Insta-worthy | 10 Of The Gold Coast's Most Beautiful Cafes

By Brooke Darling
17th Jul 2016

best breakfasts in burleigh
best breakfasts in burleigh
best breakfasts in burleigh
best breakfasts in burleigh
best breakfasts in burleigh
best breakfasts in burleigh

Why we brunch where we brunch comes down to several factors—the coffee, the cheery staff, the ability to get a table after 10am on a Saturday (curse you, all you weekend early birds…).

But lately, we’ve been selecting our cafes based on how jaw-droppingly stunning they are. Perhaps you’re the same?

Have you welled up with emotion because the tables and chairs so perfectly match the space that they’re in? Do you go to the bathroom just to look at the snazzy tap fixings? Would you happily give up your own humble abode and move into Paddock’s storage cupboard if they’d let you? Did you maybe, perhaps just once, try to steal a coffee cup because it was just so dang beautiful?

If the answer is “yes” to any and all of the above, you’re going to love this list of the most beautiful cafes on the Gold Coast. Prepare to start fangirling over their glorious interiors.

Paddock Bakery

Quite possibly the most Instagrammable cafe on the Gold Coast, Paddock Bakery melts our hearts with every visit. Miami’s lovingly-restored weatherboard cottage is pretty-as-a-postcard with a shady picket fence-lined courtyard which surely harbours pixies and unicorns after dark (okay, we can only dream, right?). Offering countless delectable angles and subjects for your brunchin’ photo shoot: straight-from-the-oven baked goodies, artisan bread loaves, dessert pots, dippy eggs, and cosy nooks backed by sunny windows. Hurrah for Paddock Bakery!

Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Cafe D’Bar

Our go-to when cruising around down south is super-chill Cafe D’Bar, on the headland at Point Danger. This sweet cafe slash restaurant earns bonus points for having one of the most spectacular locations on the entire length of the Gold Coast. Perched above the legendary waves of Duranbah and Snapper—this rustic gem oozes surfy charm and the first-level dining room is the perfect possie to treat your visiting granny or aunt to brunch.

Where: 275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta

Bumbles Cafe

While Gold Coast’s cafe culture is blossoming around it, Bumbles is one of those charming beauties that feels like it’s been there forever. Whimsical rooms perfect for private parties be it baby showers, birthday gatherings, or a long ladies lunch lubricated with bubbles, the interior of this one-of-a-kind cafe could be mistaken for a Queenslander-style cottage. Adding to the allure are cabinets filled with drool-worthy cakes, slices, and all things nice.

Where: 19 River Drive, Budds Beach

Spikexx Espresso

Spikexx Espresso is proof that injecting a whole swag of love and creativity into a tiring old surf shop is all you need return the magic and energy to a long neglected piece of the area’s history. Theming and tunes inspired by the legendary Jimi Hendrix, we love the original hard wood floors, retro couches, stained glass windows, Bromley artwork, dusty library of books, and smiley staff. Can we bring a cosy queen bed and move in, please?

Where: 1063 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Elk Espresso

Quite possibly the Gold Coast’s ultimate breakfast spread for your next flatlay project, Elk Espresso makes us weak at the knees with every visit. From their signature panna cotta to the majestic elk etching on the perfectly paint-chipped wall. Our tip? Go nuts with the snaps and then drip feed them to your Insta account over the weeks ahead. You busy little cafe butterfly, you.

Where: 16 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach

Garden Kitchen and Bar

While this versatile venue morphs into a restaurant and bar as the day progresses, by the golden morning light we like to think of this sun-drenched venue as one of the most gorgeous spots for breakfast on the Gold Coast. Find a pew under the towering windows of Garden Kitchen and Bar’s light-filled atrium or outside overlooking the palms and grassy lawn. What are your plans this weekend?

Where: Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Broadbeach Island

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Bam Bam Bakehouse is another of the most beautiful cafes on the Gold Coast who has us leaving serious heart eye emojis all over their Insta account. From the crafty team who delivered us Paddock Bakery, they stepped up the décor styling when converting an underutilised office space in Mermaid Beach. From the layers of textures and slick tiling, pressed metal, upcycled wood furnishings, fragrant blooms, leafy park views, and dreamy glimpses into the bakehouse, there’s no shortage of goodness at Bam Bam. Need another excuse to visit? Cruffins are now baking on weekends. Drooool!

Where: 2519-2521 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Paradox Coffee Roasters

Cavernous with vaulted ceilings, moody lighting, red brick, and industrial finishings, Paradox Coffee Roasters in the funky The 4217 complex is the kind of cafe that excites those with a lusting desire for warehouses and contemporary design. Need a blank canvas backdrop that really makes your breakfast snap jump off the screen? You’ll find just what you’re looking for at Paradox.

Where: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise


There’s a lot to love about Nobby Beach’s BSKT cafe. Dreamy lighting, salty sea breezes, simplistic styling, sketched wall murals, wood galore, and a swoon-worthy menu ensure BSKT deserves its spot among the most beautiful of the best cafés on the Gold Coast. Another reason we totes adore BSKT is the free wifi; start-ups can get creative working from the ambient space with no pressure to move along.

Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach

Canteen Kitchen

There’s no denying we simply adore Burleigh’s Canteen Kitchen. Sit inside on a dreary winter’s day and you could be transported to a contemporary neighbourhood bistro in Europe. Think: wrap around windows, dark wood floors, leather banquettes, Bentwood chairs, copper-topped tables, exposed-globe pendant lights, and a tiny two-person open-plan kitchen in the rear pumping out some of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast. If we could eat Canteen Kitchen’s Middle Eastern-inspired dishes every day of the week, we would.

Where: 23 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

Little Mermaid

Our list would not be complete without this beachy addition to Mermaid Beach. You can’t help but meander around Little Mermaid visualising the space in Insta squares, be it the peacock chairs, African mud bead chandeliers, swing benches, verdant collection of potted palms and hanging ferns, or the selfie-perfect golden afternoon sunshine. It’s no surprise this cafe makes the cut, especially given the maestro behind one of our fave home décor boutiques, Village Stores was the man to dress the space with all manner of must-have decorator pieces. #nopinching

Where: 1/2557 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Want more Insta-worthy locations? Check out eight of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast with water views.


Photo Credit: Brooke Darling, Edmond Tsang, and Hayley Williamson for Metropolist

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