Eating out in Mackay’s Northern Beaches
Eating out in Mackay’s Northern Beaches
With The Shores being a little out of the city, it’s handy to know the best places for eating out in Mackay’s Northern Beaches, what the local haunts are, where to hang out, where the locals go, and where the best coffee, brunch, lunch, snacks, dinner and takeaway are. Therefore we are going to spill the beans on great places to have a bite to eat and let you in on our best kept secrets below……
Firstly bet you didn’t know that a little shop in the Northern Beaches of Mackay has the best Coffee in Mackay and the Whitsundays and another has been voted the best Regional Cafe in Queensland. Besides that the Northern Beaches is truly spoilt when it comes to food choices.
The Best Coffee in Mackay’s Northern Beaches
Considering 3 out of 4 Australians drink coffee, it’s not hard to understand why it is so important for holiday makers to suss of where they can get their hit – and a good one too!
Twenty50 Nice Cream + Espresso Bar
This little Cafe offers much more than an amazing coffee. Voted Mackay & Whitsundays Best Coffee in 2018 by Triple M. Twenty50 Nice Cream + Espresso Bar also have dairy free, allergen-friendly, plant free and gluten free ice cream to die for, as well as an array of dishes to suit vegans. All their food is good for you and good for the environment. Twenty50 Nice Cream is very popular with the locals and visitors.
Located at Northern Beaches Central, Rural View QLD, just down from Woolworths supermarket, Twenty50 Nice Cream + Espresso Bar is open Mon-Sat 7:00am-9:00pm, Sun 7:00am-5:00pm. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ph 07 – 34957432
Blooming Dales Cafe
Other than offering superb coffee & food, Blooming Dales Cafe is a great place for young kids. Mum and Dad can enjoy great takeaway coffee, wraps, turkish melts, sandwiches, an assortment of hot food and their amazing cakes, their Hummingbird Cake is a favorite, while watching kids entertain themselves in the toddlers playground. Takeaway only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Most locals don’t even know this gem of a coffee shop exists. Thats because its tucked away in Kerrisdale Gardens Retirement Village a short drive from Northern Beaches Central. A place where age doesn’t matter, a friendly smile does wonders and no-one is in a hurry. A place to meet some real locals for the best coffee.
Blooming Dales Cafe at 59 Kerrisdale Cres, Beaconsfield, is open for takeaway 6 days a week for great coffee and scrumptious food and snacks. Monday to Friday from 9am till 4pm, Saturdays 9am to 3pm. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays. Phone (07) 4965 4400.
The Best Breakfast Place in Mackay’s Northern Beaches
Nobody needs an excuse to go out for breakfast or brunch when they are on holidays. Other than the fab cafes mentioned above The Coffee Shop is a winner for breakfast or brunch.
The Coffee Shop
Awarded the CW Queensland Regional Cafe of the Year for 2019 The Coffee Shop in Northern Beaches Central is a favourite for locals and visitors. The setting near the entrance to Woolworths is great for people watching, at a social distance of course, and meeting our friendly locals. The service and food is excellent!!
Located at Northern Beaches Central, The Coffee Shop is open 7 days a week from 6am for brekky, lunch, coffee and cake. (Try the Eggs Benedict with Salmon or Bacon and deep fried onion rings. Simply the best!) Closes 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. Closes 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Ph (07) 4840 2790.
The Best Places for Lunch in Mackay’s Northern Beaches
Escaping the sun and heat in the middle of the day is the perfect excuse to go out for lunch, stuff yourself, have a drink or two, and an afternoon nap, before cooking a light dinner in your unit at The Shores Holiday Apartments. (if you manage to get hungry again)! Other than the fab cafes mentioned above ^ there are a few more places tucked away that offer great food choices.
