Best Beachside Cafes With A View in South East Queensland | Gourmand and Gourmet

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Best Beachside Cafes With A View in South East Queensland

Life’s a beach, but we’re making it ours - one café at a time.

Sure, winter was cute, but we’re ready to slip out of a tracksuit and into a bikini (and a mimosa). Whether our bodies are ready for that or not is another story.

Either way, you can start your social season right with our guide to the best coastal cafés in South East Queensland!

Beau’s Café | Caloundra

He’s cute, he’s beachy and he can cook! We’re loving the fare at Beau’s beachfront café, all the way from the breakfast Beauritto to the weekly pancake offerings, and all the coffees smashed in between.

Little Boat Espresso | Marcoola

Little Boat is big on using fresh, seasonal produce in deliciously unique ways. We’d recommend the okonomiyaki green pancake with stuffed porchetta, fried egg and chilli, and a chipotle Bloody Mary — because a boozy brunch is the best brunch.

Hand of Fatima | Peregian Beach

Take their hand, and their whole life too. Hand of Fatima lives for a quality Middle-Eastern experience, offering unique breakfasts right by the beach such as menemen eggs with sucuk, tomatoes, feta, yoghurt, and Turkish toast! Delish.

Canteen Kitchen + Bar | Coolum

Can confirm – not your average canteen. This joint is up and pumping every day of the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring seasonal menu offerings with firm favourites, such as the beetroot velvet latte… Can’t beet that.

The Pocket Espresso Bar | Moffat Beach

This little pocket rocket packs a punch! The Pocket Espresso Bar is an adorable addition to your summer fantasy, where you can grab a bacon and egg breaky pie, satay vegan burger, or deconstructed souvlaki at any given point of the day. Beachin’

Paddock Bakery | Miami

A Queenslander made its way to Miami, and the rest is history. Paddock is your foodie home away from home, where good (and very beachy) vibes resonate throughout. Their Insta-famous dippy eggs are to die for, as is the overflowing breakfast in bread (literally a breakfast cob loaf)!

BSKT Café | Mermaid Beach

Gotta risk it to get the BSKT. Your day and night time go-to serves the likes of southwest tofu scramble, yellowfin Nicoise, and hekkin’ breakfast banh mi. Cocowhip it good to complete your experience!

The Cardamom Pod | Southport

We’re dubbing Cardamom the Cardi B of the vegetarian café realm – full of life with infectious quirks. Tackle an Indian street food waffle with roast pumpkin, potato peanut fritter, beetroot coconut yoghurt raita, tomato chutney, herbed aioli and Mumbai trail mix for a tip top time.

Bam Bam Bakehouse | Mermaid Beach

Wham bam thank you ma’am. From their croissant French toast to their egg nasi with satay chicken skewers, you’ll be all set for a beachside feast. Just make sure you wait 30 minutes before you swim! Also, did someone say Nutella milkshakes?


There are plenty of fish in the C’s, but none quite like these.

Words by Nicole Portacha and Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmands that could smash an avo right about now.