Top cafés and restaurants close to Pokémon GO hotspots
Becoming a successful Pokémon trainer in Pokémon GO means an abundance of exploration, roaming and legwork.
And with hard work should come great reward.
Next time then, when you're basking in the glory of catching Pikachu, Jigglypuff or any of their equally as iconic yet maddeningly rare accomplices, why not reward yourself at the scene of your success?
Traversing the country in pursuit of Pokémon presents the perfect opportunity for new foodie experiences.
With a customer portfolio consisting of over 30,000 restaurants and cafés, Silver Chef can give you the low-down on some of the best places to dine out and refuel close to the best Pokémon locations in Australia.
These Pokémon locations are taken from finder.com.au, a crowdsourced site designed to pinpoint the top places to find spawning Pokémon currently absent from your prized collection. Input was also received from Silver Chef's in-house expert - Geoff Irish - a level 22 Pokémon Trainer at the time of writing.
Of course, most of the below locations are constrained to just suburb. From there, it's up to your own ingenuity to find Pokémon in their favoured habitat. Water type Pokémon spawn near rivers; grass and bug types near parks; fighting types near gyms and sports centres; rock types near buildings and landmass; psychic types…well, you get the idea.
Spotted Pokémon: Cloyster, Exeggcute, Gastly, Gengar, Geodude, Gloom, Koffing, Krabby, Magikarp, Marowak, Muk, Nidoqueen, Raticate, Rattata, Rhydon, Seaking, Shellder, Slowbro, Spearow, Tentacool, Voltorb
Level up @ Café Nui Toowong, 80 Jephson St, Toowong
A classic breakfast café with a huge menu, huger smoothies and outstanding dish names. Ever get that sinking feeling something's missing from your plate? Rest assured that will never happen at Nui, where you can add just about anything from the list of 30+ extras for a fully bespoke dish.
Spotted Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Butterfree, Caterpie, Clefairy, Eevee, Exeggcute, Geodude, Goldeen, Golduck, Growlithe, Gyarados, Hitmonlee, Jolteon, Kingler, Krabby, Magikarp, Marowak, Nidoqueen, Nidoran♂, Omastar, Pikachu, Rhydon, Shellder, Slowbro, Wartortle, Wigglytuff
Level up @ Hombre Mexican Street Food, 1 Halpine Dr, Mango Hill
Hombre combines traditional Mexican foods; burritos, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, ensaladas, quesadillas, with tex burgers, American street style hot dogs, loaded fries and live music on weekends. Yes to all of those please.
Spotted Pokémon: Charmander, Graveler, Hitmonlee, Jolteon, Kingler, Poliwhirl, Sandslash, Wartortle
Level up @ Merriweather Café, 27 Russell St, South Brisbane
Seasonal food is showcased exquisitely in Merriweather café's simple but ever changing all day brunch and lunch menus. Their cakes, pastries and muffins are also baked in house every morning. And yes, they're as delicious as they are fresh.
Spotted Pokémon: Arbok, Clefairy, Flareon, Geodude, Golduck, Jolteon, Kadabra, Krabby, Machamp, Machop, Magmar, Nidoqueen, Ninetales, Pinsir, Rhydon, Wartortle
Level up @ Chow House, 39 James St, Fortitude Valley
Inspired by the street stalls of Asia, Chow House source only the freshest seasonal, local produce. They're open 7 days for breakfast and lunch and Tuesday to Saturday for dinner.
Spotted Pokémon: Butterfree, Caterpie, Fearow, Growlithe, Koffing, Magikarp, Marowak, Poliwhirl, Tentacool
Level up @ The Bleachers, 153 Boundary St, West End
Yep, the burger was too big to even fit into this image. 'Nuff said.
Spotted Pokémon: Caterpie, Ekans, Exeggcute, Geodude, Jigglypuff, Krabby, Magnemite, Ponyta, Psyduck, Staryu, Vulpix, Weedle
Level up @ Le Trader, 196 Harris St, Pyrmont
Le Trader offer classic French cuisine combined with the flare of European cooking and a focus on fresh, natural flavours chosen from local and organic gardens. It's open from 8AM on Saturday and Sunday.
Spotted Pokémon: Clefairy, Doduo, Goldeen, Hitmonlee, Pidgeotto, Pidgey, Pinsir, Psyduck
Level up @ Dove and Olive, 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
One of the best bars in Sydney serving up great pub food and over 24 dedicated craft and Aussie beers on tap. With a tinge of US nostalgia, the burgers also happen to be amazing.
