You know that feeling when you think you’ve been everywhere on the Gold Coast and tried every cafe and every cup of joe by every possible barista? Yep, you’re officially in a cafe funk.
We’ve all been there. But today, we’re here to help you out before it happens again. Because frankly, with so many gems on the Gold Coast there’s no reason you can’t hit 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 five cool new cafes on the Gold Coast that you might not know about (yet).
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, it has recently received a beautiful white and bright revamp—including the addition of a full-service kitchen and alcohol license—so if you’ve visited before, you basically won’t recognise it. Expect to find healthy green bowls loaded with quinoa, avo, hummus, sauerkraut, poached egg and more, or roasted field mushrooms and avo on sourdough. For lunch, the chipotle chicken burger with ginger lime aioli is an early favourite. The best news? They’re licensed from 10am, so no one will bat an eye if you order a glass of vino or local beer with your baked chai apple buckwheat waffles, because it’s 5pm somewhere, right?
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 learnt about Helensvale newbie, Bear Boy Espresso. We’re lusting over their on-trend colour palate with terracotta splashed throughout and an upbeat vibe. Perfectly complemented by a seasonal menu currently featuring 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 new cafes on the Gold Coast and worth the trip north.
If we weren’t already spoilt for choice in Burleigh Heads, along comes cafe newbie 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 Hong Kong-style Nutella bubble waffles or rose blossom hot cakes with an optional side of bacon.
Dulcie And Edna
A recent addition to Banora Point, this diamond in the residential rough is what immediate locals have long been craving. For the rest of us, a short jaunt across the border is totally worth it for this hip cafe with retro vibes, personalised service and some of the best new breakfasts we’ve devoured this year. 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 a fresh-baked Burleigh Baker sourdough and croissants, with plans to soon sell jams and relishes made from their nanna’s personal recipes. Yep, you’re going to love this new 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. Wrap your mouth around the generous prawn po boy loaded with crisp, buttermilk prawns or the reliable bacon and egg roll with BBQ and chipotle mayo.
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Image credit: Kaitlin Maree for Urban List