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The Annual 2023 Restaurant Round Up

Sink your teeth into 36 of the best in the business.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Food at Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Here on the Gold Coast, there’s no denying it’s a formidable task trying to keep up with the deluge of foodie destinations we cop on a weekly basis, let alone across an entire year (and we are speaking from experience, here! #sendcoffee).

Enter – our trusty, annual roundups – bite-sized (and handy AF) breakdowns of all the hottest openings we scored over the last year – by bar, cafe, and finally – our newest and most rendezvous-worthy restaurants.

Without further ado, here are 36 of the best that made their grand entrance in 2023.

BLOWFISH Ocean Grill + Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Western Australian Rock Lobster w. Cognac + Gruyere, BLOWFISH Ocean Grill + Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Blowfish
Owners of esteemed steakery Moo Moo, Steven & Autumn Adams, set their sights on the sea with their latest venture – BLOWFISH Ocean Grill + Bar, splashing a cool $3 million on Broady’s new, double-story show-stopper. Designed by Space Cubed, the expansive, coastal-inspired 150-seater made its grand entrance boasting luxury at every turn. Borrowing both a postcode and some signature dishes from its big sib venue, the BLOWFISH menu features a choice of meaty Moo Moo cameos alongside Caviar Bumps, Moreton Bay bug stuffed Milk Buns, and signature Seafood Towers. If it’s all out decadence that’s in order, Head Chefs Bradley Davis and Lee Huckstep have got you covered with the likes of the Western Australian Rock Lobster with Cognac + Gruyere.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Broken Hearts Burger Club, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Broken Hearts Burger Club, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Broken Hearts Burger Club
Lockdown project turned LA-style burger franchise for founder Jay Gordon, Broken Hearts Burger Club (BHBC) has expanded its offering – welcoming our first location to Miami’s singing Gold Coast Highway stretch. Well and truly achieving Jay’s mouthwatering mission to replicate authentic Californian smash burgers, the no-frills, full flavour menu features two signature burger options: Classic and Fancy, served alongside Loaded fries, Shakes and American-style sodas. The Miami location, complete with retro diner vibe, makes the eighth in the delish BHBC family.
Where: Shop 19/1934 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Billy Chow, Kirra (image by Pandanus Lane)
Billy Chow, Kirra (image by Pandanus Lane)

Billy Chow
Billy Chow, a new gem for Kirra is serving up flavour-packed pan-Asian goodness, with a side of killer beach views. The brainchild of Ally Chow’s creators, Trent and Leisha Scarr, Billy Chow is making waves on Kirra’s Musgrave St beachfront stretch, its all-day sharing menu featuring the likes of handmade bao, dumplings, and delectable, Asian-inspired cocktails. Packing the kind of light, bright and peachy interior that dreams are made of, it’s the ultimate spot for laid-back long lunches spent tucking into Tempura Moreton Bay Bug Bao and Malaysian Spiced Fried Chicken.
Where: 76 Musgrave Street, Kirra

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Kirra Beach House
Part of Kirra’s multi-stage revitalisation project, the slick new Kirra Beach House is a game-changing venue for the southern scene – a 1200 sqm stunner offering sweeping ocean views, three dedicated bars, and refined, Mediterranean-style bites. The latest handiwork of renowned restauranteur Dave Galvin (squeezing not one, but two jaw-dropping venues into 2023, need we remind you) the luxury, beach club-inspired destination sits one floor above the more informal Kirra Beach Hotel. Combining cabana chills, Champagne Piña coladas, and citrus vinaigrette drizzled Kingfish crudo – it’s exactly the kind of high-end haunt Kirra’s been crying out for.
Where: Level 1, 2 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Pancakes at Pancake Diner, Burleigh, (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Pancakes at Pancake Diner, Burleigh, (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Pancake Diner
Glen and Michelle Day’s Pancake Diner Burleigh comes courtesy of some serious brunch cred – joining the duo’s rag-tag restaurant gang, alongside local eats icons, The Aztec and Pancakes in Paradise. The latest Burleigh venture, a new American diner-style eatery, doles out all-day eats such as syrup-drenched, Buttermilk pancake stacks, burgers, Southern fried wings, and more… (Espresso Martini’s, mainly). The throwback-themed venue features red diner booths, retro touches and a hefty nostalgia hit courtesy of the beverage list – Cherry Cola Spider, anyone?
Where: 16/221 Christine Avenue, Burleigh Heads

