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Gold Coast: Best Coffee Spots

The Gold Coast’s transition from relative backwater to a Benidorm-slash-Miami hybrid is a well-worn, oft-told narrative by now. Nobody who targets Surfers Paradise, in other words, is foggy on what to expect (and what not to expect) in Queensland’s glitzy holiday pleasure-magnet par excellence: sun, sand, surf, nightlife, cut-rate happy hour alcohol and mindless entertainment.

So the Gold Coast may not be Fraser Island or the Whitsundays. Yet amid the beachfront herds of hormonal post-pubescents and theme park lines of harried parents with kill-me-now looks, another side transpires.

A side that includes cushy beachfront suburbs and a hinterland replete with national park gems like Lamington and Springbrook. More importantly for fans of the short black, a side that involves upper echelon baristas and primo java. Yes, a viable coffee culture has come to the Gold Coast (and not a moment too soon in our humble opinion). Surely this is a positive omen. With that, from Paradise Point to Coolangatta, discover a tidy cluster of Gold Coast caffeine pushers who brew stellar cups of umber ambrosia.

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Barefoot Barista
10 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach

Sweet little café off the Gold Coast Highway that serves a good breakfast, lunch and Campos coffee. Same proprietor as Borough Barista on The Esplanade in Burleigh Heads.

Where to stay: Royal Palm Resort Palm Beach

The Deck, Currumbin
794 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Merlo espresso, healthful salads, burgers, pizzas and delectable desserts on Currumbin Beach.

Where to stay: The Hill Apartments Currumbin Beach

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Vintage Espresso, Mermaid Beach
1/43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach

Vintage Espresso wins top marks for ambiance every time. The place to be if you like a Melbourne vibe in your coffeeshop.

Where to stay: Turtle Beach Resort Gold Coast

Elk Espresso, Broadbeach
2/16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach

Same owner as Vintage, Elk is a hip, leisurely spot with a funky menu and coffee from Marvell Street Roasters in Byron Bay.

Where to stay: Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach Hotel

Commune, Burleigh Heads
1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Cheery Commune is run by a local husband-and-wife duo who parlay business and creative acumen in the eco-fashion industry to advantage.

Where to stay: Esplanade Beach Front Apartments Gold Coast

Blackboard Specialty Coffee, Varsity Lakes
240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes

With blends from Cup Specialty in Brisbane, this sleek but warm Varsity Lakes spot is on top of the premium café scene.

Where to stay: The Chancellor Apartments Gold Coast

Niche, Miami
2/2 Dawn Parade, Miami

Get a solid Merlo shot and a sugary hit from one of the best bakeshops in the Gold Coast.

Where to stay: Grande Florida Beachside Resort Gold Coast

Gold Coast City Guide

8 Comments for "Gold Coast: Best Coffee Spots"

Robbie Sky says on February 27th, 2012 at 4:20 am:

Everyone knows the best cofffe is found at Masons Deli Southport, check it out…great food too!

Michelle Aslin says on February 27th, 2012 at 1:37 pm:

Coffee Sisters on the corner Monaco st and Rio Vista Blvd. Best coffee and good service, nice staff. I have missed it for 14 days as been on holidays in Vietnam, can’t wait till after gym Tuesday..for my short black!!

Merynda says on February 28th, 2012 at 12:01 am:

Agreed – plus more to add:
Black Coffee Lyrics, Centre Arcade, Surfers Paradise
Coffee Sisters, Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters
No Name Lane, The Oracle, Broadbeach
Addict, Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
And it would only be fair to still include a longtimer, 3 Beans, Surf Parade, Broadbeach
I’ve been told that Canteen, Park Avenue Burleigh Heads is good but haven’t sampled yet…

Merynda says on March 2nd, 2012 at 7:00 am:

Feel bad that I forgot to mention Up Espresso, Upton Street, Bundall and Piccolo, Miami

Jonty says on June 16th, 2012 at 9:58 pm:

I have found Coffee Moves at Tweed Heads to be great they serve a fantastic blend by local roasters Coffee Secrets that is rich & more-ish.

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