Here on the Gold Coast, we love to do breakfast, brunch, and all things involving some combination of coffee, eggs, bacon, and smashed avo.
Thankfully, our many and diverse breakfast cravings are more than catered for by this surf city’s flourishing army of cafés. And, ‘cause there’s no excuse to fall into a morning-time feasting rut, we’ve rounded up some of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast you’ve probably never tried. We suggest you get adventurous.
House-made Crumpets | Rockleigh Café
We drooled a little bit when first told about Rockleigh Café’s house-made crumpets topped delicately with caramelised banana, maple, walnuts, and house-made peanut butter. Named in honour of the family dairy farm, this new café is a recent addition to Cooly’s Griffith Street and totally worthy of the drive this weekend.
Brekkie Bao | Double Barrel Kitchen
Stop rubbing the sleep out of your eyes. Yep, you read correctly, there’s somewhere on the Gold Coast serving baos for breakfast! New in Mermaid Waters, Double Barrel Kitchen not only has a cool up-cycled interior, but is making a statement with its signature Brekkie Bao. Three pillowy Chinese buns are carefully stuffed with thick-cut free range bacon, greens, house-made relish, and topped with a tiny quail egg. A serious new contender among the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast… what will they think of next?
Red Velvet Pancakes | The Loose Moose
We’ve only visited The Loose Moose with our drinking shoes on, so we too are dying to try the insanely luscious Red Velvet Pancakes. While stacked up against some stiff competition elsewhere on the breakfast menu, this work of art is in a league all of its own; fancifully decorated with chocolate soil, raspberry coulis, strawberry, mascarpone, and toasted pistachios. Yes, please!
Smokey Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict | The Yard
All our breakfast wishes were answered when we first tucked into The Yard’s smokey pulled pork eggs benny: two gooey poached eggs, layered on a grilled bagel, and smothered with hollandaise. At the time it was a breakfast special, but we’re delighted to hear the dish was so popular it’s earned itself a permanent home on the menu. So, what are you waiting for? Head down to Nobby Beach, stat.
Sunday Brunch | Bonita Bonita
That’s right! Everyone’s fave joint for Mexican and margaritas opens early on Sundays (10am to 2pm) for brunch. You know these guys are the goods, so pretty much anything on the Bonita Bonita Sunday brunch menu is fair game. With a distinctly south-of-the-border theme, expect dishes such as Mexican choco pancakes, chilli con carne, breakfast quesadillas, and sweet pea mole. Plus, it’s never too early for margaritas. Hola!
Hungover Sundays | Burgster
While we already have you scratching your head, here’s another night time fave that opens early on Sundays to cure your weekend hangover. Palm Beach’s amaze-balls burger joint, Burgster is tempting us with their house-smoked salmon benny on special crispy fried bread—both the bread and smoked salmon prepared uber fresh on the morning of service.
Oreo Crepes | Harvest Moon
Known for their ridic selection of espresso martinis, this Burleigh Heads gem is tucked down a James Street arcade and opens early Saturdays and Sundays to satisfy weekend breakfast cravings. Sweet tooths will go weak at the knees for Harvest Moon‘s Oreo Crepes; a house-made crepe with chocolate ganache, crumbled Oreos, and ice cream. ‘Cause we heart dessert for breakfast.
Avocado and Sour Cream Mash | Café Catalina
So you’ve made the big commitment to get fit by smashing laps at Southport’s Aquatic Centre? Go team! Given we all know the reason for exercise is so we can consume more calories afterwards, you won’t need to travel far to find worthy eats. By morning, Café Catalina basks in sunshine which is the perfect time to try the avocado and sour cream mash with Persian feta, cherry tomatoes, basil oil, and sourdough.
Smashed Peas | Black Oak Casuarina
One day, we promise we’ll devote an entire article to the glory of breakfast peas. In the meantime, chow down on the smashed peas with poached eggs at Casuarina’s Black Oak. This delightful new breakfast addition comes with Bulgarian feta, chili, mint, and salsa verde on trusty organic sourdough, of course. Don’t be put off by green vegetables at breakfast folks, give peas a chance.
French Croissant Toast | Bam Bam Bakehouse
‘Cause baked goods is what they do best, Bam Bam Bakehouse have recently unleashed a drool-worthy spin on the classic French Toast, by swapping toast for a freshly baked croissant, served with a side of cultured butter and maple syrup. Better yet, grab one of their loaner The Beach People roundie towels, and kick back in the park and sunshine. Like you needed another reason to go back to Bam Bam…
Baked Eggs with Mushroom Ragu | Society of Florida
If you’re like most Gold Coasters, you’re probably flat out eating your way around the best ethnic restaurants by night, which leaves your mornings pretty empty and distinctly lacking in soul. Make sure you carve out some time to dig into Society of Florida’s tummy-satisfying baked eggs with mushroom ragu, feta, and sourdough, plus an optional side of chorizo. Drool.
B5 | Madam Tojo’s Coffee Place
You need to experience the wonder that is Chirn Park’s Madam Tojo’s Coffee Place. If you thought the décor was eccentric, you should check out the imaginative ever-changing menu. We’re most intrigued by the B5, an interesting combo of sweet potato and lime lentil fritters, chili jam, raw zucchini noodles, Meredith goat’s cheese, plus locally-sourced nitrate-free Voodoo bacon.
Sweet Potato and Haloumi Bowl | Parlour Coffee
Another breakfast to rock our world recently and one that we just HAD to share, was Parlour’s healthy bowl of goodness. Loaded with sweet potato, grilled haloumi, shredded kale, heirloom tomatoes, avo, hummus, tahini, toasted seeds, and topped with runny poached eggs—this is one of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast that you’ve never heard of. Tell them we sent you.
BKRY Brioche French Toast | Paradox Coffee Roasters
Surfers Paradise favourites, it’s no surprise Paradox Coffee Roasters are hot contenders for the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast. Leading the way is the new BKRY Brioche French Toast, with baked goods sourced fresh from BKRY next door and topped with vanilla, cinnamon, maple, mint, and mixed berries. Dessert for breakfast? Take that, rulebook.
Consider yourself a breakfast boss? Tell us, who serves the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast?
Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist