With the Sunshine Coast 70.3 Ironman coming to my home town, the Mooloolaba Esplanade will become an Ironman/Ironchick mecca and I’m a tad excited. I love seeing all the new faces, fast bikes, shaved legs and nervous athletes walking around exploring all that Mooloolaba has to offer. Last week I was walking along the front of the beach area thinking about all the things I’d like to tell anyone coming to visit. There’s plenty of information on the race and the course, but I was thinking more along the lines of good places to eat and drink.
Here are some of my favourite places that you might like to visit. Hopefully you and your family/friends can have a terrific holiday while you’re in Mooloolaba for the Ironman.
Everyone has their favourites, but I love “The Good Bean”. It is the best if you want a quick take-away coffee. The staff are lovely, it has a great casual atmosphere but it’s the coffee that I really love. It can be busy, so be prepared to people watch while you wait.
There is also a new coffee shop around the corner “The Black Market” and it is proving to have lovely coffee too. Both are worth checking out.
#2 JUICE / Health Food
Ground Organics have amazing juices and healthy/raw food. The cafe is along the Mooloolaba Esplanade but is a little tucked away ~ look out for it. These guys also have an amazing Instagram following and they provide you with beautiful food/juice images. Well worth following….. @groundorganics
#3 FOOD ~ casual
If you’re chasing a delicious, nutritious, healthy meal then you cannot go past “Envy”. Envy cafe is nestled down Brisbane road (200m down from where transition is) but worth the short walk. This cafe has plenty of options and ideal if you have dietary requirements. I can recommend the gluten free toast with scrambled eggs AND the avocado on sourdough bread (can be gluten free too) – delicious! If you love chai tea, you really should try their chai tea on soy milk. They also have a wonderful range of juices and smoothies. Visit their website here.
If you’re prepared to drive or walk around 1.5km from the centre of Mooloolaba, then I would check out “The Velo Project“. It’s a bit of a local’s secret ~ the coffee and food is delicious. Perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets of Mooloolaba. The cycling decal and artefacts makes it even more appealing to anyone who loves bikes.
#4 FOOD ~ dinner
There are plenty of cafes along the Esplanade, but here are a few of my favourite restaurants;
Augellos~ These pizza are amazing. They’ve recently won another “Best Pizza” award. I would recommend booking if you’re planning to eat here because they get booked out rather quickly. They have gluten free options and they’re very family friendly.
Bella Venezia ~ Another fantastic Italian restaurant. Great to dine in but they also have a wonderful take-away menu.
The Spice Bar ~ Amazing food (and cocktails) and a unique dining experience. Check out their menu before you book ~ Delicious!
Fish on Parkyn ~ If you love seafood, then Fish on Parkyn is worth the drive (around 2 km from the centre of Mooloolaba). The food is amazing and very fresh.
** If you want to experience fresh fish’n’chip seafood, without needing to dine in a restaurant, then visit one of the take away shops at the end of Parkyn Parade. The seafood is very fresh and has often come straight off the trawlers.
If you are looking for a great place to have a beer or cocktail after the race, then check out the “One Up Bar“. The views over Mooloolaba are amazing! I can strongly recommend the Lychee Mojito while my other half recommends you grab a few mates and try their beer silos. They also have a bistro with a great range of tapa and meal options. This bar can get busy, reserve a space if you want a table with the water views.
The iconic Mooloolaba Surf Club is another great place to have a drink right on the beach.
If you’re looking for more things to do or day trip ideas, then visit the #visitsunshinecoast Website for ideas.
I hope you like the places I’ve recommended. If you find another gem, be sure to add it in the comments below so others know about it. Enjoy your time in Mooloolaba – race (or spectate) hard and hopefully we’ll see you all again in 2016 for the Ironman 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!