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Published October 25th 2014
Oh For The Love of Coffee
There are so many cafés on the Gold Coast, you can pretty much find one on most main streets, no matter where you are on the golden coast. I love coffee, although I probably didn't discover it's full awesomeness until I moved to the Gold Coast three years ago.
Now, although coffee chains such as Starbucks, and Zaraffas all produce fabulous coffee and food, for me, they lack a certain charm and character that smaller stand-alone places can offer. A café nowadays, as there is so much competition, needs to not only serve good coffee, that is a given - but they must offer menu variety, great food, vibrant atmosphere and excellent service.
Here is my list of the best cafés on the Coast. This is based on the places I have visited regularly - I know that there are loads more fabulous cafés out there, and I look forward to discovering them soon.
Elk Espresso Where: 16 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach Open: 6am - 4pm (Late on Fridays)
Potato Hash with Egg, Avocado & Mushrooms
This place is always buzzing. Whatever time or day you visit, it always has the best atmosphere. Of course it offers really great coffee, but the food is pretty stand out too. It's stripped down rustic decor makes it a favourite of mine to sit and write, or just watch the world go by. The staff are really friendly and have a laid back, although efficient, way about them. It is open for breakfast and lunch, plus it also offers a Friday night share-plate dinner - although you need to book well in advance as it gets full up pretty quickly. Find out more.
No Name Lane cafe is located in a blink-and-you-miss it location, tucked away next to the Bavarian Bier Cafe, in fact they are so close they even share the outdoor seating. In the past it has been voted one of the best cafés on the Coast by coffee lovers on the website Beanhunter. And I agree - this place ticks all the boxes in terms of price, quality of coffee and food, and it's got a cool casual feel. Find out more.
Where: 19 River Drive, Surfers Paradise Open 7am - 4pm (till 10pm Thursdays)
This place is very cute and although practically in Surfers Paradise, you wouldn't know it as it looks in the other direction over the beautiful Budds Beach and Nerang River. As a result it has a very calm and tranquil feel, a million miles from the busy surfers crowd. A favourite with locals, it is beautifully decorated and with coffee and food to match, it's one of my favourite places when you want a bit of quiet, without having to venture too far. They offer breakfast, high tea, catering, lunch, coffee and snacks and have a set dinner menu on Thursdays. They also make fresh jars of honey. Find out more.
This was the first place on the Gold Coast that I had been to that I really loved and felt was very "me". It offers a very good variety of coffee, including signature coffees such as a baileys mocha, which is a favourite of mine. The food is exceptional and inventive, what they call "food art" without being overly pretentious, and most importantly still delivering on taste. I love the decor and interior - the vinyl on the wall, the cutout books and the statement furniture. It's the funky vibe that makes it a fabulous place to chill out. Find out more.
A little bit off the beaten track, located off the Gold Coast highway around mermaid beach, Vintage Espresso is somewhere that you just discover, and I'm glad that I did. As you would expect from the name, this offers funky, mismatched retro furniture and fittings, and really good coffee and snacks. Plus it offers awesome fresh made-to-order fruit juices and smoothies - it doesn't all have to be about coffee. It's not as busy as other places, so it's good for a bit of a relaxing break and a sugary treat. Find out more.
I have been here for coffee a number of times and I also had one of their high teas, which was amazing, and at a really reasonable price, $49 for 4 adults. This is my bit of elegance and class on the Gold Coast. It has a light and breezy feel with crisp white decor and beautiful flowers and fairy lights. A must for a special treat for someone. Located on the very chic Tedder Avenue in Main Beach - they offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, beer and wines and indulgent desserts and cakes. Find out more.
Located on the corner of Gold Coast Highway & Lavarack Road, in the ever so funky Nobbys Beach, Little Beans is famous for its Sunday afternoon live music sessions. It is always busy and has a great atmosphere, they do a hearty breakfast, great coffee and are fully licensed if you want something stronger than caffeine. They have a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and loads of deals like cake and coffee of the week - worth a visit anytime of the week, but the Sunday session is a must on the Gold Coast. Find out more.
I think it's the view that makes this cafe/restaurant a favourite of mine. Not only is Kirra Beach stunning and peaceful, the view from the open terrace is really something. The food and coffee are very tasty, and the staff are lovely and friendly. it's just the perfect place to sit and take in the beautiful picture perfect scene in front of you. Serving high quality breakfast, lunch, dinner, cakes, coffee and treats - I highly recommend their famous Tiramisu, which is where the name comes from. Find out more.
One of my favourite places in surfers paradise, and again somewhere you just happen upon, or need to be told about, as it is located upstairs, in one of the arcades running between Orchid Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard. It offers all sorts of yummy food, coffee and alcohol, and has live music Thursdays to Sundays. The decor is just cool, as are the staff and the bands they have playing. They have special feature nights too, such as Whiskey and Jazz nights - see I told you they were cool. Find out more.
Recently voted the "best coffee joint on the Gold Coast" by Gold Coast Bulletin readers, I have to say the coffee is really spot on. I have been a few times very recently and my mocha was smooth and creamy and the perfect balance of chocolate and coffee. The decor is understated and simple, the service friendly and they have an awesome bagel menu, which I haven't seen anywhere else on the Coast. Find out more.