Food & Drink

Look Where Niche & Co. Has Just Popped Up!

By Brooke Darling
11th Dec 2016

It was a sad day for loyal followers last month when, after almost three years in its sunny Kirra home, Niche & Co. was ousted to make way for 15 stories of apartment dwellings. Booooo.

But awesome news folks, ‘cause Niche & Co. has just re-opened in a new location (and only a cruiser bike ride along the esplanade for Kirra locals), finding its new home in the buzzing nook of Tugun!

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. So much so that, when making plans for chapter two of his business, gracious owner Haines Osborne sat down with Amazonia director Chris Norden, to discuss ways they could work together and continue to educate the local community about the insane health benefits of acai.

For these guys, acai is a way of life, not a fad. Just take a moment to read their acai pledge on your way into the cafe, and you’ll agree you’re in very good hands.

For those who’ve not had the pleasure of meeting owner Haines, he’s one of those humble, gentle-natured, community-spirited surfers who’s moved his way from Sydney to Byron, Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast—following family, studies, and work for adventure group RedBull—but it was the Gold Coast that stole his heart six years ago. It’s cool peeps like Haines who are helping breathe new life into this precious place we call home.

So what does this mean for you and me? Trust us when we say, Tugun’s new Niche & Co. is one of the effortlessly rad joints you’re gonna want to hang this summer. Their refreshed super food menu is bursting with old faves alongside new creations, like the Naked Bowl which is a pure acai blend with blueberries (not banana) that’s low sugar, low carb, and vegan-friendly—perfect for the health conscious.

First on our to-devour list was the oh-so yum espresso acai bowl, and the cacao and coconut acai bowl that comprises a tummy-pleasing blend of pure acai, banana, coconut milk, cacao and coconut raw protein, and topped with a Byron Bay macadamia muesli with activated cacao, buckinis, fresh strawberry, shredded coconut, grapes, chai seeds, and goji. See? We told you your insides were going to love you!

Another new addition to Niche & Co. 2.0 is a kitchen (woot!) giving the team extra scope to spread their wings, preparing and cooking up a short but sweet menu of original dishes. We loved the coconut black rice pudding topped with a pure coconut yoghurt and colourful bursts of seasonal fruit, so light and a guilt-free breakfast that we’d happily have eaten for dessert. And given Niche & Co. is in walking distance for us (lucky ducks, eh?) we’ll be back to try the quinoa yoghurt bowl or wholesome range of loaded toasts and bagels.

For these guys, acai is a way of life, not a fad. Just take a moment to read their acai pledge on your way into the cafe, and you’ll agree you’re in very good hands.

Add to that, their carefully-curated selection of super smoothies like the Peachy Keen smoothie (with mango, peach, passionfruit, orange, and coconut milk) or the Monkey Business smoothie (a blend of banana, house-made peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon raw protein, almond milk, and raw cinnamon honey). Yep, good luck deciding!

Social media savvy Haines has ensured all elements of his new cafe are Instagram-worthy backdrops to your beautiful acai, smoothie bowl, or fresh-pressed juice. From the hexagon mosaic tile-topped tables (that he built himself) to the concrete communal table, and menu chalk art by young local artists Jamaica Rose (best name ever?!) and Gold Coast-inspired street graffiti emblazoned across the laneway by Jarryd Watson.

Being the socially-conscious legend that he his, Haines has taken great care to upcycle and refresh items from the old cafe, be it furniture to re-modelled light fixtures. It all fits with Niche & Co.’s honourable philosophy to lessen their impact on the environment while broadening their positive impact on the community. Did we tell you how much we love this spot already?

Sure Haines misses his beachfront outlook at Kirra, but he’s making every effort to create the identical culture and atmosphere loyal customers have come to love over the years. You know he must be doing something right too, when all his staffers have migrated across with him to the new spot in Tugun. “They’re like family,” Haines gushes.

Though if you still insist on sand between your toes as you eat your yummy acai, one of the Coast’s most perfectly near-deserted beaches (that’s Tugun!) is just a 100-metre stroll away. Or, if you’re a slave to the laptop like us, and appreciate some free wifi so you can break away from the office on occasion, Niche & Co. has got you covered for that too.

For those who think Tugun is just somewhere you pass through on the way to somewhere else, you’ve now got another stellar reason to stop in and mingle with the passionate 4224 locals. While you’re there, give Haines and his crew a high five from us, okay?

Where: Shop 4/449 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
When: Open seven days, 5:30am to 2:30pm


Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist

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