Meet the newest and most froth-worthy faves keeping us plied with the good stuff.
Meet the newest and most froth-worthy faves keeping us plied with the good stuff.
There’s never not something epic brewing on the GC, and an ever-growing proliferation of stellar bars and distilleries is certainly no exception. Whether you’re partial to sampling amber ales, small batch gins or wine by the carafe (or glass… or bottle…) the mere thought of attempting to work our way through the bountiful selection of brand spanking new sipperies we gained in 2023 is alone enough to get the head spinning.
As is custom, we’ve done the leg work tracking down the most froth-worthy watering holes we’ve welcomed to the fold in the last year. While it’s by no means definitive (cripes, can you imagine the dehydration if we tried) – consider it your handy cheat sheet to keep apprised with the newest players keeping us plied with the good stuff.
Marilyn’s Diner & Bar, a ’70s-inspired gem curated by Alex Marks, Rupert Critchley, Brad Morgan, and Johnny Rogers – brings sophisticated sips, American-style burgers, and a boatload of swagger to Broadbeach in the form of an intimate, 50 pax watering hole. The nostalgic, pastel fit-out is backed by eclectic tunes and crafted cocktails served in funky retro glassware. It’s the go-to spot for chic vibes and refined flavours in Broadbeach.
Where: 10/90 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Spearheaded by Bella & Euan Lovell, Happy Endings emerges in Broadbeach as late-night sip spot taking inspiration from the success of neighbouring big sib, Fig + Frankie’s. The duo’s second, Asian-style bar, exudes Tokyo cool with an intimate, moody vibe – with Japanese inspiration also evident in the architectural selections and menu. Curated by experienced hands from renowned kitchens such as Moo Moo’s, Paddock and Elk – delectable dishes like Lotus Root with nori sesame mayo and Yakitori are served alongside inventive cocktails. The Tokyo Drift, made with wasabi-infused mezcal, melon liqueur + pineapple oleo, is a definite must-try.
Where: Level 1, 2707 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
A collaboration between brewers Brett McCallum and John Green, The Yard made its grand entrance as a beer garden go-to for the Southern GC, reviving the beloved former site of Alfred’s beach shack. True to the casual, café-meets-brewpub atmosphere, the short but sweet menu delivers classic, comfort foods best enjoyed alongside a frosty beer – such as pizzas, pulled pork burgers and ribs. Packed with local surf culture nods, funky murals, and plenty of charm – it’s the perfect spot to kick back under a brolly and sink a few frothies in the sun.
Where: 2389 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Still & Barrel
Still & Barrel is a new player amid Tweed’s nightlife scene – a speakeasy-style bar nestled in the heart of Twin Towns. Channelling all the drama of a bond film, the moody, modern interior is home to a hefty collection of rare spirits and top shelf single malts to win the affections of whisky aficionados. Gourmet grazing boards are served along with the specialty liquor selection, while live tunes courtesy of local crooners also frequent fixture. A prohibition-vibing hidden gem equally fit for catching a casual drink or a stylish soirée.
Where: Twin Towns, 2 Wharf St, Tweed Heads
Replacing Split and Fat Pig site in 2021, owner Jimmy Tantsis-Hall‘s original iteration of Tropic Vice first burst onto the Nobby Beach scene packed with Miami-meets-Palm-Springs vibes and a knockout, open-air rooftop vantage – one which unfortunately left it at the mercy of the elements. The reimagined Tropic Vice 2.0 brings all that, and then some – including a slightly more refined look and a much more practical, all-weather pavilion. Summery cocktails are served alongside light bites such as sliders, ceviche, tacos and bug rolls – a sizzling hot little sip spot indeed.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Levelling up suburb’s the somewhat sparse waterfront offering, Southport Pavilion brings Euro summer to the Nerang River with a spacious 300-seat, multi-level venue. Cabanas, picnic tables and beach brolly’s are plentiful on the sprawling sundecks – the perfect spot to perch up with a crafted cocktail and laid-back bites such as Wings, Halloumi fries or perhaps share in a luxe Seafood platter. It’s officially a whole new (elevated) era of sunset sips for Southport and surrounds.
Where: 2 Barney Street, Southport
Walk-ins Welcome, a fresh and funky bar by local tattoo artist, Sean Henry, signifies a very welcome addition to the somewhat watering-hole-challenged locale of Chirn Park. Oozing retro vibes inspired by his tattoo studio, the vibrant spot is stocked primarily with locally sourced craft beers and spirits, and a lively cocktail selection to boot. For fans of a punchy elixir, the Chilli Cherry Pow, made with Wildflower Gin, Luxardo Cherry Liqueur and Rose Lemonade, is a do not miss.
