Cuisine & Culture

Discover why the Central Coast is fast becoming a region known for its world class cuisine and trailblazing culture

Our picturesque natural landscapes and abundant outdoor adventures are usually top of mind when people think of the Central Coast. But in recent years, our diverse region has cemented itself as a culinary and cultural hotspot, rivalling the big cities that bookend our region.

In fact, in 2022 Central Coast was named an ‘Outstanding Region’ in delicious. magazine’s Harvey Noman Produce Awards, recognising our excellent and sustainability-focused producers, food-based experiences and thriving dining scene.

Let us introduce you to an ever-growing group of renowned and award-winning chefs, heading up sophisticated diners and hatted restaurants. Followed by filling your cultural cups with the Central Coast's buzzing art scene and unforgettable day tours and experiences.

Photo by Bianchi Photography

Celebrate the Central Coast's cuisine and culture scene

Immerse yourself in the coast's rich tapestry of restaurants and cultural activities

Tour Australia in a day within the confines of our local coastline

Did you know the Central Coast is now being dubbed as New South Wales mini-Australia? From iconic landmarks to reputable retreats and reptile parks, it's a mini-Australian oasis waiting to be explored. 

Come with us as we show you there is more to the Central Coast than the pristine beaches, friendly locals and laidback lifestyle. Unearth a taste of Australia only 90 minutes north of Sydney.

Elvis the Crocodle at Australia Zoo Central Coast
Discover where to find the freshest oysters
The Central Coast is bursting with these salty ‘guardians of the ocean’. Natural, Kilpatrick... however you like them, you now have a local list for exactly where to find some of the top places to get your Coastie oyster fix.

Hayley and Jo, Burnt Honey: Using local produce to support Central Coast industries.

Learn why Jo and Hayley love calling the Central Coast home.

Joel Konza Award wining mixologist and bartender

Follow Joel's boutique cocktail itinerary around the region

World renowned and local bartender, Joel takes us on a journey around the coast recommending his top 10 establishments to sip on a classic old fashioned, fruity margarita or an elegant martini.  Discover the Coast's vibrant blend of speakeasy bars, rooftop lounges and microbreweries. 

Vegan and Vegetarian dining on the Central Coast

About three million Aussies are choosing to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet these days, so it makes sense that more and more plant-based options are popping up on menus around the coast. Herbivores rejoice!

The quality of these veggie options has improved vastly, to the point where they’re often the star of the menu.  Even if you haven’t adopted a full-time plant-based diet for yourself, you’ll probably find you’re tempted to order veggo more frequently than ever before when you see what's on the menu at these planted powered venues.

Island TimeCafe terrigal Vegan and vegetarian dining
Flavours of the World
With an expanding selection of internationally inspired eateries on the Central Coast you can take a culinary journey around the globe, no passport required.

Sniff out the Central Coast dog-friendly cafés

The Central Coast is a great place to visit for dog-friendly things to do, with a long list of cafes and restaurants where four-legged guests are welcome. Order a latte for you and a puppuchino for your best pooch!

Terrigal Beach Hosue PAW Friendly DOGs
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