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Meet D-bar’s dinki-di new caffeination destination, Black Dingo Cafe.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

How good are sequels from our favourite haunts? Before we’ve even set foot in the door, we know our tastebuds are in for a treat. Couple that gastronomic good standing with a ripper of a spot, and you’ve got D-bar’s dinki-di new caffeination destination, Black Dingo Cafe.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Brought to us by a man with a talent for several things – including sniffing out a pearler of a spot – Black Dingo Cafe is the brand new chapter for Cooly Breeze chef-restauranteur, Marcondes Almeida Neto.

Tucked beneath the iconic lighthouse, find Coolangatta’s latest lurking mere meters from where sand meets sea, overlooking Point Danger’s sweeping outlook. Off the back of a couple’a superb new contributions courtesy of Brisbane’s Gambaro Group, Pipi’s Restaurant and Awaken Café, foodie prospects in Rainbow Bay’s little slice of paradise have certainly been on the rise in recent times.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

A little farther up the road on Griffith Street, you’ll also find Marcondes’s original fine dining destination, Cooly Breeze Rooftop Restaurant & Bar – consistently delivering epic eats and stellar views to southern folk since 2021. With sweeping views to the southern coastline and Tweed River surrounds, the panoramically-blessed duo’s 13th floor big sis boasts a pretty swell vantage of its own. Hailing from the UK and spending some 16 years bouncing around Europe honing his craft; it was a stint in Italy cheffing along the stunning Mediterranean coast that led Marcondes to fall for all things coast and sea.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Infusing those now-trademark Mediterranean influences into Black Dingo’s menu, beach goers can now refuel with next-level cafe fare like Lamb Shoulder Baguette, made with 12h slow cooked lamb, swiss cheese, wild rocket and tzatziki sauce, or prosciutto, confit tomato and buffalo mozzarella stuffed La Bella Focaccia’s.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

How’s that for beach bites – you can’t take the fine dining out of the man, huh! #IsItLunchTimeYet? Frosty treats like Gelato, Smoothies and Açai Bowls will be a hot commodity on those scorcher salty sessions. Along with pooch-friendly Hugo’s Ice Creamery option for our furry friends, and freshly brewed Coffee going down a treat any day ending in ‘y’.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Drawn to the new location for… obvious reasons… Marcondes wanted his second venture to capture that same ‘invigorating energy of the beach’. With a killer spot procured, Marcondes set about creating a carefully-crafted menu inspired by the coastal lifestyle and using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with a special focus on creating a welcoming, pet-friendly destination for the whole community can enjoy.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

The Black Dingo moniker, meanwhile, was chosen to honour the heritage of Duranbah Beach. Named after the SS Duranbah that ran aground there in 1919, Marcondes shares that the cafe’s name is a nod to the area’s traditional name – known to the Gudjinburra-Minyangbal people of the Bundjalong nation as Moy Ngagamb, or ‘Black Dingo Beach’.

Coffee at Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Coffee at Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Creating a venue that ‘celebrates the beauty of the ocean and the joy of sharing it with loved ones’, there’s certainly more to Black Dingo than meets the tastebuds – though the allure of an especially tantalising all-day eats selection sure won’t hurt the cause in the slightest! Enticing D-bar perambulators daily with portable morsels like B&E Rolls, Bug or Smoked Salmon stuffed Bagels and Pork Belly Baguettes, there’s plenty here to keep locals coming back for more.

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

We’re onto something pretty darned spesh with this one, Gold Coasters!

Where: 1 Tweed Terrace, Coolangatta (Point Danger lighthouse)
When: Monday to Sunday from 6am to 4pm

Words by Kellie Leader
Images by Mathilde Bouby

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

16 reasons locals love Coolangatta

Rooftop of The Pink Hotel, Coolangatta (Image: © 2017 The Undercurrent)
Rooftop of The Pink Hotel, Coolangatta (Image: © 2017 The Undercurrent)

Coolangatta is our southernmost suburb and it’s almost like stepping back in time for a taste of the good old Gold Coast, a little slower and sleepier (the way we like it) but with a sprinkle of some seriously epic eats for good measure – dreamy.

If you’re a fan of chill coastal vibes and pumping surf, where you can soak up the sunshine all-day long and hop from beach to bar as your heart desires then Cooly’s good your name written all over it. The laidback lifestyle is just one of the reasons why locals love this little beachside suburb, but we’ve found another 16 for when you want to go exploring.

