Suburban foodies: Noosa | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Suburban foodies: Noosa

Planning a gastronomic getaway?

Loved by holidaymakers, beach bums and Sunny Coast locals alike, Noosa ticks all the boxes of an Aussie beachside suburb.

We’re here to tell you why Noosa’s dining scene has us coming back time and time again…


Rickys’ menu is contemporary, classy and concise, with a handful of snacks, entrees, mains and desserts that have us drooling. The stylish space sits on the water and makes the perfect place to go full holiday mode (with a lychee martini in hand, of course)…


A hub of activity all year round, Noosa’s Hastings Street screams laidback luxury, and has an enviable array of eateries. Part of Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa Beach House is one of Hastings Street’s best, with menus that reflect modern, beachy flavours and fresh local produce. A playful range of cocktails are best enjoyed al fresco alongside iced seafood platters, fresh salads, fragrant Asian-inspired plates, and elevated Aussie classics. 


Who knew you could find some of the finest Italian fare just steps away from Noosa Main Beach? With pastas, pizzas, snacks and mains that encompass both traditional and modern Italian flavours, Locale is always on our hitlist when we arrive on the Sunshine Coast. 


Come for boutique coffee in the AM and gin and share plates in the PM, and see why Moonstruck is in a league of its own. A jaw-dropping range of booze sees gins hailing from Noosa and all across Australia on offer, while the jaw-dropping gintails menu is expertly-crafted to appease even the most daring of drinkers. Our recc? The Bloody Moony cocktail complete with Sum Yung Guys’ pho gin (you read that right), tomato and lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, horseradish, celery, olives, gherkins, and cucumbers. 


You literally can’t get anymore beachfront than Bistro C… Overlooking the stunning Laguna Bay, Bistro C is a destination in its own right, serving punchy contemporary flavours all day, every day. Come early for a killer eggs Benny and bloody Mary, enjoy fresh seafood and sips at lunchtime, or treat yourself to a sunset dinner with south Asian dishes and devilish dessert cocktails. 


Award-winning Miss Moneypenny’s is another Hastings Street haunt, attracting crowds with its stunning fit-out, phenomenal bar, and modern Mediterranean flavours. We strongly recommend opting for the chef’s signature selection of seven dishes, which emphasizes seafood and features some perfectly wild flavour combos. 


Boasting a seasonally-driven menu highlighting the best produce of the surrounding area, Café Le Monde is a Noosa institution, instantly loved by anyone who has the pleasure of dining there. With hearty, healthy (and a few naughty) breaky options galore, this beachy café jazzes things up at lunch and dinner time with poké bowls, burgers, seafood, curries, pastas, and more. 


Think your local pizza joint, but turned up about twenty notches. Somedays is all about wood-fired pizzas with epic flavour combos, seasonal salads using the best of what’s on offer, an intriguing variety of booze, and offering a dining experience that is unique and hella tasty. Can confirm, they’ve nailed it. 


Cheeky Cali-Mex cuisine is the name of the game at Paradise Arcade–where everyone is treated like a local and the flavours are about as bold as they come! From tacos, tostadas, burritos, and bowls to a funky range of share plates, Paradise Arcade’s menu makes for fun reading, and very very fun feeding. 


Forever full of life, Noosa Junction’s Canteen Cafe is one of the Sunny Coast’s favourite spots for breaky and lunch. Our go-to after a dip in the ocean, Canteen’s wholesome menu is loaded up with brunchtime favourites, flavour-packed toasties, burgers, and fresh salads.

Put simply, Noosa is a cut above the rest. 

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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- The gourmet who has already booked her next long weekend.