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Weekend Eatinerary: Noosa
For years Noosa has been known as the capital of golden tans, bikini bodies beach hair – but little did the city slickers know what an absolute foodie hub it is.
Throw away your ideas of Surf Clubs, fish & chips and sinking XXXX on the sand (although they all sound delicious), Noosa is so much more than just its pristine beaches, especially during Noosa Alive.
A week of dance, theatre, music and food, Noosa Alive is the pinnacle event of Noosa’s cultural calendar, and we’ve got the hook up on where to stay, eat and play during the 10 day festival.
Noosa is full of gorgeous resorts to frolic amongst, but our pick of the bunch is Sofitel Noosa. Located in the heart of the action on Hasting Street, Sofitel is super chic and the perfect home base for your foodie adventures. Beach House is on site, featuring epic degustations and Sunday Dinners with celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita, as well as a riverfront bar and a luxury poolside cabana, complete with butler service, massages and drinks – Kim who?
A Noosa classic with a view that will make you want to pack up and move to the coast STAT – Bistro C is an absolute treasure trove. Their breakfasts are particularly bang on, with favourites including sticky BBQ pork, spring onion and rice noodle omelettes, and Tassie smoked salmon with eggy remoulade, edamame and flatbread.
Spanner crab omelette – need we say more? Café Le Monde is as Noosa as white linen on Hasting Street, and when you’re clutching a kombucha breakfast cocktail and watching people on main beach – you’ll feel every inch the local. On a health kick? Ditch the dairy for activated black rice pudding with banana and chai spiced pear.
Tucked away from the main drag is the spot the locals are probably going to be annoyed at us for writing about – Canteen. Dishing up mixed mushroom bruschetta with creamy labne and some of Noosa’s best coffee, it’s no wonder this place is always pumping. Feeling a little dangerous? Impress your mates and order the black pudding with butifarra negra, fried eggs and potato rosti – amazing.
It’s only just washed up in Noosa but Land & Sea is already making a huge splash with the locals. Using only locally sourced ingredients their love for all things coastal shines through. Their signature beer ‘Coastie Common’ is their take on a classic lager, and is perfect for those hot coast days. Feeling bold? Try the hoppy Proper IPA (6.6% hello!) or the malty, Brown Ale. Grab a local plate with spent grain crustini, beer cheese fondue, serrano ham, olives and pickles and settle in for the afternoon – just don’t forget to grab a growler on your way out.
Known for their big burgers, crunchy chippies and signature concrete shakes, you’ll find the OG Betty’s Burgers slap bang on Hastings Street. Stick to the original or branch out with slow cooked, crispy pork belly, lettuce, pickles and sriracha mayo. Can’t decide? Create a monster with the classic stack – the classic burger AND shroom burger combined in one jaw unhinging miracle.
Fresh seafood, chill vibes and river views – Thomas Corner is the ultimate riverside lunch destination. Spend a lazy afternoon devouring sashimi kingfish with crushed peanuts and fingerlime, wood smoked duck with corn, Noosa mushrooms and miso broth and freshly shucked oysters. Add wine or beer from the extensive range or try their signature cocktail – a Thai chilli basil martini – SPICY!
With its copper piping, decorative pineapples and cacti, mural of Frida Kahlo and neon signage the décor at Paradise Arcade is equally as amazing as the food. Spice up your day with dishes like Baja fish tacos, chargrilled street corn and fried chicken tostadas, washed down with their signature Paradise Palms Lager.
You don’t have to be James Bond to get a piece of Miss Moneypenny’s! With an extensive list of pizzas and cocktails the Hasting St venue will have you feeling as suave as 007. Treat yourself to a slow roasted lamb shoulder pizza whilst sipping on a rose petal martini or a botanical smash. Or if you’re on your way home from a Bond style dalliance with the enemy – why not stop by for whipped walnut praline and banana waffles? Miss Moneypenny’s has more tricks up her sleeve than Q.
Don’t feel like straying too far from your suite? Noosa Beach House has you boo. Located within Sofitel Noosa, the seafood focused menu includes starters like poached spanner crab and spicy local cuttlefish, rich Sri Lankan snapper curry and Mooloolaba prawns with smoked coconut dahl for dessert. Sweeten your stay with a blueberry parfait with coconut yogurt and roasted white chocolate, or go the whole snapper and book yourself in for a three-course set dinner.
Whip out your bikini and book a spray tan, we’re taking culture and cuisine to new heights in Noosa!
Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand who’ll be a coastie forever.