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 17 reasons locals love the place.
A sweet coffee spot underneath Sable Palm Beach, Watson Bloom is serving up exceptional brews along with plenty of plant-based treats including raw goodies and banana bread made in-house plus pastries and never-ending good vibes. Pop in for an early morning brew and a chat.
Where: Sable Palm Beach, 2/1073 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The newest burger crew around are Patty Smiths who are serving up VERY tasty burgers, made with hand-pressed patties along with loaded fries, some of the most epic thickshakes around and just general deliciousness everywhere honestly. Perfect for beachside dinners or if you feel like something yummy but can’t be bothered cooking (us, always).
Where: Shop 15A Pavilions Shopping Centre, 6 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach
Overlooking the ocean with the perfect pastel palette, Las Palmas is bringing Latin America to Palm Beach with a share-style menu, made up of mouthwatering flavours and a fresh cocktail list to match. Head in there for a Sunday arvo session or long lunch with your loves. It’ll be your new summer fave for sure.
Where: Level 1, 1097 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Scottish Prince
Tucked away, all moody low-lit with wild times written all over it, The Scottish Prince, sister venue of The Cambus Wallace and is one of the best drinking holes we have here on the Coast. It’s primarily a whisky bar boasting over 300 varieties of the tasty tipple plus a perfectly complementary menu including charcuterie boards, meatballs, Scotch Fillets, fish and chips and the like. All the very best things. Get in.
Where: 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Sisterhood brings community-inspired good vibes to the people of Palmy. It’s the work of two local gals who are serving up impressive brunch dishes made with local produce and some of the yummiest there is. Sisterhood is bringing the coffee culture back down to earth, not charging for milks that aren’t of the full cream variety and are generally creating something pretty lovely down south Palmy way. Highly recommend.
Where: 1099 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Gold Coast is home to many an impressive farmers market and one of our absolute favourites can be found in Palmy on Saturday mornings. From 6am at Palm Beach Currumbin High School you’ll find fresh local produce, artisan foods, specialty coffee, epic doughnuts, flowers, dog treats, the lot. The perfect way to spend a weekend morning.
Where: Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
Margaritas and Mexi-eats are some of our favourite things and happily, they’re on offer at Palmy’s delightful upstairs space, Frida Sol. There’s a chilli margarita that’ll knock your socks off and if you perch outside on the deck, a balmy ocean breeze – the combination of which will remind you exactly why you live on the Gold Coast. The perfect time.
Where: Level 1, 1176 Gold Coast Highway, 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.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
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.
Where: 10 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
Calling lovers of all things vintage, there’s a new kid in town and you’re going to want to head in there to peruse the goodies ASAP. The entire store has a bit of a rock ‘n roll, western vibe, reminiscent of owner Sylvie’s (enviable) style and you’ll find everything from clothes, vintage records, a few homewares, posters and the like. It’s all been carefully sourced and is in very good condition.
Where: 1/1142 Gold Coast Highway, 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.
Where: 945 Gold Coast Highway, 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.
Where: Cnr Seventh Avenue and Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
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-storey 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.
Where:1069 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
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 (the brekky burritos are the bomb), 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.
Where: 1389 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
A somewhat secret cocktail bar, tucked away on the Gold Coast Hwy, Suga specialises in rum and good times and if you’re keen on either or both of those you should absolutely get down there. They have an impressive cocktail menu plus plenty of epic wines (pet nats, yes please) and beers so no matter what, you’re gonna love it.
Where: 1142 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
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. If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation (or a solid sweat session), Ritual is calling your name.
Where: 9b Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
One of Palmy’s sweetest coffee spots is Highline, a stunning little space decked out in pastel hues and serving up some of the very best coffee on the Coast. The menu is the goods too, boasting fresh, locally sourced produce-filled dishes like jaffles, ferment bowls and even a life-changing apple pie. Great.
Where: 5/1132 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Words by Kirra Smith
The summer of 2020 is shaping up to be the best yet with a slew of sweet new venues popping up all the over the place promising good vibes, mouth-watering eats and the most delicious sips.
Palm Beach in particular is experiencing quite the glow up and we’re absolutely thrilled to share an inside look at the latest newbie to hit the beachside suburb.
It’s called Las Palmas Bar & Restaurant and you may have heard whispers of just how good it is already but allow us to enlighten you.
Found upstairs where Lester & Earl once lived, you’ll enter through a little doorway a few steps down from Sisterhood Café and follow the stairs up to a stunning space that may just be what interior dreams are made of.
Las Palmas is all laidback, coastal vibes, decked out in the prettiest pastel palette with pops of greenery throughout, a bright pink entry way, exposed ceiling beams and low hanging rattan feature lights that bring it all together to be one space you’re going to think about long after you’ve left.
There are high tables set across from the bar, lower tables in the front and of course, a wraparound deck complete with salty sea breezes and ocean views. Heavenly.
It’s the work of The Mez Club owners Monica Pacheco and Rob Doherty, alongside head bartender Jeffrey Meeker and head chef Dayron Concepcion and what a team they make.
Chef Dayron has called upon his Cuban roots to offer a menu packed with share-style Latin American eats with an emphasis on fresh seafood and the highest quality produce.
