Written by: Australia's Golden Outback | February 07, 2018
Fact: You can’t explore Esperance on an empty stomach. Part of what makes our seaside town tick is our list of local cafes, breweries, bakers, markets, grocers and more. Below is just a handful of our favourite spots to fuel up before, during and after a day spent exploring Esperance.
Did someone say coffee? If you can’t start your day without a caffeinated drink, make a beeline for Downtown Espresso Bar. Located on Dempster Street, the light-filled coffee shop serves up specialty brews along with baked pastries, tasty bagels and gluten free goodies. If you prefer your coffee with a view, head to food truck Coffee Cat, at the Tanker Jetty Headland. For a traditional big breakfast, pop into Brown Sugar Cafe for perfectly cooked eggs, stacks of fluffy pancakes and delicious smoothies.
Located just a short drive from downtown Esperance, Yirri Grove Restaurant and Farm Shop is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Meals feature Yirri Grove olives and local produce and include gluten free and vegetarian options. The homemade Mediterranean pizza is a favourite, as is the mulberry & apple crumble paired with a refreshing cup of tea.
Taylor St Quarters loves to use and support local produce and it shows in their menu. The ever-changing selection features everything from classic burgers to snapper ceviche and linguini with fresh veg. The top-notch food is best enjoyed with a signature cocktail in hand. Try the Blackberry Bramble, a refreshing mix of gin with blackberries, lemon juice and ginger beer topped with rosemary.
Visit Lucky Bay Brewing to sample local craft beers in a relaxed outdoor setting and grab some takeaway tinnies to enjoy responsibly with your mates. Keep an eye on their Facebook page too for regular events around town, which usually include live music and yummy food from local vendors.
Grab our homegrown and homemade goodies for a picnic at any number of beaches, lookouts and national parks around Esperance. Head to BJ’s Fruit & Veg for gourmet groceries, or time your outdoor feast to coincide with the Esperance Grower’s Market. Held every second Saturday from 9am-12pm, you can pick up anything from fruit and veg to honey, cakes and preserves. Be sure to visit the Bread Local stall for delicious sourdough and baked treats.
For the freshest catch, visit Bandy Creek Fish Shop. The local fish market offers a range of locally caught seafood to take home and cook. If you’d rather leave that to the experts, pop into Fish Face. The local establishment offers casual dining or takeaway (which is best enjoyed on the beach).
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