These European-style venues will have you living La Dolce Vita down under in no time.
Desperately missing those dreamy Mediterranean days? Don’t fret, mon amour. With summer fast approaching it’s too easy to recreate your own European summer 2.0 at these stunning bars, restaurants and stays around Australia.
1. Rolling Seas, Billinga Beach, Qld
Create the European girl’s trip you’ve never had on the southern Gold Coast, with this new luxury stay. Newly opened, the Rolling Seas holiday home has European charm in spades for 12 residents, across its two villas: The Residence and The Cottage.
Chill in the charming outdoor terrace at Rolling Seas.
Instead of trying to get all your friends over to Europe (with your sanity and friendship in one piece), spend your days chilling in the infinity pool or wandering down to the water at this beachfront property.
Embrace a slower pace of life.
Address: Bilinga Beach, Qld
2. St Siandra, Mosman, NSW
Make like you’re back on the Amalfi Coast, with one of Sydney’s newest waterfront restaurants: St Siandra at The Spit.
Find the prettiest spot to dine at St Siandra. (Image: Steven Woodburn)
With a private beach and jetty access, you can arrive by water taxi to the North Shore restaurant for an indulgent brunch or long lunch of seafood, all created by Head Chef Sam McCallum of Nomad restaurant-fame.
Laze away the afternoon sipping cocktails.
Address: 75 Lower, Parriwi Rd, Mosman, NSW
3. Margot Espresso Vin and Fromage, Parkes, ACT
If you think summer in Europe is incomplete without at least some time in the French Riviera, we have just the place for you.
Transport yourself to the beautiful European-style al fresco dining at Margot.
The fresh-faced Margot Espresso Vin and Fromage (or Margot for short) awaits next to Lake Burley Griffin for all your sidewalk sundowner needs. Cheeses, gourmet-style toasties and other nibbles are available besides local and French wines at this Canberra eatery.
Margot awaits next to Lake Burley Griffin for all your sidewalk sundowner needs.
Address: West Kiosk, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes, ACT
4. Sebastian, Williamstown, Vic
If the rugged Basque country in northern Spain has captured your heart, make for Sebastian at Williamstown Beach, Victoria. Named after the coastal Spanish town of San Sebastian, Sebastian is housed in a thirties heritage-listed bathing pavilion.
Dine at Sebastian and gaze out at the picturesque Williamstown Beach.
You’ll recognise traditional regional food like Gilda pintxos and serrano jamon plates on the menu, as well as Australian flavours like Spring Creek barramundi with asparagus and borlotti bean estofado.
Sebastian is named after the coastal Spanish town of San Sebastian. (Image: Rhiannon Taylor)
Address: 26 Esplanade, Williamstown, Vic
5. The Moseley Beach Club, Glenelg, SA
Get the Greek island experience, without the crowds, at the Moseley Beach Club, Glenelg Beach. Set up on one of Adelaide’s most popular beaches each summer, the island-style bar pop-up is still going strong, offering a heady mix of DJs, summer cocktails and shaded beach chairs. Watch out. Combine this with a Greek-style food menu that includes halloumi bowls, lamb shoulders and garlic-chilli fried squid, you might find yourself there all day.
Feel the sunshine at The Moseley Beach Club. (Image: Nathan Godwin)
Address: Glenelg Beach, Glenelg, SA
6. Si Paradiso, Highgate, WA
Gather your friends and order a round of camparis: it’s time for a Sunday sesh at Si Paradiso. Beloved for its pastiche personality as a bar meets restaurant meets dancefloor, the eatery’s vintage-style Italian vibes bring out the best in any occasion.
Si Paradiso evokes vintage-style Italian dining.
If you’re more into dining than checking out the DJ, this Perth restaurant has you covered, with delectable pizzas and pastas, as well as small plates of blue swimmer cab, steak tartare and gruyere croquettes.
Taste your way through the menu at Si Paradiso.
Address: 1/446 Beaufort St, Highgate, WA
7. Oyster Bar, Darwin, NT
The Top End is generally more known for its tropical fare and dramatic landscapes than it is for Europe vibes — why compete with others when you have your own spectacularly unique style?
Snag a spot at Oyster Bar.
But if you’re up in the NT and missing slurping on shellfish (just like you did in the beach towns of Portugal or on the coasts of Ireland), we’d recommend the Oyster Bar. Located in the Waterfront Precinct in Darwin, the waterview restaurant serves up oysters all the way from raw to baked.
Beat the Top End heat with cold beer and oysters.
Address: 19 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City, NT
8. Pumphouse Point, Lake St Clair, Tas
More of a fan of Scandi-summer? Make Pumphouse Point your destination. This unique and adults-only Tasmanian hotel is built on the famous Lake St Clair, right at the end of the jetty. Overlooking the lake from the heritage-listed industrial buildings that make up the accommodation, you’ll feel like you’re suspended a Norwegian fjord or Central European lake at this luxury property.
The adults-only Pumphouse Point retreat is set on the edge of Lake St Clair.
Address: 1 Lake St Clair Rd, Lake St Clair, Tas
9. Guestlands, Arcadia, NSW
If you literally want to trick your friends and family into thinking you’re in Italy, simply take some photos at the Guestlands BnB. Located an hour north-west of Sydney, the creators of Guestlands have endeavoured to recreate a medieval Tuscan village, complete with villas. And boy — have they succeeded.
Lounge by the pool at Guestlands.
Book a romantic getaway in one of the villas, reserve a private chef or make your own pizzas in their woodfire oven in the La Cabana and relax by the pool. Most importantly, don’t forget to pose with Azzurro and Ombra, the friendly resident cats.
Explore the Italian-inspired village.
Address: 10 Blacks Rd, Arcadia, NSW
10. OPA Bar + Mezze, Brisbane, Qld
Tucked away from the bustle of Eagle St Pier, the waterfront OPA Bar + Mezze is a pastel lovers’ dream of a Greek restaurant in the Brisbane CBD.
Dotted with hanging plants and overlooking Storey Bridge, take a seat here in one of its booths to try out oysters with tomato, tabasco sauce and ouzo, scampi caviar, watermelon salad, souvlaki and lamb fricassee.
Dine with a view of Storey Bridge at OPA Bar + Mezze.
Address: 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City, Qld
11. Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, Vic
Head to this newly reopened historic boathouse for the rarest European summer experience of all: a sunny British day. Overlooking the Yarra River, the Studley Park Boathouse has been open to Melbourne residents for 160 years and gives a distinctly English summer vibe.
Studley Park Boathouse gives a distinctly English summer vibe. (Image: Studley Park Boathouse)
Today, you can book in to eat brunch among the English elm trees in its conservatory or choose to sit outside in the sun by the river.
Enjoy brunch at Studley Park Boathouse. (Image: Studley Park Boathouse)
Address: 1 Boathouse Rd, Kew, Vic
12. Coogee Pavilion Rooftop, Coogee, NSW
Who doesn’t love that holiday feat of spending the morning at the beach, and the afternoon at the bar? When it comes to combining the two, it doesn’t get much better than the Coogee Pavilion Rooftop in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Soak up the sun in at Coogee Pavilion Rooftop. (Image: Yaya Stempler)
The top floor of the beachside complex is decorated akin to a botanist’s conservatory, with bars devoted to serving up Mediterranean-style cocktails and mezze. With an open-air layout, sun yourself here with a drink or two, overlooking the sunbathers and sand below.
The beach is just a stone’s throw away.
Address: Level 3/169 Dolphin St, Coogee, NSW
13. Stefano Lubiana Wines and Osteria, Granton, Tas
What’s summer in Europe without some homegrown grapes to go with it? Down in Tasmania, Stefano Lubiana Wines Cellar Door serves up varieties of wine it grows in its certified biodynamic vineyard, which is also found in Burgundy, France.
Dine on a seasonal degustation menu at Osteria Vista restaurant. (Image: Dearna Bond)
Moving over to their Osteria Vista restaurant, the small farmhouse-style eatery keeps things local with a seasonal degustation menu, inspired by regional Italian fare. Best enjoyed with incredible views across the Derwent Valley.
Slip into the cellar door for a wine tasting.
Address: 60 Rowbottoms Rd, Granton, Tas
14. Lost in a Forest, Uraidla, SA
Take a drive in the winding bushland of the Adelaide Hills and it’s almost like being in European woodland. And at the end of this fairytale adventure is a little house in the woods… serving up delicious treats.
Dine under the shade of trees at Lost in a Forest.
Built in what was once an 1890s church, today Lost in a Forest serves up woodfired pizza and locally sourced wines. In the summer, al fresco dining is available.
Lost in a Forest serves up woodfired pizza and locally sourced wines.
Address: 1203 Greenhill Rd, Uraidla, SA