New store to open from August.
New store to open from August.
Everyone knows a doughnut time is a good time and guess what folks, Burleigh Heads is in for a(nother) good time. That’s right, your favourite sweet treats are back after a short hiatus and they are coming to a James Street near you.
The much-loved business, which briefly closed its doors earlier this year, has been taken over by someone who appreciates the life-changing goodness of a tasty round dessert as much as the next guy and he is our new fave friend.
The Brisbane-born brand was taken over by one Mr Pete Andros and he’s got plans to roll the brand out in many a capital city before the end of the year.
Which is cool, but all we really care about is the new Burleigh store, which will take up the space next to Sushi on James NEXT MONTH. Happy day friends.
The team will be bringing us a whole range of new flavours and we would like as many variations on strawberry doughnuts as possible please. They’ll also keep the old time favourites and offer vegan, gluten-free and low sugar options so we all get to eat doughnuts together for the rest of our days.
Due to the way-too-fast expansion of the initial biz, which saw the owners forced to close their doors, Mr Andos and the team say they’ll start small but, having secured new locations up and down the east coast already, looks like no-one will be missing out on the goodness that is a Doughnut Time treat.
Stay tuned, we’ll definitely be in there taste testing as many flavours as possible the second the doors open.
Doughnut get in our way.
LOCATION: 2 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith.
Oh Burleigh you little beauty, what’s not to love right? Since the dawn of time (or the dawn of the GC at least) Burleigh has been one of the most-loved suburbs amongst a slew of strong contenders.
Sure, the beach is beautiful (that Hill is iconic for a reason) and James Street boasts all the best eats and acai bowls galore but it’s more than that, Burleigh has a soul of its own born of cruisy, barefoot, salty seabreeze vibes you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Gushing aside, we’ve found the best of Burleigh so you don’t have to.
We say when in Burleigh do as the locals do, so here’s our guide to the best eats, bars, shopping spots and places to visit so you can see why the locals love it and you should too (or else).
The fine dining venue has become part of the fabric of Burleigh’s bustling heart, but it’s also become one of the Gold Coast’s premier dining destinations. Tucked away on West Street, the five-star, seasonal produce-led restaurant is an absolute must-visit and your dining experience there is one you won’t long forget. The produce is sustainable and the wine list is filled with some of the most stunning natural wines in the world. The service is impeccable too, but in a fun, not-too-formal way. We LOVE.
Where: 2A/8 West Street, Burleigh Heads
Literally opening out onto the sand at Burleigh beach, Rick Shores is loved (not only locally) for its stunning sunset views and those tiny little taste sensations otherwise known as Bug Rolls. If you’ve never tasted one, you’ve been wasting your life, make a booking RIGHT NOW and order them all. Wash them down with one of Rick’s signature cocktails and you’re a bonafide Burleigh-ite.
Where: Shop 3, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Yum, contemporary Cantonese food, we love you. Mr Hizola’s is dishing up the goods in the form of tasty share-style dishes and we are here for it. Particularly the sizzling steak dish that is all kinds of delicious and an array of epic cocktails to match.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
If you’re looking for fancy food but with the relaxed vibe that’s quintessentially Burleigh, look no further. The stunning space offers incredible Vietnamese dishes inspired by Head Chef Jake’s trip through Vietnam and a desire to eat some of the very best street food in the world every single day. Same. It’s a refined style of dining paired with mouthwatering cocktails and a sleek, paired back vibe. Jimmy Wahs is one of the Gold Coast’s most impressive eateries and we are big fans.
Where: 1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Town Hotel
If you haven’t seen this new reno, then where have you been? One of the best glow ups on the GC recently (in our humble opinion), Burleigh Town Hotel has nailed the pub-style menu and good vibes. The perfect place to set up for the arvo with your besties and the kids, there’s loads of space for the little ones to roam and plenty to keep them entertained while you kick back with a beverage in hand. Say less.
Where: Tsipura Drive, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Gelato Co
We’re softies for the sweet deliciousness that is gelato. Burleigh Gelato Co know how to deliver on flavours worth melting for, they’ve got all the classic Italian flavours you know and love along with their own signature specials. Guaranteed you’ll love them un-cone-ditionally.
Where: 9 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
The guys behind Seadog know coffee. Starting as a humble little hole in the wall – literally – Seadog has become the go-to for a quick bite and a brew. And don’t worry, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – you really are seeing double because you’ll find the crew on the bustling James Street or down the other end at the old faithful Burleigh Bowlo, perfect spot for a piccolo and park hangs.
Where: 8/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads and 1, Bowls Club, Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
Tarte Bakery & Cafe
There’s good reason this gem is heaving at all hours, the home of the iconic muffin top (IYKYK) and some of the best coffee in town, it’s not just locals who love it – you’ll find Gold Coasters and beyond flocking here for a taste of the goods. Come for a coffee and to get around their huge menu with something for everyone – literally, it’s impossible to not love something. Plus, we’re pretty sure it’s mandatory to leave with a pastry in tow – go on, you deserve it.
Where: 1748 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Social by name, social by nature – Social Brew is one of Burleigh’s best coffee hangouts whether you’re looking to catch up with the crew or a spot to work for the day, there’s a reason these guys have stood the test of time. A staple spot to visit in Burleigh for their signature iced coffee, come for the caffeine and stay for the bites.
Where: 34-36 James Street, Burleigh Heads
The baked goods that come out of this friendly little bakery are honestly something else. Owners Geoff and Lisa are passionate about baking and opened Burleigh Baker to provide us with the best tasting and most nutritious Artisan Sourdough and boy do they deliver. They use only the finest ingredients and the traditional process of fermentation. Do not buy bread anywhere else. You’re welcome.
Where: 13/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Something To Drink
Paloma Wine Bar
From the brains that brought us Labart is the one and only Paloma. This small but mighty wine bar has one of the largest selections of boutique wines (we mean, it is in the name) with some seriously epic eats to accompany. We can’t go past the steak frites – seriously, don’t sleep on this – and if you don’t know where to start on what to sip the expert team always nail the reccos. Pop a Pet Nat on your must-try for something a little bubbly or if you’re more of a red drinker, their signature chilled reds are the ultimate for a hot summer’s day.
Where: 12 James Street, Burleigh Heads
It’s the good time, slightly fancy Australiana bar of your dreams and it is perfectly at home in Burleigh Heads. Rosella’s very quickly became a firm local favourite when it opened last year and with both a drinks and food menu made up entirely of Australian produce, we are in love. There are cocktails made with Nutri Grain, some of the tastiest toasties around and all the very best Aussie beers. It’s refined, beautifully decked out and created by a couple of absolute legends. Love.
Where: 6/1734 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Justin Lane Rooftop
Don your finest frock and rally up your girlfriends for a Sunday session and a spot of people watching on the roof at Justin Lane. With cocktails in hand and a balmy breeze blowing in through the windows, you need never go anywhere else again. After a few hours, pop downstairs for one of Justin’s famous pizzas and that’s your Sunday sorted.
Where: 1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
A somewhat hidden little speakeasy in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Lockwood Bar specialise in all of the very best varieties of whiskey along with many a local tipple transformed into tasty cocktails. It’s a laidback, jazz bar kind of vibe, low lit, often with live music and once you’re inside, you likely won’t want to leave. We dig it.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Brewing Co.
If there’s one thing Burleigh deserves (the big legend), it’s a brewery and Burleigh Brewing Co. certainly delivers. After opening in 2006, Burleigh Brewing Co. has produced nine delicious drops with delightful names such as ‘My Wife’s Bitter’ and ‘FIGJAM’ – perfectly Burleigh. Get a sixer for Netflix and chill or head into the brewery from Wednesday to Sunday afternoons to get amongst it. There’s live tunes too, what a combination.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Something To Do
Well hasn’t this simple little piece of Mother Nature become a local legend? No matter the day of the week (but particularly Sunday arvos) “the hill” as it’s affectionately known is packed with picnic rugs, ball games and groups of revelers basking in the sunshine. Looking out over the ocean and with the city in the distance, it’s the perfect spot for a late afternoon lemonade or early morning coffee date with the crew. If you’re feeling energetic, take a stroll around the hill to Talle Creek for some Insta-worthy scenery or if you’re into hill and chill then order some takeaway and perch up on a picnic blanket to soak up the scenery.
Where: The south end of The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Bowls Club
A relaxing little beachside club loved by young and old alike, Burleigh Bowls has been around since 1937 and is certainly a prime piece of real estate these days. Barefoot Bowls roll on from 12 to 5pm every Sunday and it’s a measly $5 per person including coaching and bowls (AKA ball whipper snappers). Live music can be heard on Sunday arvos from 2 to 6pm. Get down and support your local while sipping on a schooner.
Where: Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads, David Fleay’s is a wildlife park with a difference. Stroll through the tranquil surroundings to experience some of Queensland’s most iconic natural habitats and meet the resident wildlife — all in just one day. Explore the park solo or join the dedicated Park Rangers at the daily wildlife shows.
Where: Corner of West Burleigh Road and Loman Lane in West Burleigh
Shop With Us
If you’re in need of some retail therapy then James Street is the only place you need to go. The range of shopping has everything you need whether you’re looking for some new additions to your home from Maison & Maison or to update your wardrobe at Emte you’re guaranteed to leave suitably more stylish. If you’re looking for the perfect piece of art to dress your walls at work or home, Art Yarramunua is our pick for their incredible collection of indigenous art, expertly curated to celebrate the rich cultural history of Australia’s indigenous communities.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Farmers Markets
Everyone’s favourite Saturday morning market adventure. Get up early, grab your basket and set out in search of fruit, veggies and of course, your first coffee of the weekend. These days the farmers market also boast locally made clothing and homewares, flowers, meat and seafood and delicious breaky and lunch options. There’s also live music and plenty of laughter floating around. Happy days.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
The Village Markets
Our beloved boutique fashion and lifestyle market, The Village Markets, is home to hundreds of local makers and has helped to launch the international careers of countless creatives. Head down for an early morning coffee and breakfast while wandering through the stalls until it’s time for lunch. Oh, and there’s always live music if you need a breather. It’s the best way to spend a sunny Sunday
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Good vibes and strong community feels are alive and well in Burleigh Heads thanks to a crew of passionate locals. There’s a slew of bars, eateries and locally owned stores, all of which combine to create the beachside suburbs stellar reputation.
Now, we can add creative community space to the mix with the opening of The Burleigh Common, found on the beach end of West Burleigh Road (opening Monday the 11th of Dec).
The eclectic space is part a locally made homewares, fashion and art store, part food truck parking (and eating) zone, part co-working space and part workshop hosting, documentary screening room. So many parts, so many good times ahead.
Inside you’ll find locally crafted furniture (by Distressed Lady) strewn artfully around the place, huge portrait canvases adorn the walls (by local artist Dean Marquat), greenery and vintage homewares are dotted throughout and just outside, a little garden paradise may just be your seating area of choice.
Fellow shopaholics, you can buy every single piece of furniture, art, homewares and clothing in the space and take it home with you on the spot. Careful someone doesn’t snap up the very seat you’re parked on.
The concept was dreamed up by local couple Christian and Sandra whose passion for connection and supporting the local community inspired them to create something unique to Burleigh. The idea is for locals to come together to celebrate creativity and unique ideas and give everyone the opportunity to share their passions.
Works of art will be changed out on the regular to showcase as many artists as possible and an array of local clothing brands will also be on offer.
There’ll be Blackboard coffee available from 7am every morning and a changing roster of food trucks will cater to your diverse tastes.
It’s the epitome of Burleigh’s grassroots village vibe where everyone is welcome and there’s always a story to tell.
Street parking in the area is minimal but you’re encouraged to ride your skateboard or bike and leave it in the designated area while you go about your business.
Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops and community projects and get ready to make some fun new pals. Finishing touches are still being added but we’re pretty sure it’ll be a good time come Monday.
See you there for a latte and a chinwag.
LOCATION: 39 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: 7am to 2pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Finally, a day dedicated to eating the best food on earth. It’s International Doughnut Day on Friday 5th June and can we get a hallelujah.
The day was created by The Salvation Army during the Great Depression in 1938 to honour the women (also known as Dough Lassies) who volunteered to serve donuts to soldiers in World War I and to help raise funds for those in need.
Since then, the sugary treats have come a long way and to this day, are one of the best around. Here are the best spots to stock up on the Gold Coast:
D Point Ten
These guys can be found in a couple of spots on the Coast, which is great news because D Point Ten have got the goods! Think flavours like Gaytime, Ferrero Rocher, Passionfruit (LOVE), Oreo, Tim Tam, Salted Caramel, Strawberry with M & M’s, the list goes on. They’ve quickly become firm favourites, stocked in cafes across the city and you’re definitely going to want to sample these ones.
Where: 6/1 Stevens Street, Southport and 2791 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
The guys at Blackboard Coffee got behind the doughnut craze early on in the game and brought us the injectable donut, a syringe filled with a delicious salted caramel sauce stuck in a donut – yum! The best thing about it? You get to inject the gooey caramel sauce yourself. But be warned, they usually sell out early!
Where: Shop 7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
It’s safe to say that anyone who loves doughnuts has dabbled in a Krispy Kreme. After all, they are the top dogs amongst the doughnuts. To celebrate International Doughnut Day in style, Krispy Kreme have teamed up to launch limited edition Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme donuts that will make all your sweet dreams come true. Get ‘em while they’re sugary.
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
If getting donuts delivered sounds like a good idea (and it obviously does), look no further than Donut Empire who yes, make some absolutely smashing donuts and will also deliver them to your door. They invented the Donut Cookie Pie, which is indeed as good as it sounds and they’re got quite the selection of epic flavours in all things sweet. Order some now why don’t ya.
Where: Find them on Insta at @donutempirehq
We got our beloved Doughnut Time back again recently and we are super stoked about it. These stacked beauties come in the most interesting of flavours and their names will amuse you too. The Liam Hemsworthy is a vegan red velvet doughnut with a cookies and cream frosting, crushed choc ripple biscuits and a chocolate glaze drizzle! Love him, love it.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads
When you think of Paddock Bakery, doughnuts will definitely cross your mind. Get there for baby Nutella bots (tiny doughnuts filled with Nutella), vanilla malt milkshake doughnuts or their signature doughnuts filled with salted caramel and topped with a pretzel cookie crumble. They often create themed doughnuts for special occasions and they are always absolute bangers. Keep an eye out.
Where: Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
If there was ever a place to indulge in 33 cinnamon doughnuts at one time it is Easy Tiger, the newest of the bunch and an absolute must-visit. They’re serving them up fresh daily and theirs are perhaps the tastiest in all of the land. They’re soft and fluffy inside and a little bit crisp on the outside and we’re been known to eat nine in one day. Yep.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
The makers of some of the fluffiest doughnuts on the Gold Coast are Currmbin (and Cabarita) legends Fuel Bakehouse. Theirs come in changing flavours and we’re big fans of the Salted Caramel, Nutella and Passionfruit cream, for obvious reasons. You can pop in for one or pre-order a whole bunch for the doughnut party you’re no doubt having. Perfect.
Where: 44 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin and 39-45 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita
Sitting conveniently on the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach is All-Time Coffee serving up serious delicious coffee and vegan doughnuts. If you are questioning if a doughnut can be any good without eggs or dairy, stop right there. With flavours like the Fairy Bread, Cookies & Cream, Salted Caramel or the traditional Jam Doughnut, but all vegan, we know why these doughnuts fly out the door.
Where: 1/2478 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Words by Kirra Smith