If it's been a while between cafe visits, you're not alone. With the coronavirus keeping us at home and calling in a few of our favourite old-timers to supply us with coffee and takeaway eats, it's probably been months since you've discovered somewhere new to you.
But time are changing, and before you come out of iso and go straight into a "I don't know where to eat" funk, we're here to help. Because frankly, with so many gems on the Gold Coast there’s no reason you can’t start hitting up a different cafe for every day of the month.
From northern newbies to southern soul food, we’ll do the honours of introducing you to six cool cafes on the Gold Coast that you might not know about (yet).
Want to burst your dine-in bubble with a totally new Gold Coast cafe? Palm Beach newbie Watson Bloom is just the place. Opening during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a good chance you haven’t been here yet, and if you had, you’d remember. Dishing up freshly-baked pastries and golden plant-based toasties, you won’t want to leave here without sipping on a cup of their strong but smooth house blend from Brisbane’s Bellissimo Coffee. And while a cafe should be all about the food and drink, we can’t help but love this joint even more for its calming, minimalist interior—it’s exactly what we are craving after months of craziness.
Breakfast dates and caffeinated liquid goods all delivered with relaxed yet attentive service in a beachy, sun-drenched setting, Refinery Coffee has your all-day weekend brunching nosh covered. While this Currumbin industrial estate-based cafe isn’t totally new, did receive a beautiful white and bright revamp late last year—including the addition of a full-service kitchen and alcohol license—so if you’ve visited before, you basically won’t recognise it. Head in this week for your first sit-down breakfast in a while, and you'll have come just in time for the launch of their new winter menu.
Bear Boy Espresso
Given the vast populous of the northern end, cool cafes are surprisingly few and far between. Which is why our ears perked right up when we first heard about Helensvale's Bear Boy Espresso. We’re lusting over their on-trend colour palate with terracotta splashed throughout and an upbeat vibe, especially after being stuck within our own four walls for so long. Perfectly complemented by a seasonal menu, featuring dishes like chicken waffles, cinnamon-spiced fried mango bao, fresh berry hot cakes, acai bowls, Single O coffee and vegan raw treats. If you’re keen to mix up your breakfast routine, Bear Boy Espresso is one of the best cafes on the Gold Coast and worth the trip north.
If we weren’t already spoilt for choice in Burleigh Heads, along comes Crew. Before you next hit the sand for a beach sesh or the James Street boutiques for a little retail therapy, set your hunger GPS for Crew. Perfectly located for people-watching over a smooth cuppa joe, Crew is the first Queensland cafe by Melbourne’s Inglewood Coffee who also run a bunch of breakfast spots in Victoria. Crew’s whitewash walls, exposed beams and bentwood chairs create a relaxed come-as-you-are setting that fits seamlessly with Burleigh’s beachy vibe. Kickstart your weekend and tuck into tasty dishes like cheddar corn bread waffles or loaded breakfast bowls.
Dulcie And Edna
A recent addition to Banora Point, this diamond in the residential rough is what immediate locals have long been craving. And while for the rest of us, we'll have to wait a little longer until a short jaunt across the border is allowed, it'll be totally worth it for this hip cafe with retro vibes, personalised service and some of the best new breakfasts. If Dulcie And Edna sounds like someone your granny would know, it’s because this quaint cafe has been named in honour of the owner’s grandmas, and we think they will have made the old ducks proud. Start with a smooth caffeinated brew using Brisbane’s Parallel Roasters or a slice of that day’s cake special, made in house. Before moving onto the potato and broccoli hash with zucchini ribbons and poached eggs or the three egg ocean trout omelette. You can also pick up delicious jams, relishes, pickles and cheese sticks made from their nanna’s personal recipes. Yep, you’re going to love this southern gem.
You’ll smell Custard Canteen the moment you step out of your car, with baked buttery goodness now wafting on the salty sea breezes. From the legendary team behind Bam Bam Bakehouse and Cubby Bakehouse, Custard Canteen champions the iconic Portuguese custard tart, and they even make their own puff pastry in house—which is seriously impressive stuff! Located at Tallebudgera Creek, red and white striped umbrellas pop against the established pandanus palms and paperbark gums, with a garden alfresco setting that’s sure to lure you back time and time again. The all-day menu is made to eat with your hands, so you can order to takeaway and enjoy under your umbrella at the creek, or bask in the outdoor, picnic-style ambiance at the cafe.
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