Where: 3a/37 Musgrave Avenue, Southport
Brought to us by the masterminds behind Black Hops Brewing – Burleigh newcomer, Haven, is the slightly edgier and more upscale sib to the more casual, brew-haus style offering we’ve come to know from this crafty crew. The chic, industrial style space offers a tapas-inspired menu, including munch-worthy morsels like Jamon & cheddar croquettes and Maple-infused pork belly with. Beyond their famed brews, Haven also offers crafted, classic cocktails like the Paloma and Southside. A sleek, grown-up.. dare we say, Haven – for both beer enthusiasts and cocktail lovers alike. Cheers!
Where: 4 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
A familiar fixture for fromage fans, Mermaid’s Cheese Me Baby now also moonlights as Bar Pincho after dark – as owners Chelsea Clarke and Joseph Greene serve up wine, cocktails, and tapas throughout summer. From 4pm, Thursday to Saturday, the quaint spot assumes a Basque Country pinxto bar persona – with a hand-picked wine list and tantalizing small bites like house-marinated Boquerones and an assortment of exotic cheeses. Cocktail contenders such as the Gilda Martini and coffee rum based Cafemocho are also on hand for those who prefer their libations shaken and/or stirred.
Where: The Pod, 2375 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Lagoon Beach Club
Unveiling its jaw-dropping new upgrade, Lagoon Beach Club is the $2.5 million jewel in InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s crown. The first venue of its kind on the GC, the sprawling poolside oasis includes an expansive deck, cabanas – and most excitingly – locals can get in on the action too, with the amenities available to all. Partake in tantalising tropical cocktails, seafood, share plates, and gourmet pizzas, and soak up a side of holiday vibes by the pool with a Resort Pass for just $30 per person. For best results? The Chilli Sunset house cocktail, made with White Oat mango chilli gin, Aperol, pineapple juice, and passionfruit pulp is sure to seal the deal.
Where: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sanctuary Cove, Manor Circle, Hope Island
Tank Beer Bar
A take on Nobby Beach big sis, Bine Bar & Dining, founders Scott Imlach and Simone Tunbridge welcomed their latest venture, Tank Beer Bar. On what we can only assume is their quest to conquer all the coolest suburbs on the GC, the local restauranteur royals revealed two thirst quenching levels of craft beer, cider, wine and cocktail selections to the pumpin’ locale of Palm Beach. Backdropped by surf views on the upper level, the breezy beachy bar assuages the appetites of patrons with tasty beer fare like Crispy Chicken Karaage and Texas Brisket Burgers.
Where: 1166 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Owned by Chris Macklin and Teagan Peake, Six-Tricks Distilling Co. is the slick new distillery shaking up Mermaid’s sip scene. Complete with a cool two million dollar price tag, the-state-of-the-art facility comes bearing a spacious indoor bar, a sunset deck and a dedicated barrel aging warehouse, along with some #mustsip artisan liquors. With the venue focusing on an innovative approach to the fundamental six spirits, the mouthwatering mixology selection includes creations such as the Mango & Rooibos Sour and Melon & Lime Highball, under head bartender James’ expert eye.
Where: 3 Brightlands Court, Mermaid Waters
Le Blancs Wine Bar
Founded by Gavin White of Backbone Bar and Kitchen fame, Le Blancs Wine Bar is one of the newest sip spots to join Tugun’s ranks. Studded with velvet seating and plush leather lounges, the cosy 50 seater offers chic indoor and outdoor options to settle in with a selection of crafted, classic cocktails and international vino’s. Complementing the wine list is a plentiful selection of sip complementing snacks like Luxury cheeses, dips Charcuterie Boards, Paté Terrine to pair perfectly with your refreshment of choice. Swing by Friday–Sunday arvos and consider those thirsts quenched.
Where: 10/489 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
A brand new winery experience based in Southport, Carafe Wine champions exquisite Australian wine with a sustainable twist. Owned by industry vet Archie Cox, it’s an eco-conscious space offering top-notch wine from all the most renowned vino regions and zero-waste practices. With room for 100 guests, the spacious, industrial-style venue offers wine classes, workshops, and a unique menu of sharing boards, wine on tap, and brandy inspired cocktails. Well worth the visit for casual appreciators and discerning aficionados alike.
Where: 49 Johnston Street, Southport
A testament to the rise and rise of tasty, low-alc alternatives to a traditional brewski – Sobah Beverage launched Australia’s first non-alcoholic craft beer brewery, Sobah Brewery & Cafe in Burleigh. Owned by trail blazers Clinton Schultz and Lozen McDiarmid, the multi-million dollar, first-of-its-kind 650-sqm facility is a refreshing change of pace in more ways than one – blending non-alcoholic brews with native Australian ingredients and an industrial-luxe vibe. The home-grown focus continues throughout, with signature dishes like the Crocodile Burger and Black Wattle Hot Smoked Kangaroo Fillet, to complement the bush-tucker-infused craft beers.