Dining at Franc Jrs. (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Dining at Franc Jrs. (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Franc Jr’s
I’ts called the famous pizzeria for a reason, Franc Jr’s have gotten a rep for dishing up the best pizzas on the Gold Coast – maybe even Queensland. Big call, I know but IYKYK. Home of their signature Sicilian square pizza, pop down for takeaway or dine in with a bottle of pinot to wash down your pizza. Our pick is the red strip with a pickled grape salad on the side (sounds weird but trust the process) and a frozen marg if you fancy a tipple.
Where: 2/102 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Pipi's Restaurant, Rainbow Bay (image by Brooke Darling)
Pipi's Restaurant, Rainbow Bay (image by Brooke Darling)

Pipi’s Restaurant
Cooly brought in the big guns with Brisbane hospitality mavens, the Gambaro Group bringing Pipi’s to life and it’s something Southern Gold Coasters have been waiting for. Pipi’s is the newest seaside sensation to call Cooly home and you best believe our tastebuds can’t get enough of it. Nothing to be crabby about with a Mediterranean-inspired menu – Chargrilled Mooloolaba King Prawns and Freemantle Octopus Carpaccio just a couple of the stars of the show. If you’re feeling boujee then treat yourself to a Kaviari Caviar Bump – served with a shot of Belvedere or glass of Tattinger.

Special mention to the cafe-style sequel to this suave new seafood nosher, Awaken Cafe. Situated underneath Pipi’s Awaken thos caffeine-slinging counterpart is giving girl-next-door (but, y’know, downstairs) in the very best way.
Where: Level 1/275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta

Kefi Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Food at Kefi Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Kefi
Kefi popped up on the café scene in late 2023 and their suitably summer vibe has been gracing our social channels here, there and everywhere. With coffee and food as delicious as the interiors are gorg it’s the kind of spot we could just spend all morning long at. With a Mediterranean twist on your classic brekky favourites, fuel up with a feed or pop in for the viral strawberry matcha and take a stroll on the beach because, wholesome.
Where: Corner of Griffith & McDonald Street, 2/110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Interior of Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Interior of Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

Cooly Breeze
There’s something about being beach side and on a rooftop that just hits different, throw some fine dining into the mix and that’s our kind of trifecta. Executive chef Marcondes Almeida Neto has combined gastronomy with the flavours of the Medierranean Coast for bold flavours you’ve never tasted before. A feast for your eyes and your tum, the dishes are almost too pretty to eat… almost.
Where: Level 13 of Beachcomber International Resort, 122 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Coolangatta Pie Shop
This iconic Gold Coast pie shop has been around for more than 50 years, so it’s no wonder they’re serving up some of the tastiest pies around. We’re partial to a baked good and fortunately, the Coolangatta Pie Shop have them aplenty – perfect for that post surf carb load.
Where: 50 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Maverick Hair & Art (image supplied)
Maverick Hair & Art (image supplied)

Maverick Hair & Art Studio
If you’ve been looking for a place to tame that mane then say less, because Maverick Hair & Art Studio’s got your back. Or hair, I guess. The award-winning salon and of course, their stylists, know their way around the locks and can we just say – they do one of the best blondes we’ve seen on the GC, and that’s no easy feat. The refined industrial feel is a pretty little paradise to sit back and relax while you’re pampered, which is exactly what you want when you’re investing hours in those tresses – t’s the crown you never take off, after all. No bad hair days here
Where: First Floor, 1/17 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Bar Evelyn
This place has been a hotspot for locals and visitors ever since it popped up on Marine Parade a couple of years ago. Cooly’s home of antipasto and pasta, you best believe we want a pizza that. Our picks? If you’re a seafood lover like us then the bug bucatini and pickled mussels with bottarga mayo, cucumber and dill are a must try. Sweeten the deal with their house-made tiramisu – do as the Italians do, we say – and one of their season sours.
Where: Shop 20/58 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Clay Cantina (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Clay Cantina (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Clay Cantina
One thing about us is that we are always down for a Mexican moment. Now let’s taco-bout the margs, specifically the Laneway Marg – just trust us when we say their signature agave inspired bev is everything you’ve been looking for in a marg and more. Taste the flavours of all your fave Mexican fare, or if you’d rather a hands on approach to your dining experience, get the crew together for their signature cooking classes where you’ll get up close and personal with their most-loved recipes. Gracias!
Where: 2/16 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Greenmount Beach Surf Club (image supplied)
Greenmount Beach Surf Club (image supplied)

