The Coffs Coast is known for its fantastic local produce and relaxed coastal dining vibe, with an exciting array of restaurants, cafes and bars on offer. Here’s where to sample some of foodie delights of the region.
Located on Park Beach in Coffs Harbour, The Mermaid Beach House is a casual Italian restaurant with a focus on the best local ingredients. They even grow some of them on-site. Go for the Feed Me menu to sample the best of what’s on offer and make sure you try the delicious house-made focaccia.
For craft beer and wood-fired sourdough pizzas, head to Bellingen Brewing Co. This cosy brewery has a strong sustainability focus and was designed and created using local timbers and salvaged materials. If you’re not into beer, there is also a selection of Australian organic wines and excellent cocktails.
Grab a New York-style bagel and a delicious coffee before you hit the surf in Nambucca Heads. This small and friendly specialty coffee shop also does fantastic toasties and is conveniently located on the main street.
Tucked away behind a hidden laneway door in Coffs Harbour, Dark Arts Cafe & Bar has a little bit of everything: locally roasted coffee, craft beer, wine, cocktails, live music and comfort food – think all-day breakfast and lunch menus brimming with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and kid-friendly options. Whatever time of the day you visit, there’s always an inviting hustle and bustle.
In the trendy little town of Sawtell on the Coffs Coast, which boasts great cafes and boutiques lining beautiful beaches, Bar Que Sera was opened in 2020 by a husband-and-wife team relocating from Melbourne. The relaxed bar/restaurant serves seasonal share plates and bar snacks alongside boutique wine, cocktails and craft beer, celebrating quality independent producers.
Set in the heart of Bellingen, Za'atar is a Middle Eastern kitchen serving up Israeli-style falafel, hummus and street food. A fantastic spot for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers, the extensive menu is available both to eat in and take away. You can also stock up on Middle Eastern produce for creating meals at home.
With an unbeatable location overlooking the ocean in the Coffs Harbour Marina Village, Latitude 30 serve incredibly fresh seafood – caught each morning by the local fishers. Make sure you try the impressive seafood platter, featuring fresh lobster, prawns, bugs, oysters, ceviche and housemade bread.
For a taste of Mexico, head to Lime in Sawtell. This burrito bar and taqueria features an extensive menu including tacos, quesadillas, nachos and churros, as well as delicious margaritas. Don’t miss happy hour from 3-5pm on weekends and 4-5pm on weekdays.
Spirit connoisseurs should drop into Critters Distillery in Woolgoolga. Made from Australian wheat and locally sourced cane sugar, every drop of their alcohol is fermented on-site. Take a tour of the venue or simply stop by for .
Further up the coast in Woolgoolga is The Seaview Tavern, a family-friendly hotel offering excellent pub meals and an expansive beer garden. With a kid's area, live music, gaming and more, there is something for the whole family at this welcoming establishment. If you’re unsure of what to order, then go for the extremely popular chicken schnitzel.