Eimeo Pacific Hotel
With views to die for the iconic Eimeo Pub or The Eimeo, as locals call it, is a great place for lunch. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer or wine later in the day, or dinner, and watch the sunset from the outdoor dining area. Their Coral Trout is a local favorite. Due to covid-19 restrictions bookings are essential
The Eimeo is situated on top of the hill at 1 Mango Avenue, Eimeo. It’s open 7 days a week for drinks, snacks, lunch & dinner. Open Sunday to Thursday 10am till 8pm. Friday & Saturday 10am till 8.30pm. Ph (07) 4974 9731.
The Best Places for Dinner in Mackay’s Northern Beaches
With balmy weather on the cards most nights here in tropical Queensland, it’s easy to be tempted to head out for a great meal after a long day at the beach – but where to go? Alongside recommending Twenty50 Nice Cream + Espresso Bar, The Coffee Shop, & The Eimeo (read particulars above ^), there are a few more gems we want to share with you. Go on, eating out in Mackay’s Northern Beaches once while on holidays should be a must.
Mackay’s Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant
Just a 2 minute walk from The Shores Holiday Apartments is Mackay’s Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant. The vibe is chilled and relaxed for eating in. Make sure you book as seating is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. (It’s the sort of place you could probably wear your PJ’s too and no-one would notice). They also do take away. With an extensive menu diners are spoilt for choice. Shan Choy Bow, Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, Combination Omelette, Duck in plum sauce …..enough said?! It’s reasonably priced and BYO. We even recommend you take your own soft drinks too. With generous serving sizes this local hangout can fill your belly 7 days a week, not only for dinner but lunch on weekdays.
Located a stone’s throw from The Shores Holiday Apartments in Turtle Shores Shopping Centre, 7 – 9 Blacks Beach Road. Mackay’s Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant is a must. Open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday 11.30am to 2pm & 4.30pm to 9.30pm. Saturday, Sunday 4.30pm to 9.30pm. Ph (07) 4969 6373
Blacks Beach Tavern
The local Blacks Beach Tavern is another local favorite. It’s a family friendly relaxed pub with a children’s playground. You can dine inside in air conditioned comfort or Al Fresco adjacent to the Lawn Area where you can keep an eye on your kids and observe social distancing rules in the Children’s playground area. With a Wood Fired Oven their pizza’s are a great treat. So’s the children’s menu. They also have Pokies, Keno, a TAB and extensive Bottleshop.
A 5 minute walk from The Shores Holiday Apartments, the Blacks Beach Tavern is a true local haunt. It’s on the corner of Blacks Beach Road & Slater Avenue, Blacks Beach. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week from 10am. (Try their Schnitzels. They are HUGE and great value.) Bookings preferred due to covid-19 restrictions on the numbers of patrons. Phone (07) 4944 4800 to order take away, book a table, or book the courtesy bus that will gladly pick you up from The Shores Holiday Apartments if you are feeling a bit lazy. Afterall, you are on holidays.
Bing’s Nomiya Mini
Bing’s NOMIYA Mini Japanese Restaurant/cafe in the Northern Beaches is a trendy spot that has a real Eat street feel. Wooden tables, paper plates sort of place. Its quickly developed as a fave amongst the locals and visitors. Both for take away and dine in. Not somewhere to go for a romantic dinner, as you order and pay at the counter, but definitely a must if you enjoy Japanese cuisine. Dining in, then phone in advance to book due to covid-19 restrictions. It’s BYO and prices are also good. Highly recommend Pork Bao, Tonkotsu Beef Ramen, Karaage Chicken. All superb so certainly a place to try.
Located three doors from Twenty50 Nice Cream & Expresso in Northern Beaches Central, Bing’s NOMIYA Mini is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm & 4.30pm to 9pm.(9.30pm Thu, Fri and Sat nights). Closed Sundays. Ph (07) 4999 9280.
There are many more places to eat, drink and relax in the Northern Beaches suburbs of Mackay. These ones are just our tried and tested favourites for eating out in Mackay’s Northern Beaches. If you have a place you want to share where you enjoyed a great meal – feel free to tell us.
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