Where: Unit 1, 314 Burleigh Connection Road, Burleigh Heads
Currumbin Valley Brewing
The handiwork of local brewers Pete “Smokey” Wheldon and Luke Ronalds, Currumbin Valley Brewing is the latest to join the creekside locale’s surging collection of watering holes. Kitted out with a 10hL Rolec copper cladded brew house, the new taproom and brewery was a facility several years in the making, with a little help from the local community to get it over the line. Known for unexpected and inventive brews like Grape Bubblegum Sour Ale, the new venue offers 16 beers on-tap, poppas for the ankle biters and a gourmet menu of boujee bar bites such as the Confit Lamb Shoulder Burger.
Where: 27 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters
Beech Mountain Distillery
Borrowing some real estate from neighbouring BFF, Pink Galah restaurant, Beech Mountain Gins expanded their offering – unveiling a brand new bar and tasting booths dedicated to their bespoke spirits. Julian Hoyle and Clyde Watts are the dynamic distilling duo known for churning out award winning small batch creations – such as the Siberian Route Gin, and Strawberry Gum Eucalyptus Olida Gin – winning silver and bronze respectively at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards. With a stellar spirt selection, and prohibition style, old-world tavern vibes surrounded by lush, mountain surrounds, Beech Mountain Distillery is a must visit.
Where: 707 Beechmont Road Lower, Beechmont
Words by Kellie Leader.
Has trying to keep up with the sheer volume of nom-worthy newcomers we’ve welcomed to the GC’s café scene over the past year got your head spinning?
Never fear, our trusty annual café round-up is back again for another year – summarising the most notable new additions, for your brunching, lunching and caffeine worshiping pleasure.
Here’s the year in rebrew…
Nobby has been abuzz following the much-anticipated addition of The Oxley to its neck of the woods. Stage one of the stunning, Calile-esque precinct unveiled a resort vibing spot for residents to grab the weekly essentials at the specialty grocer and butcher – along with, of course, a boutique coffee haunt and snack spots. The café offering, Buoy (pronounced boo-ee) is the newest from the Seadog crew offering a compact menu of classics, complemented by neighbouring noshery, Sub Station’s specialties of sandos, juices, shakes and gelato.
Where: The Oxley, 2217 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Opening its doors at 5am daily, Mylk Well, run by the dynamic duo Sophia Buntine and Victoria Macbain, promises an unmatched breakfast experience with offerings like Sourdough Crumpets, Chilli Scrambles, and Coffee Supreme brews. Positioned strategically across from Balboa Italian, the café’s Scandinavian-inspired interiors provide a sleek backdrop for its diverse menu, which includes everything from Kimchi Toasties to House Hash Benedict. Boasting a mix of all-day eats and refreshing drinks, Mylk Well is set to become Palmy’s go-to spot for laidback dining.
Where: 1134 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
No Name Lane Espresso
In December No Name Lane gave us a caffeinated gift in the form of No Name Lane Espresso, its adorable mini-me. Nestled just a hop away from its big sibling, this new express-style venue on Surf Parade, Broadbeach is making waves. With a compact footprint and a menu designed for the on-the-go crowd, No Name Lane Espresso is your pit stop for top-notch coffee and grab-and-go cafe classics. From classic B&E rolls to gourmet toasties and signature Janus Deli sandwiches like the Reuben and Pulled Pork, they’ve got your savoury cravings covered. But it’s not just about the savory delights; indulge your sweet tooth with a variety of cabinet-dwelling treats like banana bread and muffins.
Where: 33 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Merlo GC Airport
Operation ‘Gold Coast Airport glow up’ delivered Merlo Coffee Roasters – a chic, pre-flight pit stop for jet setters to refuel with Queensland’s beloved Merlo blend and foodie bites. Operated by Airport Retail Enterprises, the transit haven offers quick bites like signature Lamb Empanadas or Slipper Lobster Rolls, curated by Social Eating House’s Matt Jefferson. Featuring locally sourced products, a slick, 40pax fit out and the signature Merlo bean blend, it’s a new fave among weary and peckish travellers from 5am till late daily.
Where: Inside the Gold Coast Airport, Eastern Ave, Bilinga
Metro Coffee Burleigh
After a ten year reign for Broadbeach mainstay, Metro Coffee, owner Andrew Naismith expanded the legacy with a second location, Metro Coffee Burleigh. Bringing its beloved brekkie bites and brews a little further south – the same ethos of stellar service, quality coffee and simple, yet delicious food still applies. Replacing the former Bulter’s site, the charming, floral inspired fit-out and familiar menu offering also benefits from a selection of local beers, wines, and cocktails to complement the cafe fare.
