It seems that with every morning coffee fix on the Gold Coast, a new cafe catches the corner of your eye.
With the increased hustle and bustle of our dear brunch crowd (and the sky-rocketing standards for a good ‘gram pic) cafe owners are constantly finding new ways and new locations to keep up. Mermaid latte, anyone?
This is why, Gold Coast, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are nine new cafes to hit this weekend, but with only two days, you’ll have to make some pretty harsh executive decisions. Happy latte-ing!
Northerners, we know you’ve been hanging out for this! Runaway Bay’s shiny new Substance Espresso is the work of Chirn Park cafe institution founders, Daark Espresso and OG food truck, Siguenos. The contemporary cafe’s interiors ooze sleek, clean lines, Scandi hints and lots of white, with a big focus on smooth-as coffee by Open House Roasters and satisfying brekkies—expect a hint of Siguenos on the menu. We can’t wait to try this one!
So new, we’ll forgive if you’ve not caught wind of it; Corganics is part organic grocer part day-night cafe and is selling all the good things to make your insides smile. From home brew Kombucha to coffee, smoothies and organic breakfasts, come with an empty shopping basket and stock up on organic produce, health food products, ‘heat and eat’ take home meals and walk out with absolutely zero guilt.
Hula Girl Espresso
Spot the vintage bicycle out front? You’re on the right track. Of course, it was only fair us Gold Coasters were gifted our own guitar store slash vintage clothing slash coffee haven and, of course, it takes place in the heart of Mermaid Beach. As one of the more intriguing cafes of the GC Highway, Hula Girl Espresso boasts an incredible cappuccino, and if you’re lucky, you might even get an impromptu show while you’re there.
Coffee connoisseurs, competition is at its peak because there’s a new one to keep a close eye on, Zephyr Coffee in Kirra. Despite its low-key grand opening, there was no doubt Zephyr in Kirra would attract a large local following. From specialty brews using custom-roasted beans to tasty smoothies and, yes, dare we say it, *jaffles*, Zephyr really is the missing piece to our breakfast scene.
The Salt Mill
It was only a matter of time before our beloved acai favourite, Currumbin’s The Salt Mill, shared its goodness beyond our borders. Kingscliff will now be graced with delicious cacao and coconut acai bowls, smooth coffee, fresh smoothies, raw treats and all just a sandy-footed stroll from the magical shoreline of Kingy.
Southport is really upping the ante of late… rooftop bars, and now, Coffediction! Boasting a seriously decent menu with, not to mention, INCREDIBLE milkshakes (think 100% OTT), there really is a lot to love about this new northern joint.
Tella Balls Dessert Bar
Because what was life before we had our own Nutella dessert bar?! Fitspo and gym gear, obviously. Tella Balls Dessert Bar, a popular Sydney joint, is all about the sweet escape from our diets. You’ll find a cabinet full of doughnut ‘tella balls’ in flavours such as Nutella, Oreo, lamington and Ferrero Rocher. You’ll find a Nutella kebab. Nutella pasta. You name it; they’ll probably dish it up for you.
This cute little nook right on Currumbin Beach will, without a doubt, become your new local. Effortlessly trendy and lined with specialty brands, surf ware and downright decent coffee, there is good reason why Devocean should become your one-stop for AM caffeine fix with a side of salty sea breezes (and maybe a shop, too!).
Hidden behind the construction walls in Nobby Beach Shopping Village lies Pinky’s. While Pinky’s opening date is still on the cards, we can expect great things from this AM-PM diner featuring some of the best American eats around. Think apple waffles and coffee by day and loaded fries by night… Swoon! Keep a close eye on this one, kids.
More a creature of habit? How many Gold Coast cafes have you ticked off?
Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List