Oh cheese – you are always there when we need you. When we’ve had a hard day at work and can’t be arsed cooking – cheese. When we’re having the girls over for some vinos to unpack the week that was – cheese. When we’re trying to woo that special someone and show off our more refined side – fancy cheese. You get the gist, there’s nothing in this world that can’t be celebrated, commemorated or commiserated with this dairy decadence. With this in mind, we’ve penned a list of GC spots from north to south, where you can stock up on your fave cheesy goodies. Cheese Louise!
Tamborine Cheese Shop
Housed within the Fortitude Brewing Company precinct, Tamborine Cheese Shop will be the answer to all your cheesy dreams! Forewarning, your cheese platters have never looked or tasted this good with the addition of their cheeses. Don’t forget to snap up some dips while you’re at it because these are also drool-worthy.
Where: 165-185 Long Road, North Tamborine
The Standard Market Company
There isn’t well, anything The Standard Market Company folk do that isn’t gouda (get it?), but their cheese selection is definitely a stand-out. With an impressive selection of mouth-watering cheeses, it’s stressful choosing just one or two, so our advice is don’t – get them all, coz “this platter has too much cheese” said no-one ever.
Where: Ferry Road Markets, Southport
The beautiful Southport Market Organics store boasts a plentiful, certified organic produce department, bulk food section, and a variety of refrigerated and dry goods. It is literally a one-stop-shop for all your wholefood needs, especially the holy grail of goodness, c.h.e.e.s.e. Shout out to their strong selection of VEGAN cheeses. Yep, you read that right. An added bonus is it’s a family-owned and run business supporting local growers and manufacturers, what’s not to love here?
Where: 9/201 Ferry Road, Southport
Manolas Brothers Delicatessen
We love ourselves a Manolas Brothers fix, particularly when we’re on the hunt for a fancy flavoursome cheese or ten. This Isle of Capri gem is ever popular, with both peeps enjoying their food in-house, or stocking up on their Greek and Italian deli treats, groceries, fresh pasta, and cheese for entertaining and enjoying at home. Don’t miss this one.
Where: Shop 3G 14, 15-21 Capri Via Roma, Isle of Capri
Harris Farm Markets
Isle of Capri has become quite the hub for the cheese appreciation society (AKA everyone). Whether you purchase in the flesh or online, may we recommend the Granaggio cheese and the Pepato Pecorino cheese and…well…all the cheeses! With a loyal following, they prove that anything you can do, they can do FETA.
Where: Capri on Via Roma, 15-21 Via Roma, Isle of Capri
Grobnik European Delicatessen
This multigenerational family legacy of artisan butchery mastery is also online! And they bring traditional European handmade recipes into your kitchen – and we’re here for it. There are cured meats in every flavour imaginable, show stopping condiments and of course, the crem de la crem of cheeses.
Where: Ashmore City Shopping Centre, 206 Currumburra Road, Ashmore
Euro Food Deli
Representing and sourcing from the leading European manufacturers who are passionate about producing the highest quality products, Euro Food Deli stocks a huge selection of Russian and Polish food, as well as sweet and savoury treats from across Europe. This of course includes cheese, which is always the first item on our shopping list when we visit this suburban gem. Which is A. LOT.
Where: Shop 18b, 57 Station Street, Nerang
Barbosa Fine Food Deli
For us, a trip to Robina Town Centre goes a little something like this: swing by The Kitchens to grab a quick feed mid-shop, then leave The Kitchens with a trolley full of cheese from Barbosa, along with freshly prepared meals and delish homemade cakes. We usually then swiftly exit, coz all we can really think about at this point is getting home and tucking into said cheesy goodness. With wine of course.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina
Ambarella Fine Food
It’s simply not possible to drive down Southport Burleigh Road and not take a sneaky detour into Ambarella. Stocking a variety of the highest quality cheese sourced from Australia and around the world, their cheesemonger includes some of the most sought-after and finest cheese varieties available. Do yourself a favour and try their goat cheese. You’re welcome.
Where: 1 Santa Maria Court, Burleigh Waters
Golosi Food Emporium
The word “Golosi” means glutton or greedy in Italian and #guilty. This food emporium right in the heart of Burleigh houses some of the finest local and international products. The selection changes on a regular and seasonal basis and we’re talking meats, antipasti, dips, freshly baked bread, olives, and of course, cheese. Pick up some beautiful blooms while you’re there.
Where: 3/45 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Fresco has a purpose-built factory in Burleigh Heads where they produce all their natural cheese. All their milk, for use in their products are sourced from local dairy farmers and turned into cheese in under 24 hours! While you can get your hands on their products in most Woolworths and IGA’s, you are able to visit their Cheesery (yes, that’s its name and we are here for it) to purchase their products that are made mere metres away. Now, that’s awesome!
