Best places for brunch in Margaret River
It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and we at Brown Hill Estate agree, especially on the rare occasions when we have time to relax and take our time! Lingering over brunch with coffee and the newspapers is one of life’s simple pleasures, and in Margaret River, we’re lucky enough to have plenty of great brunch options to choose from, whether you’re grabbing something on the run or breakfasting at leisure. Here’s a rundown, in no particular order, of our morning favourites.
White Elephant Beach Cafe
Brunch with a view like this is something no one should miss when they visit Margaret River. Its rock-star position overlooking the sparkling waters of Gnarabup Beach would be reason enough to visit, but good food and excellent coffee by venerable Aussie roasters Diamattina seal the deal. The brunch menu offers interesting twists on brunch classics, such as wild mushrooms with beetroot and thyme relish on sourdough, and a coconut bircher muesli with maple syrup, then ups the ante again with Freo sardines in smoked olive oil, olive tapenade and pickled onion. Open daily from 7.30am except Christmas Day. https://www.whiteelephantcafe.com.au/
Follow your nose to Margaret River town centre, where this bustling little cafe serves up terrific coffee, smoothies and kombucha, as well as a delicious array of (mostly) home-baked brunch goodies. The early-morning crowd makes a beeline for its daily selection of muffins – perhaps sun-dried tomato, pumpkin and feta, or raspberry, choc and coconut; while healthy types are well served with açai bowls brimming with seasonal fruits, grains, nuts and seeds. Another reason we love it is because owner Liz Ostrick was an early adopter of encouraging customers to put down their smartphones and laptops, and connect with each other instead. A sign reads: “We no longer have WiFi. Pretend it’s the 90s and TALK to each other.” Now, that’s a brunch option worth celebrating! Open daily from 6am. https://www.brewshack.com.au
Its name may reflect its position as an offshoot of the Settlers Tavern, but this popular, streetwise cafe stands on its own two feet in its commitment to serving fine, single-origin coffee, courtesy of Melbourne roasters Dukes. Choose from espresso, pour-over or eight-hour cold-drip styles, then settle in and take your pick from a compact menu of house-made brunch staples, such as granola with labna, bacon and egg wrap made with a flour tortilla, or an ‘earth’ muffin made with spelt flour, fruit, nuts. Don’t love coffee? Margaret River company Bahen & Co supplies the hot chocolate, and there’s a range of fresh leaf tea and chai available, too. Open daily from 7am. http://www.settlerstavern.com/view/sidekick-cafe
Twenty years old this year, and this Margaret River favourite is still going strong, pumping out great coffee alongside inventive, wholesome brunch and all-day menus, with plenty of vegan options. What we especially love about this place is its friendly, welcoming staff and the fact that the food, whether it’s a towering brekkie burger with organic tofu ‘bacon’, tomato relish, avo and spinach or a ‘big breakfast’ with the lot, is made with local and, wherever possible, organic, sustainably produced ingredients. The kids’ breakfast menu is cute, too – the ‘teddy bear toast’ featuring peanut butter with sultana eyes, and banana ‘ears’ and ‘nose’, is a guaranteed hit with the littlies. Open daily from 6.30am. Phone (08) 9757 3480.
For nearly 20 years, local roaster and Yahava founder Alex Kok has been sourcing the finest coffee beans from around the world for his burgeoning business, Yahava KoffeeWorks. His café franchises and Kwik Koffee drive-thrus are now dotted through along the WA coast, from here in Margaret River all the way up to Perth. A visit here is definitely all about the coffee – an immersive experience, where you can go behind the scenes at the roastery, sample different roasts at the tasting bench, scour the marketplace for takeaway beans, teas and equipment, and even take brewing classes. The menu offers brunch classics when you’re ready to relax. Open daily from 9am.
This eye-catching renovated former garage on the main road in Margaret River is a delight to visit, and has become a meeting place for locals and visitors alike, whether they’re shopping for local produce, books or homewares, or need to fuel up for a day on the wine trail or at the beach. Riversmith’s website says it all: “Our focus is on the connection between good farming, good cooking and good eating.” So, find a spot on the terrace, order a cold-pressed fresh juice and excellent coffee, then settle in to browse a modern brunch menu featuring top-quality local ingredients. Open six days (closed Tuesdays) from 8am.
About 10 minutes’ drive south of Margaret River town, in the little enclave of Witchcliffe, Yardbyrd has been gaining a stellar reputation over the past couple of years for its friendly atmosphere, great coffee and delicious food. The quirky interior – furnished with vintage pieces and complemented by a leafy courtyard brimming with pots of herbs – makes a delightful spot to enjoy brunch while browsing the selection of newspapers and magazines on offer. Owner Robert Mayberry is an old hand on the Perth café scene, so expect consummate coffee and a small but perfectly formed brunch menu (fresh apple bircher muesli, brekky burrito) focusing on the best produce of the region, including Geo Organics milk for your latte. Open daily from 6am weekdays, 7am weekends. Phone (08) 9774 5639.
Image Credit: White Elephant Beach Café