Breakfast with an ocean view, in the forest or the main street of Margaret River
Nothing beats a Saturday morning breakfast with a couple of coffees, delicious food and a quality newspaper. Except maybe the same again on Sunday morning. I’m often out collecting guests for our wine tours on a weekend morning, but when Monday rolls round I’m checking out the best Margaret River breakfast spots, and these are my absolute favourites, the ones I recommend.
So grab the table with the best ocean view or people watching potential, and enjoy!
Drift serves up the best Eggs Benedict you’ll eat. I can’t not order it – it’s ridiculously good, and I always get it with bacon and a side of mushrooms.
Margaret River famous for its amazing beaches, trees and walking trails, but it’s awesome too for fresh and locally grown produce. At Drift café you’ll sample this fantastic local produce in a super relaxed ambiance of a converted art deco building.
Coffee is excellent, made from Five Senses beans. I usually grab something sweet for the road – like their raw pecan slice.
1/72 Willmott Ave, Margaret River WA 6285
Open daily 7am-2:30pm
White Elephant Cafe
Bring your bathers – this casual café is perched over Gnarabup Beach, and on a sunny day a swim is totally irresistible. I’d go as far as to say that you should have bathers and a towel in your car always, just in case the sea calls.
The view is simply superb – 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean, the boat ramp and stand up paddle boarders exploring the bay.
The food is simple, yet creative, and totally mouth-watering. I usually get the Breakkie Burger – a generous serve of egg and bacon with homemade aioli inside a brioche bun. Melts in your mouth. Coffee is always spot-on, however you have it.
Not just a summer time option, they’ve got an enclosed room with smashing views, where you can keep cosy even during a downpour.
Gnarabup Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Open daily 7:30am – 3pm
We love the warm welcome and quality coffee that’s consistently good.
Sidekick is a great place to enjoy healthy eats and sweet treats in the main street of Margs. Right across the road from our cousins shop, the Margaret River Book Shop.
Excellent people-watching potential here; the owners call it the ‘fish bowl’ due to the wrap-around glass on three sides.
With a wide range of nibbles, coffee and other drinks, such as turmeric lattes and local Bahen & Co hot chocolates, Sidekick Café will be your go-to for that Monday morning motivator or Sunday afternoon sit-down with friends.
5/110 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Open daily 7am – 4pm
Margaret River Farmers Market
The Margaret River Farmers Market is your one-stop-shop for everything that Margaret River has to offer. From fresh food grown or produced within 100km and beverages, to chocolate and fresh flowers, the Margaret River Farmers Market is a great way for locals to showcase their produce.
Breakfast at the farmers market is the perfect way to experience the produce of the Margaret River region, whilst meeting the lovely locals.
Special mentions; Danishes and croissants from the Margaret River Bakery, homemade tarts by Jill James, coffee from Kombi Koffee and fresh Italian cakes and biscuits from Claudio Biscotti.
Lot 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Open Saturday 8am – 12pm
Technically ten minutes south of Margaret River in the quiet town of Witchcliffe, Yardbyrd is a little gem of a café recently opened by Robert Mayberry. He used to own Little Willies in Northbridge and The Dancing Goat in Cottesloe, and knows how to work his magic on the coffee beans!
Ingredients are locally sourced; Geoorganics milk, local free range eggs, nitrate free bacon. Everything is made in house except the bread from Margaret River Wood Fired Bakery.
I’m a big fan of the breakfast tortilla with plenty of scrambled eggs, bacon and relish – even the tortillas are made on-site.
10413 Bussell Highway, Witchcliffe, WA 6286
Open 7.30am – 4pm weekends, 6am – 4pm weekdays
The Hairy Marron
Calling all cycling enthusiasts! For a morning brekkie with friends, or coffee after a mountain bike ride, The Hairy Marron has got you covered. The Hairy Marron presents casual dining in the heart of the forest and only a short walk across the bridge from Rotary Park. This multi-purpose café has the best paninis, or chia puddings for a light brekkie.
69 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Open daily 8am – 4:30pm
Okay, Goanna’s not strictly a ‘Margaret River’ café, but it’s totally worth the trip towards Dunsborough, hey, you can stop in at some incredible wineries on the way back!
The Scottish Chef who owns Goanna used to work at a Michelin-starred restaurant in London before making the sea change, and you can tell by the quality of his food.
Indo Rice, a spicy coconut rice served with pesto and avocado, is one of the most popular dishes and it’s also pretty addictive. There’s a Bush Brekkie, loaded up with vegetarian goodies, a Spanish Brekkie with friend potatoes and chorizo, and lighter options like the house made granola with poached fruit.
Set in a glorious bush surrounding, and with a lovely Australian-designs gift shop, be sure to put Goanna on your breakfast bucket list.
278 Hayes Road, Dunsborough WA 6281
Open Wednesday to Monday from 8.30am to 3.30pm (weekdays) and 4pm (weekends)