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Now that weather warnings have subsided and there’s light at the end of the tunnel, there is absolutely no excuse to stay indoors.
A good way to soak up the fresh winter sea air – and consume copious amounts of coffee to stay warm – is to try out this Coastal Coffee Trail.
We all know the best way to make a beach walk sound enticing to your anti-exercise friend is to promise a brunch or coffee date at the end of it. After all, your hard work deserves to be rewarded!
The Holdfast Bay coastline, extending from Kingston Park to Glenelg, is a hefty 8km (16km return). So if you plan to do the whole thing, we bet a few ‘reward’ stops need to be involved.
Here is a guide on how to plot your next beach walk, based on which coffee spots are situated close by… because we know where your priorities lie.
Oceans Food Truck, Kingston Park
If you’re starting at the Kingston Park end of the Coastal Coffee Trail, start at the Oceans Food Truck, located next door to the Brighton Beachfront Holiday Park. The family-owned food truck is located smack bang on the foreshore of Seacliff Beach and absolutely loved by locals.
Oceans is open from 8:30am and is the perfect location for your first coffee of the morning. If you find yourself visiting this location later in the day, we do recommend trying some of their freshly cooking seafood such as the salt & pepper squid cone. Nothing better than food you can hold in one hand when you’re on the go.
Seacliff Beach Hotel, Pirate Cat Café and more, Seacliff
One kilometre down the road is the Seacliff Beach Hotel and the Pirate Cat Café. Open every day from 8am and 9am respectively, the two venues both provide coffee, breakfast, and lunch options beside the coast. Just a short walk up Wheatland Street you will stumble across The Garden Café Gallery with secluded garden area.
The Esplanade Hotel and Jetty Road, Brighton
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes on Brighton’s Jetty Road strip. Essentially the brunch epicentre for locals down South, Jetty Road Brighton is home to popular cafes such as Alimentary, C.R.E.A.M, Beach Pit, Big Shots, The Seller Door, A Café Etc, and many more. Don’t go passed the unsuspecting with In Thais, Copenhagen, Alchemist, Brighton Jetty Bakery and Brighton Food and Wine bar all catering to that coffee lover.
However, if you were hoping to stay along the beach and avoid going too in-land, The Espy is the way to go. A popular pit stop for walkers, The Espy also has a dog section outside, where your furry best friend can sit beside you when eating your first meal of the day. Open from 7am – this is the place you want to go first if you’re an early riser.
The Kiosk at Somerton, Somerton Park
Based out of the Somerton Surf Lifesaving Club, The Kiosk at Somerton is a great beachside cafe that serves not only great coffee, but also classic lunch favourites and puppercinos! If you’re taking on the Coastal Coffee Trail with your pup, The Kiosk at Somerton is definitely a great pit stop.
The Broadway, Glenelg South
Travel 1.4km North down the Esplanade, and you will find yourself at The Broadway Kiosk – the last coffee spot along the coastline before you hit the Glenelg food and retail epicentre. In a prime location, so close to the beach you can touch the sand, The Broadway Kiosk is a bustling beachside brunch spot that you will inevitably cross as you complete the Coastal Coffee Trail.
If you’re happy to veer off the beaten track, The Broadway is also home to an abundance of local cafes just a stone’s throw from the beach, such as Seafaring Fools, The Organik Store & Café and the Mediterranean Café Ristorante.
Seafaring Fools, partly-owned by former boat captain Alistair Corston, is a spacious Art Deco café that has just recently introduced a hole-in-the-wall burger joint, Fools Burger, just outside its street-facing window. Perhaps a burger or one of their renowned Reuben sandwiches will help curb the post-coffee jitters.
Alternatively, The Organik Store & Café is another great destination for all your coffee, lunch, and bulk food needs. Its predominantly gluten free, vego and vegan menu offers something for everyone. When you’re ready to switch from caffeinated to non-caffeinated beverages, The Organik Store also serves a range of ‘fresh’ garden-picked herbal teas.
The Broadway Hotel is one of only a few local hotels around to still retain its historic character and is a great local pub with a traditional pub feel, a street frontage beer garden, as well as patio dining at the rear of the hotel.
The Bay, Glenelg
If you’ve managed to get to this point, congratulations! You can check an 8km hike off your list. Glenelg is dotted with a bevy of gorgeous shops and cafes to peruse as you conclude your afternoon, or not. After a stretch on the jetty, meander around Mosely Square and pop into the Bay Discovery Centre to plan your next visit. Enjoy the incredible waterside views by dropping into the Stamford Grand, the Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier or one of the superb eateries at the Marina Pier or settle in for a spectacular sunset.