With its white-washed walls, sunflower-striped awnings and a rusty old ship’s wheel, Coast 175 is like a bright and happy slice of the Mediterranean on the Coast’s Peninsula.
Inside the corner street cafe, a glass float hangs on the wall like a misty half-fallen tear drop, pineapples lie in a beautiful wooden boat and a decorative surfboard looms over the communal dining table.
Since it opened at 175 Ocean View Road, Coast 175 has been bringing some seriously chic nautical charm to Ettalong’s main strip.
On the corner of Ocean View and Schnapper Road, opposite the Ettalong Markets and just past the art deco Cinema Paradiso, the chic cafe is helping to spruce up the area.
The coffee is a smooth blend of Campos, which many Coasties and visitors think is the best cup on the peninsula, and there’s baskets-full of organic seasonal produce as well as rustic bouquets of flowers for sale at the mini gourmet market.
It’s little wonder this one-stop-shop is always packed on the weekends.
We love brunching in the light-filled interior or lunching on the cosy deck out the back.
With a focus on fresh food, a Coast 175 brunch might include coconut quinoa porridge, smoky homemade baked beans or a delicious fetta and asparagus omelette fringed with a lashing of watercress and sweet homemade tomato chutney.
The trademark exotic juices – Amalfi, Sunset and Green Guy – are as refreshing and colourful as they sound.
The menu is peppered with great foodie quotes and with Marie Antoinette’s permission, we happily indulge in the extraordinarily decadent and delicious sweets available.
From salted caramel brownies to pumpkin spiced cheesecake, tiramisu lamingtons and vertiginous slices of carrot cake, sweet tooths will find themselves in dolce heaven at Coast 175.
Coastal Chic Tip: If you’re heading down for a Saturday or Sunday brunch, it doesn’t hurt to book a table as the cafe gets very busy on the weekends. Be prepared to park a little down the road.