It’s that time of year again when it seems almost all of Canberra is holidaying somewhere on the NSW South Coast. All through January, the Clyde Mountain road is full of Y-plated cars and the populations of the coastal towns swell to two or three times that of normal.
Indulgent breakfasts are my favourite part of holidays, so I’ve rounded up five cafes that will sort you out for a good breakfast no matter where you are on the South Coast.
5. Quarterdeck, Narooma
The Quarterdeck at Narooma is a cute and quirky cafe located in an old boatshed on the Wagonga Inlet. With great water views and an interior of mismatched furniture and cluttered, eclectic knick knacks, breakfast at this fun cafe is a bit of an experience. You can go light with a couple slices of local fruit toast or a bowl of organic muesli, but if you’re feeling more indulgent, you could go for the “Gilligans” – French toast with caramelised banana and bacon. Find out more: Quarterdeck Narooma on Facebook
4. The Rivermouth General Store, Tomakin
The Rivermouth General Store at Tomakin oozes surfer cool. This cafe is all about chill vibes and their seaside location. It’s definitely the place you want to be for a hearty breakfast after an early morning swim (or surf) in the ocean. They serve up real good coffee and their smoothies, fresh juices and indulgent shakes are second to none. Find out more: www.therivermouthstore.com.au
3. On The Pier, Batemans Bay
If you like a good view with your breakfast, On The Pier at Batemans Bay has got your back. The restaurant on the Clyde River is a former punt house that looks out to the Batemans Bay bridge that every Canberran knows so well. Breakfast starts at 10am, so this is the place for those of you who like to sleep in when you’re on holidays or those who want to get in a morning swim before breakfast. The menu is simple, but interesting and mostly healthy. Think open grilled paninis with avocado, pickled beetroot, mushrooms and provolone or berry, fig & walnut toast with cultured butter and housemate apricot and vanilla jam. Find out more: www.onthepier.com.au
2. Milk Haus, Woodstock (outside Milton)
Milk Haus is a gorgeous cafe situated in an old Cheese Factory at Woodstock, just outside of Milton. Their food philosophy is to get back to basics – they have their own vegetable garden, try to have little to no wastage and aim to provide fresh, honest and simple food. This means that their menu changes monthly, based on what’s in season and can be grown locally. No matter what’s on the menu when you visit, I am pretty certain it won’t disappoint. Find out more: www.milkhaus.com.au
1. Pilgrims Vegetarian Cafe, Milton
I’m a vegetarian, so maybe I’m biased, but Pilgrims Vegetarian Cafe in Milton is, hands down, my favourite place to eat on the South Coast. I would eat at Pilgrims for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day if I could. While they are best known for their delicious burgers (which are pretty flippin’ good in my opinion), their breakfast menu is killer too. I’m a big fan of their housemade granola and can never go without grabbing one of their delicious juices. Find out more: www.pilgrimsmenu.com
Are you holidaying on the South Coast this January? I’m always on the lookout for new places to try, so let me know in the comments below where you love eating on the South Coast.
Read more from Bec Cuzzillo at her website: www.inexplicablewanderlust.com