Best Things to do in Sandgate

Sandgate is one of the oldest and most charming bayside villages, with magnificent 19th century villas along the grand seafront promenade a reminder of its heyday as a major holiday destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Today it retains much of its historic charm, from the gorgeous town square fronted by the Sandgate Town Hall and old post office to the retro shopping strip that offers a mix of cute cafes, small bars, boutiques and old-fashioned shops.

Here are 20 of the best things to do in Sandgate, whether visiting for a day or a weekend:

The Witchin' Kitchen is a charming art deco bayside cafe with a delicious healthy menu
The Soda Shoppe is a charming American retro inspired cafe and burger bar in Sandgate's town centre
Old Favourites is a gorgeous vintage shop found in a hundred year old tin shed in the seaside suburb
Mr Henderson bar, a cool Sandgate drinking hole, inhabits an old cobbler’s shop in the main shopping precinct near the picturesque town square
Sandgate is fortunate to have its very own Pakistani fusion cafe, 3 Blind Mice, serving breakfast and lunch
Featuring a tiki style patio & 1970s décor, Generations is a charming little retro cafe that warrants a nostalgic detour from town
This is a particularly scenic and easy walk or ride of about 6km return passing through a myriad of waterfront picnic spots and playgrounds on its way to the historical jetty at Shorncliffe.
Bringing a touch of class to the historical Masonic Lodge perched on Sandgate's cliff top is this splendid cafe with its own tiny in-house homewares and giftshop.
At the base of the Shorncliffe cliffs is this enchanting little bay with grassy stretches shaded by cotton trees, rock pools, modern white picnic shelters, BBQs and a playground
Cardigan Bar, a cool and quirky drinking establishment, adds an inner-city vibe to seaside Sandgate
The Wired Owl Coffee Co is a charming coffee nook on Brisbane’s northside serving top-notch espresso and delicious, healthy sweet treats
Baaia cafe is a little gem of a waterfront cafe in an old Sandgate store, with stunning views across Moreton Bay.
This tiny whimsical boutique inhabits the shell of a 1950s dress shop – Val-de-Lee Frocks, whose sign still adorns the brick wall inside
Il Forno is an absolute find and, for those seeking good pizza, worth a trip to the bay for.
Satori Organics is a charming pocket-sized café, juice bar and providore of delectable wholefoods in the quaint line-up of retro shops facing Sandgate’s historic Town Square.
Viet Street Eat in Sandgate is a funky little art-adorned Vietnamese eatery that brings the traditional tastes from the streets of Vietnam
Capulet & Co. is a stylishly renovated Sandgate store that is a go-to for quality threads, gourmet coffee & home wares
The heritage-listed town hall hosts local arts festival acts such as Music by the Sea and Jane Austen dances
All orders are taken from the street at this coffee hole-in-the-wall as its compact interior is taken up with an in-house roaster and sacks of beans.
This great little market buzzes on Sunday mornings as locals and visitors alike fill wicker baskets to the brim with top notch produce.

Adjacent to the shopping strip is Sandgate's beautiful Einbunpin Lagoon, perfect for a stroll and to spot the turtles. It is here that the local Einbumpin Festival is held each year in July.

Need to know - There's no need to bring the car to Sandagte. Follow in the steps of the early tourists and catch the train to Sandgate Station which is 3 mins walk from the Town Hall and easily accessible to all of the attractions.

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