The office, for many people, is a modern day prison cell.
Sat for eight or more hours per day in the same room can take its toll. Getting out and about with laptop in hand can often be the answer, if not a last ditch attempt to save your sanity. Research has shown a frequent change of space and environment can often lead to greater creativeness and productivity. Fancy that?
So, what better place to make this notion more applicable than in a cafe setting. Ample table space, charged on caffeine, and hopefully not getting too distracted by the handsome baristas, should see you ticking off that to-do list and putting a smile on your boss’ or client’s face. Surprisingly, free wifi can often be hard to come by on the Gold Coast but, fear not, ‘cause armed with an insatiable desire to
escape the office get work done, we’ve found the very best cafes to plonk yourself down on weekdays, open up your laptop, and smash that deadline!
Even if somehow you don’t manage to get any work done, you are no doubt going to be eating and drinking some seriously nutritious fare here. Boasting an impressive health-driven menu and with plenty of table space, fast wifi, and even bench tops for you to get down to business, BSKT is very much one of our “work” cafe faves.
Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
This Palm Beach cafe gets BUSY, so try to avoid the morning and weekend rushes, or at least buy yourself a hearty breakfast and Gabriel coffee to justify hogging an entire table while you tap away at the keyboard. Our pick? The savoury Corn Board with char-grilled corn salsa, poached eggs, avo, and Meredith goat’s cheese, or the nourishing breakfast salad with miso-cured salmon never disappoints. You just need to check yourself into Barefoot Barista via Facebook and you’re good to go.
Where: Shop 5, Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
Flannery’s Re-Fuel Depot
Freelance life can be thirsty work, which is why you should pull up a stool with your laptop and massive super smoothie from Flannery’s Re-Fuel Depot in Robina. Log into the fast, free wifi that’s available throughout the EasyT Centre and sip your guilt-free smoothie or chow down on a bagel between smashing out emails.
Where: Easy T Centre, 514 Christine Avenue
Street Corner Espresso
Need to get cracking early? Then you’ll find the cool guys at Street Corner Espresso pouring you hot cups of motivation from 6am. Central to most of the Coast and close enough to the beach to squeeze in your early morning dip before the office, just remember to bring your towel.
Where: 1840 Lower Gold Coast Highway, North Burleigh
If we could pack up our office and live in a nook of this warehouse slash cafe slash soon-to-be-epic-event-space, we most certainly would. Not only is Dust Temple a whimsically eclectic destination for Currumbin coffee lovers, it’s also a sweet spot to park with your laptop and soak up the free wifi. Weathered Chesterfield couches, retro armchairs, bar stools, and sundrenched laneway benches… you name it, find a comfy posi and get inspired while you work.
Where: 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
Nectar Espresso, Currumbin
Another remote working option in the Currumbin industrial area is Nectar Espresso. Brought to you by the North Burleigh Surf Club, and operating on a not-for-profit basis, while the cafe offerings are simple, out back you’ll find a large co-working space with super fast wifi and plenty of place to spread out without feeling the pressure to move along.
Where: 37 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
Another in the southern end that graciously dishes out the wifi code when you order from the all-day breakfast menu is Tugun local’s favourite, Cafe Caribou. With burgers the size of your head, smooth Social Espresso brews, and plenty of cosy table options, it’s easy to get productive and while away a few hours here. Last time we worked at Cafe Caribou our none-too-shabby view was across the table to Golden Four Drive neighbour and regular Mick Fanning and his photog mate Corey Wilson.
Where: 44 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Cafe 28 Cooly Boardriders
Cafe 28 is the pick for southerners, especially those lifestyle-choice freelancers who manage their work hours around the surf conditions. Grab a table, order a coffee, and plug in while you wait for the tide to drop. On our last visit we even watched on as whales frolicked in the calm waters across the road… ummm, epic no? There’s plenty of table room to spread out in the mornings and some strategically positioned power points should you need to charge the battery. You’ll find free wifi radiating out of The Strand in general, so pick a spot and swallow that frog.
Where: 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
The Yard is one of our faves for so many reasons, a major bonus being that they offer wifi to us internet hungry slaves to the laptop. Pull up a comfy leather stool and high table, or couch in the rear courtyard and take a few styling mental notes. It’s hard not to get inspired at this cosy Nobby Beach brunching joint, just don’t leave until you’ve tried the hot smoked salmon with potato rosti, scrambled eggs, and baby beats. Working brunch, sorted!
Where: 17 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
Little Mermaid’s bright and breezy setting is sure to have you inspired, switched on, and pounding away at that keyboard in no time. Organic coffee and super fast wifi are highlights here, so there’s no excuse to procrastinate on that deadline. Choose between a varied assortment of seating too (high tops, peacock chairs, booths, or sun-drenched alfresco style), so once you’ve sent those important emails you can reward yourself with a cocktail and get your slouch on.
Where: 2557 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
The health food game here is strong. “We believe nothing is worth eating, if it hasn’t been made by love” is a bold mantra indeed. With a vegan menu that’s gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free, meaning you can fuel yourself for that workload without an ounce of guilt. Great table space and smiley staff make Blendlove a serious option to get shit done if you’re in the Southport area.
Where: 253 Ferry Road, Southport
Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist