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Published January 5th 2018
For your daily caffeine hit at the beach
For a small and compact place, Peregian Village has a number of great cafes on offer. Most of them open very early between 5-6 am for all those early risers, beach walkers and surfers, and many close by 2-3pm. As opposed to many of Noosa's cafes, serving predominantly tourists, in Peregian Beach it is the locals and the community who frequent many of these cafes.
At the Hand of Fatima, Carlos, the barista is assisted by Tom, his trusted helper
Hand of Fatima serves excellent coffee as well as substantial breakfasts with a Middle Eastern twist. Fresh muffins and pastries, smoothies and cold drinks complete the offering. Carlos, the owner, runs a very slick operation and will always smile and offer a few words even when under extreme pressure making lots of coffees for the waiting, caffeine-seeking, early risers. He is the only one who makes the coffees so the consistency is outstanding. Iced lattes are very popular on a hot summer's day and with Allpress coffee, these and other coffees are equivalent to anything this Melbourne writer has tasted.
Peregian Beach has many outdoor seating places, so when you get your takeaway coffee it's nice to sit on the outdoor seats and watch the world go by; dogs and their owners after an early swim, locals going to work, retirees coming from their morning walk, everyone is very friendly and always ready for a chat, if you are smiling and interested.
Skal Coffee, a few doors down from Hand of Fatima, also makes great coffee, breakfasts, and homemade muffins every morning. They also make healthy breakfasts of various acai bowls, smoothies, and refreshing drinks. Every morning the muffins will be a different flavour, it could be lemon and vanilla, mixed berry, raspberry and white chocolate or raspberry and coconut, they are all delicious. And yes, I did taste them all! They also serve light, healthy meal with a number of vegan options. The staff are always smiling and helpful.
The Baked Poetry Cafe, facing the very pleasant park-like square with shady trees, specialises in German-style bread and cakes and fresh, healthy breakfast and lunches. All dishes are made on premises and prepared with the finest quality, local market fresh produce and no artificial creams, sauces or marinades are used. Coffees, chai and the very welcome drinks of summer, iced coffees and iced chocolates can be had at any time of the day, maybe with a slice of raspberry or plum crumble cake, in the afternoon tradition of German "kafe und kuchen". Check out all the delicious cakes and ice creams here.
If you are after a more French experience, then Le Bon Delice French Patisserie has that in abundance. Traditional pastries such as croissants and pain au chocolat with your morning coffee or more decadent pastries such as eclairs and gateaux are all waiting for you. Or perhaps you fancy a selection of those little tasty morsels, macarons. Good coffee and light lunches in crepes or savoury quiches complete the offering and if you are after a cake for a birthday or special occasion, you will not be disappointed.
With a name like Raw Energy, your expectations of healthy fresh food will be met at this Peregian Beach Cafe. Smoothies, breakfast and lunch bowls, salads and fresh burgers will satisfy all hunger and food preferences. Coffee comes with a number of milk options and for the meals, there are many vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options too.
All the cafes mentioned in this article have great people working there, they always manage a smile and welcoming word, no matter how busy they are. Dogs are welcome, coffee is of high quality, locals chat to you easily and the atmosphere is relaxed, laid-back, Aussie beach style. With so many good cafes to choose from, why not try them all?