A breezy, beach house-style venue overlooking Trigg Beach, Island Market makes the most of its waterfront vantage.

The risk with venues that have stunning ocean views is that the food, drinks or anything else can be quickly overshadowed by the setting. But give anyone a setting like Island Market’s – perched right in front of the beach at Trigg – and how could it not be? Bright walls with pink accents, potted olive trees and wide windows that soak up the vista draw crowds as much here for the Insta stories, rosé and Espresso Martinis as they are the part-Levantine, part-Mediterranean menu.

Raw cobia arranged neatly on a circle of avocado and cucumber is fresh and light, while zucchini and halloumi fritters come out hot and crunchy, with cooling walnut and garlic labneh dolloped on top. A pavlova dessert, too, hits the spot.

That’s not to say there aren’t standouts though. Raw cobia arranged neatly on a circle of avocado and cucumber is fresh and light, while zucchini and haloumi fritters come out hot and crunchy, with cooling walnut and garlic labneh dolloped on top. A pavlova dessert, too, is perfectly pitched to the setting and pulled off with aplomb.

The place heaves, and it’s easy to get swept up in the atmosphere, the sun beaming onto the breakers, Chris Isaak or Kings of Leon flowing through the sound system. Yes, you might wait a little for main courses or cocktails, and not every dish is a success, but why focus on the details when you’re having such a good time?

Add knockout breakfast available daily and this is the kind of breezy beachside spot every city wishes it had.