Kirra Beach Hotel (image supplied)
Kirra Beach Hotel (image supplied)

Kirra Beach Hotel
A stalwart local watering hole since 1956, we got our first look of Kirra Beach Hotel’s epic transformation, sporting a full-blown spruce up courtesy of the game-changing Kirra Point Precinct project. The fresh-faced beachfront icon retains its laidback charm, featuring a nostalgic surf heritage theme and an expansive, breezy beer garden – plus those same surf views and classic pub comforts we know and love. The new-look menu combines old favourites with some swanky new additions, like Mooloolaba Swordfish, Peach and Balsamic Burrata and Steak Frites if you’re feelin’ fancy.
Where: 2 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Vivo on Broadbeach, (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Vivo on Broadbeach, (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Vivo on Broadbeach
Created by culinary veterans Danny Cecchi and Belle Petersen, Vivo on Broadbeach brings a taste of the Mediterranean to the suburb’s humming Surf Parade strip. The spacious new 150 pax (sea)foodie haven marries a chic, coastal fit out with effortless, European elements – a theme carried throughout the elegant menu. Offering crafted house cocktails, an extensive wine selection and the likes of Spanner Crab Bruschetta and honey topped Bug Tails, this spot as perfect for intimate date night dinners as it is decadent long lunches.
Where: 69-71 Surf Parade, Broadbeach (Aria Building)

Smokin' Hot BBQ, Runaway Bay (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Smokin' Hot BBQ, Runaway Bay (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Smokin Hot BBQ
Smokin’ Hot BBQ, the latest smoked meats sensation for the northern GC, is a family-owned restaurant founded by Donna Hoskin and Reuben Connolly. Like many, it’s a venture that got its start slinging their signature fare out of a food truck window, last year upgrading to a brick and mortar nosh spot in Runaway Bay share their low and slow style BBQ with the masses. The melt-in-your-mouth specialties include Smoked brisket, Pulled pork, Texas Chilli and Hot link (smoked sausage), while the trademark dish, the share-style Smokin’ Hot Pit Out is a final boss vibing ‘greatest hits’, compiling all the faves from their grill.
Where:  5/123 Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

Interior of Valyn, Isle of Capri (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Interior of Valyn, Isle of Capri (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Valyn
Valyn, a delish new contender among the Gold Coast’s surging Thai scene, joined the growing restaurant family of Pat Jiranuchaiwattana and Alex Hasitawet. Situated on the Isle of Capri, Valyn offers elevated, contemporary-style Southeast Asian eats with flavour-forward signature dishes like Spanner crab dumplings and Wagyu Tataki to delight in. Located in the Capri on Via Roma precinct, the elegant venue boasts a spacious, light-filled interior, inventive dishes and meticulously crafted drinks menu.
Where: 2G01, 15 Via Roma, Surfers Paradise

Alamat Gold Coast, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Alamat Gold Coast, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Alamat Gold Coast
Jon Hizola, the culinary mastermind behind much-adored eateries, Mr Kojima and Masu Izakaya, introduced Alamat Gold Coast – bringing the flavours of Filipino cuisine to Southport’s shores. Offering a modern twist on traditional flavours – with signature dishes such as the Davaochon, lemongrass-infused roasted pork belly, Alamat imparts the warmth of Filipino culture and flavours upon the northern GC. The chic interior, designed by Nikki Domingo, complements the diverse and vibrant menu – a must-visit for flavour seeking foodies.
Where: Shop 8, 158 Marine Parade, Southport