Where: Most Woolworths & IGA’s or 33 Leda Drive, Burleigh Heads
With a name like Quince Fromagerie, you know you’re going to find a whole lotta cheese and sir, we are here for it. A boutique providore (situated in Cornerstone Stores) boasts European and select-local wines, spirits and cheeses, this Currumbin favourite imports limited edition and hard-to-find products. Gaze adoringly into the cheese room, and can we please have one of these in our abode?
Where: 570 Gold Coast Highway, Currumbin
Rob Roy Deli
Run by a chef and a sommelier and no this is not the start to a joke, but if there are two people who know good cheese, it’s, well, a chef and a sommelier! Their sensational range of cheese and charcuterie can be freshly cut to order, and mark our words, you’ll legit want to buy Fifty Shades of Gruyere at this new kid on the block.
Where: 20 Bay Street, Tweed Heads
Words by Bianca Trathen.
If there was one thing we Gold Coasters lacked, it was a walk-in cheese room found inside a store that also sells wine and olives and next door to four more beautifully curated retail spaces that literally sell all of your (our) favourite things plus the prettiest of eateries. Okay so we lacked a few things but NOT ANYMORE friends.
Cornerstone Stores opened in Currumbin over the weekend and good luck not emptying your wallet there on a regular basis. The bold brick building has taken up residence on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Farrell Drive and it is the actual perfect visual representation of all our dreams come true.
It’s tough to know where to start but the beginning usually works so allow us to walk you through the space.
Quince Fromagerie – Food
First up on the left is the new love of our lives, Quince Fromagerie which, as mentioned is home to the walk in cheese room (and coldest place on the Coast right now) plus an absolute next-level selection of wines, locally produced gin, olives, crackers, meats, sauces, you name it. BRB, moving in.
Prae Store – Retail
Next door is Prae Store and it is actually a gift from the Gods. Inside you’ll find the most aesthetically pleasing activewear from the likes of PE Nation and First Base, all the best organic skincare brands, crystals, natural perfumes, cookbooks, jewellery, candles and various other things that will make your life better and also prettier.
Zanzi Hairdressing – Beauty
Moving along we’ve got Zanzi Hairdressing, which is what we’d like our house to look like please. PLUS everything used inside is eco-friendly, there are no magazines (iPads instead – hi 2018), products are organic and the space is beaming out all the super chill vibes.
Borrowed Nursery – Retail
To the right is our beloved Borrowed Nursery and a room filled with greenery. Huge ceramic pots are scattered around the dewy space, a selection of smaller plants run through the middle and shelves stacked with flowing ferns, ceramic homewares, candles and woven lampshades complete the most beautiful of pictures.
Kind Curations – Retail
Continuing on we’ve got Kind Curations, a collection of unique brands the likes of which the Coast has never seen before. And wow are they something. Floaty fashion, ceramics, glassware, candles, stunning women’s magazines, beach umbrellas and eyewear make up the perfectly put together store and if you’re after the perfect gift for your lady loves, look no further.
Little Loves Studio – Retail
Last but certainly not least in the retail department is Little Loves Studio which is definitely what we would call a children and babywear goodies store if we had any business sense whatsoever. Little Loves (so good) is filled with tiny clothing cooler than anything you or I could ever wear, as well as beautiful books and toys to keep forever. We don’t even have babies and want to buy everything.
Stable Coffee Kitchen – Food
Last but not least, on the ground floor, is Stable Coffee Kitchen and you may as well move to Currumbin so this place can be your new local because it is gooooooood.
It’s made up of concrete benches offset by rustic red brick walls, blonde timber seating, an artistic masterpiece by local legend Claudio Kirac and a blush coloured marble table in the centre which was quite obviously put there for Insta-snap opportunities. Everything from the pink and navy takeaway cups to the Stable branded ceramics are pure perfection and the best part is, as a café, they serve food too. Shocking.
Open for breakfast and lunch, the emphasis is on real, good-for-you foods with plenty of love thrown in for good measure. We sampled the Folded Buckwheat Crepe with lemon ricotta, fermented rose honey, seasonal fruit and pistachio and the Sourdough of Valley Tomatoes and Avocado. They obviously looked and tasted as delightful as they sound. You can also pop in for a takeaway salad, of which there are five choices, made fresh daily. Good luck eating anywhere else ever again.
So who dreamed up this magical space? A local family who have lived in the Currumbin area for three generations that’s who. Renee Honey and her husband Ben run Stable, Renee’s mum Kath is the angel behind the fromagerie and brother Luke and his partner Bec created Prae Store.
