The new Gold Coast cafes of 2018

Hey look, it’s 2019 and already we’ve hit the ground running with new venue openings so bye New Years diet resolution.

Recently we brought you a list of restaurants that opened in 2018 and, because it’s only fair, here’s a list of the cafes that opened last (eek) year.

There are some goodies down there so get cracking and you are welcome.


Hymn Coffee
Epic coffee and tasty eats came to Tweed Heads in the form of Hymn Coffee, a sweet little café that immediately captured our hearts. The menu is filled with all your favourites, but with a refreshing spin and it’s worth a visit (or ten).
Where: Shop 2, 99 Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads

Forreal Kitchen
Fresh, nourishing eats that are also a little bit naughty, graced us with their presence at Nobby’s newbie Forreal Kitchen and it’s been busy as a bee every since it opened. There are also deep fried Gaytimes so that’s reason enough to love it.
Where: 28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach (underneath Santorini)

Quade & Co.
It’s a sleek little space that brought tasty Melbourne coffee, and plenty of good vibes to Miami. There’s a sweet mural by local artist Danni Simpson on one wall and simple, easy to eat foods so you don’t feel bad about only consuming coffee for breaky.
Where: 1/2098 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami

The Oak Café
Mudgeeraba gained a new venue in the form of The Oak Café, a homestyle venue bringing beautiful eats (particularly cakes) to the people. All the tasty treats are made using fresh, locally sourced and organic-where-possible produce.
Where: Shop 10, 19 Robert St, Mudgeeraba

Stable Coffee Kitchen
One of our favourite spots on the Coast, Stable Coffee Kitchen opened at Currumbin’s brand new shopping precinct Cornerstone Stores and won our hearts. The fitout is stunning and the menu boasts an emphasis on real, good-for-you foods. Coffee is next-level too.
Where: 570 Gold Coast Hwy, Currumbin

The Black Sheep Espresso Baa
The Cooly gangs’ second venue opened up in Currumbin Waters bringing their tongue-in-cheek humour and tasty eats to even more grateful Gold Coasters. The Crab Omelet is a must-try with Blue Swimmer Crab, asparagus and artichoke rolled into a cheesy, eggy extravaganza.
Where: 27-31 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters

Paddock Bakery Milk Bar
The absolute legends at Paddock Bakery gifted us another section of their much-loved space, this time in the form of a milk bar pumping out incredible milkshakes and smoothies and generally just improving our lives ten-fold.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Ocean 4218
A new beach-inspired brunch spot for Mermaid Beach, Ocean 4218 are doing their bit for the Earth and serving up delicious eats at the same time. There’s no plastic in the café at all and a percentage of ALL profits are donated to 4ocean.
Where: 1A/2475 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Daymaker Espresso
A sleek, industrial-style space opened in Miami bringing a moody aesthetic and some really great coffee. There’s a menu that fully caters to vegans but with optional meaty extras and it brought something a little bit special to Miami in our opinion.
Where: 44 Pacific Ave, Miami

First Fruits Specialty Coffee Cafe & Roastery
A second venue for the much-loved Ashmore alumni, First Fruits opened in Labrador bringing, yep, specialty coffee to the caffeine lovers. They also do tastings and workshops centred about coffee things and it’s a fun time.
Where: 129-133 Olsen Ave, Labrador

The Milkman’s Daughter
An entirely vegetarian venue brought to you by the clever gals who also gave us FuFu Chinese Diner, Poke Poke and Bonita Bonita (love you all). The menu is a delight, with huge delicious dishes and, of course, one of the coolest fitouts around.
Where: 43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach

Mr Buttergoods
Pastry heaven came to Palm Beach and it was known as Mr Buttergoods, a sweet café by the gang at Lester & Earl and making all your sweet treat dreams come true. Think Curly Wurly Eclairs, pulled pork sausage rolls and fresh baked bread. BRB, going right now.
Where: 1097 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Doko Demo V
A lovely little plant-based café came to Miami mid 2018 delivering all of the vegetarian eats to a very appreciative crowd. The menu is both breaky and lunch all day and features things like burgers and tacos and all the best ones.
Where: 1908 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami 

The Allotment Café
Melbourne foodie royalty moved into Reedy Creek and with it came a community-friendly space drawing crowds for their organic, ethically grown coffee and an ever-changing menu that is sure to delight your tastebuds.
Where: Shop 7/50 Woodlands Drive, Reedy Creek 

Espresso Moto
Because the whole world loved their first (Palmy) venue so much, the team at Espresso Moto took up a second space down Coolangatta way, also offering up extremely tasty eats and some of the best coffee around. Huge fans.
Where: 5 Dutton Street, Coolangatta 

Brio Emporium
Another second venue, this time for healthy food connoisseurs Brio Emporium who are all about low carb, high fat menu eats that are also gut friendly. There are buildable bowls and their famous Fay Boy Sundaes (won’t make you fat) and it’s all very yummy.
Where: Treetops Plaza, 7 Classic Way, Burleigh Heads

Paris Brest
A little Parisian finery came to Southport delivering us tasty French pastries of the very highest quality. It’s the work of a real life French pastry chef and everything he touches turns to gold so get there asap.
Where: 18 Young Street, Southport


The LeanChef Kitchen
Chevron Island got a goodie with the opening of The LeanChef Kitchen, a venue boasting a beautifully balanced menu including both healthy and treat yo’self dishes. The coffee is organic and it’s a bustling little hub bursting with good vibes.
Where: 1/64 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island 

Seadog Burleigh
Less of a café, more of a hole-in-the-wall takeaway coffee spot, Seadog is brewing some of the best cuppas around and all from within an old ATM transformed by savvy Millennial Brodie Green. Love this one.
Where: 50 James St, Burleigh Heads 

Sens Coffee Co.
Broady gained Sens Coffee Co. in late 2018 and it’s the perfect addition to the little strip underneath the Meriton with delicious dishes and steaming cups of Campos Coffee. It’s the crews’ second venue with more to come this year.
Where: Shop 9, 2669 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

Cubby Bakehouse
Technically this little beauty is in NSW but, since it’s the little sister of our beloved Bam Bam Bakehouse, Cubby gets a spot here. With water views, the best pastries on the Coast and more good vibes than you can poke a baguette at, there’s not reason to not be there right now.
Where: 162 Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah

Morena Espresso
A café slash creative community hub is up there with our favourite things and Morena Espresso is exactly that. Takeaway coffee is the name of the game with local goodies on offer for purchase and workshops soon to be available too. Fun.
Where: 2550 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Monty’s Alley
Just squeezing in to Mermaid Beach was Monty’s Alley, a little alleyway coffee spot with lots of soul. They’re serving up tasty brews, generous helpings (thanks Nan) of tasty eats and all the good vibes one would of expect of a Mermaid venture.
Where: 9/2462 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach 

Palmy got a sweet newbie right at the buzzer with Highline, a vintage beach-shack inspired space taking up the spot where Borough Barista once lived. They’re pumping out epic coffee and a compact, impressive menu filled with locally sourced, delicious goodies.
Where: Shop 5, 1132 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Oh that’s it. What a line up. Bring on the coffee-induced jitters. Bye.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith