Explore: Downtown Dunsborough

Find the best breakfasts and new dining hotspots and indulge in some retail therapy

Darling Dunsborough, the jewel on Geographe Bay, scored some superb new eating options this year. A couple of excellent coffee shops, a sleek new watering hole and burger joint, plus the prettiest doughnuts you ever did see. Go back to your beloved holiday haunts and try some of the new soon-to-be-favourites too.

Dotted amongst the cafes and bars are a bevy of boutique shops, perfect for picking up some holiday delights.

Note: many of these awesome spots open for breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner. Look them up for opening hours. Also, bookings are recommended to avoid missing out this summer.

Dunsborough’s Best Breakfasts

Artezen is a long-time favourite for brekkie, with irresistible crepes and French toast. Soak up the sunshine if you can snag a table out the front and watch the world go by. They’re also licensed and serve lunch.

NEW Yarri Mornings was one of the sweetest pirouettes of 2020; they started serving glazed donuts and jaffles for breakfast on Saturdays. The donut menu changes daily but look out for Anzac and pumpkin pie donuts – they’re simply divine. Yarri is best known for lunch and dinner.

Mealup has fresh croissants and Yahava coffee alongside more substantial brekkies such as eggs benedict, nasi goreng and house made granola. It’s also fantastic for lunch.

Also try: Wild & Woods, Evviva Café, Kona Joe’s Health Shack

Cafe Cruising 

What’s new on the caffeine scene? Tiny Coffee on Clark is still tiny but has grown in popularity. They make excellent coffee quickly from this hole-in-the-wall spot, with a small selection of cookies. Two new cafes are poised to open in December; Dunsborough Coffee Co opposite Coles and Local (@localdunsborough) promises ‘bites by the beach’ and coffee made from Commonage Coffee Co beans.

Merchant & Maker are looking fresh as ever with a recent reno. The coffees are still killer, as are the salads, giftware and take-home meals in jars.

Yallingup Coffee Roasting Company got lucky with an awesome new nature playground Djiljit Mia going in next door, mid-2020. Grab a takeaway coffee, read interpretive signage to find out how Wadandi people caught fish in the bay, and watch the kids play.

Hot Chocolatte is still a fabulous treasure trove of coffee, chocolate and lollies. Visit twice and they’ll remember your name, if not your coffee order. Try the peanut butter chocolate frogs – the best!

Commonage Coffee Co - Dunsborough Yallingup

Lunch on the Run, or in the Sun

Dunsborough Bakery is the place to refuel after a surf – grab a pie and a jam donut and you’ll feel like the luckiest person in town.

Peko Peko serves up tasty sushi, rice paper rolls (try the carrot ginger dipping sauce), soups and noodles. They’re also open dinner to dine in or takeaway.

You’ll love Occy’s for their brilliant tap beer list, beaut burgers and the fact you can sip a frothy in the sunshine watching kids play on the lawn and people coming and going in Dunsborough. It’s dog friendly too, and open for dinner. Bookings recommended.

Not strictly Downtown Dunsborough, Clancys Fish Pub makes the list as it’s a 10-minute walk from town, yet feels like you’re in the country, looking over the lush valley. Check out their Cape to Cape Tap List featuring a beer from every local brewery. Open for lunch and dinner.

Conscious Craves changed hands recently but has stayed true to its plant-based, vegan menu. They serve tacos, pizzas, smoothies, raw desserts and oat mylk coffee.

Also try: Yarri, Blue Manna, Merchant & Maker

Dinner in Dunsborough

NEW Bungalow Neighbourhood Social – it was worth the long wait, and locals are rapt this watering hole is open at last. Craft beer, natural wine, wood fired pizza with a Euro vibe and great service.

Yarri, mentioned above for their Saturday morning donuts, is a smart restaurant loved for their lunch and dinner service. Chef Aaron Carr prepares thoughtful food that honours the seasons, and it’s served with Snake + Herring wine. They’re doing a set course this summer, and bookings are essential.

Blue Manna is also fantastic for lunch. Next door to Yarri, it shares a beautiful view of the peppermint trees of Dugalup Creek. They have the freshest seafood around, with luscious oysters, whole fish, crab and prawns arriving daily. You can also buy fresh seafood at their takeaway shop next door. Book ahead to avoid missing out.