The delightful family who are extremely passionate about the place we all call home, dreamed up Cornerstones after visiting cities and exploring cool laneways and boutiques and wishing there was something more cultural, intimate and with real substance closer to the Coast.
And after reading that story you can tell we’re very happy they did.
As will you be the minute you set foot inside the bustling little hub that has transformed Currumbin in only a matter of days.
Oh and forgot to mention there’s a big old grassy area where the kiddies (or adults if it’s that kind of day) can run around and have a play.
We’re in love and you will be too.
LOCATION: 570 Gold Coast Hwy, Currumbin
HOURS: Stores open 9am to 4pm daily and Stable Coffee Kitchen opens from 7am to 4pm daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Wine is a beautiful thing: loved the world over and the perfect accompaniment to the next best thing in the world — cheese. Happily, the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to several world-class wineries, all of which are around an hour or less drive away. Pack your picnic blanket and make space in your boot for a case or two; here are the best cellar doors to take a sip at.
Cedar Creek Estate
With a tree-lined entryway and lush green surroundings, Cedar Creek is all your charming winery dreams come true. From Sauvignon Blanc to Shiraz and Moscato to Muscat, their impressive wine list is unrivaled, and you can do a winery tour with all the crew for a cracking time. Cedar Creek Estate also boasts the Arthur Hamblin Art Gallery, if sipping wine overlooking vineyards doesn’t fill your cultural cup entirely.
Where: 104-144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine
Witches Falls Winery
A self-proclaimed small but bold winery, Witches Falls are passionate about big tastes. Not only do owners Jon and Kim love the end product, but they’re also pretty keen on the growing, making and matching aspects of the fruity liquid. The three distinct ranges – Granite Belt, Wild Ferment and Prophecy – can be tasted for $10 per person, including six tastings. And be sure to try their fantastic cheese board when you go!
Where: 79 Main Western Road, North Tamborine
Passionate about sustainable wine production, Sirromet Wines state-of-the-art, family-run facilities can be found in picturesque Mt Cotton. From the award-winning 2014 Signature Collection Shiraz Viognier and 2012 Saint Jude’s Merlot to a fresh Vineyard Selection Rose, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Sirromet cellar door. Tastings run every day for just $5 per person, and you can also choose to do a behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyard. Plus, there’s a nine-hole golf course too — before or after wine, it’s up to you.
Where: 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
Canungra Valley Vineyards
A picture-perfect location, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard is a boutique vineyard and historic Queenslander homestead dedicated to fine food and fine wine. Enjoy a wine tasting, stay for lunch or purchase a gourmet picnic basket and stretch out by Canungra Creek with a bottle of bubbles. Take the kids who can also run around and take the resident alpacas for a walk.
Where: 852 Lamington National Park Road, Canungra
Mount Nathan Winery
Mount Nathan Winery is a progression of the Gibson family’s involvement in the wine industry over generations. After developing a unique range of honey-based products in Cessnock, the winery was born. Award-winning wines include the Bubbly Brut – a not too dry and not too sweet sparkling – and the Autumn White – made up of late-picked grapes with explosions of fruit. If you’re visiting, wine tastings are direct from the barrel. Doesn’t get more authentic!
Where: 220 Clagiraba Road, Mount Nathan
Sarabah Estate Vineyard
Further along the Canungra Valley, before you begin to make your steep ascent up to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, is this enchanted and sun-soaked vineyard and cellar door. The folks here wear many hats as viticulturists, alpacas herders, cheesemakers and gardeners: meaning there is plenty to see, do, eat, and drink! Weekends see their Chalet Bistro open for delicious lunches and the Smoke & Vine Bar is perfect for a stone-baked pizza — and of course a glass of wine (our pick being their 2018 organic shiraz).
Where: 46 Rymera Road, Sarabah
The Overflow Estate 1895
Situated a little past Beaudesert, this ten-year-old vineyard is a spectacular feast for the eyes. Jutting out on a small arm into Lake Wyaralong, you may be forgiven for thinking you’ve come across a place of fairy tales, but alas, you haven’t; this is a place of delicious food and fine wine! Expect some delectable menu choices from their weekend seasonal menu from The Two French Chefs, and their gourmet cafe with antipasto and grazing boards aplenty runs Wednesdays to Fridays. Hardy Spanish and Italian varietals flourish here, so be sure to try the wine for a taste of Europe without the jetlag.
Where: 1660 Beaudesert – Boonah Road, Beaudesert
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
They say the best things in life are free. And although this remains true for the most part, whoever came up with this sentiment must have momentarily forgotten about delicatessen-style foods. We’re talking about all those specialty goods like mouth-watering dry-cured meats, artisanally produced cheeses, and all of those delightful dips and spreads — ultimate charcuterie board goals.
When it’s time for a picnic or a lazy Sunday afternoon in the sun with wine in hand, these foods are the perfect accompaniment. But getting your hands on such fare is no easy task. You must know where to look, folks. Head to the supermarket deli counter if you must, but if you yearn for divine savours — and believe you deserve the very finest — read on as we run you through the Gold Coast’s best gourmet deli’s.
Manolas Bros Delicatessen
After a recent swoon-worthy refurbishment, Manolas Bros has only gone and cemented themselves as one of the Coast’s ultimate spots to treat your tastebuds. Not content with just being a continental style deli, you are also now spoiled with wood-fired pizzas, an extensive bar offering, and heaps of takeaway options in the form of some robust filled-to-the-brim food hampers. All we can say is specialty dishes, baked goods, and festive sweets are some of the many reasons people keep coming back to this Surfers Paradise foodie hub.
Where: Shop 3G, 14 Capri on Isle of Capri, 15/21 Via Roma, Surfers Paradise
The Standard Market Company – Southport Brickworks
Your one-stop place to fill your larder with the finest goods the Gold Coast’s CBD has to offer. Specialising in freshly baked breads, cheese, olives and imported gourmet goods, your next picnic will be elevated to lofty new heights. But this isn’t all; their very own butcher counter will tease you with expert cuts of free-range and organic meats, alongside a vast selection of handmade sausages crafted with flavourings from all around the world. Around the world in 80 snags, anyone?
Where: 107 Ferry Road, Southport
Barbosa Fine Food Deli
Cheese is life. A fair statement in anyone’s book (sorry vegans), but with cheese, one must have suitable chutneys, relishes, pickles, and crackers; luckily for Barbosa Fine Food Deli at the Kitchens in Robina Town Centre has all the above plus more. Grab yourself an organic Fairtrade coffee and discuss your next blissful charcuterie board with any of their friendly staff: they’ll help direct you through their incredible assortment of imported and Australian goods. And for those with a craving for fresh truffles, look no further, truffle season is upon us, and these guys have got you covered.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre
Golosi Food Emporium
This hidden in plain sight place of delectable goods is Burleigh Heads’ ode to fine foods — and we suggest, if you haven’t already, to make this a regular place to stop by. Even if you’re having trouble conjuring up a list of things you might want, don’t fear. Once you step inside, the vast assortment of fare will quickly have you imagining cheese boards and snack plates from your wildest dreams. And if you plan on having yourself an easy dinner one evening, their selection of fresh pastas and divine ready prepared meals are by no means a shortcut.
Where: 3/45 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Ambarella Fine Foods
This enclave of gourmand food and drinks ensures an authentic paddock to plate experience with every visit. Whether you’re looking to stock up on farm-fresh vegetables, lusting for one of our city’s largest selections of cheese, or adamant you must have yourself only the best superbly baked European style bread, then, you’ll find all of these under the one roof here in Burleigh Waters. However, searching out the best goods is tiring — and hungry — work. We suggest you take a rest and fuel up at their café and juice bar, where fresh over-filled sandwiches/wraps and squeezed-on-the-spot juices await you.
Where: Shop 12/1 Santa Maria Court, Burleigh Waters
Quince Fromagerie Cellar
On the southern end of the Coast, the Cornerstone Stores have been a haven of boutique goods impressing locals for the last three and a half years. Integral to this space is the cutest looking wine and cheese shop, Quince Fromagerie — but don’t be fooled, this is a serious case of good things come in small packages. Friendly shop manager Rafa is on hand to lead you through the diverse selection of gourmet goods and cheeses, and if you ask nicely, he may even give you a taste of some. We’re also pleased to say wine plays a role here, and should you want to pair one of their many bottles with anything edible you purchase, go right ahead, you cultured thing, you.
Where: Shop 5/570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
Those with family ties to Eastern Europe or Russia often know only too well how hard it can be to find foods from the old country here in Australia. One place that disrupts and challenges this status quo are the good guys at Russian Delights. This long-established business has been procuring and distributing various foods from several different cultures for over twenty years and shows no sign of slowing one bit. Specialising in smoked sausages and cured meats, they pride themselves on only stocking the very best produce made by the strictest traditional recipes and welcome customers from all varying backgrounds to come and enjoy their selection of international goods. Trust us when we say, locals who know their meats, get it from here.
Where: 1/35a Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Words by Alex Mitcheson.