Little Truffle, Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Little Truffle, Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Little Truffle
At long last, renowned local restauranteurs Daniel and Reggie Ridgeway introduced us to a new look Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar – a truly momentous and mouth-watering occasion for fans of Mermaid’s beloved mainstay. After a near year long hiatus, the million-dollar revamp – complete with a brand new floor plan, kitchen and two private dining rooms – has gone for a ‘Gold Coast Grandeur’ atmosphere, oozing opulence every which way you look. Bolstered by glamorous Baroque mirrors, chandeliers and luxe herringbone floors, the menu retains its signature flair, offering sumptuous dishes like Beef tartare, Cape Grimm rib eye on the bone, and ocean trout. We’re smitten all over again.
Where: 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Burg World, Helensvale (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Burger at Burg World, Helensvale (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Burg World
A savoury offshoot for Darren and Stacey Kelly of Daisy Hill’s Doughnut World fame, Helensvale newcomer Burg World bolstered the duo’s offering with a gourmet burger haunt. Opting for a bright lavender and red palette, the husband-and-wife team have gone for a playful, modern diner style vibe, offering classics like Cheeseburgers, Shakes and Fries alongside a rotating burger menu inspired by global cuisines.
Where: 20 Siganto Drive, Helensvale

Tide Bar & Kitchen (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tide Bar & Kitchen (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Tide Bar
Bringing modern Thai cuisine to its bustling Gold Coast Highway strip, Miami gained Tide Bar and Kitchen. Making the move from Melbourne, owners and seasoned hospo pro’s, Parada ‘Mint’ Leelaworaphong and Porramate ‘Toto’ Kidsoda, were craving a sea change and a new challenge – focusing on elevating fresh, local seafood with Southeast Asian-inspired flavours for their new venue. The restaurant features an upscale and inviting interior, while the contemporary menu boasts plenty you’ll want to tuk in to – Duck Pancake, Thai Beef Tataki Rump, and the show-stopping Tide Pad Thai with grilled lobster.
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Longtide Coastal Pan-Asian, Runaway Bay (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Longtide Coastal Pan-Asian, Runaway Bay (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Longtide Pan Asian
A little place known simply as Longtide also arrived on Runaway Bay’s restaurant scene, bringing the ultimate blend of coastal pan-Asian to the northern Gold Coast. Headed by the team behind Isle of Capri’s Madam Fu, the light-filled, oasis vibing interior has all the ingredients to take the tastebuds on a next level Southeast Asian journey. With Chef Woody Zen at the helm, flavour forward dishes like Seafood Tartar and Lamb Shank Massaman Curry, are complemented by a tropical-inspired cocktail list, such as the Tom Yum Yum – a lip-smacking ginger and coconutty libation.
Where: 21 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay

kōst Bar & Grill, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
O’Connor Beef T-Bone, kōst Bar & Grill, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Kost
Hospo mastermind Dave Galvin does it again, last year unleashing a jaw-dropping new addition for Broadbeach’s Oracle Blvd precinct, kōst Bar & Grill. The sprawling, 130-seat luxury venue swallowed three entire tenancies to deliver next level indulgence – including seafood towers, roving champagne, crafted cocktails and caviar trolleys. The kōst kitchen, led by Chef Sebbie Keynon, specialises in live fuel cooking methods – along with Australia’s first, two-metre Mibrasa charcoal grill, the venue boasts a a purpose-built, dry aged cool room, private dining room, the stunning space oozes sophistication on every front.
Where: 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach

Tayta Nikkei Restaurant & Bar, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tayta Nikkei Restaurant & Bar, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Tayta Nikkei
Mermaid Beach newcomer, Tayta Nikkei introduced us to the wonderful world of its namesake Nikkei cuisine – a tantalising fusion of Japanese and Peruvian elements. Inspired by his hospitality experience from around the globe, owner Adriano Antonini’s aim was to create a unique and casual fine dining option in Nobby’s. The intimate, 60-seater venue has gone with dark and moody ambience, incorporating nods to traditional Peruvian colours and patterns, while the menu focuses on seafood and ceviche-style specialties.
Where: 2/2243 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Pizzas, Mad Over Italian (image by Here Digital)
Pizzas, Mad Over Italian (image by Here Digital)