Greenmount Beach Surf Club
With unsurpassed views in a northerly direction, you can take in everything overlooking the spectacular Greenmount Beach right up to the skyline of Surfers Paradise and, on some days, beyond. If the surf’s up, watched the surfers below shred waves or wipe out with an ice cold schooner in hand.
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Cinebar Licensed Cinema, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Cinebar Licensed Cinema, Coolangatta (image supplied)

Cinebar
Forget that there was a ripper cinema in Cooly? How could you! It’s time you get acquainted with Cinebar, a restaurant-style movie experience where you can get the full dinner, drinks and show vibe without having to lift a finger – or leg for that matter. Because we’re all about efficiency, kick back and catch up on the freshest flicks while you’re wined and dined for the ultimate date night with your special someone or your gal pals.
Where: The Strand at Coolangatta

4 Pines Coolangatta (image supplied)
4 Pines Coolangatta (image supplied)

4 Pines
On the brew-tiful beach front you’ll find one of the vibiest beachside breweries we know, the ultimate for whether you’re escaping the surf or just looking for a spot to kick back with live tunes and a beer in hand. You’ll find all your 4 Pines favourites, like the classic Pacific Ale for a fresh and fruity finish or the Pale Ale for a more crisp and citrusy taste, on tap and calling your name. Well, what are you waiting for – hop to it!
Where: The Strand, 28/72 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Ottimo Gelato (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Ottimo Gelato (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Ottimo
If you want the inside scoop then here it is – if you want to be served up gelato the Italian way, Ottimo know that sticking to tradition is anything but boring. Having studied at the Gelato University of Carpigiani (yes, that’s a thing), owner Davide let’s his Italian heritage swirl through each delicious morsel whether it’s Ferrero Rocher or passionfruit flavoured. We give it an High Distinction!
Where: 18/52 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Timezone
Nothing like a bit of healthy competition to get the heart rate up, blitz your bestie with more than 200 classic arcae games to choose from. With full-sized bowling lanes, dodgem cars and laser skirmish there’s something for all ages – including the big kids at heart.
Where: Level 1, 72-80 Marine Parade, The Strand, Coolangatta

The Pink Hotel exterior (Photo by @sydneygirl63)
The Pink Hotel exterior (Photo by @sydneygirl63)

The Pink Hotel
Not a Cooly local? No problem, because one of our most aesthetic hotels just happens to call Coolangatta home! It’s impossible to miss the iconic pink glow of the Palm Springs inspired Pink Hotel, if it weren’t for the fact that you can spot the GC’s glorious skyline from it, we’d forgive you for thinking you were in the California desert. Originally a motel, the legends behind The Pink Hotel lovingly restored it to its current glory so now we gorg destination for the ultimate staycation – love that for us.
Where: 171 Griffith St, Coolangatta

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

Eddie’s Grub House
Rock ‘n roll meets fried chicken, burgers and whiskey: does it get any better than that? Get a mouthful of naughty but nice American classics in this soul food dive bar. They regularly have live music and karaoke nights if you’re feeling brave, it’s long been a Cooly institution for good grub and good vibes – for good reason!
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)
Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)

Cooly Rocks On
It’s got to be one of the most colourful creations that Cooly has brought us, each and every year we love seeing Cooly transform into the home of motors and music with a dedicated festival to celebrate the lifestyle of yesteryear. Think Hot Rods, Elvis Tribute Artists, Swing Dancing, Pin Up Pageants and so much more,
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.

A very Cool-y rooftop bar that needs to be on your radar

Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

We Gold Coasters like to keep those ‘best kept secrets’ very close to our chest, lest word get out about our fave lesser-known spots.

Which is why the existence of a hidden rooftop haunt flying under the radar right in the heart of Coolangatta may very well be news to many.

Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Interior of Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

A sky-high destination for Mediterranean eats and sips boasting sweeping views of the Cooly skyline.

If you’re not already acquainted with Cooly Breeze Rooftop and Bar, it’s time to be.

Sitting pretty on the 13th floor, it is the Coast’s only fine dining rooftop restaurant with unique views to the southern coastline and the Tweed River surrounds.

Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Oysters at Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

With a gastronomy-trained chef at the helm, the views certainly are not the only thing worth heading up for.

For chef-owner powerhouse Marcondes Almeida Neto, Cooly Breeze Rooftop and Bar is the culmination of 16 years refining his craft abroad, after notable stints in the UK and most recently, Italy.

