With over 20 years in the area Jess Young, the brains behind the much-loved Midi Boutique store, knows a thing or two about the best local haunts. Here she reveals her perfect day in Lorne.
Head to Moon’s Espresso Bar for breakfast; it’s a really cute café and they serve great coffee with beautiful, fresh food. To kick-start the day, I’m a big fan of the poached eggs with bocconcini, tomato and basil.
Visit Vic and Bert’s for a hit of retail therapy. Mel, who runs it, has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years and she has great eye for women’s apparel and antiques. I always find a few gems for everyday wear and the homewares are pretty inspiring too.
Lazy lunches are a must for any perfect day so I’d refuel Qdos Arts, an art gallery and café in one. It’s about two minutes behind Lorne, set amongst bushland, and they serve wood-fired pizzas, amazing cakes and usually have an open fire lit. Otherwise there’s Bottle of Milk near the beach and they have, arguably, the best burgers in the state. Better still, everything is grown, baked or ground locally.
There are lots of great walks around Lorne, but my favourite stretch is along the beach to the pier. At the end is a fresh seafood market to pick up locally-caught fish too. Or the walk from Blanket Leaf picnic ground to Cora Lynn Cascades is really beautiful. But if I wasn’t feeling energetic by this stage, I’d head to The Beauty Studio just behind my shop. It’s a gorgeous little retro-inspired place with ocean views and really good organic facials.
To finish the day I’d enjoy dinner at fairly new local restaurant, the Mexican Republic. It has a great menu and drinks list – the beef burrito and prawn taco is especially amazing.
For more Lorne hotspots, head to lovelorne.com