While there are many things to do in Noosa foodies will rejoice: there are as many cutting-edge eateries in Noosa as there are tanned beach bods. From cheap, ‘grab-a-burger-on-the-run’ holes-in-the-wall, to high-end gourmet palaces, food options are plentiful and great quality. For post-swim snacks, cafes, bakeries and gelaterias fill any gaps. While Hastings Street in Noosa Heads is the long-standing epicurean centre, Noosa’s other areas – Noosa Sound and Noosa Junction – have fast caught up, if not surpassed, the main drag for quality eats. To assist you with your sand, sun and gourmet extravaganza, here are the best Noosa restaurants on Hastings Street and beyond.
Noosa restaurants – 3-day food safari
Day One – Hastings Street restaurants
Start off your day with a leisurely power breakfast at 10 Hastings Street.
This Hastings Street restaurant is in a pretty spot, located at the wooded end of the main drag, has a sunny, beach-house décor.
Bare, sandy feet are allowed here; the more casual, the better, it seems.
Chefs whip up a range of fabulous juices and smoothies (superfood acai berries are big here) plus great-value egg dishes.
Fancy a spot of lunch at Laguna Bakery (3/49 Hastings St)?
Since you’ll no doubt be hitting the beach or National Park, why not enjoy your lunch as take-away al fresco?
Grab a good old-fashioned sausage roll from the local bakery on the main drag, and while you’re at it, don’t miss the bikini-clad gingerbread men!
On your return to the main drag, be sure to indulge a little at the local ice-cream joint, Massimo’s Gelateria (75 Hastings St).
Think a touch of Rome-on-the-coast style heaven.
Even the locals who avoid Hastings St in high season (the crowds bother them) will make an exception for this place.
The bonus? The gelati and sorbets are made from natural ingredients only.
Where to go for drinks? Miss Moneypenny’s is the spot to hit the local scene. It brings a touch of city to the beach. It has a slick bar and an enormous cocktail list featuring the classics with a twist, such as a marmalade Tom Collins to bloody Marys with a Moneypenny twist.
Dinner? Locale is tucked away on Hastings Street, yet away from inquisitive passerbys, this secret, elegant locale serves modern Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce.
Antipasti plates range from pan-seared scallops to beef carpaccio and excellent mains include snapper, beef (220g worth) and spatchcock.
Day two – Breakfast on Noosa Beach
Aromas is the ultimate people watching palace, where tables face the street-front Parisienne style.
It gets bonus points for opening extra early so line up for a coffee after your pre-breakfast swim.
While it serves up good cooked breakfasts (free range poached eggs, portobello mushroom dishes and the like) a lighter option – bircher muesli or delicious fruit salad – should keep you going until lunch.
To bring you back to your beach roots, grab a pre-dinner snifter at the Noosa SLSC (Surf Life Saving Club).
This wonderfully unpretentious spot right on Noosa’s main beach is typical of any surf club on the Queensland Coast – rowdy, friendly and relaxed.
Grab a seat anywhere (the floor-to-ceiling windows provide for an expansive beach vista) and enjoy a sundowner.
Then it’s time to leave the confines of Hastings Street and spread your culinary wings a little.
Noosaville, around three km from Hastings Street, is a definite hot spot when it comes to some cutting-edge eateries (locals have kept it secret for years).
Our choice for a fabulous evening meal is Little Humid.
A pebble’s throw from the riverfront, this small and cosy spot serves up inventive modern Australian dishes such as crispy-skin duck confit and seafood risotto paella style. And vegetarians rejoice – this place has excellent non-meat dishes (that carnivores also adore).
Day three – Casual Noosa Vibe
Bistro C on the waterfront hits the spot. After your early morning swim, be sure to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and coffee here.
This fun place manages to blend chic with a casual beachside vibe.
You can wander straight off the beach and grab a table on the outdoor terrace.
Wasabi is in a classy location on the Noosa River, this award-winning high-end Japanese restaurant has the lot: a drinks list as long as a Tokyo train track (including whisky from Japanese distilleries, shochu infusions and sake), authentic Japanese cuisine and pricey, but fabulous, menus.
There’s Omakase (let the chef decide) for $134, Wakeru (to share) for $98, and a la carte (mains from $25).
This is an experience worth lingering over.
If you’re in town on a Sunday morning, head to the Noosa Farmers Market on Weyba Road, Noosaville (open 7am to noon), and eat your way through a delicious array of foodie stalls. T
his is the place for organic produce… and your edible souvenirs to take home.