Gold Coast cafes are as abundant as the tanned bodies on our beaches. If there is one thing we’re equally proud of as our glittering coastline, it’s our love for good coffee, beautifully crafted breakfasts and the humble weekend brunch. Narrowing down the haunts that are serving some of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast hasn’t been an easy task, yet here they are—a swag of cafes you should have been to if you live on the Gold Coast. Just visiting? Welcome! Make this your hit list.
We’ve got you covered from north to south with 15 of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast.
North | Broadbeach & Beyond
Guaranteed to draw a crowd with its caffeinated brews, beautifully plated breakfasts and always smiling staff, it’s little wonder Daark Espresso is the busiest cafe on the block in Chirn Park. A pioneer for smooth coffee on the northern end, once you’ve tried one of the many blends and brunching options on offer at Daark Espresso, we anticipate you’ll be adding this to your list of the best cafes on the Gold Coast.
A long-standing crowd favourite among the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast, starting your morning at Elk Espresso feels like a warm, welcoming hug. One of the most imaginative menus in town that changes with every season, right now we can’t go past their Black Forest activated charcoal waffles with raspberry ice cream, chocolate soil, marshmallow and violet chocolate chards.
The team at Hot Shott Main Beach let you order anything on the menu, at any time of day. Looking for something light? Opt for granny’s bircher or chia pudding. Need a heartier breakfast? The Benedict of Benedicts will not disappoint, with two poached eggs, smoked leg ham, crumbled feta, asparagus, house-made hollandaise and roasted vine tomato served on mini French croissants.
Le Vintage Boutique Cafe
You know how dogs are just so easily distracted and how they find anything and everything downright fascinating? Well, that’s how you’ll feel at Le Vintage. There’s so much to gaze at while in complete wonderment, from the kooky and colourful mismatched chairs to statement artwork and the glitzy and glorious chandeliers. Plus there’s Merlo coffee and a simple yet awesome menu at a bargain price.
Central | Mermaid Beach To Burleigh Heads
Bam Bam Bakehouse
The talented team at Bam Bam makes magic out of everything they touch, whether it be flavoursome breakfast dishes or buttery home-baked goodies and dessert pots; paired with a sleek interior that’s up there among the Coast’s most beautiful cafes.
The Milkman’s Daughter
Vegetarians, vegans and breakfast fans alike are well catered for at The Milkman’s Daughter in Mermaid Beach. White washed walls, cosy alcoves lined with cushions and smatterings of live greenery set the mood for a healthy start to the day—featuring the likes of breakfast bruschetta and lemon ricotta pancakes that’ll warm your soul from the inside out.
There’s so much to love about this Nobby Beach institution which is bringing health-conscious food to the masses. Regardless if you’re gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise, you’re sure to find something on the BSKT menu that tickles your tastebuds.
Blackboard has spread their magic coffee-roasting fairy dust up and down the Coast, with Blackboard Coffee starring on many local coffee menus. Coffee connoisseur or not, everyone who visits Blackboard’s flagship Varsity Lakes cafe always falls in love. That’s probably thanks to the haloumi eggs benedict, maple bacon burger and the delicious line-up of doughnuts and cronuts.
With added grunge factor courtesy of its past life as a workshop, Daymaker Espresso has taken an innovative approach to their menu, starting with a vegan-friendly base, with various proteins available to add on, so as to be inclusive for carnivores and vegos alike.
You can’t talk about breakfast on the Coast without talking about Paddock Bakery—Toad in a Hole, Dippy Eggs and Nutella Bots, to name a few. With its whimsical garden setting, this pretty-as-a-picture Miami cafe has iconic breakfast dishes and wood-fired baked goods that we turn to time and time again. Paddock Bakery is one Gold Coast cafe deserving of a spot on your breakfast bucket list.
Tarte Bakery & Cafe
Food envy is guaranteed across the table at Tarte Bakery & Cafe, as you and your brunch pals tuck into plates of miso scrambled eggs sprinkled with fine grated parmesan and togarashi (Japanese spice), or the Bullseye Bang consisting of bacon, fried eggs, avo and house chilli sambal atop Tarte’s NYC Everything bagels. Already luring lure crowds from all corners of the Coast, Tarte’s offerings are the ultimate mouth and eye candy.
Operating out of an artistically rustic wood and corrugated tin shed in the neighbourhood of Burleigh, is a cooperative cafe with a produce-driven menu that’s the handiwork of several small businesses in the surrounding streets. Come for the zucchini waffles or the Brick Lane Bombay with spiced fried potatoes, flashed spinach and fried egg, and then stay for the laidback feel-good vibes.
We’ll never tire of Burleigh’s beloved and original cafe, Commune. Whether we’re sinking into the retro lounge chairs, devouring the signature corn fritters with house made chilli jam, or trying to decipher the latest event posters from the vintage layers, there’s a lot to love about this spot.
South | Palm Beach & Beyond
Palm Beach & Coolangatta
Palm Beach and Coolangatta locals love Espresso Moto for breakfast and brunch, and together with exceptionally friendly and efficient service, this Gold Coast cafe delivers every time. We can’t go past their famous take on the classic eggs benny—it’s always excellent.
Niche & Co.
While there’s no denying you can get an acai bowl from every other cafe these days, there’s something to be said about Niche & Co.’s infectious passion for the Brazilian super berry. For these guys, acai is not a fad; it’s a way of life. Acai bowls with salted caramel, espresso or peanut butter—they’ve thought of it all.
Have you eaten your way through our list of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast? Start working on this thirst-quenching list of Gold Coast bars next.