While it’s all begging to be sampled, a few standouts include the Tuna Tartare with tarragob, davidson plum chowder and crispy rice, the Roasted Cauliflower with miso butter, cashew cream, salsa verde and macadamia (absolutely incredible) and Arepas – short rib with guacamole, coriander and corn.
No one’s ever been disappointed by ordering a serve of the Homemade Churros with chocolate ganache for dessert either.
To drink, Jeffrey (poached from NYC to head up The Mez Club bar) has created a menu that’s perfect for a summer sipping session and lucky Palmy honestly. Seasonal Australian flavours some together to create cocktails that are both delicious and refreshing – the perfect combination.
There’s the ‘Something with Vodka’ made with blackberries, raspberries, lemon, vermouth bianco and vodka (to die for) and the ‘Hey MACarana’ with Aussie aromatics, aquafaba, lemon, amaro, Averna, mac and Jameson to name a couple of stunners.
Of course, as always we recommend you sample them all because they’re quite unlike anything you’ve sipped around here before.
Las Palmas is the perfect addition to the Palm Beach dining scene and some of us live just down the road so we’ll be seeing you there quite a lot no doubt.
LOCATION: Level 1, 1097 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
HOURS: Thursday from 5pm until late, Friday from 3pm until late and weekends from 1pm until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Palmy is the talk of the town at the moment with stunning new spots popping open left, right and centre, much to the delight of hungry locals.
The latest love of our lives comes in the form of Highline, a sweet little café that opened recently in part of the space Barefoot Barista once called home.
It’s a compact venue all bright whites, a pretty peach feature wall and absolutely oozing good vibes, all overlooking Palm Beach Ave and just a short stroll to the golden sands of Palmy’s stretch of shore.
Inside, there are a few tables you can perch upon, watching the extremely talented baristas do their thing with Marvell St coffee (out of Byron Bay) and with vintage photographs depicting local Gold Coast scenes overhead or, choose a table outside and watch the laidback world of Palm Beach pass you by.
The vibe of Highline is one of the most delightful we’ve come across in awhile; those delivering your brewed-to-perfection cuppa are stoked to be there (unsurprisingly) and the colours of the space combined with the also quite chuffed clientele make for a really enjoyable time. Big fans.
The idea behind the fitout was to create somewhat of a mid-century feel reminiscent of local beach shacks from the 50s and 60s but with a modern spin and they have absolutely nailed it right down to the font of the Highline logo. It’s the work of Tim Casagrande and his wife Candice and if we didn’t already live in Palmy, we’d move to Palmy for this one.
The menu is all spray free and locally sourced and it’s simple, fresh food at it’s absolute finest.
We would (and did) opt for the Nourish Bowl, which is filled with cauliflower fritters, lentils, quinoa, cashew, ferments and greens and it’s both extremely delicious and it makes your insides feel lovely.
There’s also a jaffle that’ll change your life because inside there is Japanese pork curry and mozzarella and guys, do yourselves a favour.
Everything on the menu looks and tastes incredible so one visit simply will not suffice.
Highline is the low key, high vibe venue Palmy has been craving and we are all about it.
Summer never looked so sweet.
LOCATION: Shop 5, 1132 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
HOURS: Open daily from 6am until 2pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Seems like 2020 isn’t a total bust after all.
Gold Coasters, we have been saved by the humble potato – a beautiful, versatile vegetable that brings us happiness in oh so many ways.
The latest of which is that Mr Potato has opened up in Palm Beach so you can eat life-changing, loaded roast potatoes every day forever. See, things are looking up.
The newbie can be found on the Gold Coast Highway opposite Balboa, all white with pops of bright pink and orange, greenery of course and a sign that reads like the story of our lives with unchecked boxes next to single and taken and a ticked one next to the words ‘eating potatoes, getting fit, setting goals, hustling, building an empire, loving life and being grateful’. Check.
If Mr Potato says it’s okay, we’re going with it.
The premise of the place is fresh, fast, healthy loaded potatoes and could there be anything better? We think not.
It’s the work of South Australian gal Shanay who now calls Palmy home and we are very happy about it.
Now, to the potatoes.
There’s a menu from which you can choose pre-thought out potato toppings but first, you must decide whether you want an IQ spud (25% less carbs than your average white potato) or a sweet potato.
Then there are topping options like The Lady Peeler with a choice of protein, spinach, bacon, roast capsicum, quinoa, tabouli, avocado and salsa and The ‘Aussie’ Tator with beef ragu, bacon, kale-slaw or coleslaw, beetroot, carrot and pineapple and The Medi-tator with tofu cauliflower, peas n corn, red onion, kale-slaw, avocado, salsa, vegan sour cream and vegan cheese.
All of which we tasted and all of which are absolute taste sensations.
Of course if you’re more of a choose-your-own-adventure type, you may opt to load your own with protein, healthy toppings, cheese and sauces. What a time to be alive.
To drink, there’s organic kombucha, cold pressed juices and soft drink and yes, it’s all on UberEATS if you’re in the area.
Looks like summer is going to be spent eating so many potatoes we turn into a potato. How good.
LOCATION: Shop 2, 1136 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
HOURS: 10.30am until 9pm daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith