Brunch, that amazing, leisurely meal where you get the best of both the breakfast and lunch worlds and it’s totally acceptable to pair your meal with a bloody Mary and call it a healthy start to the day.
To celebrate our favourite meal of the day, we’ve rounded up the best brunch spots on the Gold Coast. Consider this your ultimate hit list.
Tucked on the beachfront corner of the Oasis Shopping Centre, the team at Elk have been brewing coffee and curbing hunger for years. They’re a licensed venue so you can kick start your day with a Bloody Mary from 10 am. They’re famous for producing epic eats that look like works of art, like the blueberry pannacotta with house-made maple nut granola and blueberry sorbet and the pork, date and sage sausage with roast cauliflower puree and fried eggs.
Bazaar at QT Gold Coast serves an all-you-can-eat brunch every Sunday from 11.30am. They have all your usual brunch favourites, as well as fried chicken & waffles, DIY nourish bowls and a crepe station. The experience is not complete without a few visits to their infamous dessert table, with two chocolate fondue towers and an epic spread of sweets.
When there’s a bowl dedicated to brunch, you know you’re in the right place. Little Mermaid’s Brunch Bowl is the perfect weekend fuel including sweet potatoes, beetroot hummus, avo, brown rice, tahini dressing with the choice of adding chicken, halloumi or wood smoked salmon. Can’t decide? Order a sharing plate with your other half. From Turkish bread, avocado, sunny side up eggs to mini acai with cocoa whip - you can have it all.
It’s easy to see why this quaint cafe overlooking Budds Beach is a Gold Coast favourite. Located directly opposite the waterways, you can arrive by jet ski or boat. Bumbles make their own honey and jam on-site and source locally, with grange jams from Benowa and Australian butter. We recommend their gluten-free coconut quinoa granola or if you want to indulge, order their Belgian Waffle—it comes with ice cream, fruit compote and a lashing of Lindt chocolate sauce.
Bam Bam Bakehouse
Ever since Matt Preston was spotted eating their Snickers Twice Baked Croissant, Bam Bam Bakehouse has been on everyone’s brunch bucket list, and one visit and it’s not hard to see why. They make all their pastries on-site so you know you’re only getting the freshest ingredients. Open from 7 am until 2 pm, you can satisfy your cravings with their Karaage Chicken served on a freshly made croissant with shredded white cabbage, sesame seeds and kewpie mayo. Or the Posh Shrooms with whipped feta, rocket, hazelnuts and truffle oil.
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 brunch? 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.
This beachside café is proof that brunch can be both a delicious and healthy experience. Equip with an upstairs yoga studio, they hold morning classes every Tuesday to Saturday, so you can get bendy for an hour and then refuel downstairs with brunch. Keep it simple with eggs your way or get in touch with your native roots with a paleo meal, the Bushman’s Breakfast. The team behind BSKT Cafe also created Cocowhip, a soft-serve frozen treat that comes guilt free.
Located in Nobby’s, the team at Forreal Kitchen serve their breakfast menu all day long. They have the basics like Bacon & Egg Brioche Roll, Breaky Bruschetta and the softest, fluffiest pancakes we’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. But they also serve some out of this world dishes like Unicorn Chia Pudding, a house-made coconut chia pudding served with frozen berries, coconut, fresh banana and pink pitaya nice-cream. Feeling ravenous after a big night out? Mama’s Big Breakfast has got you.
If you’re in a hurry, grab a coffee and some sweets from Paddock Bakery’s horse float out the front and enjoy brunch on the go. Or if you have the time, walk through their rustic picket fence and grab a table beneath the trees in their courtyard. The team at Paddock Bakery serve breakfast all day, including their infamous dippy eggs, toad in the hole and purple toast.
There’s a reason why Commune is busy every weekend. This Burleigh favourite serves up some seriously delicious food, from coriander corn fritters with avocado to caramelised banana pancakes. Grab one of their outdoor tables to eat your brunch, before heading to their ping pong table to work it off with some friendly competition.
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