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9 bloomin’ good Gold Coast florists

Moss & Stone (image supplied)
Moss & Stone (image supplied)

There is always a time to buy somebody a bunch of flowers; whether it be somebody special in your life’s birthday, a job promotion, a way to sorry (we’re looking at you fellas), or even just a way of bringing some fresh energy into your home.

Getting your hands on amazingly vibrant and fresh flowers can seriously make anyone’s day — if not week!

In order to help you maintain that bestest friend ever status — or help you out of the dog house — we’ve compiled an easy list of places with the freshest flowers and the brightest bunches!

Moss & Stone
With two different outlets in Southport, there’s no denying these guys are big players when it comes to the fresh flowers — their multiple awards also cement this fact! You might get distracted from your flower mission with the exciting selection of homewares, skincare, and gifts, but remain focussed — you got this!
Where: 4/41 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park or Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport

Huckleberry Flowers (image supplied)
Huckleberry Flowers (image supplied)

Huckleberry Flowers
When an occasion calls for some serious flower power, then you need to grab the phone and have a chat with Haylee from Huckleberry Flowers: because what this girl can’t do with flowers isn’t worth knowing. You’ll catch her at The Village Markets Burleigh or see her arrangements for sale at the craftsy Heartfill store in Miami.
Where: The Village Markets and Heartfill, 1/29 Lemana Lane Miami

Tugun Fruit and Flowers
Taking a trip to Tugun is always a great idea and a fabulous way to slow things down and enjoy a more relaxed village-style vibe to the Gold Coast. Swing by Tugun Fruit and Flowers, and not only will you find amazing juices (yum), you’ll also discover adeptly put together flower arrangements and a collection of dried flowers which are sure to brighten any room.
Where: 4/467 Golden Four Drive, Tugun 

Village Flower Emporium
With free delivery for Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island residents, if there’s somebody up north who you want to spoil, then these guys are very much an option. Besides delivery, the shop caters to all tastes with a wide range of bouquets and gift packs as well as plush teddy bears — now if that doesn’t make somebody’s day, we don’t know what will!
Where: The Marine Village, 31 Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove

Bloomjar (image supplied)
Bloomjar (image supplied)

Bloom Jar
Now it may be a touch off-topic, but the selection of gifts that online Gold Coast florist Bloom Jar has at your disposal is nothing short of impressive. Jazz up any flower order with the addition of candles, chocolate, body oil, and wine! Their ‘everlasting collection’ are carefully curated dried flower arrangements and vary in style and size: perfect for any situation!
Where: online

Canvas Palm Beach
It didn’t take long for this Nobby Beach crafts store come café to extend its reach on the Gold Coast, and the recently opened venue in Palm Beach is a destination of gifts, homewares, crafts, and marvellous coffee. You’ll also see daily fresh flowers of market bunches and arrangements (made exclusively by the Canvas team) as well as great specials (like their recent sunflower weekend), perfect when you know you need to bring something to your friend’s BBQ!
Where: 3/1328 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Are you looking to send something exceptionally special to someone exceedingly important in your life? Well, look no further than the deftly put-together dried floral arrangements and hampers of Ukiyo. Prices include delivery, and if ordered before 11.30am your recipient will have them that very day. How good is that!?
Where: 4/4 Hutchinson Street, Burleigh Heads or online

Eden the Flower Shop at Bear Boy Helensvale (image supplied)
Eden the Flower Shop at Bear Boy Helensvale (image supplied)

Eden the Flower Shop
The fantastic work of these guys can be found across five different cafes across the Coast from Helensvale to Surfers Paradise, such as all three Papercup cafes and northern favourite Bear Boy. But fear not, you’ll also see their extensive range of blooms online for delivery right across the Gold Coast. Specialising in weddings and flower workshops, yep, that’s right. How do you fancy learning how to make your own flower crown?!
Where: Multiple Gold Coast cafes or online

Bee’s Blossoms and Plants
Hot off winning the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Best Florist Competition for 2021, you can find their fresh and dried flower arrangements at several outlets and cafes scattered across the Coast, including: My French Pastries, Blackboard Varsity and Currumbin Bakehouse. Weddings and events are skillfully catered for with sustainability front of mind. Meaning all your flowery dreams and desires will be realised with minimal impact on the environment! We love this!
Where: Multiple Gold Coast locations or online

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Canvas Palm Beach (image supplied)
Canvas Palm Beach (image supplied)

Sanctuary Cove

10 yummy açai bowls on the Coast

Oakberry Acai smoothie bowl (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Oakberry Acai smoothie bowl (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

When this little magic berry from the Amazon began to appear in our lives around five years ago, who was to know how much we’d fall for this little antioxidant-packed gem?

It’s safe to say, superfoods have taken off in a big way and are the perfect ingredient to mitigate the strains of a fast-paced twenty-first-century lifestyle – and all those cocktails, naturally. Since we first began to see açai bowls appear in our cafes, they have been elevated to an adored status, with serious attention to detail and quality ingredients making them a stock standard staple on our breakfast menus across the Gold Coast.

Whether you choose to munch yours at the office as you read your emails or scoop your way through a bowl with a few friends on the weekend: the love is real. Handily for you, though, we have compiled the spots that dish up soe of the best of this South American treat — all in the name of good health!

The Shack Superfood Café
This OG of superfood and tasty treats is part of the very fabric that makes Nobby’s Beach so damn cool. If you haven’t been and experienced their taste-filled goods, then, where have you been?!
The pick: Choose your adventure between top-quality Amazonia Energiser and Pure Açai, then take a stroll down to the beach and enjoy your bowl with a fantastic view.
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach

Cardamom Pod (image supplied)
Cardamom Pod (image supplied)

Cardamon Pod
If all you can eat gorgeous vegetarian food sounds like music to your ears, then might we suggest you take a look at this insta-famous cafe? With some of the most eye-catching ‘extra’ food around, you won’t be disappointed with anything you order here.
The pick: The Pod Special Acai Bowl is nothing short of a piece of art, with blue spirulina crème making this a one-off colour sensation!
Where: 1/2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach & 3/3 Brolga Ave, Southport

Niche & Co
This Tugun-based delight is the epitome of what a Gold Coast cafe is all about. Great coffee, an incredible menu of hot and cold delights, laidback village vibes, and a place where all the cute dogs miraculously seem to converge. If you know, you know!
The pick: The selection of Acai at Niche & Co is nothing short of mind-blowing. Sideline your order of coffee and pick the Mocha Acai Bowl, with lashings of raw cacao protein and mocha coconut chia mousse – perfection, folks!
Where: 4/449 Golden Four Drive, Tugun

Acai Bowls with Coco Whip from Goji Granola Bar & Cafe (image supplied)
Acai Bowls with Coco Whip from Goji Granola Bar & Cafe (image supplied)

Goji Granola Bar & Café
When you see people pour nothing but devotion and passion into their work, it shows, right? Step inside Goji Granola Bar and Café, and you’ll feel this sentiment straight away with lavish-looking dishes aplenty and chirpy staff to guide you through their brimming menu.
The pick: Their acai bowl is already a marvellous thing; however, we suggest you add on their unique and rotating flavour Coco Fluffvegan coconut soft serve – to really up the ante. (You’ll thank us later).
Where: 7/60 Santa Cruz Boulevard, Clear Island Waters

What this little Nobby Beach café doesn’t know about healthy eating isn’t worth knowing. Asides from epic eats for breakfast and lunch, this is one of the most prolific doggo hang-out spots in the city — just saying.
The pick: Their standard Acai bowl features whipped Brah acai and all of the trimmings you’d expect, like goji berries and shredded coconut for days. Perfect fuel as you pat ALL the dogs.
Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach

Acai Bowl, BSKT (image supplied)
Acai Bowl, BSKT (image supplied)

Little Mermaid
This corner-side hangout spot has long been the locals’ favourite place to grab a coffee and a bite post-swim/surf – and it’s easy to see why. Dreamy décor and fantastic breakfast and lunchtime menus mean this is the kind of place you want to visit on the regular with salty hair and sand between your toes.
The pick: Get the Beach Lover Acai Bowl and don’t look back! All of the bright and zesty additions you’d expect but with a healthy dollop of peanut butter as its crown of glory.
Where: 2557 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Should you find yourself gallivanting around town or just coming in after a morning on the beach, either way, Oakberry at Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise or Coolangatta, is a great option for some wholesome fuel. You’ll find this café spot perfectly positioned on James Street, Cavill Ave and Marine Parade – all prime people-watching territory!
The pick: Where do we begin! Your options are utterly limitless here, so let your imaginations go wild and customise a bowl to your heart’s content. What we do love here though, is that the bowls are tall, so they actually fit inside your car cupholders, oh the dilemma.
Where: Various locations (Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise & Coolangatta)

Tugun Fruit and Flowers
Your one-stop-shop for all the significant essentials you need, and of course, some pretty darn good acai bowls! Whilst you wait for the bowl of your dreams, you can grab yourself some super fresh fruit, a candle or two, or even an epic-looking dried flower arrangement to spruce up a space at home.
The pick: The Choc Acai Bowl for us – this overflowing bowl is blended with raw cacao and almond milk and is topped with ALL of the seasonal fruit imaginable.
Where: 4/467 Golden Four Drive, Tugun

Acai Bowl from Tugun Fruit & Flowers (image supplied)
Acai Bowl from Tugun Fruit & Flowers (image supplied)

For vegans, this Southport café is a dream come true – and a whole lot more. When it comes to good plant-based eats that taste just as good as they look, these guys nail everything and will leave the everyday carnivore scratching their heads.
The pick: With ten smoothies you can have served as a bowl, but we can’t go past the standard acai with a spruce up of additional chocolate buckinis: delicious and nutritious.
Where: 1/253 Ferry Road, Southport

The Salt Mill
Acai bowls need to be consumed with an incredible backdrop: it’s a fact, and we’re sticking with it. So, what better distraction do you have than the gorgeous Currumbin beach? The Salt Mill is a complete haven of tasty treats and is hands down one of the Coast’s best beachside cafes.
The pick: If you go with their standard acai bowl, you’ll struggle not to spill anything as they come overloaded with mulberries, cacao nibs, passionfruit and the works. Insider tip: you can ask for a dollop of peanut butter on any of their bowls as an extra #justsaying.
Where: 785 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Acai bowl, The Salt Mill (image supplied)
Acai bowl, The Salt Mill (image supplied)

Canvas makes its mark in Palm Beach

Canvas Palm Beach, exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Canvas Palm Beach, exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

If you’re the type of person who has frequented Nobby Beach over the years or even lives there, then you might find yourself familiar with the utterly charming and ever so good-looking Canvas. The modest colourful arts, crafts, and homewares store also happens to pump out some pretty perfect coffee. And as it’s been there for close to a decade, it’s safe to say it has quite the dedicated following.

One suburb that shows no sign of slowing down with impressive openings is, of course, Palm Beach, so isn’t it apt then that Canvas has decided to venture a few locales and open themselves an exciting additional new venue in this brimming beachside suburb — we certainly think so!

Part of a small collection of spaces at the foot of the new Magnoli building at the corner of Nineteenth Avenue is where owner Sarah Bradley has decided to open her sensational new café come homewares and gifts extravaganza. With comfortable seating outside beside a newly created kids playpark and grassy area, we are sure this will become legendary amongst locals as a loungey coffee stop. It’s what living on the Gold Coast is all about, right?

Acai Bowl with coffee, Canvas Palm Beach (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Acai Bowl with coffee, Canvas Palm Beach (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Naturally, these guys are pouring some exceptional coffee, as one might expect, with beans coming from none other than Coast favourites Paradox Coffee Roasters. But arming yourself with caffeine shouldn’t be all the motivation needed to swing by this new happening spot. Because like their older sibling further up the Coast, one can expect a plethora of beautiful retail goods for your pursual — whether it’s a little treat for yourself or a gift for an occasion — there’s so many options it’s hard to list them all.

The space is intended to showcase local and national brands that — for lack of a better expression — are making some outstanding and eye-catching goods. You can expect to find an assortment of candles from local label Drift Co. beside unique handmade plates and cups from Pottery For The Planet and specially handmade baskets from Ghana by Afro Pacific. The list truly does go on!

Canvas Palm Beach interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Canvas Palm Beach interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The emphasis is to make Canvas Palm Beach a sensory experience. Sure, it’s somewhere you can grab a good coffee, but also somewhere you can come and browse, maybe earmark something as a birthday gift or grab a bunch of freshly arranged flowers as you go about your day. There is something for everybody here regardless of age or taste.

For those looking to fuel up for the rest of the day, you’ll be torn between a tantalising selection of counter food and a thoughtfully put-together breakfast menu. Their marvellous Acai Bowl paired up with a selection of cold press juices is a sure-fire way to attack anyone’s day. And if you should feel inclined — and know how tasty they are — then grab one of their Amazing Slices (yep, that’s their name) to go with a coffee, or as an afternoon treat. Guaranteed to be one move you will not regret.

The Amazing Slice, Canvas Palm Beach (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
The Amazing Slice, Canvas Palm Beach (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Come for the coffee and relaxed vibes but stay and check out the attention-grabbing assortment of retail goods — safe to say, Palm Beach, you’re going to love this newbie.

Where: Shop 3, Magnoli Building, 1338 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Hours: Every day, 6am — 5pm

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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