Where: Shop 12, Burleigh Home and Life Centre, 197-207 Reedy Creek Road, Burleigh Waters
Kirra Sol Café
An offshoot of a Kirra culinary cornerstone, Bread and Butter – Kirra Sol Café officially brings a taste of that Euro-inspired deliciousness to the first half of the day. Southern residents can now rise and dine with handmade panini toasties, mouthwatering pastries and brekkie burritos, courtesy of a takeaway coffee window addition, as early as 5:30am. The sunny, umbrella-studded alfresco is another for paw-rents to add to the pup friendly list, slinging Social Espresso for the humans and pupuccino’s for their furry friends .
Where: 76 Musgrave St, Coolangatta
The suburb of Molendinar has been movin’ on up in the culinary world – welcoming Janus Deli, the sando haven marking a savoury departure from the donut virtuosos behind D Point Ten, Dean Jeong and Ryan Jung. Featuring a clean white interior and playful retro branding, the diner-vibing spot is slinging all kinds of carby goodness – classic deli style subs, Korean-infused masterpieces, and of course a cameo from the donuts that earned them cele-bread-ty status on the GC. Grab a Seoul Sub and a Fairy Bread donut
Where: Shop 14, Crestwood Plaza, 458 Olsen Ave, Molendinar
Made With Love Bakery
Tucked just beyond the bustling Ferry Road precinct, this plant-based bakery is a culinary win for the suburb, introducing a range of fanciful and flaky treats such as cinnamon scrolls, croissants, Nutella donuts, and potato pies, all 100% vegan. The husband and wife duo, Alana and Brady Borg, embarked on this ambitious debut despite their lack of hospitality experience, fuelled by their passion for plant-based eats. With a modern and moody boutique feel, the bakery boasts a chic black finish complemented by timber and white elements. Made With Love Bakery is a guilt-free haven for vegans, diners with dietary requirements, and anyone with a penchant for scrumptious plant-based delights.
Where: 19 Alicia street, Southport
The new kid on Currumbin SLSC’s block, Kinship, is the Club’s community-minded cafe offshoot – conveniently nestled under its new Junior Activity Centre just across the road. The compact, coffee window style spot is punching well above its weight with an array of hearty and portable options for peckish beachgoers – with Halloumi, Egg, & Hash Burgers, brekkie tacos (and burritos!) that turn into Fish Tacos as lunchtime looms. The profits go back into Currumbin Vikings Junior activity program, so go ham on those toasties, y’all.
Where: 766 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Locals have been flocking from schmear and far to get their UE Bagels at the popular Varsity bakery, this year expanding its offering with a brand new, beachside bae-goals of a spot for Palmy. Inspired by adventures abroad, founders Mitch Barling and Emily Hugo use locally sourced ingredients to create their traditional, North American style bagels and hole-y moley are they good. Get a-round their signature house coffee blend, classic Everything Bagels, oozing S’mores French Toast Bagels – and everything in between, daily. (If we must).
Where: 5/10 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach
Life is just butter with a freshly baked pastry and Dipcro has caused a flaky frenzy with its carefully crafted offerings. Located on Chevron’s Thomas Dr thoroughfare, this patisserie is a haven for pastry enthusiasts, founded by the dynamic duo, Evelyn and Michael. Born and bred for the #breadlyf, they introduce Dipcro Pastry as a play on ‘Dip’ and ‘Croissant,’ emphasising the signature mode of serving croissants with a variety of toppings and fillings for dunking pleasure. The Clui Design-influenced interior exudes a chic French vibe, enticing patrons with the aroma of freshly baked goods and Campos coffee. With an impressive lineup of signature pastries like Cinnamon Buns, Croissants, Mille Feuille, and Palmiers, Dipcro Pastry is a welcome addition to Chevron, promising a delightful and flavourful experience that’s certainly not flaking around.
Where: 55 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island
Owners Iszaya and Keeley’s vision of opening a central, dog-friendly coffee destination for Mermaid has come to life in a sun-soaked haven tucked just off Markeri St. Going with a modern industrial vibe, the menu includes a faithful selection of cafe stalwarts – acai bowls, fresh juices, and smoothies, with a special V.I.P (very important pawson) menu also dedicated to the pooches. Famished? The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink big brekkie, Arketà The Lot will hit the spot.
Where: Shop 5, 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters
Our dreams came true (not the lotto, but pretty close) when owners Laura and Zac Guertin brought to Chirn Park the concept of a sippery-style bakehouse specialising in artisan cheesecake and Champagne to swoon over. Talented pastry chef Laura whips up an incredible array of sweet treats, including the signature, burnished Basque cheesecake and a must try lemon tart. Wash it down with everything from cold brew, Australian Pet Nat & Prosecco, to a fine selection French Champagnes – by the glass or bottle – or to-go, thanks to some very chic gift pack options (we’re a size ‘Cheesecake & Champagne pack’, incase anyone asks).