Mad Over Italian
Slinging authentic Italian cuisine to the northern Gold Coast, Hope Island welcomed new eatery, Mad Over Italian. Spearheaded by an entrepreneur and hospo expert, owner Sohil’s aim was a welcoming venue that caters to everyone from old friends to families, opting for a classic, chic red and white fit-out and laid-back luxe atmosphere. In addition to a space that’s particularly easy on the eyes, the menu offers all the Italian staples, including arancini, pizza, pasta, and desserts like tiramisu and cannoli. A decadent, carb-a-licious experience for Italian food enthusiasts in the area.
Where: 99-103 Broadwater Avenue, Hope Island

Ceviche at Nude Amigos, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Ceviche at Nude Amigos, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Nude Amigos
Replacing the former site of Cardamom Pod in Broadbeach, newcomer Nude Amigos is Surf Parade’s breezy, Mexican eatery and margarita bar addition. Featuring a sprawling bar, rustic elements, and a beach-hut-style thatched roof – the interiors offer a Gold Coast-style take on Cancún, while the menu infuses the authentic flavours of Mexico into every bite and sip. Championing fresh Queensland produce, the vibrant mix of dishes includes Ceviche tacos, a smoky, chipotle-spiced Seafood Pineapple, and a stellar selection of plant-based options.
Where: Lot 1, 70 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Treasure Box, Small Fry, Robina (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Treasure Box, Small Fry, Robina (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Small Fry
Small Fry, the seafood-slinging food truck that’s wheeled into action outside Global Pacific Seafoods on Scottsdale Drive, Robina, is unmissable figuratively and literally – on account of delectable street eats (um hello – Bug Bao, need we say more?) and the gleaming 1930s Airstream it calls home. An extension of the Ceccato clan’s popular Global Pacific Seafoods, the addition means their signature fare is now also served ready to tuck in, with to-go style bites like Chargrilled Baby Octopus and Grilled King Prawn available on a whim for residents of Robina and surrounds.
Where: 273 Scottsdale Drive, Robina

Champagne and lobster rolls at Squiseato, Pacific Fair, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Champagne and lobster rolls at Squiseato, Pacific Fair, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Squiseato
In collaboration with Create Catering, David Jones Pacific Fair unveiled a unique restaurant-café-bar concept, welcoming Squiseato smack bang in the centre of its iconic Broadbeach location. The decadent, department store destination offers shoppers a convenient and gourmet dining experience – combining the best of Italian flavours, European inspirations, and premium Australian produce. Now we can bookend our shopping expeditions with a menu to match the designer provisions, with wine, spritzers and Champagne are on offer served alongside dishes like Truffle gnocchi with porcini butter and Lobster brioche rolls.
Where: Pacific Fair, 4 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach Waters

The Lume, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Lume, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The Lume
The Lume Coolangatta, the recent, pretty-in-pink addition to Griffith St, is a cherry blossom clad, yum cha style spot that’s a feast for the senses on all fronts. Owner Hawoei Yang revealed his wow-worthy debut, coupling a (figuratively and literally) lit fit-out, with 90-odd Asian fusion style dishes like Kong Pao chicken, Duck Baos, and bulk Dumplings. The cocktails have been crafted as artfully as the whimsical fit out, with equally delightful signatures such as Bubble The Lume, Surfers Paradise, and Under Mount Fuji, commonly served smoking or flaming, and always sip-able.
Where: Shop 13, 99 Griffith St, Coolangatta

