Over the past couple of years Palm Beach (or Palmy as it’s affectionately known) has been transformed into the Coast’s king of cool.
With new bars and eateries filling every unoccupied space, quiet(er) beaches and some of the best boutique shopping around, Palmy is moving on up in the world.
As is customary, we’ve compiled a list of the top 11 reasons locals love the place.
It's a cafe crossed with a motorbike workshop and the home of the best banana smoothies on the Gold Coast. That's right, the best. There is not a single thing not to love about Espresso Moto from their very delicious breakfast goods, to their use of All Press coffee and the ever-friendly staff who always say g'day. There's also a communal dog bed and the beach is right around the corner. So yeah, it's the best.
LOCATION: 1389 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
A Mediterranean-inspired space with wide windows opening out to reveal the beach below, tons of natural light flooding in from every direction (including the retractable roof) and a secret laneway, Wildernis Bar and Café is Palmy’s go-to for communal dining and cocktails. There’s always a good time vibe and plenty of toe tapping times to be had.
LOCATION: Cnr Gold Coast Hwy and Seventh Ave, Palm Beach
No doubt you’ve already set foot inside The Collective more than once and why wouldn’t you with five restaurants to choose from. Open for lunch and dinner, you can stay all day and, as it’s a communal dining setting, you’re bound to make some new friends along the way. So, if you’re in the mood for pizza and tacos, head to The Collective, order both and wash it all down with a cocktail at the rooftop bar.
LOCATION: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach (opposite The Craft Parlour)
Ritual Yoga & Pilates
Found upstairs in a sunlit space oozing chill vibes is Ritual Yoga & Pilates. Owned by sisters Rose and Sophie, Ritual is only a couple of years old but has already become a favourite amongst both Palm Beach locals and those who reside in surrounding suburbs. The studio offers a jam-packed timetable of classes as well as specialty workshops and talks. If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation (or a solid sweat session), Ritual is calling your name.
LOCATION: 9b Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach
Stocking all your favourite local and much-loved brands from Cort Jewellery to Patagonia and Brixton, Apparel Collective is the Palm Beach go to for high street threads. Inspired by a life of surfing, skating, art and good times, the store is the perfect addition for Palmy’s growing reputation as the coolest suburb on the Coast.
LOCATION: Shop 7/ 1136 Gold Coast Hwy (opposite Barefoot Barista)
Barefoot have been a Palmy favourite since they swung open their doors in 2011. They offer the kind of nourishing, healthy homestyle eats you’d expect when you visit your fanciest friend for breaky. Think House Smoked, Miso Cured Salmon and Wellbeing Porridge packed with goodness. The crew at Barefoot also serve a mean coffee, one of the best on the Coast in fact and you, friends, can purchase the tasty single origins beans to make your own.
LOCATION: 10 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach
The Pirate Park
Those with little ones will attest to the fact that the Pirate Park is up there with the best on the Coast. Located right near the water, the park far exceeds anything you ever got to play on as a kid with a pirate ship stuck in the sand and upended wine barrels perfect for all day climbing. If you don’t have any babes, Dune Café is close by as is the sparkling ocean and a dog beach on Currumbin Creek that’s always good for a laugh.
LOCATION: 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach (on the left before the Currumbin Creek bridge)
It’s every local boho babe’s dream come true. Opened in 2013, White Bohemian stocks all your favourite hippy-esque labels including Byron Bay labels SPELL and Arnhem and locals like Mahiya and Lokoa. It’s possibly the only place on the Coast gals can go to stock up on the bohemian trend that has literally taken over the world. There’s homewares too so, you know, prepare to spend up.
LOCATION: Cnr Seventh Ave and Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Lester & Earl
All your favourite American-style foods under the one roof. There’s slow smoked brisket, beef and pork ribs, fried chicken, the tastiest of burgers and all your favourite craft beers and cocktails. Best of all, you can indulge in all the good things while overlooking the ocean. The Jalapeno Poppers come highly recommended followed closely by the Brisket Roll. Taste sensations y’all.
LOCATION: Cnr 1097 Gold Coast Hwy and Seventh Ave, Palm Beach (beach side)
It goes without saying that if you’ve ever driven through Palm Beach, you’ve definitely laid eyes on Balboa Italian. The beautifully appointed double story brick building is in a class of its own serving classic Italian dishes with modern interpretations and the freshest of flavours. It’s worth a visit just to experience the fitout, complete with overhead Vespa and exposed brick walls. The cocktails are unique and the wine selection varied. It’s all good to be honest, get down there.
LOCATION: 1069 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
The Craft Parlour
Noticed the beautiful little cottage set back off the highway and surrounded by greenery but had no idea what’s inside? That friends, is The Craft Parlour. Converted by Rachael Valentine into a boho-inspired space, locals flock to the little shack for crafty workshops and community gatherings. From macramé to mandala drawing, there’s plenty to choose from. Prepare to have your creativity ignited.
LOCATION: 1059 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach (opposite The Collective)
Secluded sandy spots
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that Palm Beach’s actual sandy section is often devoid of the crazy amount of humans you might find elsewhere (ahem Burleigh). If you’re in need of a little seclusion on a Sunday morning, head down to Palmy and grab yourself a patch of beach to call your own (or maybe not after this article hits the streets). See ya there.
LOCATION: Oceanfront, Palm Beach
Words by Kirra Smith.