Where: 33b Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park
Willy’s Beans is more than a cafe—it’s a destination celebrating the journey of coffee from bean to brew. The warehouse-style space is adorned with iconic symbols of Colombian coffee production, including a signature red Willy’s Jeep. Offering a diverse selection of single-estate origin beans and a specialty menu featuring exotic options like the Summer Gesha bean, Willy’s Beans elevates the coffee experience. Beyond the brews, Willy’s Beans offers private tastings, providing coffee enthusiasts with a truly immersive experience.
Where: 1/4 Ramly Drive, Burleigh Heads
Tarte Beach House
Christmas came early last year (August, to be exact) when reigning pastry queen, Chloe Watts launched a sister venue to the cult-fave cruller spot, Tarte. Plonked right alongside the swaying palms of the picturesque Currumbin Creek foreshore, the Hamptons meets Parisian style stunner restored the beach shack site to its former glory (and then some), fitted with vintage fixtures and thankfully, famous, flaky pastries a plenty. There’s a more formal restaurant upstairs, slinging cocktails, Crab Linguine and (real) Lobster Rolls, plus an events space serving high tea, Tarte style (read: OMFG good). Just try to keep us away.
Where: 2 Thrower Dr, Currumbin
Tucked in a quiet Southport backstreet, Sennie Tee and Stanley Lam’s Humble café is a hidden gem on the Northern Gold Coast. Their compact caffeination destination embodies warmth and humility while serving up tempting, boujee brekkie options like Croffles, Chilli Crab Scrambled Eggs and Panko Soft Shell Crab Benedict. Limited seating offers prime real estate to perch up in the sunshine, while the beverage menu includes everything from Hong Kong inspired creations to Puppuccinos and Babyccinos – making it a must-visit brunch spot with something for everyone.
Where: 1/9 Nesbit Street, Southport
Bake House Gozen
Bake House Gozen emerges as a rising star in the Gold Coast’s pastry scene, tracing its roots back to the humble beginnings of weekend markets. Positioned between the coffee van and organic zucchinis, Bake House Gozen’s journey from Palm Beach markets to a Molendinar shopfront has been nothing short of spectacular. Owned by Maki Jinno, the pastry haven gained a cult following with its buttery, flaky croissants, prompting a well-deserved expansion. Maki’s vision for a Japanese bakery-inspired HQ, brought to life by local creative powerhouse Owen Thompson, sets the stage for a warm and welcoming space. The constantly rotating menu introduces new, seasonally-inspired flavors alongside beloved classics like almond croissants and Pain au chocolat. Flake your way down to Bake House Gozen and indulge in the daily deliciousness ASAP.
Where: Shop 7B, 458 Olsen Avenue, Molendinar
Launched by coffee maestros Dinh Van and Carlo Christo, newcomer Pagi Pagi is a caffeine sanctuary for the suburb of Ormeau, whose mission is to beam its sunshine-y vibes unto the locale’s otherwise bleak offering – in the form of top notch sandos and specialty brews. With their proven success in Brisbane’s coffee scene, the duo brings a modern industrial-style cafe to the Northern GC, where locals can get amongst tantalizing toasties like the Reuben and Pumpkin Halloumi, plus cups of joe emblazoned with the trademark grinning sun mascot.
Where: Norfolk Village Shopping Centre, Shop 1/174 Pascoe Rd, Ormeau
Owned by coffee enthusiasts Alex Mears and Paul Rosenkranz, Banksy Bar & Kitchen in Broadbeach is a venue that marks the duo’s food-first debut following the success of Quest Coffee Roasters – a local name renowned for their topnotch brews. Their passion for food, sustainability and their Visla pup, Banksy, shines through here. Framed by soaring, double-height windows and a lofty, industrial chic interior – the spot’s paw-dorable mascot is a common sight, alongside plates piled with Big Vegan Scramble and the Chorizo, Coffee Bacon, or Avocado studded Banksy Big Breakfast.
Where: The Spot, Shop 1/2763 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Side Piece Coffee
Sporting a trendy interior of polished concrete, copper accents, and a splash of olive green, Side Piece Coffee is the work of Dylan Jamsa, Miles Gaebel and Lee King, tucked under Varsity’s new residential tower precinct. Run by a team who cut their teeth in renowned local nosh hotspots like No Name Lane and Moo Moo, the gourmet sandos, brunch fare and The Black Lab Coffee they’re slinging from 7am daily have been received to rave reviews. Opening out to a sunny, spacious patio, it’s also pooch friendly… need we say more?
Where: 2 Capital Court, Varsity Lakes
The Holliday Coffee
The Holliday Coffee leveraged an otherwise unused sidewalk space delivering a chic coffee window to Nobby’s bustling GC Hwy strip. With umbrella-studded street tables and happy pops of peach throughout, the M.O. for Olivia Ayres and Nook Espresso co-owner, Marcus Wilkins, was to create perfect spot to caffeinate whilst soaking up the morning sun. Coupled with the likes of Spaghetti and cheese stuffed jaffles and Macadamia & honeycomb buttered crumpets and you’ve got the perfect way to start the day.