The Blue House, Budds Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Blue House, Budds Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The Blue House
Combining an eclectic, coastal cottage aesthetic with an unbeatable Budds Beach location – The Blue House, is the new offshoot by Bumbles Cafe owner Kate Madison. Adjoining its iconic big sib venue, The Blue House is the grown up iteration for partaking in chic sips and elevated eats – where maximalist #dopaminedecor interiors are much a treat for the senses as the menu. Along with the visual feast that is the eclectic patterns and bold colour combos, the menu features boujee snacks, flavourful, summery salads, and indulgent dinner options, making it a perfect destination for a long lunch or sundowners in the sea breeze.
Where: 19-23 River Drive, Budds BeachSurfers Paradise

Manny's Fish & Wine, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Manny's Fish & Wine, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Manny’s Fish & Wine
Yet another magnificent addition to Burleigh’s scene – Manny’s Fish & Wine, introduces an authentic taste of Greece to the Gold Coast, a venture spearheaded by Chef Manolis ‘Manny’ Patunas. The charming Santorini-inspired interior complements a menu that takes diners on a delectable Greek journey, with authentic pickings like Grazing Platters piled with olives and dolmathes, Pickled Octopus, and Spit Roasted Lamb all on offer. Though if you ask us, the mysterious signature drink, known as the Manny’s Misbehave, says about everything you need to know about this enigmatic dining experience.
Where: Shop 2/33 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads

Birria, Mex Cartel, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Birria, Mex Cartel, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Mex Cartel
Owned by Braedan Wayne Allen, Mex Cartel now brings a hola-lot of Mexican goodness to Burleigh Heads. The colourful, cacti studded interior, features a vibrant mix of street art murals and talavera-style tiles, while a flavour-forward menu crafted by head chef Martin, delivers delectable faves like Pulled Pork Taquitos, Jalapeño poppers and Signature Birria Tacos. The sips also pack a flavour punch, with options like the Mango Chill Margarita sure get the tastebuds fired up.
Where: 1840 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Figs with whipped goats fetta and hoeny, Como Kitchen, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Figs with whipped goats fetta and hoeny, Como Kitchen, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Como Kitchen
Owned by Harrison Runje, Como Kitchen & Bar delivered a sophisticated and glam foodie destination to the streets of Southport. The atmosphere comes courtesy of neon-lit surrounds, teal velvet seating, brass and tropical greenery accents – while the service, location and menu are equally worthwhile reasons to visit. The menu, curated by Head Chef Paul Falzone, blends Modern Australian with mouthwatering Mediterranean influences. The #musttry Moreton Bay bug roll and Espresso martini are perfection in their own right.
Where: 410/411 1 Como Crescent, Southport

Crispy Italian Bar, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Diavola Pizza, Crispy Italian Bar, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Crispy Italian
Bringing our first authentic ‘bar Italiano’ encounter to the GC, is Burleigh’s new eats and sips spot, Crispy Italian Bar. Channelling the traditional Italian all-rounder style of bar, where beverages, food and coffee are all equal stars – Crispy combines Italian Cappuccinos, Apertivo inspired cocktails, Pizzas and Panini under one delicious roof. Owners Ricky Proserpio and Chef Matteo Tricarico meld classic with modern, opting for Italian beach club vibing brolly’s and signature red accents, while the wood fire oven churns out mash ups such as the Australiano Wood Fired Panini – combining avo, carbonara sauce, bacon and vegemite and more.
Where: 4/1840 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Cibo Sapori, Paradise Point (image by Lady Sunday Styling)
Cibo Sapori, Paradise Point (image by Lady Sunday Styling)

Cibo Sappori
Cibo Sapori, the chic newcomer to the northern neck of the woods, brings irresistible Italian eats and sips laidback beach locale of Paradise Point. Owned by Peter Williamson, it offers a contemporary, monochrome fit out coupled with the classic flavours of Italy – including a comprehensive pasta, risotto and gnocchi selection. Get amongst delectable dishes like the Gnocchi Norma, served with fried eggplant, marinara and salted ricotta and decadent, authentic desserts like Traditional Tiramisu and Cannoli. ‘Comfort’ the food – stay for the vibes.
Where: 3/8 Bruce Ave, Paradise Point

