Cafe Le Monde is a Noosa institution, welcoming locals fresh from their morning surf and waving them goodnight as they venture home from a live-music gig. The multi-purpose space has stood the test of time by constantly adapting and evolving to its customers’ needs, morphing from a bustling cafe to a contemporary brassiere as the sun sets.
In operation since 1986, Perry Taylor and his tireless team have been offering a place to unwind, refuel and catch up, alongside a menu that focuses heavily on local produce. Perry, a retired airline captain, first started to focus on coffee when he was just 16 years old, working as a pilot in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He used to fly into cliff-hanging air strips around Mount Hagen, ferrying in medicine and shipping out gold and coffee. His sons, Adam, Ryan and Jaxon, took over the family operation in 2008 with Ryan running it since 2012 and continuing to explore new directions.
They’ve kept things close to their chest, with Adam living in Bolivia, sending the best beans back for his brothers to cup and roast to perfection. Operating under Clandestino Roasters, this direct supply chain gives the Hastings St cafe an opportunity to provide a seriously good cup of brew.
Open from 6am, it appeals to the early bird in everyone, as locals flock for their morning hit of caffeine after a swim, walk or run. There are single origins on daily rotation in the grinders, as well as Clandestino cold brew, brewed over
12 hours using cold filtered water to extract the oils. When the sun starts to set, their renowned coffee bean appears in a different form, served in the well-known Clandestino Espresso Martini.
While the focus may be on coffee early on, as the day progresses, food becomes the shining star. The all-day menu places an emphasis on fresh, local produce for breakfast, lunch, tapas and dinner, evolving as the seasons do. They draw from local suppliers such as Tanglewood Organic Sourdough Bakery and Belmondos Organic Market, sourcing produce that is free range, grass fed and where possible certified organic.
Start your day with an acai bowl or a three-egg omelette and a fresh juice courtesy of Noosa Cold Press. When the clock strikes 12, try one of the gourmet burgers, such as the CBCB – a chilli bacon cheeseburger with an organic beef pattie, house made pickled cucumber and sriracha mayonnaise. Vegetarians will be flocking to the Uluwatu – gado gado tofu with wombok, sweet soy and chilli sauce.
There’s also a range of ocean- and earth-based dishes, with an expanding range as the day disappears. Dinner visitors shouldn’t go past the grilled and chilled seafood platter, one of the cafe’s most famous offerings. There are also organic sourdough pizzas, salads and a variety of desserts that will have every sweet tooth salivating.
You’ll be dining with a soundtrack every Thursday to Sunday, as local and interstate bands and DJ’s take to the stage. Whatever the occasion or time of day, the ‘can’t-live-without’ local will be looking after all your needs.