Locals tend to avoid Surfers Paradise like the plague deeming it too touristy.
While that may often be the case, there are a few hidden gems that definitely make it worth the trip.
Here are five of the best:
Shop at Arkive Vintage
Stocking original pieces dating from the 1930’s to the 1990’s, Arkive Vintage hand sources everything from suppliers in the UK, Europe and the USA.
With a collection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and homewares, owners Angie and Jake have a reputation for choosing unique pieces that are always of beautiful quality.
FIND IT: Centre Arcade, 43/3131 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Eat at Black Coffee Lyrics
The gang at Black Coffee Lyrics have been the cool kids on the block for a few years now. Perfectly placed in one of Surfers old school arcade, the venue is filled with old books, memorabilia and vintage vibes.
Known for their amazing coffee, modern Australian food and friendly service, BCL is tucked away, relaxed and filled with all the delicious things.
FIND IT: Above Asian Alley, 3131 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Drink cocktails at FIX Bar
After dinner don your fanciest party outfit and head to FIX for a Vodka Martini with Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives.
It’s a sophisticated scene with an impressive drinks menu boasting unique cocktails, a vast wine cellar and views of the twinkling city lights.
FIND IT: The Hilton, 6 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Sing at Tune up Bar & Karaoke Studios
The definition of karaoke-cool, Tune Up is THE place to test out your vocal cords after you’ve had a few cocktails at FIX.
It’s an intimate environment that feels like a house party where you can choose to mingle with everyone in the main bar or take up residence in a private room and sing your little heart out.
FIND IT: Level 1, 23 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (above Gold Coast Real Estate)
See a band at elsewhere
One of the best live music venues on the Coast, elsewhere is the place to go to catch a band or DJ set.
Upstairs, hidden from the masses, the lit dance floor is usually a thriving mass of locals having the time of their life.
FIND IT: 1/23 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (above Ice Clothing)
Words by Kirra Smith