They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while this is probably the case, it can also be the most delicious, especially when you hightail it to some of the best cafés on the Gold Coast.
Here are 16 breakfasts on the Coast you must tick off your eating bucket list in 2016. Best get started now, because if this year is anything like 2015, there’ll be a whoooole lotta eating to do.
1. Elk Espresso’s Blueberry and Coconut Panna Cotta with house-made granola, summer fruits, and cinnamon yoghurt. See that glorious smattering of edible colour pictured above? If this is not heaven on a plate, well, we don’t know what is.
2. The Cardamon Pod’s vegetarian-lovers PB&J Smoothie Bowl is drool-worthy with its organic peanut butter smoothie base, raspberry chia jelly, fresh berries, caramelised buckinis, coconut shavings, and a delish raw peanut butter cup to savour with the last bite.
3. Silence your rumbling tummy with one of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast, the Gin Cured Salmon Bennie on hash, by Blackboard Café at Varsity. Pair it with a Blackboard original blend coffee and a Lemon Meringue Pie Cronut chaser (because, health). Next-level!
4. If there’s a high probability you’ll depart with one of Madam Tojo’s naughty treats, then you best start with something healthy. We suggest the omelette with activated cashew nuts, raw zucchini, and basil.
5. Hangin’ out in Coolangatta to spot pro surfers? DBar Café serves up some of the tastiest breakfasts in the southern end. It wouldn’t be a 2016 bucket list without the savoury goodness of the Okonomiyaki Japanese pancakes with shitake mushrooms, Bangalow bacon, shredded cabbage, and edamame peas.
6. Commune Café’s signature Coriander Corn Fritter Stack with house-made chilli jam and avocado salsa is recognised as one of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast. Have you ticked it off your bucket list yet?
7. Sometimes it’s about the journey and the destination. If you’ve forgotten how lush and lovely the GC’s immediate hinterland is, or want to savour brekkie without the highway traffic noise, head west to Heritage Hideaway Café in the Tallebudgera Valley. Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat. What you order from there is up to you.
8. Eggs are the best. You can do so many things with them. In the case of Metropolist favourite, Grocer and Grind, the Truffle Scrambled Eggs with sautéed wild mushrooms drizzled with truffle oil should be on your list of breakfasts to conquer in 2016.
9. A toast to good health, Blendlove’s Banoffee Espresso Smoothie Bowl topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and shredded coconut (add caramel buckinis!) will see you fighting fit in the AM.
10. When local bean roasters, Blackboard Coffee confidently associate with newcomer, Counter Eatery you expect the food will be solid. This weekend, we’re heading to Merrimac to try the Coconut Pancakes. Coming with?
11. For the gents, or gals with a hearty appetite, Espresso Moto serves up the Ground Lamb Sandwich from 7am. Wedged between a toasted brioche bun is seasoned ground lamb topped with a red wine and rosemary onion jam, gruyere cheese, and aioli. Pair it with a house-made Blueberry Earl Grey Iced Tea and you’ll be sweet until dinner time.
12. A firm Palm Beach fave, Feather and Docks not only brews insanely good coffee, they also knock up a mean Breakfast Tortilla. Stuffed with a winning combination of bacon, avocado, corn, capsicum, house-made relish, fresh lime dressing, and topped with a poached egg; it’s a flavour smash!
13. BSKT’s guilt-free health-conscious menu features some of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast. This year, you need to try the BSKT Eggs Benny with poached free-range eggs, ham (or spinach), and kalenaise (that’s kale-infused hollandaise, get it?!).
14. It’s worth a morning road trip into the countryside for Mavis’s Kitchen’s weekly chef’s breakfast special (open Saturday and Sunday only). It might be a lucky dip, but pair it with a Mt Warning hike and you’ve got yourself an invigoratingly awesome start to the weekend!
15. Garden Kitchen and Bar’s bright and airy outdoor atrium screams “long Sunday brunch”. We love the Belgian Waffles with maple syrup, mascarpone, chocolate sauce, and candied almonds.
16. If you’ve not yet kicked off your shoes and lounged in the stripy deck chairs on the grass fronting Bam Bam Bakehouse, make it your mission to try the Bam Bam Benny served on a freshly baked (in house!) croissant.
Did you recently devour another mind-blowing best breakfast on the Gold Coast that should be added to the bucket list? Let us know!
Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist