Some people are planning to run very long distances in the name of fun this weekend and while that’s something we’ve never done, we are quite good at cheering and also finding good spots to eat.
If you are one of said running-for-fun folks, you’re going to be quite the hungry little caterpillar afterwards and here we are to help with that.
Please see below, nine spots to fuel up after your big run this weekend.
Found right at the finish line, Café Catalina will be serving up ALL of the carby, nourishing goodies you’ll be thinking about from the minute you set foot across the start line. There’s big breakfasts, very tasty coffee AND of course, alcoholic tipples should you be ready to celebrate yourself immediately. The crew at Café Catalina are also putting on a Dine at the Finish Line lunch on Saturday July 7th that you should book into ASAP because there’ll be a cold salad and hot meat station filled with SO many tasty treats and a welcome glass of bubble of tap beers. All for $49pp. Yep.
Where: Broadwater Parklands, 10/11 Gold Coast Hwy, Southport
Giri Kana Cafe
Treating yourself to a tasty vegetarian feast after a big old running session sounds like a good idea to us and there’s nowhere better to do that than Giri Kana Café, just across the road from the track. Think curries, amazing salads, raw sweet treats, smoothies, all of the things that will make you feel top notch. They also cater to vegans and there’s a whole lot of love in every dish so prepare to be wowed by the exceptional flavours. It’s exactly the type of thing you should be putting in your body after a hard day’s work. You won’t regret eating here.
Where: Cnr of Nind St and Gold Coast Highway, Southport
A delightful little community-loving spot, Randy Wallhole are the absolute kings of bagels and we suggest ordering a few for later because one is simply not enough. The Smokey Pink with avo is a real treat, all smoked salmon and dill and all the avocado on a bagel. There are also many a tasty jaffle on offer as well as regular breakfast goodies, all served with good vibes and a friendly chat. The coffee is some of the best around too so all in all; an exceptional time can be expected at Randy Wallhole. Best.
Where: 1/21 Nind Street, Southport
Usually only open through the week, Percy’s Corner will be slinging tasty brews of the coffee variety from 5.30am both Saturday and Sunday. And their brews are some of the absolute best around. They are the connoisseurs of Single O beans and serve filter, cold drip and of course regular old cappuccinos if you’re basic folks like us. Find them in the beautiful old Ambulance building just a short walk from the finish line.
Where: 45 Nerang St, Southport
Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop
If pizza, beer and a stunning rooftop view tickle your fancy after a bit of exercise, Mr PP’s has you covered. Found next door to Percy’s. Mr PP’s are indeed offering up specialty pizzas that’ll blow your mind but not only those. They also have a deli downstairs which means charcuterie boards galore. There are cocktail jugs on offer too (maybe save those for later in the day) and of course, frosty cold beers on tap, all overlooking the skyline and perfect for sunsets sips late into the evening. Love this place.
Where: 43 Nerang St, Southport
Just down the way a bit, 42Fifteen is the goods for brunch eats of the Australian and Latin fusion persuasion. They’ve got all your coffee needs covered as well as a Banana and Organic Bush Honey smoothie you’ll want to drink about five of. In the food department, everything is good but there are some bagel options that are extra delicious. We’re particularly partial to the Benny with bacon, spinach leaves, soft poached eggs, citrus hollandaise, toasted sesame seeds and fresh garden herbs. The goods after a run guys. So we hear.
Where: 9 Davenport St, Southport
The Roost @ 53
These guys are all about first class food epic coffee and good people to go with both. Works for us. This sweet little place also has VERY affordable eats including breakfast burritos (love you) and a house special souvlaki that we would love to eat every day forever please. There are also salads and quinoa bowls and burgers and all the very best things. They have their own coffee roast, smoothies, milkshakes and the like and we suggest one of everything because it’s all very delicious.
Where: 53 Johnston Street, Southport
If you’re looking for a little pre-marathon carb load, look no further than Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa for dinner on Friday from 6pm and both lunch (from 12pm) and dinner on Saturday. The Gold Coast’s award-winning seafood buffet Citrique will offer a pasta station on top of their usual goodies from just $70 per person and we highly suggest getting involved in that.
Where: Surfers Paradise Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith