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

    Currumbin City Guide

    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

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    8 comments on “Gold Coast: Best Coffee Spots”

    1. CoffeBiz says on February 23, 2012 at 4:37 am:

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    2. HotelClub says on February 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm:

      On the Goldie this weekend? Check out the top spots for your morning latte http://t.co/6rdDlwF0

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

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

    4. Michelle Aslin says on February 27, 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!!

    5. Merynda says on February 28, 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…

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

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

    7. Jump the Shark says on March 5, 2012 at 9:26 am:

      The Gold Coast's Best Coffee Hotspots: http://t.co/g4gpc3Lw I agree with some – not all.

    8. Jonty says on June 16, 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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