Burleigh melts our hearts for many reasons, but none more so than its ridic choice of cafés and cool coffee haunts.
While we reckon everyone’s got their coffee-making business pretty dialled these days (either that or risk dying a quick and miserable death); yet if we were to forced to pick our faves, we’d dare go out on a limb shining a light on six of the best joints for coffee in Burleigh.
Have we told you how much we love this place? Well, we don’t leave heart eye emojis all over their Insta page for nothin’. Sharing a buzzing backstreet arcade with a handful of rad little cafes, there’s something that just draws you into this café’s rustic sunny courtyard; with its strip of retro movie theatre-style seats, wooden chests for tables, and a moody-lit barista bar pumping out the liquid goods daily. If you’re not content with just coffee and house-baked treats, walk a few paces further for Middle Eastern-inspired eats at sister café and brunchin’ haunt, Canteen Kitchen. Does Canteen Coffee serve up some of the best coffee in Burleigh? We think so!
Where: 23 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads
For a suburb whose existence revolves around the beach, there’s not too many coffee joints claiming prime real estate water views. Borough Barista, sister café to Palm Beach veteran Barefoot Barista, will deliver your caffeine fix with a smile and a side of salty sea breezes.
Where: 14 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
It’s a Burleigh institution that’s helped to define coffee culture on the Coast, so we can’t go past a steaming cup of the good stuff from Commune. Eclectic furniture fills the space, colourful event posters plaster the walls, and funky tunes boost the mood. Hungry? Commune’s coriander corn frittatas with house-made chilli jam might just be more legendary than the coffee.
Where: 1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Quest Coffee Roasters
As the name suggests, Quest earns extra cred for roasting their own 100% organic and fair trade beans right here in Burleigh. With a two-kilogram micro-roaster in the café and a larger roaster off-site servicing their wholesale trade, you can be guaranteed of the absolute freshest beans in your morning brew. Pull up a bench seat out front on James Street for a spot of people watching while you taste the difference.
Where: 20 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Wrap up Burleigh’s carefree bohemian cum surf culture in a coffee shop nutshell, and it likely looks like Burleigh Social. Not only are they making some of the best breakfasts in Burleigh, like their epic signature eggs benny on a croissant (seriously, why hadn’t someone thought of this earlier?), but their coffee is always on point. Grab a hot or cold brew depending on your mood and find some shade under the brollies and picnic tables. Still need convincing? Check out their Insta page and try to refrain from drooling all over the screen. #breakfastporn
Where: 2 Hibiscus Avenue, Burleigh Heads
Nest, you ask? No, you’re not seeing things—another new café hasn’t popped up since you looked away. One of our faves serving some of the best breakfasts in Burleigh has shaken things up, had a makeover, and added a sweet new brekkie menu to boot. Previously known as Larder, and tucked on the outskirts of the Treetops Shopping Plaza car park, one thing hasn’t changed and that’s their reliably fine coffee with beans from Gold Coast’s very own roaster, Blackboard Coffee.
Where: 4/3 Classic Way, West Burleigh
Did we miss your fave pouring some of the best coffee in Burleigh? Tell us in the comments.
Photo Credit: Brooke Darling and Hayley Williamson for Metropolist