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Top Choice Modern Australian in Main Beach & The Spit


An easy but super-stylish, marina-side spot, with upstairs and downstairs seating, both perfect for yachtie views. The mostly European staff is winning and the menu is flexible. Wood-fired pizzas can be combined wit…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Main Beach & The Spit

Bar Chico

A welcome addition to the Tedder strip, this dark and moody European-style bar does fabulous cheese and charcuterie plates, fish or meat tapas-style dishes and big, beguiling salads. Displays a chef-like attention t…
Top Choice Market in Main Beach & The Spit

Gourmet Farmers Market

On Saturday mornings, the open spaces of the Marina Mirage mall fill with stalls selling seasonal fruit and veg, baked goods, pickles, oils, vinegars, seafood, pasta and more, all from small-scale producers and make…
Cafe in Main Beach & The Spit


Floor-to-ceiling windows rimmed with Italian mineral-water bottles, inverted desk lamps dangling from the ceiling, good-looking Euro tourists, wines by the glass, perfect patisserie goods, cheese fridges, and basket…
Modern Italian in Main Beach & The Spit

Vie Bar & Restaurant

The most intimate of the Versace restaurants also happens to have the best marina views. Dishes here are stylishly plated and properly sauced (oh, those seafood reductions); the staff is lovely; and it's far from ex…
Shopping Centre in Main Beach & The Spit

Marina Mirage

Half the fun might be saying the name, but this airy, reassuringly small-scaled mall has an eclectic range of shops, reliable services, and some great eating options; an excellent farmers market is held here on Satu…
Club in Main Beach & The Spit

Southport Surf Lifesaving Club

This beautiful, airy pavilion-style club has spectacular views. The deck is open early for coffee, or head here for lazy beery afternoons. It's one of the only places open late north of Surfers.
Pub in Main Beach & The Spit

Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern

This boisterous harbourside pub – on a pier out over the water – is a beers-from-10am kinda joint, and gets raucous on weekends, with especially big Sunday sessions. The kitchen whips up burgers and fish and chips i…
Seafood in Main Beach & The Spit

Peter's Fish Market

A no-nonsense fish market–cum–fish and chip shop selling fresh and cooked seafood. It's fresh from the trawlers, in all shapes and sizes, and at great prices. Kitchen opens at noon.
Modern Australian in Main Beach & The Spit

Sunset Bar & Grill

This umbrella-shaded, family-friendly place by the water serves steaks, salads, seafood dishes and, most importantly, fabulously chunky burgers. The coffee is also good.