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Published November 17th 2015
When you are looking for fun things to do in Port Macquarie, NSW, do not overlook its many restaurants and the foodie tour opportunities that the town proudly boasts. There are so many good restaurants and cafes here that you will simply not have enough time to try them all out. Below some of the best and most unique in character are considered.
For breathtaking views of beautiful vineyards at the InnesLake Estate combined with Modern Australian cuisine, look no farther than Little Fish Cafe. This restaurant is situated ideally for a thrilling atmosphere of food and wine. At a short distance from Port Macquarie's centre, diners are able to visit the vineyard as part of the experience and try as many as ten different types of wine with commentary on their production. Average main courses here run from $25 to $35.
Sitting on the Port Macquarie waterfront is the multiple award-winning Whalebone Wharf Seafood Restaurant. Besides the freshest locally sourced seafood and modern Australian cuisine, the place boasts spectacular views over the Hastings River. This restaurant touts numerous awards at out of town events, such as the Northern Region Award for Excellence from the New South Wales Restaurant and Catering competition. Prices start from $35 and up for diners with main courses.
Passionate creative minds, ultra-fresh ingredients, and seasonally available produce all combine to fuel a sophisticated and superb menu at this cafe with a contemporary feel. Diners enjoy the city-styled environment in a relaxed and warm atmosphere here. Serving dinner, lunch, and breakfast, prices run in the $25 to $35 range.
For those who love their coffee roasted and brewed in small fresh batches, look no further than Premium Coffee Roasters cafe. The very finest globally-sourced Arabica coffees are roasted here from organic coffee beans to create blends that will tantalize the toughest critic. Their coffees are packaged instantly after being roasted for individual, specific orders. This helps to stop the loss of wonderful but delicate aromas and flavours. The final results are world-class flavoured coffees made for espresso, filter, or plunger methods of coffees. Premium Coffee Roasters' coffees are generously decorated as being among the best coffee roasters Australia by the prestigious Royal Sydney Fine Food Show. Their awards demonstrate why Premium Coffee Roasters produce the best coffees in the "land down under."
Lying across the way from the famous Town Beach, The Stunned Mullet remains a much- loved Modern Australian cuisine restaurant with a smart casual atmosphere. Diners feel the joy of the Australian coast way of life whilst enjoying the panoramic views to Point Plomer up north. Sunsets do not come any finer than here. Prices start from $35 and up.
Toro's prides itself on having outlasted at least three other Mexican places in town during the past 23 years since it opened in this its original location. With more than 20 entrees and main dishes from which to choose, Toro's has become synonymous with value for your money, terrific service, a wonderful Mexican environment, and fantastic authentic flavours. Visitors can choose from 20 different super-hot sauces both for their meals and as take away gifts for friends. Prices run a more reasonable $15 to $25 per person here in this consistently popular Port Macquarie foodie hotspot.
An excellent waterfront Mediterranean and modern Australian cuisine specialty spot, Port Piazza Restaurant also delivers fantastic river views over the Hastings River. At walking distance from the central business district, shops, and surfing beaches, this continental Mediterranean-themed eatery is open seven days per week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu prices vary widely.