Where: 2251 Gold Coast Highway (corner of Wave St), Nobby Beach
Eight Fifty Espresso
Southport’s new goat-to, Eight Fifty Espresso has been boosting productivity and happiness levels of CBD perambulators – a Melbournian laneway-vibing hole-in-the-wall, doling out weekday caffeine fixes out of it’s sidewalk dwelling, sapphire green digs. The pet project of and owners of Yakk marketing next door, Elise & Broden – with seven quirky, goat-themed signature blends on offer, this place is the GOAT for coffee connoisseurs.
Where: 12 Short Street, Southport
The Bread Social
Byron’s beloved carb-slingers, Bread Social (and the artisan loaves that have earned them a cult-like following) landed in Currumbin earlier this year, in what is their first foray this side of the border. Sam Saulwick, Tom Scott, and Paul Giddings unveiled the first stage of their forthcoming flagship HQ – a sidewalk vibing coffee window stocked with all the good stuff: cakes, bread, sambos and golden, buttery pastries, and of course coffee. The new production facility is slated to include an educational space (hint: bread-making classes) and a dedicated café – so watch this space.
Where: 2 Queensbury Avenue, Currumbin Waters
A satisfying salad sanga is a commodity that is (was) surprisingly hard to come by on the GC, and Piknik – founded by health aficionado Maddi Turner – officially solved those plant-based and coffee cravings in one fell swoop. The signature ‘Burleigh Basic’ sandwich is a standout, featuring a tantalizing mix of veggies and the secret house relish. With sunny outdoor seating and delicious smoothie options like the ‘Coffee Lover’ or ‘Clean Green,’ Piknik has quickly become the go-to spot for a fresh and tasty fix.
Where: 7 Deodar Drive, Burleigh Heads
Holding local coffee royalty status for some seven years now, owners Mitch and Hayley debuted Social Espresso 2.0 earlier this year – a brew-tiful second site just around the corner from their OG Burleigh-based coffee roasting facility. Tucked within the suburb’s industrial precinct, the chic new digs serves up the likes of signature coffee blends, cold-pressed juices, and moreish brunch options like the BLAC Bagel or Bacon & Egg Roll, from Monday–Friday.
Where: 1/9-11 Fremantle Street, Burleigh
Chut & Co
Founded by Joey Vevjoda, a coffee enthusiast and former carpenter, Chut & Co champions renowned Australian coffee roaster, ONA Coffee. Head Chef Fernando Giorgi crafts a delectable menu of Mediterranean flavours. The Pesto Joe and Burrito are standouts, while the Choc-Chip or Blueberry Pancakes cater to sweet cravings. Joey’s carpentry skills shine in the cafe’s unique design, featuring modern aesthetics with a homely touch.
Where: Mermaid Plaza, 2400 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Founded by Luke Andrews, Jono and Jaye Schollum, Golden Times brings cafe classics to the beachside village of Bilinga, with a charming, retro-inspired facelift for the fibro shack that was formerly home to Mervyn Roy’s. Head Chef Jasmine Darcy crafts an irresistible all-day brekkie menu featuring signature dishes like the Miso Avocado on Sourdough and the Eggs Benny Bagel, along with coffee a plenty – all served with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for the tight-knit, seaside community.
Where: 169 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga
Founded by the delightful couple Hannah Chan and Jamiti Jamir, Nan’s charms with its coastal-meets-mountains aesthetic. Dog-friendly and adorned with a sentimental logo featuring the couple’s Labrador, Pablo, Nan’s is not just visually pleasing but also heartfelt. The food menu is a delightful mix of savory and sweet treats, including delicious toasties, homemade cookies and incredible smoothies. Nan’s Coffee stands out as a must-visit spot for a warm and inviting café experience in Broadbeach.
Where: 2763 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Miami’s culinary scene has sprouted a new gem with Ferg’s, the vibrant garden-shed-inspired café that’s redefining breakfast and brunch. Ferg’s, which stands for Fresh Eats Really Good Sh*t, embraces a community shed vibe in its location at Hillcrest Parade. Head Chef Wendy Ortiz and Aleesha Forno, curate a menu that exceeds expectations, with standout dishes like Lemon Meringue Crumpets (drool) and the Smashed Avo Taco. If it’s fresh, restaurant-quality eats, smiley service, and a community feel you crave, Ferg’s is your new BFF.
