial shed hidden in the burbs, is now one of Sunshine Coast’s most unique cafes, just one block back (or so..) from Moffat Beach. 

At One Block Back you can mingle with the maggies on the back deck overlooking a pocket of bushland or sit in the sofa area with your crew in the refurbed boho ‘shed’ – a light, bright, leafy-green space that feels like home. 

Make your weekend brekkie magnificent with their all-day menu, putting the YUM into modern Asian, plus slow cooked briskets and traditional faves like eggs benny.    

Meet the Backstreet Boys (..and Co.) of Groundskeeper Willie 

Coffee at Groundskeeper Willie
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Coffee at Groundskeeper Willie

Embracing coast life, if the roller doors’ up, Groundskeeper Willie is open to get your coffee beans stash topped up.

The crew at Groundskeeper Willie get about as excited as a new shipment of beans to roast as a gaggle of 10-year old’s about to go on an Easter egg hunt! 

This enthusiasm translates from their Colombian and Brazilian beans to their café where you can bring your hairy beast (dog), and get your morning or lunchtime fix just how you like it. 

Donut Days, sustainability vibes and a love of sausage dogs make Groundskeeper Willie feel like the kind of friend you want to have. 

Tides Waterfront  

One word sums up Tides Waterfront: Euphoric. 

This isn’t a thongs and shorts kind of place, it’s a frock up and wear your nice pants place. 

With jaw-dropping views over Bulcock Beach and the tip of Bribie Island, and its pristine linen table clothes and glassware, Tides has somehow cultivated a feeling of elegance and class, without losing the laid-back charms of a coastal town.  

Make a reservation well in advance for this classy jewel and enjoy a sunset aperitif before you tuck into some of the coast’s finest seafood and modern Australian cuisine.  

Satisfy your cravings at Cafe Sisily 

With its hand-crafted authentic Italian sweet eats, Café Sisily is fast becoming a destination hot spot on the Sunshine Coast.  

Take your time over a flaky almond croissant and a novel or share some limoncello cheesecake and a coffee with your girlfriends. Whatever flavour your indulgence is, you’ll find it here.

Located right on the waterfront at Golden Beach, do your cravings a favour and take in the calm waters while you savour the love and expertise that owners Paulo and Giuliana pour into every bite. Belissimo!

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