Pourhouse is kicking goals, with a delicious new menu. Portions are generous, and you can book a table for dinner or simply pop in for a drink.

Pedro’s Mexican keeps getting better, with big flavours and even bigger cocktails. Dig into well known faves like guacamole, chilli con queso, nachos and burritos or try their take on Tex Mex with char grilled zucchinis stuffed with flavoursome fillings of your choice. Family friendly and they offer takeaway too.

Dunsborough Tavern. Bit of a guilty pleasure, this one. It’s owned by Woolworths, but if you’ve had a big day and the kids are tired and hungry, The Tav is awesome. There’s a huge indoor playground, a great family-friendly menu and a local beer and wine list. Plus the Christmas tree tower of sauce.

Bayside Burger Bar serves up burgers, beers, milkshakes and fries with a nod to the region’s surfing history. Burgers are named after famous surf breaks, and this is an awesome place to take the family for an easy meal after a big day out.

Terrific Takeaway

Grab a takeaway for an impromptu picnic on the Dunsborough foreshore, or to take back to your accommodation.

Burgertron is our favourite new fast food joint; they opened in March and crank out seriously good burgers and sweet potato fries. Takeaway or eat at one of the tables outside.

Peace Pizza roll their own dough and fire the pizzas in a new wood fired oven. Not just the usual suspects, they have some creative toppings too – pumpkin with pinenuts and Eagle Bay honey or pesto marinated prawns with chorizo. Takeaway only.

Oh Delhi serves up delicious Indian cuisine and also offers dine-in. Little Saigon Vietnamese has some dine-in tables, and is sometimes open at lunch too, serving takeaway Bahn Mi. Dunsborough Chinese has generous portions of tasty rice and noodle dishes, and also offers BYO dine-in. Bamboo Spice packs a punch with yummy Thai flavours; takeaway or dine in (BYO).

Downtown Dunsborough Boutique Shops

Boutique Shopping 

It’s a treat having the time to browse the boutiques and pick up a new dress or denim, a piece of art or locally made soaps. Dunsborough’s dotted with locally owned and operated boutiques, and it’s a pleasure supporting these small businesses.

There are plenty to explore, but check out these favourites. Text & Co bookshop has turned into an artful delight under new owners, not only stocked with beautiful books but Wool & The Gang knitting gear, too. All lovingly gift wrapped on request. Coastal Kids is packed with fabulous children’s clothing, toys, scooters and gifts – plus the bathers and beach gear every kid needs for summer. Corynne’s Natural Skincare is a little further out of town on Commonage Road, but worth the short drive for the handmade soaps scented with lovely natural oils and other lovely gifts.

One Palm clothing is designed in the south west, and their boutique features great clothes, accessories and travel goods. Shoebedoo has shoes and accessories for every occasion, taking you from casual beach sandals to stylish wedding heels. Milk is the place to go for amazing denim and designer dresses. And Hillzeez has your summer beach hangs sorted, with swimwear, towels, sunnies and everything you’d expect in a quality surf shop.

Nina’s Jewellery helps make a holiday extra special; make it a memorable getaway with a beautiful piece of jewellery. Likewise, Christian Fletcher Gallery captures glorious south west scenes in his award winning photography, so you can gaze at Meelup Beach, Yallingup or Eagle Bay on your wall for years to come. Nathan Day Designs, master craftsman of impeccable wooden furniture has his workshop in Vasse, but you can get inspiration by admiring his custom made blackbutt tables at Yarri.

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Lizzy Pepper

Author Lizzy Pepper

After living in Melbourne and London, Lizzy meant to have a summer in Yallingup before getting a “serious” job in Perth. Nine years on, and she loves Dunsborough too much to return to city life. Lizzy works as a marketing consultant in the tourism industry. She’s taken helicopter rides along the coast, distilled her own batch of gin and put in the hard yards tasting wines to help tell her clients' stories. Whether she’s paddling her wave ski on Geographe Bay, swimming at Castle Rock Beach, brunching at a favourite café or drinking local wine on the deck, Lizzy is always on the lookout for new tastes and experiences to share with visitors. Instagram: @lizzy.pepper.marketing / Web: www.lizzypepper.com

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