Where: 2/43 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
The Winey Cow
The Winey Cow opened in Main Beach in March, bringing Melbourne’s famed boozy brunch culture to our sunny shores. As the (un)official haven for this delightful mid-morning indulgence, The Winey Cow promises the perfect blend of breakfast and lunch, complemented by a generous serving of giggle-juice. Boasting accolades such as Café of the Year and Best Breakfast Restaurant in Melbourne, this family-friendly café, owned by the dynamic team of Cam and Jill Henderson, Jade Bremner, Rui Lourenco, Britt Ryan, and Magenta Hornsey, has quickly become the talk of the town. The menu, highlighted by the signature Boozy Brunch and a diverse array of mouthwatering dishes, has locals and their furry friends wagging their tails in approval.
Where: 5/11 Woodroffe Ave, Main Beach
Foster & Black
Known for bringing exceptional coffee to unexpected locations, Foster & Black has expanded to Robina Town Centre, marking their third Gold Coast space. The aesthetically stunning interior, featuring moonstone-esque green tones, contemporary roofing, cobblestone floors, and a mottled marble countertop, evokes emotions and engages the senses. Committed to high-quality coffee, Foster & Black source beans globally, roast them in Fortitude Valley, and brew in multiple locations. Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a chic space to enjoy a cup, Foster & Black at Robina Town Centre is a must-visit.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Sens Coffee QSV
Sens Coffee QSV in Southport is the latest addition to the Sens Coffee family, known for its Japanese fusion delights. The café exudes a Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, reflecting rustic simplicity and understated elegance. Head Chef Yuta Hosokawa, with experience in Tokyo and Sydney, curates a menu combining local and Japanese flavours. Highlights include the High Protein Chicken Rice or the Lotus Biscoff Croffle for a sweet treat. The beverage menu offers signature fresh juices, smoothies, and top-notch coffee brewed with Campos beans.
Where: 129 Queen Street, Southport
Cheeky Waffles has been delighting the senses since January 2023, bringing a dose of playfulness and sweetness to Surfers Paradise. Created by the dynamic duo Amanda Machado and Joshua Luna, this dessert haven is not for the faint-hearted. With a daring concept born out of quarantine creativity in 2020, Cheeky Waffles doesn’t just serve desserts; it’s an experience that combines decadence with sexual wellness, inclusion, and acceptance. The waffle selection is, quite literally, a pick-your-private-part adventure. Dipped in premium Belgian chocolate and topped to your heart’s desire, these waffles are a flavor sensation. So let the Gold Coast’s naughty dessert bar continue to stimulate your senses and tickle your taste buds. It’s a full-package experience that’s as bold as it is delicious.
Where: 3189 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Bean N Brunch
Nestled on Tamborine Mountain, Bean N Brunch offers a refreshing retreat from the beachside scene with its boho-meets-Scandi vibe. It charms with a cosy deck, stylish interiors, and a delectable menu overseen by manager David Csavas. This café promises a delightful escape, where coffee enthusiasts can savour quality brews and delightful treats in a warm and welcoming ambience.
Where: 161 Long Road, Tamborine Mountain
Franquette Bakery is a haven of French-inspired indulgence, living up to its name, which means ‘without any fuss.’ Founder and Head Baker, Jérôme Favier, a culinary virtuoso with an impressive resume, brings a touch of traditional artisan methods to craft delectable baked goods using sustainable flours and Australian ingredients. The result? A crust that’s practically prescription-worthy, delivering the most delightful artisan French carb goodness. The bakery, with its warm and inviting French style, offers an array of bread varieties, sandwiches, and pastries, with standout items like ‘The Mountain Top’ and melt-in-your-mouth almond croissants. Just dough it and embark on a journey for the best bakery delights since sliced bread.
Where: 155 Long Road, Tamborine Mountain
Words by Kellie Leader and Belinda Symons.
Hold onto your highball glasses Gold Coast, because the day of a new dawn has arrived! Six-Tricks Distilling Co. is set to redefine the GC distillery scene – one whisky, rum, or cocktail at time (okay maybe more than one).
Definitely more than one… This place is grand, intimate, moody, and cool AF, and if you’ve been longing for a rule-bending, forward-thinking newbie in its trending-yet-inviting era, #welcome.
Tucked away in a sneaky cul-de-sac, Six-Tricks is more than just a distillery; it’s a sonata of spirits, a dance of distillation, and a carnival of cocktails – served with a twist of Mermaid Beach magic.
Proudly local, the two-million-dollar masterpiece is state-of-the-art in every way. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a second warehouse dedicated solely to aging barrels—because good things take time.
Step inside and you’ll find a spacious indoor bar, a sunset deck for those Instagrammable moments, and a private cask hall that’s more exclusive than Leo’s 49th bday soiree (and bonus, you’re totally invited if you’re a female over 25).
Up to 100 peeps can sip and dance the night away, in a setting rich in atmosphere where you’ll feel like you’re on cloud whisky-nine. Think rich emerald green velvet, luscious leather, exposed brick, moody wood, and don’t even get us started on the custom-built hybrid pot #woahnelly.
Move over multi-national corporations coz the indies are here to pour a new narrative! With a passion for the six core spirits, proud owners Chris Macklin and Teagan Peake spent two years concocting this all-around alcohol alchemy.