Wolf Restaurant, Mt Tamborine (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Wolf Restaurant, Mt Tamborine (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Wolf Restaurant
Wolf Restaurant is the latest fine dining gem to come to Mount Tamborine’s Main Street strip – also sharing the same owners and postcode as Bush Turkey Bistro, its more casual culinary counterpart. Coupling modern interiors with rustic touches, such as a central, stone-clad fireplace – the cosy establishment offers a contemporary Australian eats experience and extensive wine selection. Foodies can sink their fangs into elevated dishes such as Kangaroo tataki, QLD saucer scallops, and Salt-baked celeriac.
Where: 13 Main St, Tamborine Mountain

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

Lenny Pizzeria
Meet Lenny Pizzeria & Bar in Mudgeeraba – the pizza royalty-owned gem offering woodfired perfection. Founded by Robert Morwood and Oliver Botha, known for their successes like Justin Lane, this mid-March newcomer boasts a charming heritage space and alfresco dining. The star is the 72-hour fermented dough, crafting pizza paradises like Prawn Pizza with lap chong and Butternut Pumpkin Pizza. Small plates, salads, and house-made ice cream complete the menu. Slice into perfection – Lenny can’t be topped!
Where: 58 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba

Chicken taco, D' La Rosa, Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Chicken taco, D' La Rosa, Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

D’La Rosa
Meaning “from a rose”, D’La Rosa is the Mediterranean-inspired darling now earning the affections of Mermaid Beach and beyond. Combining Spanish tapas, enticing cocktails, and a whole ‘bunch’ of cosy, alfresco-vibing cute factor – delights like Snapper and Mango Tacos, Tapas boards and Pomegranate Sours, are on offer every arvo ‘til late. Founded by a talented trio – seasoned hotelier Parham Hamidian, chef Alenka Tomse and biz wizard Shawn Maftounian, the crew combined forces to bring to life a welcoming eats and sips spot as charming as it is crave-worthy.
Where: 2375 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Chicken Parmy, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Chicken Parmy, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Bowlo Bistro
The words ‘chic’ and ‘bowls club’ might rarely (if ever) be found together, but Broadbeach Waters new addition at the The Gold Coast Lawn Bowls Club, The Bowlo Bistro, has accomplished just that. If the fresh, coastal inspired interior, minty green hues isn’t enough to ‘bowl’ you over, owners Craig and Lucy Johnston’s Modern Australian pub grub will certainly win your heart. The indoor and outdoor seating options offer views of the greens and scenic Gold Coast skyline beyond, while the menu churns out the bistro classics, from Salt & Pepper Squid to a must-try Chicken Parmy.
Where: 14 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters (next to the Gold Coast Lawn Bowls Club)

Render of the interior of Shiba Wings, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Render of the interior of Shiba Wings, Australia's first crypto diner, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Shiba Wings
Bringing us the #unexpected combo of crypto, American classics and a sprinkling of internet folklore, Shiba Wings – the first and only diner in Australia to accept cryptocurrency as payment – now calls Surfers home. Decked out crypto-themed touches throughout, the decor borders a Shiba shrine, after its namesake decentralized cryptocurrency (and formerly,  the infamous floofy ‘doge’ meme, circa 2013). And if all of this is as clear as mud, perhaps we should stick to our area of expertise – the menu. Which specialises in quintessential USA-style faves, such as burgers, signature chicken wings and slushies.
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Luna’s Pizza & Wine, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Luna’s Pizza & Wine, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Luna’s Broadbeach
It’s been a big few years for Broadbeach restauranteur Henry Hunt. First, unveiling Sofia’s in 2021, expanding the venue to a larger location in 2022, then launching Luna’s Pizza & Wine in its place early last year. Leveraging the same primo position, open kitchen and wood-fire oven – Luna’s delivers authentic style Italian eats with executive Chef Daniil Pullman (of The Fish House and Etsu fame) at the helm. Luna’s delivers a laid back, sidewalk dining experience and modern meets rustic Italian inspired aesthetic, where diners can go ham on carb-a-licious dishes like Gnocchi al Tartufo and the Signature Prosciutto Pizza. Belissima!
Where: Shop G0.71b The Oasis, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach

