The Sunshine State’s premier beach is booming, with a new wave of dining and retail spots making a splash.
The former owners of French-accented Gaston have opened a breezy Italian bar-eatery in Noosa Junction. Try a bombetta, their take on the Pugliese meatball stuffed with provolone and Taleggio, wrapped in prosciutto and dusted with lemon zest and parmesan. 1/77 Noosa Dr, Noosa Junction, (07) 5343 1778, bombetta.com.au
Sum Yung Guys
Street art and neon signage conjure an uptempo Asian aesthetic at this first-floor venture. The long banquette and semicircular booth are good for groups and there’s a good haul of dairy- and gluten-free options, such as mandarin-cured local swordfish with punchy nahm jim. 8/46 Duke St, Sunshine Beach, (07) 5324 1391, sumyunguys.com.au
Noosa and Cali-Mex flavours go together like Margaritas on tap and hip-hop – all found at grungy Paradise Arcade (shop 8b/14 Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, paradisearcade.com.au). In Noosaville, Bordertown delivers Tex-Mex with via burgers, tacos and booze (1/253 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, bordertownnoosa.com.au)