But they’re not just making spirits, they’re crafting experiences rich in innovation, eccentricity, thoughtfulness, and a dash of experimentation.
Chris boasts 25 years in the hospitality industry, eight of which include honing his craft in his private distillery #noice. But for this ‘spirited’ gent, distilling isn’t just a job; it’s hereditary. Literally. He’s a direct descendant of Josef Seppelt, the OG of winemaking who founded Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley and famously pioneered the industrialisation of the wine-making industry over a century ago.
This was clearly in his DNA and why the bleep don’t we have a sixth-great-grandfather with such a gloat-worthy legacy #frownyface.
Naturally, he and Teagan recruited a head bartender and mixologist of the highest caliber in the form of James. Bringing over 14 years of experience to the table, he’s a far cry from your average drink-slinger; he’s the Harry Houdini of the bar scene.
James has worked across a diverse portfolio of live music venues, high-energy dive bars, restaurants featuring outstanding drink programs, and cozy, specialised cocktail bars, and wine locales.
He’s seen it all, and now he’s here to shake, stir, and sprinkle a little magic over your glass #cheers #cheersagain.
The Six-Tricks team isn’t just aiming for local fame; they’re setting their sights on global disruption. With the Australian spirits scene in revolution-mode, they’re ready to conquer the GC one sip at a time.
One thing’s for sure, this place will whisk you off your feet and you’ll be left shaken and stirred – in the best possible way.
Where: 3 Brightlands Court, Mermaid Waters
When: Grand Opening November 18
Words by Bianca Trathen.
Here on the GC, some of our favourite pastimes are at complete odds with one another. Often all semblance of the ‘my body is a temple’ mentality we painstakingly spend all week carving out in the yoga studio goes out the window once #frothyfriday rolls around.
We’ve got somewhat of a bevolution on our hands, with the rise of the non-alcoholic beverage going from (mid)strength to strength and we’ve got a suspicion it’s thanks in part to the fact that these days, the non-alcoholic options are every bit as tasty as the traditional brewski.
One such poster child for the momentum behind the low and no alcohol bevvy moment, Sobah Beverage has been generating a whole lot of buzz (figuratively speaking) on the scene since its launch in 2017. The proudly First Nations owned and led biz set about on their mission to revolutionise our sips with their suite of bush-tucker infused no-alc craft brews – and our R&R game hasn’t looked back since.
Sobah Beverage owners Clinton Schultz and Lozen McDiarmid have changed the game yet again, recently levelling up their multimillion dollar franchise to expand into a Burleigh HQ that’s the first of its kind in Australia, a non-alcoholic craft beer brewery – Sobah Brewery & Cafe.
Clinton and Lozen have long shared their drive to change up our local food and bev scene, with the duo formerly operating a native food truck called Clinto’s Kupmurri “bringing bush tucker to the streets” before going full circle to tackle their latest and most aspirational challenge to date – shaking up the craft beer industry.
The new 650-sqm brewing facility with a cafe attached will certainly do just that. The multi-level HQ boasts a studio on the mezzanine level (so much room for activities) while downstairs, the cafe seats 70 between the indoor and outdoor areas with plenty of space to savour some brew-tiful brews and bask in the Burleigh sunshine (don’t ask us why, it just hits different).
As you might expect, with native Australian ingredients being so central to the brew, incorporating natural local elements have formed the direction of the interior influences for the space as well. The brief was ‘Aussie nature x industrial luxe’ with upcycled timber, matte black metal, polished concrete floors and gum leaf green tiles framing the space.
Bringing on Head Chef Iesha Elia (formerly of Mr Hizola’s fame) will surely guarantee that their food offering is every bit as #gamechanging as their beverage offering. The menu complements their suite of bush tucker-infused craft beers, with a selection of all-day faves and modern Australian cafe fare.
And what could be more Australian than wrapping the laughing gear around a Crocodile Burger, with Crocodile (or chicken, for the less adventurous) bacon, avocado, pineapple and leafy greens, which would go down a treat with either the Lemon Aspen Pilsner or Finger Lime Cerveza, no doubt. The Black wattle hot smoked kangaroo fillet, béarnaise, beans and green leaves, perhaps?
Those who prefer to play it safe will still be rewarded with dishes that pack a flavour punch, with the Barramundi wrapped in paperbark coconut, finger lime, seasonal vegetables, and even the humble B&E roll receiving the native ingredient glow up, with bush tomato relish providing a gourmet spin on a tried and true classic.
Going sober has never looked (and tasted) so good, so get on down to Sobah Brewery and Cafe to experience modern Australian eats and craft brewing like you’ve never seen it before.
When: Monday – Saturday 7am – 3pm
Where: Unit 1, 314 Burleigh Connection Road, Burleigh Heads