Brighton Le Sands
Spotted Pokémon: Doduo, Eevee, Exeggcute, Geodude, Horsea, Krabby, Magikarp, Pidgeotto, Pidgey, Pikachu, Pinsir, Ponyta, Psyduck, Rattata, Squirtle, Staryu, Venonat, Vulpix, Weedle, Zubat
Level up @ Dezerts, 373 Bay Street, Brighton-Le-Sands
Dezerts endeavours to ensure all their customers have a 5 star experience sampling fantastic coffee accompanied by sensational sweet and, if you really must, savory snacks.
Spotted Pokémon: Caterpie, Doduo, Ekans, Goldeen, Horsea, Oddish, Paras
Level up @ Three Queens on King, 2-4 King St, Newtown
Not just an ingenious name, Three Queens on King brings you fresh and vibrant fare alongside off-the-wall dishes such as toad-in-the-hole with smoked bacon button, and apple fritters with toffee sauce.
Spotted Pokémon: Caterpie, Dodrio, Eevee, Ekans, Goldeen, Oddish, Rattata, Venonat, Weedle
Level up @ Glacage, 465 Chapel Rd, Bankstown
Specialty coffee & tea, homemade desserts and a mix of classic and not so classic (but equally as delicious) dishes including a superb Middle Eastern board.
Spotted Pokémon: Dodrio, Doduo, Dratini, Exeggcute, Goldeen, Horsea, Jigglypuff, Magikarp, Paras, Pinsir, Poliwag, Psyduck, Sandshrew, Seel, Slowbro, Slowpoke, Voltorb
Level up @ Sandli Vehra Restaurant, 7/108-110 Ashley Avenue, Frankston
Classic Indian cuisine available from 11.30AM until late. Some of the more popular dishes on the menu include chicken tikka masala, beef korma and Goan fish.
St Kilda Beach
Spotted Pokémon: Drowzee, Kabuto, Nidoking, Omanyte, Omastar, Scyther, Spearow, Tentacool, Vulpix
Level up @ Kotch Lane, 49 Blessingtion St, St Kilda
"Kotch" is urban slang for chill out, relax and take it easy. Kotch Lane is the perfect place to do just that, offering fresh local ingredients, a seasonal menu and great coffee.
Box Hill/Surrey Hills
Spotted Pokémon: Blastoise, Fearow, Growlithe, Koffing, Pidgeot, Staryu, Venomoth
Level up @ BurgerBurger, 135 Union Road, Surrey Hills
BurgerBurger use premium ingred…who are we kidding, just check out the size of this burger and try not to drool too much.
Blastoise, Doduo, Hitmonlee, Magmar, Psyduck
Level up @ Saba's Ethiopian Restaurant, 328 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Saba's offer delicious meat and vegan dishes served on their famous Injera bread. Injera is made from 100% teff flour and all meals are gluten free.
Spotted Pokémon: Beedrill, Bulbasaur, Caterpie, Doduo, Dratini, Eevee, Slowbro, Slowpoke, Venonat, Weedle, Weepinbell
Level up @ Tamra Siam, 122 Lygon St, Carlton
An authentic Thai restaurant open from 11AM that provides seriously good Asian cuisine.
Spotted Pokémon: Arbok, Bulbasaur, Caterpie, Charmander, Clefairy, Ekans, Ivysaur, Jigglypuff, Oddish, Pidgey, Rattata, Spearow, Weedle
Level up @ You like Rolls, 365 Shepherds Hill Rd, Blackwood
You Like Rolls? If so, you won't go wrong here. You Like Rolls serves some of Adelaide's best Vietnamese rolls, spring rolls, cold rolls and noodle salads. They also do great coffee, as if you needed another reason.
Spotted Pokémon: Blastoise, Bulbasaur, Caterpie, Charmander, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Nidorina, Oddish, Raticate, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Squirtle, Weedle
Level up @ Big Protein, 746 Marion Rd, Marion
Enjoy your meal knowing you're doing your body a favour. The food at Big Protein is healthy, delicious and they can even weigh your ingredients to make sure you're not consuming any more energy than needed for your next gym battle.
Spotted Pokémon: Arbok, Ekans, Ninetales, Pidgeotto, Pidgey, Pikachu, Raticate, Rattata, Sandshrew, Vulpix
Level up @ Coffee Amigo, 36 John St, Salisbury
Word is the coffee is legendary. It's a finalist in the Restaurant & Catering Awards for excellence in coffee shops.
Spotted Pokémon: Sandshrew, Meowth
Level up @ Malaga Wood-Fired Pizza, Shop 2/7 Bonner Drive, Malaga
Located in the Malaga Markets, pizzas are cooked over a wood fire with the Aussie Deluxe, Tomato Salsa & Egg and Hawaiian some of the favourites. Delivery available if you want pizza dropped off to your local Pokestop.
Spotted Pokémon: Cubone, Pinsir
Level up @ Pinto Thai Restaurant, 2 Moresby St, Kensington
Located in a small and quiet suburban street near Curtin University, Pinto offers a range of Thai curry, noodle, soup and rice dishes. Open from 11.30AM most days.
