Our Top Picks for Foodies in Noosa
If you’ve made the commendable decision of booking a Noosa holiday house for your next stay away from home, you’ll need to know where to grab a bite to eat. Noosa is a foodies’ paradise. There are countless restaurants, bars, food trucks, cafes and other great spots to experience some of the local cuisine.
While a number of locations certainly cater to the tourist crowd, it’s possible to find a couple of quiet niches where you can experience the standard fare of Noosa and truly get an idea of what it’s like to live in Australia’s hidden paradise.
Heading out to a restaurant while enjoying a beachfront holiday is basically a must-do. Everyone enjoys perusing the local menus and finding a place to splash out on a special evening.
Noosa has a great restaurant scene, with a wide variety of places that you can settle down and really get your teeth into a fantastic meal. There are a number of prime waterfront locations, where you may get lucky enough to score an amazing ocean view if you book ahead of time. Nestled between retail outlets and the occasional Noosa holiday house along Hastings Street are several restaurants that have earned a reputation for providing great food and awesome service.
Where: 25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Price: Season has fantastic food, and you’ll pay a price to match. It’s not outrageously expensive, but this is not a cheap restaurant.
Season has earned a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Noosa, with many making a day trip simply to eat there. With amazing ocean views and a menu that caters to every taste, Season is one of those places that every foodie needs to visit at least once during a Noosa holiday.
Noosa Beach House
Where: 16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Price: Not particularly cheap, but the food deserves a high price point.
Noosa Beach House is run by renowned chef Peter Kuruvita. If you’d like to experience the tastes and smells that shape food trends in Noosa, this is the place to start.
The seafood options at Noosa Beach House are works of culinary art, and we highly recommend you try something crabby if it’s on offer during your visit. Out of all restaurants in Noosa, if you’re only going to grab seafood once, this is absolutely the place to go.
We know that not everyone is interested in extending their mortgage by enjoying every meal at an upscale restaurant or a pricey café. Further, we know for a fact that a lot of visitors to Noosa enjoy a good bar meal. There’s not much better in life than a long morning spent at the beach followed by a well-earned pub meal and a couple of cold ones, then retiring to your Noosa holiday house to sleep it off.
There are plenty of great places to go for a drink and a cheap meal in Noosa, and we’ve tried most of them. Here are a couple of the best.
Where: 6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Price: Probably one of the pricier bars in Noosa, but certainly worth the price tag.
Miss Moneypenny’s is a favourite for Noosa locals. It’s certainly not the cheapest place for a pub meal in Noosa, but it’s not hard to make the argument that it’s the best. Cold beer, excellent surroundings and very high quality food make Miss Moneypenny’s a great spot for a feed.
Where: 62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Price: Cheaper than many others, especially for what you get.
Locale is one of the best Italian spots on the Sunshine Coast. Here, you not only get great food, but you get a strong sense of the passion the staff have for what they do. The atmosphere is great, and it feels like you’re really, genuinely on holiday when you’re eating here. You’re not just taking a break from life, you’re living it.
Want to try something just a little bit different to the usual sit-down situation? Check out the Noosa Cruiser Restaurant and Bar, where you can cruise along the Noosa River and soak up the atmosphere. There’s never a dull moment on the Noosa Cruiser.
Cooking at Home
If you’ve booked a Noosa holiday house for your stay, there’s a good chance that you have a well-equipped kitchen just begging to be used. We strongly recommend a visit to the Noosa Farmers Market (the markets are open every Sunday) where you can stock up on some high quality local produce and prepare a meal of your own. Of course, it might be a good idea to get some inspiration from the local restaurants first.