A master chef’s hospitality favourites

Tamara GraffenBroome Advertiser

The Zookeepers Store — they have small-batch roasted coffee and house-made pastries. You can collect your coffee and croissant and then enjoy it while walking along the iconic Cable Beach.

It’s also a gourmet delicatessen and you can buy a variety of foodie items not available elsewhere.

The name comes from the old Broome Zoo, which used to sit on the same site, and there are some fantastic stories about the zoo and the history of Broome displayed on the walls.

The Mangrove Resort — the best view in Broome. You can enjoy a cocktail and lunch while lounging in a cosy cabana overlooking the turquoise waters of Roebuck Bay.

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It’s quite easy to spend an entire afternoon there and watch the landscape completely change with the ebb and flow of the massive tidal movements.

During May to October, Town Beach is an amazing spot to watch the natural phenomenon of Staircase to the Moon.

The night markets are on at the same time with a big focus on food.

My favourite is the steamed buns with spicy “shut-up” sauce from the Azuki Japanese food van and you definitely have to finish with an apple and homemade caramel sauce crepe for dessert from Patty Wagon.

Matso’s Brewery — it combines an award-winning brewery and restaurant and also has amazing views of Roebuck Bay from the veranda.

You can try a selection of beers with a tasting paddle, or take advice from the Asian-influenced food menu, which suggests beer pairings.

They are most well known for their ginger beer and it is used in many of the food items as well, such as the ginger beer dressing for the smoked duck breast salad, or the ginger beer pork belly.

Chango is my favourite beer, but it is definitely for the slightly adventurous — a mix of their chilli beer and mango beer.

18 degrees — pick from one of the amazing cocktails on the extensive menu, like the pineapple basil margarita, or ask the bartender to whip you up something special.

The share plates of food are delicious too.

The Good Cartel — the menu is always fresh and changing, but the burritos are a staple and the mini bacon and egg brioche slider is one of my absolute favourite breakfasts. Even better, the food (and coffee) is available drive-through.

Cafe D’amore — the best pizza in town. It’s hidden away in a quiet neighbourhood and is one of the town’s best-kept secrets.

The pizzas are wood fired with gourmet toppings, and one pizza can easily feed two people for under $20. There’s a beautiful atmosphere when you dine in the courtyard, but I love that they also offer super speedy takeaway. It’s one of my favourite meals for a quiet night in.

The Deck at Kimberley Sands Resort — the service is outstanding and the contemporary cuisine is delicious.

The set menu includes a choice of appetiser, entree, main, dessert and glass of sparkling for $80.

The only downside is choosing between the menu items — they are all amazing.

The resort atmosphere makes you feel like you are instantly on holiday and if you really want to splurge, stay the night at the luxurious resort and then take advantage of the resort pools and day spa the next day.

The Asian-inspired menu at the Aarli Bar — with tempting menu items such as caramelised pork belly with fried egg and roti bread.

I can’t say no to pork belly for breakfast.

It’s a great spot to have a leisurely breakfast and then stroll across the road to the Broome Courthouse Markets.

Broome Courthouse Markets offer fresh locally grown produce, and there are also food vans and homemade wares to shop while you’re there.

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