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Sunshine Coast culinary directory—what to eat, drink, buy, and try!

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The Sunshine Coast might get its name from the miles of golden sand and fabulously temperate climate, but this picture-perfect region is also home to some of the best dishes, drinks, vendors, and ingredients to be found in the country. Take an insider’s tour of this lush locale courtesy of your tastebuds and this essentially directory of goodness. 

Prawn linguini at Sails, Noosa Heads

This iconic beachside looker is worth a visit for the view alone, but the prawn linguini takes the experience to the next level, with the tuna tostaditos, sashimi plate, and encyclopaedic wine list (hello, Chablis!) playing solid supporting roles. 

Spanner crab spaghettini at Ricky’s, Noosaville 

Fragrant, piquant, and devastatingly moreish, Ricky’s famed pasta dish features locally caught spanner crab and a perfectly balanced flavour profile that’s kept it on the menu for years. A must. 

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Turkish gozleme at the Eumundi Markets, Eumundi

Many Aussie markets have a stall slinging gozlemes, but this one takes the savoury cake. Both the beef and spinach iterations are insanely good with a squeeze of lemon, lashings of garlic and chili sauce, and a zingy pepperoncini perched on top. 

Kingfish and wagyu tartare at Sum Yung Guys, Noosaville

There really isn’t a misstep to be made on the menu of this crème of the crop Noosaville pan Asian stop. The kingfish and wagyu entrees are not to be missed, but the chargrilled chicken, short rib, prawn toast, and cocktails are all exceptional too. Consistently the best table in town, go. 

Coffee at Gun Cotton Roasters, Yandina

Globally and ethically-sourced beans, roasted in house (at the back of the shed, no less), and brewed to perfection. Great eats and live music too!

Dumplings and noodles at Rice Boi, Mooloolaba

Japanese izakaya meets grungy dive bar at this beloved local haunt for top mod Asian street food. The pork and ginger dumplings, ramen, and sticky char siu take top honours. 

Bread at The Wonky Loaf stall at Noosa Farmers Markets, Noosaville

For the love of gluten! This former micro bakery turned full production setup weaves their signature slow fermented sourdough magic through all their delicious products from pastries to pie crusts.

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Pad see ew at IM IM Street Food Truck, Noosaville

Open just three days a week, this flavour-packed caravan delivers authentic Bangkok-inspired street food dishes—fast, fresh, and for next to nothing prices. 

Noosa Amore Gelato, Noosaville

While Hastings Street mainstay, Massimo’s, is the top local pick for many, Amore’s unique flavours place it firmly on top in our book. Yogurt topped with honeycomb caramel, ginger, fig and dark choc, peach and raspberry ripple… the list goes on!

Woodfired pizza at The Doonan, Doonan

One of the Sunshine Coast’s newest and most headline grabbing venues, this upmarket beer garden-slash-restaurant is rightly breathing new life into the pretty hinterland between Noosa and Eumundi with its lovely looks and crispy pies spanning capricciosa to salsiccia. 

Coffee at Flying West, Doonan

Solar powered, family run, eco-friendly, and the coffee is darn good too! Also beaut for a quick breakfast.

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Pot of beer at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club, Sunshine Beach

When all you need is a cold one in the sun, this’ll do quite nicely. Noosa Surf Club is equally simple and wonderful.

Cocktails at Lucio’s, Noosa Marina 

The seafood might be Lucio’s most well-known proffering, but guess what? The cocktails are nothing short of sensational. The white negroni is a lighter, softer twist on the original, and our pick of the bunch. 

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