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The Velo Project

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published June 22nd 2017
Keep It A Secret
The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Located in a quiet street of suburbia, The Velo Project - Image: Elaine de Wet


I've now got it in my head that it's the off-the-beaten track venues that we need to locate for that perfect coffee and breakfast. Venues that tourists and holiday-makers still have to locate orů..hopefully, not! And, this is why we chose The Velo Project - you might remember that they're on my list of 41 Dog-Friendly Coffee Hang-Outs on the Sunshine Coast - a list that I'm steadily working my way through.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Please wait here to be seated - Image: Elaine de Wet


Located in a quiet street of suburbia, this funky non-esplanade eatery was a hive of activity. There was a queue of un-rushed diners waiting to be seated - there's no better testament to the popularity of a venue, when people are prepared to wait for their seats and remain good-humoured throughout the 'waiting' time. Though, in all honesty, The Velo Project had this totally under control and people were seated promptly, with perhaps, a maximum of a five minute wait.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Un-rushed diner with her furry pal - Image: Elaine de Wet


The staff were exceptionally friendly and once seated, brought us our menus. I loved the quirky menu idea - old atlases were very creatively utilised, with the respective menus randomly placed inside the atlas - making it a fun project to locate, in our instance, the breakfast menu. And, we weren't disappointed.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Quirky menu idea - Images: Elaine de Wet


The Velo Project's whole menu is bicycle-themed:-

Simple Unicycles, which includes muffins; toasted ciabatta; Velo smoothie bowl; house-made toasted banana, almond and date bread; lychee, lemongrass and coconut pannacotta; and bacon and egg turkish;

Vintage Two Wheelers - Avocado Smashed (our choice), with fresh red onion, roasted garlic, corn, lemon juice and fresh herbs served on ciabatta toast for $17; add two eggs of your choice $21;
Verdict - Fresh, tasty and totally more-ish!

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Our Vintage Two-Wheeler - Image: Elaine de Wet


Eggs Benedict; quinoa and potato hash; pumpkin and goats curd baked gnocchi;

Urban Tandems (the tandems are available any time of the day) and include delicious treats like hot smoked ocean trout salad; masala chickpea wild rice Buddha bowl or perhaps a slow braised beef brisket, would tickle your fancy.


Easy Riders - buckwheat crepes with all sorts of decadent flavours for the sweet-tooth, including Nutella, hazelnut crumble, butterscotch and macadamia praline;

The savoury tooth wasn't forgotten either with hot smoked ocean trout; roasted pumpkin and grilled zucchini; grilled crispy bacon, banana and Canadian maple;

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Freshly-squeezed orange juice - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Good Stuff - coffee by 'Kai Coffee', with every conceivable coffee being available including the Vietnamese Iced Coffee, served over ice with condensed milk; organic tea; herbal teas; fresh juices; ginger ninja; smoothies; cold drinks.

The Little Trike Club - specially for the littlies in our life

Baby chino; choco chino; super dooper baby chino with fruit pieces and melted dipping chocolate; milk bottles (a variety of flavours); little juices; ginger ninja; crepes and even simple sandwiches to ensure that little tummies are catered for.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
The Dogue Menu - Image: The Velo Project


The Dogue Menu - yep, people, our favourite furry family members are totally welcome with their very own menu, boasting Doggy Doughnuts, Peanut Treats and even a Poochy Latte.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Not a seat occupier - also not waitstaff - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Velo Project's zany eclectic assortment of decor all added to the warm ambience of a venue very much-loved by its patrons, from the young to the 'old-ish' (that's us!) Fashion mannequins are quaintly standing or sitting around - one tends to think they're extra patrons, but don't be fooled, these life-size dolls all add to the creative space without taking up necessary seating space.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Funky and creative - Image: Elaine de Wet


Parking wasn't a problem as there was plenty of street parking available - I suspect many of The Velo Project's visitors choose to walk to this, their favourite breakfast/brunch venue. With indoor and outdoor seating available, one can choose to sit indoors and enjoy the liquorice all-sorts decor or sit outdoors and enjoy the warmth of the morning sun.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Image: Elaine de Wet


The Velo Project's message 'Where a group of talented creatives from around the globe bring to life international brands, simple fresh food and artisan espresso' perfectly sums up this little gem's personality.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
Great spot for a coffee and a newspaper read - Image: Elaine de Wet


Are you looking for a unique and fun venue for a special occasion, The Velo Project are able to accommodate you with a range of menus, created to suit every occasion and budget.

The Velo Project, dog-friendly coffee hang-out, quiet street, non-esplanade, bicycle-themed menus, Dogue Menu, street parking, breakfast, brunch, indoor seating, outdoor seating, friendly, creative
A popular breakfast/brunch venue - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Mooloolaba Collective Markets are in the same vicinity as The Velo Project, so a good brekkie and then a relaxing outdoor shopping experience would surely not go amiss. I would highly recommend this quirky out-of-the-way venue for its top-notch service, creative decor and more-ish food delights. Perhaps...we can keep it a secret 'just for us locals'!
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Why? For a quirky dining experience at a non-esplanade venue
When: Seven days a week from 7.00am to 3.00pm
Phone: (07) 5444-8693
Where: 19 Careela Street Mooloolaba, Queensland, QLD 4557
Cost: Varying
Your Comment
Nice article Elaine!
by Barry (score: 2|461) 119 days ago
Its name sounds straight out of a sci-fi thriller. Everything about the restaurant is inventive. Lovely article Elaine :)
by Diana (score: 2|576) 112 days ago
Excellent service. Recommended.
by Barry (score: 2|461) 118 days ago
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