Winter treats: loose change and where to use it

 

By Maddison Mulvany.

Winter is coming, which means it’s time to get your lips around a warm cup and sip your sorrows away. We all know a good coffee can make or break your day, so here is a list of cheap, top spots on the Sunshine Coast to use your travel budget.

 

  1. Cuba St (970 David Low Way, Marcoola)

Just got off your morning or midday flight and want caffeine to get your energy levels back? Then just head down the road from the airport to Cuba St, where the world is effectively shrunk into one small room.

This retro café in Marcoola is decorated with recycled goods, from bicycles to foreign money. It shares a European feel with intimate sitting space and wooden indoor settings.

Here’s the best part: a small coffee is only $3.50 – the cheapest one on the list!

Service – Excellent

Taste – Excellent

Atmosphere – Good

Price – Excellent

 

 

  1. Moffat Beach Brewing Co. (12 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach)

 

Chart topper for chai latte. This groovy bar/café rests along one the Sunshine Coast’s hottest surf spot – Moffat Beach. Not only does the café offer a range of deliciously creamy hot drinks, the menu stretches far beyond with several meal options and cold beverages. They even brew their own beer in front of you – how cool is that?

The staff are extremely friendly, and the starting price of coffee is only $4.

It’s family friendly, with arcade games indoors to distract the kids while you are able to enjoy that easy-on-the-eye view of the beach during your visit. Don’t forget to bring your bathers, as you won’t be able to say no to the gorgeous sea that is at the doorstep of this café.

 

Service – Excellent

Taste – Excellent

Atmosphere – Cannot beat it

Price – Good

 

  1. Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar (Lamkin Lane, Caloundra)

 

The best things in life are often hard to find – so we’ve put this one on the map for you. Do you love a bright wake-me-up feel with your morning coffee? Then this is the place for you.

Tucked in behind Caloundra’s main street this is a small yet endearing spot to enjoy the beauty of Queensland’s winter sun. Have your morning coffee and then hit the Sunday markets across the street only $4 shorter. But be sure to get in early to snatch the outside seats.

 

Service – Good

Taste – Excellent

Atmosphere – Excellent

Price – Good

 

 

  1. Belmondos Organic Food Market (59 Rene Street, Noosaville)

Tucked away from the busy hustle and bustle of the tourist spots, Belmondos is hidden in one of the area’s industrial estates. The ‘local hangout’ serves up fresh coffee, healthy, hearty meals and treats and features a grocery market all in a laid back and inviting environment.

Here is the best part – it’s coffee on your terms. You like it half strength? No need to ask. They bring you the shot, you pour the milk. And if you’re feeling up to it, be a little cheeky and have some ice cream with it too.

But don’t leave once your glass is empty. Check out the diverse range of locally sourced fresh foods to take home to enjoy later.

 

Service – Excellent

Taste – Excellent

Atmosphere – Excellent

Price – Good  

 

 

  1. The Nines (The Homemaker Centre, Maroochydore)

 

Last but not least, this spot shapes everything the Sunshine Coast is about into one place. Trendy, fun, flavoursome and everything in between.

One of the hottest places in the Sunshine Coast for your breakfast destination. It’s spacious, with both indoor and outdoor seating and as much room as they have for you, multiply that by two and save that space in your stomach because you are going to want to try everything!

The coffee is strong, like the service. If you want to keep your kids occupied for a little while, ask them about their specialty shakes. There’s a firm 40-minute minimum relationship with the straw before you can get through it all.

It’s in the heart of Maroochydore, with many large outlet stores to check out after your visit.

 

Service – Excellent

Taste – Cannot beat it.

Atmosphere – Excellent

Price – Excellent

 

 

 

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