It’s the unassuming little suburb overflowing with beachside village vibes and more good food venues than you can poke a fork at. Yes folks, we’re talking about Tugun and we have lots to say.
Seemingly overnight Tugs became the place to be and if you weren’t hungry before reading this, you certainly will be once you’re done.
Behold, Tugun, your new favourite local dining and drinking (among other things) destination.
Craft House Restaurant & Bar
So the beer is the star of the show at Craft House and there are 20 on tap. 20 different beers that is. All of the craft variety and all of which are replaced with an entirely new beer once the keg runs out. There are lots of local faves and newbies you may not have had the pleasure of sampling yet. Happy days. The food is share style and excellent in every way. Do yourself a favour.
Where: 445 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Good Day Coffee
It’s always a good day when you’ve got a Good Day iced latte in your hand (and your mouth). These guys deliver up all the goods (can’t stop) particularly their toasted-to-perfection toasties and every variety of coffee there is to be honest. Pop in for a fix on your way to find sick barrels down south.
Where: 2/476 Gold Coast Hwy, Tugun
Tugun Fruit & Flowers
If you’re yet to experience the sensory extravaganza that is Tugun Fruit & Flowers, you might want to rectify that quick smart friends. The space has been making Tugun smell pretty since 1975 and offers the very best in beautiful flower varieties along with fresh juices and Acai bowls (all your faves).
Where: 4/467 Golden Four Drive, Tugun /467 Golden Four Dr
Niche & Co
Let’s begin by discussing Salted Caramel Acai Bowls shall we. Eat one; it’s what dreams are made of. The sweet little space boasts healthy (delicious) meals, cold press coffee, raw and vegan treats and wallpaper we would probably sell our firstborn for. Get there for good vibes and Insta-opps galore.
Where: Shop 4/449 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Just recently, Tugun was blessed with the opening of a brand new Mexican eatery and tequila bar by the name of Caracara Cantina. By the owners of Burleigh’s Lockwood Bar, the newbie both an eatery and a tequila bar in two separate sections so you may stuff you belly with exceptional Mexican eats and then back to the bar for a few tipples or, indulge in both at the same time. It’s the goods.
Where: 455 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
If vintage furniture and funky interiors are your thing (and we know they are), look no further than found. They specialise in imported Danish and mid century furniture as well as one-off collectables and some contemporary homewares thrown in for good measure. Pop in to see them if you’re in the market for a piece that’s certain to make you the envy of all your friends.
Where: Shop 2, 471 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
House of Hubert
Sustainable, seasonable and farm to fork are words that usually describe a restaurant that produces culinary gold and House of Hubert is no exception. The relative newbie focuses on the best local produce to create nourishing, tasty eats that are an absolute must-try. The space is fresh and welcoming and well, it kinda just feels like home (but with better food).
Where: 5 Toolona Street, Tugun
The giant mural
Your boy Kiel Tillman is a local legend. He’s created a LOT of cool projects recently but in particular one you may have noticed – the Welcome to the Gold Coast mural newly painted onto a spare wall in Tugun. It’s about five times as high as you and is pretty much in keeping with all the art and cultural fun the Coast is becoming known for. Very cool.
Where: Tugun Fruit Market, Gold Coast Hwy
The Original Tugun Bakery
It goes without saying that the bakery is one of the most-loved things about any suburb but Tugun’s little gem is something else. Quite obviously, it’s the suburbs first and most unforgettable bakery due to all things pie and pastry and it’s the perfect stop in post sandy, sun-filled day at the beach.
Where: 469 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Words by Kirra Smith.