It’s summer! You may find yourself traveling over the next month or so, and you may find yourself, if you’re lucky, on the Sunshine Coast.
I live in a fantastic place. Just a short, 45 minute ferry ride away takes me to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, where a much slower pace of life, gorgeous scenery and clear lakes abound. I’ve spent tons of time up there, but brunch hasn’t been a super high priority.
When I was up on the Sunshine Coast a couple weeks ago, I had to revisit an old favourite, a place I’d not been in years, but was very happy to return to: the Gumboot Cafe in Robert’s Creek.
Located just off the highway, about halfway between Gibsons and Sechelt, Robert’s Creek is a tiny little town with a beautiful beach and a warm little community.
It is also home to the Gumboot Cafe. I’m unsure how long it’s been there, but it’s been there as long as I can remember.
It’s worth seeking out. Everything is fresh-made, delicious, and it’s very vegan/vegetarian friendly.
The vibe is very “hippie.” Mismatched chairs and tables, local artwork on the walls, it feels like a community gathering place, and it is. But tourists also flock here for the homemade meals and fresh baking.
It was a rainy morning when I strolled in with my friend Rob for a late breakfast. The cafe, though, was warm and cheery.
The Gumboot is one of those places that doesn’t have table service. You order at the counter, and they bring you your breakfast. There’s a nice selection.
My pal Rob had the regular breakfast: 2 nice free-range eggs, toast and spuds. There is meat on the menu, despite them being very vegetarian/vegan friendly, but all the meat here is the good stuff–organic, free-range, most of it from Two Rivers.
I had the Buddha Bowl with an egg. It’s basically a potato hash with veggies, cheese and avocado. They poach an egg on top. You have the choice of a full order, which comes with two eggs, or a half, which was more than enough for me.
No matter what you order, make sure you get a side of their amazing toast. They make their bread in-house, and you get thick slabs of it with your order. It’s worth mentioning all the jams are also homemade. In fact, it’s probably worth it to just go here for toast and jam.
There are lots of other homebaked goods, as well, to make your morning, and coffee.
It’s a little bit off the beaten track, but it’s worth seeking out. There’s a reason this place has been in business for many, many years. It’s warm and cozy, the food is fresh and homemade, and you’ll never feel more welcome.
The Gumboot Cafe
2W0, 1041 Roberts Creek Rd, Roberts Creek, BC
Open Friday through Sunday from 9 am, and Monday through Thursday from 10 am.