10 reasons locals love Tugun

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. 

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

Hidden Wine Bar
Tugun’s answer to a cosy New York-style bar, Hidden can be found down a short little alleyway with cocktails and wine for everyone. Tapas-style eats are the name of the game and with dishes like Tempura Soft Shell Crab, there’s no reason not to go. Oh and they have live music Friday and Saturday nights too, happy days. Where: 255 Golden Four Drive, Tugun

found furniture
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

Backbone Bar & Kitchen
Craft beer, bao, dumplings and wine are just a few of our favourite things and the boys at Backbone have brought them all together for our (and your) feasting pleasure. This extremely popular venue opened a little over a year ago but they’re absolutely killing it in every department. Get in there quick smart and stuff yourself silly. Where: Shop 12/489 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun

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

Havana Restaurant and Bar
You’ll be hav-a-na good time. Hey, hey. Anyway, Havana Restaurant and Bar opened late last year taking up space where Groove Cafe used to be It’s a Cuban-style tapas restaurant and cocktail consuming establishment with splashes of greenery and dark timber and food along the lines of lemon and thyme risotto cakes. Food, glorious food. Where: 255 Golden Four Drive, Tugun

Words by Kirra Smith.