Interior shot of California Tacos, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Interior shot of California Tacos, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

California Tacos
Broadbeach’s California Tacos offers an authentic taste of California’s vibrant street food scene with bold, Baja-inspired flavours and fresh ingredients. Owner and Cali expat, Ty Yturralde, brings some serious Mexi cred, armed with the OG fish taco recipe – as in, straight from the inventor. An ’11-herbs-and-spices’ level international secret he picked up during his stint at a taco joint kitchen in Ensenada, Mexico. Bring your appetite for California burritos, Surf & Turf signature tacos and the #BiggestInAustralia nachos. Don’t forget to leave room for the Marg menu – you’d be loco to miss the Coconut, if you ask us.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Cheese Katsu, KatsuCo Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Cheese Katsu, KatsuCo Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

KatsuCo Southport
Southport welcomed Japanese eatery, KatsuCo, churning out none other than the beloved comfort food, Katsu (bet you didn’t see that coming). The cosy, corridor-style venue includes 14 tables, churning out iterations of the namesake dish – traditionally coated in crunchy panko crumb and slathered in curry sauce. Also included are classics like Salmon Don – though head chef Louis Seo’s menu also delivers some inventive dishes, such as the Carbonara Udon, for a delicious, and unexpected flavour fusion.
Where: 30 Nerang Street, Southport

Nachos, Rosa Mexicano, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Nachos, Rosa Mexicano, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Rosa Mexicano
Rosa Mexicano, the vibrant new mexi-eats slinger in Surfers Paradise, promises a modern twist on Mexican flavours and traditions. Decked out head to toe in colourfully appointed decor – including cameos from the icon herself, Frida Kahlo – the venue delivers a taste of Mexican culture that’s a feast for both the eyes and the palate. One of six (soon to be eight) locations in the fast-expanding, family friendly chain, Rosa Mexicano marries European, Mediterranean, and of course, Mexican influences – delivering everything from a selection of Sangrias to inventive dishes like the Seafood Curry Paella. Oh, and margs – obvi.
Where: Chevron Renaissance, 23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise

Words by Kellie Leader.

The Annual 2023 Cafe Round Up

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

The Oxley
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

Mylk Well, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Mylk Well, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Mylk Well
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, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
No Name Lane Espresso, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Food and drinks at Merlo Coffee Roasters, Gold Coast Airport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food and drinks at Merlo Coffee Roasters, Gold Coast Airport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Metro Coffee Burleigh, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Metro Coffee Burleigh, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Janus Deli
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

Janus Deli, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Janus Deli, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Kinship
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

UE Bagels
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

UE Bagels, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
UE Bagels, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Dipcro Pastry
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

Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Arketa Café 
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

Basque
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

Basque, Chirn Park (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Basque, Chirn Park (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Willy’s Beans
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

Willy's Beans, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Willy's Beans, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Humble Café
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

Humble Cafe, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food at Humble Cafe, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Bake House Gozen, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Selection of sweet and savoury pastries at Bake House Gozen, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Pagi Pagi
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

Banksy
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

Food at Banksy Bar & Kitchen, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
A breakfast spread at Banksy Bar & Kitchen, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Side Piece, Varsity Lakes (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Build Your Own, Side Piece, Varsity Lakes (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

The Holliday Coffee, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Juice and Iced Coffee, The Holliday Coffee, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

The Burleigh Basic & Clean Green Smoothie, Piknik, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Burleigh Basic & Clean Green Smoothie, Piknik, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Piknik
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

Social Espresso
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

Bacon & Egg Bagel and coffee, Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Bacon & Egg Bagel and coffee, Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Golden Times
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

Golden Times, Bilinga (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Golden Times, Bilinga (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Nan’s Coffee
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

Ferg’s Café
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

Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Fruit Loaf, The Winey Cow, Main Beach (image supplied)
Fruit Loaf, The Winey Cow, Main Beach (image supplied)

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

High Protein Chicken Rice, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
High Protein Chicken Rice, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Cheeky Waffles
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

Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

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
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.

