There’s no doubt there are copious amounts of fab cafes on the Gold Coast for you to get your morning fix.
We all have our benchmark favourite cafe, or that spot you hit once in a while, or perhaps even your sneaky hangover hideaway. The coffee in these joint is always great; the setting comfortable, and not to mention that pretty/handsome barista who always seems to be smiling at you…
Though perhaps you yearn to find something new? Like a modern day Christopher Columbus venturing into the unknown to seek out that new-to-you coffee spot? You won’t need an old wooden ship nor to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, as we’ve tracked down five under-the-radar coffee spots you might not know about. So, get hunting!
Box Coffee Co.
Our first entry is tucked away in the wilds of Southport and also happens to be a converted shipping container! Open from 5am Monday to Friday and 6am on Saturday, Box Coffee Co. is the early morning coffee option of choice for those who live in the area, and totally worth hunting down if you’re looking to break from your usual routine. With awesome organic iced coffees and complimentary snacks to boot, just as the weather gets absurdly hot, go check them out—stat.
Where: Corner Melia Court and Olsen Avenue, Southport
KoKo Coffee Roasters
A little of the beaten track, you might be mistaken that you’ve taken a wrong turn. In a cool, renovated warehouse in a Mermaid Beach industrial area, and just around the corner from The Borrowed Nursery, is where you’ll find KoKo Coffee Roasters. Owner and head roaster, Alex Winter is a former United Nations worker who assisted on fair trade coffee programs in Indonesia some time back. Sourcing his beans with a very ethical approach, you can be assured your coffee is not only damn smooth, but also putting money back in everyone’s pockets along the supply chain.
Where: 17 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach
This one was hiding right under our noses, but it took another professional bruncher to point us in the direction of Bilinga’s eclectic neighbourhood gem. Occupying a vintage shopfront with a rich history and named after the owner’s father, Mervyn Roy’s is family owned and operated. Now if the friendly team doesn’t win you over (and they will!), then the impressive assortment of edible goodness will. Glorious slices, toasties, classic hot brekkys, burgers, or their specialty, flaky homemade scones topped with jam and cream, are all within a towel throw of the beach down in the sleepy suburb of Bilinga. Walls and shelves are adorned with vintage bric-a-brac and mix-matched retro furniture creates a super cute homely feel. Buzzing with a local vibe on a sunny weekend, if you didn’t already have to wait patiently for a table, you will now. Everyone knows where Mick Fanning lives, right? Drive a few blocks further south and you won’t miss it.
Where: 169 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga
Paddock’s Tallebudgera Creek Pop-up
Firstly, if you are not familiar with Miami’s Paddock Bakery or sister cafe Bam Bam Bakehouse then stop, drop what you are doing and go NOW. For the rest of us, we know these guys are one of the best for pouring top coffee and partnering it with some incredible pastries made and baked on site. Well, you might not know they’ve recently opened a pint-sized kiosk at one of the Coast’s fave swimming spots. Open weekends from 5:30am, thus giving you the chance to buy your favourite pastries, cookies, acai bowls and iced coffees while sunning yourself down at Tallebudgera Creek. Boom!
Where: Neptune Building, 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach side of creek
First Fruits Specialty Coffee
Specialty coffee, we hear you ask? Yep, the folks at First Fruits happen to be quite a moral bunch and take their coffee very seriously. In short, their take on specialty coffee is coffee that is distinctly different in personality and taste from other average coffee available out in the marketplace. Strong sentiment, and with an even stronger coffee game. Throw in a hard-to-find location and the odd gig from local musicians, and you’re onto a winner.
Where: 149 Cotlew Street, Ashmore
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Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist