Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
And whether you’ve been blissfully harvesting those eight hours of shut-eye or out sinking tequila all night, your body needs to break the overnight fasting period—stat.
Coolangatta is a seaside border precinct that’s very much known for one thing, surfing! Wave riding aside, there are some impressive food and drink spots popping up, as well as a few old faves, so next time you are down that way, we’re helping you break the fast with our pick of the best breakfasts in Coolangatta. You’re welcome.
Named after a rock reef located off Rainbow Bay that’s mostly submerged by sand, this hip corner coffee spot pulls out the goods for breakfast. Wander yourself a minute or so off the beach and you’ll find Little Mali with little difficulty. Dishing up a tasty selection of homemade slices and cakes they also sell tasty breakfast wraps, croissants, bowls, smooth coffee, and several different types of tea. If time has got the better of you and it’s more brunch (hey, happens to us all) they create fresh salads daily for vegans, vegos, and carnivores. With no official seating other than a few milk crates, Little Mali is more of a grab ‘n’ go kinda place, so head back towards the beach for a shady spot on the grass or, if you have kids, hand them a piece of chalk and let them go nuts decorating the sidewalk.
Where: Corner Ward and Boundary streets, Rainbow Bay
Perced at the very top of Boundary Street, just inside the Sunshine State, Cafe Dbar dishes up some of the best breakfasts in Coolangatta. Commanding a prime position on Point Danger, the cafe overlooks infamous Duranbah Beach with views down to neighbouring NSW and Fingal Head. Now views aside, “what about the food?” we hear you murmur. While the usual suspects are well covered, the guys here go that extra mile with house specialties of Turkish spiced zucchini fritters, the nourishing Dbar green bowl, and a loaded “Champions” breakfast. Though what we love most is the space, with the light-filled dining room upstairs, a bar top out on the street front, and a garden-lined seating area on the ground floor. Cafe Dbar have perfectly embraced their surroundings and it’s little wonder the locals flock here.
Where: 275 Boundary St, south of Rainbow Bay
Griffith Street Larder
With a commanding location on Griffith Street, you would think adding these guys to our list of the best breakfasts in Coolangatta was a given… done… on the list, easy as that. Well folks, it’s not quite that simple. What Griffith Street Larder does is pump out consistently good coffee with a smile, day in day out. Now you don’t have any tantalising ocean views here, but the sight of some yummy brunchin’ goodness will still pleasure your eyes. Cured wild salmon with house hollandaise are integral parts of an epic eggs benedict here, as well as an array of homemade cakes, muffins, and mind-blowing brownies.
Where: The Strand, 85 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
Technically in Tweed Heads, SOZO Square is a deserving addition to the best breakfast in Coolangatta (close enough!). The focus is squarely on the freshest and tastiest vegetarian and vegan eats and they pull it off flawlessly. For those who’ve yet to have meat with every meal (we are guilty) you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the creative fare on offer here. Tuck into some vegan maple macadamia pancakes paired with a charcoal latte and you are getting the day off to a great start. It might even make up for the copious amounts of sauvignon blanc you drowned yourself in the night before. Maybe. That aside, the location is cruisey, light-filled and just like the staff, very welcoming.
Where: 20 Stuarts Street, Tweed Heads
Sitting like a sweet little farmhouse in the middle of busy Griffith Street, Rockleigh Cafe is our top pick for breakfast in Coolangatta. Grab a table outside under the shady tree and order our favourite: a mixed confit of mushrooms with kale, goats curd, walnut crumb, pickled cucumber and salsa verde on sourdough. Are you picking up what we’re putting down? Good.
Where: 112 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
It’s all about juices and smoothies at Raw Energy, with a plethora of fresh options and healthy ingredients to choose from. Liquid assets aside, the eatery is a short stroll from Coolangatta Beach and straddles the line between cafe and juice bar pretty nicely, with a comprehensive breakfast menu to boot. The gluten-free pancake stack with mixed berries, maple-glazed macadamias, and maple syrup are as good as they sound, not forgetting their take on the classic breakfast burrito which includes a beef patty—it’s massive! If balls are your thing (protein and the like) they have ample types for you to choose from, many of which are homemade.
Where: 110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Boardriders Cafe 28
There aren’t many places one can have a coffee, take care of the (hair) situation on their noggin’ and peruse the newest surf hardware all at the same time—but we’ve found this dream land! This concept cafe adjoins the Boardriders Quicksilver store and features a small in-house barbershop while morphing into a bar on a Friday and Saturday night. So, why is it worthy of a mention among the best breakfasts in Coolangatta? Firstly, the coffee here is very much on point, and when you couple that with comfortable outdoor couch seating and prime people-watching capabilities—you’re definitely onto a winner. Cafe 28’s breakfast menu isn’t huge but what you get is value for money; they offer a kid’s breakfast with milkshake for just $10 or a bacon and egg roll with coffee for $8. We love a bargain! What’s best? The staff here are a rad bunch of happy folk also, probably ‘cause they’ve just returned from an epic morning of smashing barrels at Snapper. Jelly!
Where: 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
That Blue House
That Blue House is well… that adorable blue house on Dutton Street. Now these guys haven’t been open long, but they’re already raising the brekkie game down in Coolangatta. Wanna bring your four-legged friend along for a breakfast date? Feel free, as the cafe is dog friendly and all are welcomed with open paws. If you feel inspired to mix things up, you’re covered with a variety of matcha, turmeric and chai lattes, and delicious iced drinks for days. The food is definitely worth mention also; all the usual suspects are here but they do a bloody good job of them. Next time you’re in Cooly, wander off the beach and check That Blue House out for yourself.
Where: 5 Dutton Street, Coolangatta
Black Sheep Espresso Baa
The first thing that’ll strike you about Black Sheep Espresso is the size, it’s somewhat of a hole in the wall. Yet don’t let the size deter you, as they deliver a mean breakfast despite the limited real estate. Their zucchini corn fritters are worth seeking out as are their baked goods, with muesli flapjacks, sweet and savoury muffins, and coconut raspberry slices regularly pulled from their oven. We were fortunate to visit when the latter had just come fresh out of the oven and by goodness they smelt sooooo good! We may or may not have bought them all.
Where: 80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta