Whether you’re after authentic Asian cuisine or craving heart-warming Italian, Broome delivers, thanks to these fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes.
For craft beer: Matso’s Brewery
It might call itself the most remote craft brewery in Australia but this rustic family-owned brewpub in one of Broome’s heritage buildings is bold and adventurous with the flavours of its tipples. Enjoy slow-cooked lamb ribs with icy schooners of the Asian-inspired mango beer, chilli beer or chilli ginger beer.
For Vietnamese: Mr Saigon
Get your pho fix at this authentic Vietnamese eatery in Broome’s revamped Chinatown precinct. But don’t stop there, slurp your way through lesser-known soups, including bun bo hue (spicy brisket and pork shoulder noodle soup) and bo kho (pot-roasted beef stew with lemongrass, star anise and cinnamon).
For seafood: Sydney Cove Oyster Bar at The Zookeeper’s Store
It only recently relocated to Broome from Sydney’s Circular Quay but this stylish pop-up has already been voted the best seafood restaurant in Western Australia in the Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. Little wonder, given that the grilled octopus, smoked butter sauce, pickled cucumber and grilled peach is summer on a plate.
For a big breakfast: Town Beach Café
With its relaxed beachfront setting overlooking Roebuck Bay’s Town Beach, this casual brekky spot is your next-day pick-me-up. There are plenty of post-swim takeaway options, including the Man Bun (described as “filled with meat, gluten and dairy”), which contains bacon, sausage, mushroom, cheese and tomato on a milk bun.
For South American: Papa Fuego
The hip newcomer at Broome’s The Continental Hotel, this South American concept eatery focuses on flame-grilled dishes and elegant cocktails. Street food iterations of empanadas and squid are grilled over Western Australian hardwoods and featured alongside mains such as Argentinian-style short rib Tira de Asado.
For tapas with a twist: Wildflower Broome
This new tapas spot is the first to have the craft beers of the Aboriginal- and veteran-owned Spinifex Brewing Co on tap in Western Australia. As well as serving up brews infused with native botanicals, the eatery offers a range of small bites that pair perfectly with beer.
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For coffee: Kimberley Coffee Company
This small-batch coffee roastery sources premium organic Fairtrade beans from all around the world, including Honduras, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia. Seek out its flagship The Coffee Van at the Broome Courthouse Markets every Saturday morning to grab a latte or cold brew to go.
For breakfast: Green Mango Cafe
You don’t need to be part of the smashed avo generation to enjoy the nutritious buddha bowls, healthy juices, smoothies and crushed avocado bruschetta at this laid-back Chinatown cafe. If you’re more prone to pub fare, dinner means a date with Thali-style curries and chicken parmi.
For snacks: Moontide Distillery
A gin and cheese pairing makes an ideal pre-sunset treat. This boutique distillery uses Kimberley rainwater and bush botanicals to produce gins infused with Kakadu plum, native myrtle and tamarind. The cellar door offers tasting flights and cheeseboards with pickled fennel and sea blite, olives, almonds and apricots.
For brunch: The Aarli
This enduring Chinatown restaurant has gained cult status in Broome for championing the diverse cultures that influence the town’s culinary scene. Think breakfasts of wok-tossed Asian mushrooms, panko-crumbed eggs, roti bread and sriracha hollandaise or smashed avo with feta, dukkah, mint and sumac.
For a long lunch: Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Restaurant
With its original pearl lugger running across the ceiling and outdoor panoramas, this restaurant makes the most of its setting overlooking a working pearl farm. Lunchtime eats such as barramundi soft tacos with kimchi salad compete with dinner starters of Chinese red pork and spicy pearl meat salad.
For fine dining: Cichetti Club
Located within Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, this alfresco modern Italian restaurant transforms into a fine-diner at night, complete with white tablecloths, candlelight and a quality wine list. Choose from a two- or three-course set menu that might feature crudo di pesce and risotto with Shark Bay scallops.
For burgers: The Good Cartel
An homage to the gritty urban laneways found in our capital cities, this burger and brekky hang-out dishes up some of the town’s best loaded eats. Choose from 11 different types of burger, including Mexican, Bacon Cheese, Crispy Chicken and Vegan. Also on the menu are a selection of rice bowls with salmon, egg or tofu.
For views: The Bay Club
Soak up Roebuck Bay’s million-dollar views from a daybed at this chic outdoor restaurant and bar at the Mangrove Hotel. Settle in with an Aperol Spritz and graze on share plates of shiitake mushroom bao buns, chicken and fennel sausage pizza or Brazilian chicken and cheese bites.
For sunset: Zanders at Cable Beach
This beachside spot is a Broome institution for its glowing Cable Beach sunsets and contemporary Australian cuisine. When the curtains close on nature’s show and the sun melts into the horizon, tuck into a seafood platter of mussels, oysters, grilled prawns and barramundi croquettes.