Whether it is a fine dining experience, a quick bite to eat, or a glass wine you are looking for, Australia has a multitude of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. Sharing a meal or chatting over a coffee is about so much more than paying for food and drink. The hospitality industry, from master chef to maitre d', provides us with one of the best ways to enjoy great cuisine and good company.
There is no shortage of good food in Australia and half the fun is finding it. For many people, there is nothing quite like locating that new restaurant that will soon become a favourite. Whether you like finding places yourself, or going on the recommendations of friends and reviews, the perfect dining experience could be found in a hidden laneway eatery or in a restaurant attached to a winery or bar. Then it’s just a matter of making walking in or restaurant bookings, and eagerly picking over the menu in anticipation of the culinary delights that are sure to follow.
The primary purpose of a cafe is to serve coffee. This works out well, seeing as though coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in Australia. We are a nation who is enthusiastic about our coffee – from the kind of bean used, to where it was grown and how it was roasted – we want to know it all. Meeting a friend or a business associate for a cup coffee is a common activity. Going to a café alone is also an everyday occurrence for some, as they go for the coffee and stay for the Wi-Fi so they can check their email, read the paper, or finish that screenplay. Aside from coffee, cafes serve all manner of hot and cold beverages. There is usually also a small selection of pastries or even a lunch menu. Many cafes are also licenced and can serve alcohol during certain hours.
Fully licenced establishments selling alcoholic beverages to people over 18 years of age, the range of bars in Australia is immense. From hole-in-the-wall pubs with local brews on tap, to gastropubs with boutique beers and wines as well as high-end cuisine, there is something for every taste just waiting to be discovered.
The Yellow Pages has a comprehensive list of restaurants, cafes and bars.