We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ‘Breaking’ the ‘fast’ after a night sleep is exactly what we all need to kick start a new day. For many breakfast is as simple as two pieces of toast with Vegemite as they race out the door. For our guest blogger, tour guide Michaela Box-Dougherty, breakfast is a whole different ball game. Michaela gives us some insight on the best breakfast on the Bellarine Peninsula…..
Of course, like many, I went through the ‘no breakky’ stage in my younger years. No question about it, I’d much rather have 5 more minutes asleep, than get up and make myself something to eat. Thankfully, I got out of that bad habit, and now, breakfast is my most loved meal. Last year I moved down to the Bellarine Peninsula, and in that time have gotten to know a majority of the local cafes. Here are my top tips for the best breakfast on the Bellarine Peninsula:
The Dunes Café – Ocean Grove:
If views are what you’re after then this is the place to be! This café is nestled in the sand dunes of Ocean Grove’s main beach, with uninterrupted, panoramic ocean views. It has a relaxed, family-friendly environment, with a kid’s menu to match! The menu is quite extensive and reasonably priced for such a beautiful location. It does get quite busy in peak times and at the weekend, so bookings are always a good idea. Also, booking in advance heightens your chance of scoring a window table!
Elkhorn Road House – Wallington:
For months, I would often drive past Elkhorn and not give it a thought. Situated on the side of Wallington Road, I simply assumed that it was just an ordinary, cliché roadhouse, but boy was I wrong! The atmosphere of this place is what I love the most! Nestled in the heart of Wallington, the café gives you a real sense of rural dining. A fabulous, extensive menu, with most dishes being either house made or locally sourced. Like what you’ve enjoyed for brekkie? Well good news, this café also doubles up as a store as well, giving customers the opportunity to buy a lot of the items on the menu!
Pasquini’s – Point Lonsdale:
Ideally located on the main strip of Point Lonsdale, overlooking the front beach, Pasquinis is always sure to delight! Listen to the sound of the ocean as you watch the sun come up through the trees. The café is family-friendly and is perfect for young children. The menu is fabulous, however it’s the coffee that keeps people coming back. Again, and again, and again! Quite simply, the coffee is amazing and I have no doubt it is a great part of the reason why Pasquini’s has been operating for over 20 years! If you’re after a no fuss, relaxed vibe, with the added bonus of the beach directly across the road, this is the place you need to try!
Beach House – Barwon Heads:
If you like things a little more fancy and luxurious, then you need to try the Beach House. Ideally located in the main street of Barwon Heads, the Beach House has it all. For myself, the service can almost determine how you feel about a café; and the service at the Beach House is always above and beyond. The waitresses are so lovely and always personalise your service, which for me, is quite important. I always hate going to places, where the workers seem like they don’t care if they get your business or not. I remember the first time I went to the Beach House, and the service stood out the most! The atmosphere of this place is also brilliant. The timber furnishings and the gas log fire, make this place relaxing and warm, while still feeling luxurious and up market. Again, a great family-friendly option with a kid’s menu for the little ones.
Charlie Noble – Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff:
It’s always hard to choose a favourite café. Weighing up everything from the food and coffee, to the service, location, atmosphere and everything in between. However, for myself, Charlie Noble would have to be incredibly high on my list, if not number one! Located on the newly renovated Queenscliff Harbour, Charlie Noble always impresses. For me, the location and views are what make this place. I love to be able to sit out on the deck, watching the boats go in and out of the harbor. There is always something to see. Their portion sizes are quite generous, with the best seeded sourdough I have tasted! Their coffees are also amazing, along with their extensive juice options. Another family friendly café, and a great place to start your day of exploring the beautiful town of Queenscliff.
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