The latter leading to Marcondes uncovering his love of seafood and the stunning Mediterranean coast, and fair enough too, how could you not?

Head chef Marcondes Almeida Neto (image supplied)
Head chef Marcondes Almeida Neto (image supplied)

The welcoming space also features those same hints of Amalfi coast influence, with cosy lighting, rustic timber features, chic white tablecloths and flickering candlelight adorning the tables.

Lending a charm that feels akin to being welcomed into an authentic Italian eatery.

Of course, that is if you can tear your eyes away from that stunning ocean vantage for long enough to take it all in.

Signature bug on focaccia, Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Signature bug on focaccia, Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

For starters, we’ll certainly be all about the alla sea – natural oysters with finger lime & ginger, though the thought of digging into the signature Bug on focaccia with avocado, finger lime, jalapeno and watermelon radish sounds like the perfect summer dish.

The Seared Scallops da Costa with walnut butter sauce and cauliflower puree are definitely calling our name

Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Seared Scallops, Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

The extensive mains offering showcases authentic Mediterranean flavours at their finest.

Seafood features prominently, with the likes of Octopus Tentacles, sautéed potatoes, capers dressing, fresh herbs and the WA Half Lobster & Scallops Linguini, made with caviar, confit tomato and light lemon butter sauce set to steal the show.

Interior of Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Interior of Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

There’s a host of equally enticing dishes from the land and earth, with a Vegan Paella, made with zucchini, red capsicum, olives, sun dried tomato, garlic, saffron that’s sure to satisfy absolutely everyone.

To complement the whole experience, there’s a stacked dessert menu (House Nutella Brownie, Spanish Churros, House Tiramisu, Chocolate Lava Cake) or for those who prefer their indulgence to take liquid form for their sipping pleasure, a stellar selection of cocktails (and in case you’re wondering, we’re firmly #teamboth.)

Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

There is absolutely no reason why we would go home without getting our hands on the signature Rainbow Martini – vodka, lychee liqueur, lychee juice, lavender syrup.

Or two for good measure.

The kicker?

This time of year your 5 star dinner might even come with a spontaneous show, with the vantage providing the added bonus of the whaley cool chance to see the whales doing their thing during the migration season.

What more could you need?

Rainbow Martini, Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar might be Cooly’s best kept secret.
Rainbow Martini, Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar might be Cooly’s best kept secret.

Maybe just one more Rainbow Martini.

Where: Level 13 of Beachcomber International Resort, 122 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
When: Mon 5pm 9pm, Thurs to Sun 12pm – 9pm

Words by Kellie Leader.

STORY SPONSORED BY COOLY BREEZE ROOFTOP AND BAR

Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)
Cooly Breeze Restaurant and Bar, Coolangatta (image supplied)

15 Gold Coast spots for coffee with a view

Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Dingo Cafe, Coolangatta (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

There are very few things in the world better than coffee but the experience of consuming the magical liquid can of course be enhanced.
How can it be better I hear you ask? Well, by the location at which you’re consuming it for one thing and drinking more than one cup at a time for another. And let’s be honest, coffee with a view of the beach or the bush should be mandatory when you’re living on the Gold Coast!

Black Dingo Cafe
Tucked beneath the iconic lighthouse, find Coolangatta’s latest lurking mere meters from where sand meets sea, overlooking Point Danger’s sweeping outlook. Creating a venue that ‘celebrates the beauty of the ocean and the joy of sharing it with loved ones’, there’s certainly more to Black Dingo than meets the tastebuds – though the allure of an especially tantalising all-day eats selection sure won’t hurt the cause in the slightest!
Where: 1 Tweed Terrace, Coolangatta (Point Danger lighthouse)

Café Catalina, Broadwater (image supplied)
Café Catalina, Broadwater (image supplied)

Café Catalina
Found on the Broadwater up Southport way, Café Catalina overlooks well, the Broadwater and all the fancy yachts you can never afford. They also have tasty eats and you can take your doggo for a puppychino if that’s his/her thing.
Where: 10/11 Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Highway, Southport

Sandbar
Overlooking Surfers Paradise beach and with abundant people watching opportunities, Sandbar is the perfect spot for a coffee or two. In the last year, they’ve had quite the revamp so you can go from breaky to lunch and from coffee to cocktails.
Where: 52 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Tallebudgera Creek (image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)
Tallebudgera Creek (image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)