Croissants at Franquette, Mt Tamborine (image by Two Birds Social)
Croissants at Franquette, Mt Tamborine (image by Two Birds Social)

Kirra’s new beachfront darling is here

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

It’s a whole new era for Kirra – as the hotly anticipated Kirra Beach House, slinks into town bringing chic sips, cabana chills and rooftop revelling to the formerly not-much-happenining Marine Parade precinct, and totally transforming the southern social scene as we know it.

And let’s all just try to maintain an orderly fashion here.. thankfully, there’s plenty here to go round.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Like, 1200 whole sqm of it – the mammoth, terrace-studded stunner is fully prepared for the inevitable inundation as we all clamour to get a glimpse of the dreamy new venue, equipped with multiple indoor and alfresco areas, wine and cocktail bars (three, to be exact!) and high-end event spaces.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

The kitchen, meanwhile, brings the likes of raw and cooked seafood platters, succulent steaks and signature burgers to Kirra’s picturesque beachfront – slinging perfectly crisped pizzas out of the Marina Forni pizza oven daily.

And did we mention the uninterrupted ocean views from every angle?

The new standard for a spectacular summer has well and truly been set here, guys.

Dave Galvin at Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Our jaws may be on the floor, but we’re not at all surprised – after all, the new concept was pioneered by local hospo trailblazer, Dave Galvin, an undertaking a mere four years in the making.

The SITE Hospitality owner/operator has been working tirelessly to deliver us not one, but two bar-raising venues this year alone – already blessing us with Broadbeach show-stopper, kost a few months back (and before that Mozza Mozza, Bird Royale and Crafty’s Sports Bar).

Somebody stop him (but don’t, actually, keep ’em coming Dave).

And frankly, we just have one question.. when doth the man sleep?

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

When it comes to new venues, often the phrase ‘game changing’ often gets bandied about rather liberally (guilty) – but Kirra Beach House is truly unlike anything we’ve seen this far south, the breathtaking venue putting the seaside village on the map as a destination for elevated dining and drinking.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

And we do mean elevated in all senses of the word – the new venue sits atop it’s more casual counterpart, the newly unveiled and fresh-faced Kirra Beach Hotel one level below.

The new additions signify a whole new chapter for the suburb’s seaside promenade that comes courtesy of the KTQ Group’s multi-stage Kirra Point Project.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Champagne Pina Colada and Spicy Watermelon Margarita, Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

“The venue will have a beach club atmosphere about it, with great music, mesmerising panoramic views of Kirra, Mediterranean-style food using the incredible local produce we have on our doorstep, a world-class drinks list and, of course, great service” says Dave.

And really, did anyone expect anything less?

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Food at Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

The kitchen of Kirra’s darling new destination is led by head chef Drew Wilson, curating a Mediterranean-style grazing menu that is both flavour-packed and true to the laidback, coastal location.

It features a contemporary mix of dishes such as Kingfish crudo with citrus vinaigrette, chive oil and floral salt… or perhaps the summery ‘burrata with yellow peach, aged balsamic and smoked salt’ to woo the cheese fans.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Bars Manager, Kaden Pool invites us to ‘dive in’ to a delectable menu of resort-style cocktails, the type that scratch that nostalgia itch in all the right places.

Such as ‘BahamasChampagne Piña coladas and ‘Cancunspicy watermelon margaritas, made for summer sunsets and crafted to make you feel like you’re on holiday…

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Food at Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Wait, we’re pretty sure we might be. Or dreaming. Who could say for sure. We might need to get around a few spicy melon margs to determine, first.

Where: Level 1, 2 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Sunday to Thursday 11am–l
ate, Friday & Saturday: 11am–1am

Words by Kellie Leader.

Champagne Pina Colada, Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Champagne Pina Colada, Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
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