Australia & NZ
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.
10 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
Sweet little cafÃ© 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
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 cafÃ© scene.
Where to stay: The Chancellor Apartments Gold Coast
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