“Oh, sorry Romy, it’s back there!” Ben says, and I jump on the brakes and veer precariously into a parking lot, probably without checking my mirrors or the oncoming traffic. I await yet another chastising comment about my driving as I dig around for my perfume, but realise he’s gone, Canon in hand, standing awestruck in the doorway of Sea Gypsy Café.
I think we all like the idea of a ‘gypsy-like’ lifestyle. There is a certain romanticism in unrelenting roaming, desiring new destinations with the same people by our side. We all like to think we’re spontaneous, adventurous, free to exist how we please. And even though, in truth, I am the furthest thing from a gypsy (as my aversion for camping, determination to sit front row at Fashion Week and the hours I spend in bed reading the literary work of the masters proves) Sea Gypsy let me believe that for a couple of hours, I was.
And that is the heart of a good café. Letting your customers believe in the atmosphere you’ve created for them to experience, perfected by the lifeblood that is caffeine.
Crafted to resemble a weatherbound yacht, Sea Gypsy’s interior exhibits authenticity, so much that part of me felt I should slip my flats off at the door. The sunlight streams through the open front and side, and I see weathered timber, cheerful colours and clusters of shell chandeliers. I’m struck with indecision, should I walk left into the boutique and browse, or right into the café and claim my coffee?
Something that will truly win my heart though: All-day breakfast.
Sea Gypsy was a hit. Like any distant shore to a sailor, so Sea Gypsy is a destination. There’s a saying: “Not all who wander are lost.” While this may not be true for Ben and myself, wander out to Burnett Heads and pay Sea Gypsy a visit. Get lost in a latte and breathe in the beach vibes. Embrace your inner Gypsy, because believe me, if I have one, then you definitely do too.
Shop 2, 31 Zunker Street, Burnett Heads, QLD
Wednesday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm
Monday & Tuesday: closed