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13 things to do in Coolangatta

Avocado Toast, Vanilla Lily (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Cooly is the southern suburb that’s long been loved for its chill, beachside vibes and, of course, the annual Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. Now though, there are MANY more reasons to visit including good food and good times. Here are just 14 of many reasons to head on down.

Have a beachside coffee at Vanilla Lily
Coolangatta’s newset cafe, Vanilla Lily is serveing up strong coffees and fresh eats in a beautiful setting opposite the beach. Chill with the local community who love this new hangout.
Where: Shop 2, 110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Grab a pie from the Coolangatta Pie Shop
This iconic Gold Coast pie shop has been around for over 50 years and it’s no wonder, they’re serving up some of the tastiest pies around. You can also get some very delicious caramel slice while you’re at it. Perfect for a morning fuel up or after a big day at the beach. Fun fact: they’re open 24/7 on weekends.
Where: 50 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Eddie's Grub House (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)

Eat a burger at Eddie’s Grub House
Rock ‘n Roll meets fried chicken, burgers and whiskey. Get a mouthful of American classics in this soul food dive bar. They often have live music and there’s alway plenty of good vibes. We’re big fans of this place.
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Scoff some baked goodies at Larder
Conveniently located on one of Cooly’s main strips, the guys at Larder brew up some very good coffee using the Gold Coast’s own Blackboard roasted coffee. They also serve breakfast, lunch and injectable doughnuts to name just one of the amazing baked goodies on offer. Stock up.
Where: 85 Griffith Street,  Coolangatta

Drink a beer at the Cooly Hotel
The Cooly Hotel is an absolute must do. This iconic bar, located right opposite the beach is well known for its world class live music and great vibes. Pull up a chair and make an afternoon of it with the salty air blowing in, uninterrupted beach views and plenty of people watching on offer.
Where: Cnr Warner Street & Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Francie's Pizzeria (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)

Eat a Pizza at Francie’s Pizzeria
Francie’s is some of the best pizza you’ll ever sample, so it quickly became the local’s favourite pizza bar. Pop in for a Pears Brosnan because a. name game is strong and b. delicious.
Where: 102 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Take a stroll through The Strand
The Strand at Coolangatta is a great respite from all the action at the beach. Filled with fun shops, dining and entertainment, it also offers a great second level view. Spend some time strolling around, you’re sure to find something you love here.
Where: 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Scoop your way through all the flavours at Gelato Messina
This famed gelateria chose Coolangatta for its only Queensland location. There are SO MANY epic flavours and everything is made lovingly in-house, using ingredients in their raw and most natural form. Love you Gelato Messina.
Where: 33/72-80 Marine Parade, The Strand, Coolangatta

Release your inner child at Timezone
Up for a little fun? Of course you are. Timezone Coolangatta features full sized bowling lanes, over 200 video games, dodgem cars and laser skirmish. You’ll also get 10% off with our voucher here. What a time.
Where: Level 1, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Coolangatta shirt, The Undercurrent (Image: © The Undercurrent)

Get your art on at Maverick Hair & Art Studio
Pop into this tucked away gallery for fresh local art run by proud Cooly local Byron Coathup. You’re sure to find a sweet locally designed souvenir to take home. Your favourite local brand The Undercurrent is stocked here too, grab a Cooly tee to remember your time.
Where: First Floor, 1/17 Griffith Street, Coolangatta 

Start your day with brekky at Espresso Cooly
A Cooly favourite for tasty breakfast and excellent coffee, find Espresso Cooly in a big blue house on Dutton Street just a 200 metre walk from the beach. It’s the ideal spot to satisfy those early morning hankerings and if you fancy visiting again (which you will) they’re open for lunch too.
Where: 5 Dutton Street, Coolangatta

Shop local at Cooly’s Beachside Markets
On every second Sunday of the month Queen Elizabeth Park comes alive with plenty of local traders selling anything from raw produce to clothing and accessories. They’re on October 11th, November 8th and 22nd, December 13th.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta

Indulge in a fancy feast at Gallura Italian
Ok we cheated a little on this one, as it’s technically in Tweed Heads but well worth a visit, Gallura Italian is serving up some absolutely incredible Sicilian eats. Theirs is a fine dining experience and you can expect delights like Arancini with black truffle, mushroom, buffalo mozzarella and porcini cream and handmade pasta dishes to die for. Absolute heaven.
Where: 1/20 Stuart Street, Tweed Heads

Gallura Italian interior (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

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