Spotted Pokémon: Lickitung, Venomoth, Venonat
Level up @ DuoTone, 313 Hay St, East Perth
DuoTone serves up healthy eats and superfood smoothies to add a little spark to your system.
Spotted Pokémon: Abra, Bulbasaur, Clefable, Dragonair, Dragonite, Dratini, Gloom, Gyarados, Lapras, Magikarp, Muk, Ponyta, Sandshrew, Scyther, Slowpoke, Squirtle, Staryu, Venonat, Weepinbell
Level up @ Lazy Mays Café, 41/1 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway
Situated just a block away from the bustling Tuggeranong Hyperdome centre, Lazy May's Cafe is a great place for a coffee or bite to eat before, after or during a Pokémon hunt.
Spotted Pokémon: Bellsprout, Blastoise, Electabuzz, Exeggcute, Gastly, Goldeen, Grimer, Haunter, Hitmonlee, Horsea, Ivysaur, Jigglypuff, Kabuto, Kingler, Koffing, Krabby, Magmar, Meowth, Nidoqueen, Oddish, Paras, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Porygon, Scyther, Staryu, Tangela, Tentacool, Venomoth, Venusaur, Weezing
Level up @ Mister Zee's, 122 Bunda St, Canberra
Modern Middle Eastern charcoal meats that are served alongside fresh salads and an array of dips and sides. Open from 11.30AM Monday to Saturday and from 12PM Sunday.
Spotted Pokémon: Charmander, Cubone, Exeggutor, Fearow, Geodude, Graveler, Kangaskhan, Mankey, Rhyhorn, Starmie
Level up @ Coffee Lab, Canberra Centre, 26 Narellan Pl, Canberra
Coffee Lab, as the name suggests, is a specialised coffee shop using the finest coffee beans and housing the capital's first steam punk machine to scientifically brew your coffee.
Spotted Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Butterfree, Caterpie, Clefairy, Electabuzz, Gloom, Kakuna, Lapras, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Nidorino, Oddish, Squirtle, Weedle
Level up @ Raincheck Lounge, 392 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
Raincheck is a cafe/bar/restaurant in North Hobart. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, they specialise in tapas including chorizo in peperonata, lamb kofta with tatzici & flat bread, and spiced almonds.
Spotted Pokémon: Electabuzz, Gloom, Paras, Pidgeot, Poliwhirl, Tangela
Level up @ Local Pizza, 52 Maroni Rd, Berriedale
Local Pizza's most recent review on their Google+ page says it's "by far the best pizza in Australia or New Zealand". Who are we to argue?
Spotted Pokémon: Growlithe, Rattata, Weedle
Level up @ Blue Envy Café Restaurant, 12 Cambridge Rd, Bellerive
With panoramic views of the Bellerive Marina, it won't take you long to realise where the name came from. The menu relies heavily on Tasmanian produce, which is a very good thing.
Spotted Pokémon: Abra, Arbok, Blastoise, Bulbasaur, Clefairy, Dodrio, Eevee, Electabuzz, Gastly, Gloom, Golbat, Horsea, Jigglypuff, Jynx, Kakuna, Magmar, Metapod, Nidorina, Nidorino, Omanyte, Onix, Pikachu, Raticate, Rhyhorn, Sandslash, Scyther, Squirtle, Tentacool, Venomoth, Venonat, Voltorb, Vulpix, Wartortle, Weepinbell
Level up @ Little Miss Korea, Austin Lane & Knuckey Street, Darwin City
For those unsure, Korean BBQ dining involves a variety of marinated meats that you cook yourself over a hot grill in the middle of the table. It's fun, social and extremely tasty! If that's not your thing though, there's some amazing a la carte options as well, including a delicious lunch beef salad.
Spotted Pokémon: Caterpie, Charmander, Diglett, Drowzee, Ekans, Exeggcute, Gastly, Geodude, Machop, Magnemite, Magneton, Marowak, Meowth, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Paras, Persian, Pidgey, Poliwhirl, Ponyta, Psyduck, Seel, Slowpoke, Staryu, Voltorb
Level up @ Sweet Brew & Co- Dining Room, 45 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park
A revived mechanics workshop that is paying homage to its roots. Sweet Brew & Co- Dining Room make, create and fix wholesome meals.
Spotted Pokémon: Clefairy, Drowzee, Goldeen, Horsea, Hypno, Pidgeotto, Pikachu, Slowpoke
Level up @ Fannie Bay Cool Spot, 1 Keith Lane, Fannie Bay
From gourmet burgers to barramundi, seafood specials and delicious desserts, the Coolspot serves mouth-watering meals in a 70's diner style setting.