Custard Canteen
Custard Canteen delivers on epic coffee right by one of the Coast’s most beautiful beaches – Tallebudgera Creek. They’re pet friendly so you can take your pooch for a long walk on the beach post-caffeine fix and if you’re craving a sweet treat, you can’t go past their iconic Portuguese Tarts.
Where: 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Dune Café
Watch the paddleboarders cruise by on Currumbin Creek at hidden paradise Dune Café. It’s nestled inside the park (which is epic by the way) and close to the dog beach and with delicious breakfasts and all the laidback vibes, it’s the perfect spot for a coffee or three.
Where: 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Neptune Kiosk, Tallebudgera Creek (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Neptune Kiosk, Tallebudgera Creek (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Neptune Kiosk
Tallebudgera Creek’s resident coffee slinger, Neptune Kiosk – recently unveiled its cheery new spruce up to go with the impeccable vibes Talle’s idyllic inlet dishes up daily. Once again churning out Marvell Street coffee, croissants AND hot cinny donuts from its sunshine-y new facadem it’s a triumphant return of the oh-so-convenient caffeine and treat fix creek-goers have grown rather fond of.
Where: 1525 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Rafiki
It’s earned its status as an institution for good reason – locals can’t get enough of Rafiki. Pooch friendly, ripper coffee (and a cookie on the side, yes please) but it’s also home to their flavour bomb seasoning so you can take home a little taste of the good life.
Where: 172 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach

MADE Barber & Barista, Kirra (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
MADE Barber & Barista, Kirra (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

MADE
Fronting the corner of Musgrave & Miles St, the cosy 25-pax venue offers a mix of indoor and kerbside seating for Kirra’s peckish perambulators. Frequents whom the cafe gods are looking favourably down upon can either nab a table, or perch up at the bar and watch the world go by in front of the breezy bifold windows which span one wall.
Where: Corner of Musgrave & Miles St, Kirra

The Salt Mill
Home of the most ridiculous acai bowl selection, Salt Mill serves up some of the best coffees around while also being just a hop, skip and a jump from Currumbin Beach. It’s a little space with a whole lot of soul and it’s extremely loved by those who live close by and visitors from further suburbs.
Where: 784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

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

Tarte Beach House
One of the newer kids on the block, Tarte Beach House has brought the goods from Tarte Burleigh in the Creekside spot on Currumbin Alley. The same brew you know and love but with one of the best views on the Coast, why not pop off for a paddle board after before coming back for a cheeky refuel after – we can never say no to a strawberry muffin top.
Where: 2 Thrower Dr, Currumbin

Kinship
Currumbin can’t stop delivering the goods with this beachfront beauty. You’ll find Kinship right by Currumbin SLSC pumping out coffees until 2pm, with the whole of Currumbin Beach at your feet it’s the perfect spot to take the fam and let the kids run loose.
Where: 766 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Kinship Cafe, Currumbin (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Kinship Cafe, Currumbin (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The Galley Café, Boatworks
We’ll forgive you for missing this hidden gem, The Galley Café is the perfect spot for a brew for you Northern Gold Coasters. The marine inspired fit out is a hit for boaties and the kids love it too, bring the fam and keep watch as the yachts cruise through the river all day long.
Where: 1 Boatworks Drive, Coomera

26 & Sunny
Sip away on your coffee right on the beachfront at 26 & Sunny, nestled below The Langham it’s the perfect coffee pitstop for your early morning beach walk. They’ve also got epic eats if you’re craving a bite, bonus point for it being the ultimate spot to dog on the boardwalk watch if you’re sans furry friend.
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise

26 & Sunny, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)
26 & Sunny, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)

Bumbles
If you haven’t been to Bumbles, then where have you been? Budds Beach has long been a locals secret but there’s good reason why Gold Coasters have been flocking to this hot spot for 10+ years. Get your coffee fix, some snacks and set up on the edge of Budds Beach for the ultimate start to the day. Yes please.
Where: 19 River Drive, Surfers Paradise

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

Flying Bean Café
If you’re looking for a different kind of view, Flying Bean Café is the place with sweeping views of the hinterland all the way through to the Gold Coast. Get at one with nature, good coffee and great views at this little gem of the Scenic Rim. Because how could you forget, the Gold Coast isn’t just about those beautiful beaches when we’ve got this lush hinterland at our doorstep.
Where: 1696 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.

View from the Flying Bean Cafe, Beechmont (image supplied)
View from the Flying Bean Cafe, Beechmont (image supplied)
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