Where to eat, drink and shop in Dunsborough

From gourmet restaurants to designer boutiques, these are the places you need to check out in this pretty seaside town of WA.

A man and women sit under a beach umbrella at Dunsborough, Western Australia.
  • Jenny Hewett
  • October 2019

Fine wines and raw coastal beauty are just the beginning at this beach hamlet. Make tracks from Busselton opens in new window into Dunsborough where you’ll find stylish boutiques, art galleries and Indigenous-inspired cuisine.

Hot Chocolatte

This modern-day milk bar opens in new window doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to nostalgic sweets. The giant lolly jars here are stacked with throwback treats such as swirly lollipops and chocolate freckles. But there’s nothing old school about the hot chocolate, which is served with crushed mint chocolate or honeycomb on top. If you prefer nice over naughty, inspect the fridge filled with raw versions including mint slice and peanut butter wheels.

Yarri

When former Vasse Felix chef, Aaron Carr, fired up this laidback restaurant in the village centre in 2018 he became the talk of the town for all the right reasons. Named after the region’s native gums, Yarri opens in new window showcases modern Australian flavours with an Indigenous menu built around the six seasons observed by the local Noongar people (first summer, second summer, autumn, winter, first spring and second spring). Carr pays homage to the produce with creations such as paperbark marron with butter, and saltbush and emu with sunflower, quandong and yolk.


Supernova

It may only be a small beachside hamlet but Dunsborough has serious style kudos. Keeping the town’s weekenders well heeled, this women’s shoe boutique opens in new window – topped off with a healthy injection of leather wallets and handbags – will make you want to refresh your entire wardrobe, so enter at your own risk.

Merchant and Maker

An artisan grocer, gift shop and gourmet cafe, this all-rounder has a real community vibe with cosy corner bench seats and a share table. As well as making their own bread, foccacias, pastries, salads, sweets and sauces, Merchant & Maker opens in new window sells a unique range of gifts including giant tea bags for the bath.


Laneway Boutique

Locals may have gone above and beyond to keep this stylish boutique opens in new window a secret (it’s at the back of a strip mall in a parking lot) but it’s worth seeking out for its carefully curated edit of Australian and international designers. Think minimalist leather slides and woven mules, feminine dresses from Bec & Bridge, One Teaspoon denim shorts, hats and oversized knits.

Albert and Nikola

Not only does this country-feel wellness cafe opens in new window and work spot serve superfood smoothie bowls, they also have free Wi-Fi so you can ‘gram it before you gulp it. Stay tuned to their Insta for updates on the Evening Series, which include expert guests, cheese workshops and tastings.


Milc.

Set an hour aside to rummage through the jam-packed racks at this boxy boutique opens in new window in the centre of town. The amount of stock can be overwhelming but they have an exhaustive collection of Aussie and international designers including find Zulu & Zephyr swimwear, Faithfull The Brand, denim from Citizens of Humanity, Mother and Mavi, and fine jewellery from Temple of the Sun.

Christian Fletcher Gallery

While local photographer Christian Fletcher’s opens in new window award-winning landscapes and aerial shots would look at home in any beach house, they’ve also been transformed into wearable works of art. Think cashmere scarfs and kimonos, linen cushion covers, books and bags, which are printed in Fletcher’s moody ocean scapes.