If there’s one thing the Gold Coast lacks, it’s espresso bars slash vintage stores in garages. Correction, if there’s one thing the Gold Coast DID lack. Enter Hula Girl Espresso which is, you guessed it, an espresso bar slash vintage store found underneath a 70s-style weatherboard shack in Koala Park.
Where is Koala Park you ask? It’s hidden away between Burleigh Headland and Tallebudgera Creek and it’s about to become your new favourite weekend coffee stop.
Hula Girl Espresso opened recently, offering stoked local residents and curious drive by-ers tasty takeaway brews made with Marvell Street (a Byron Bay fave) beans.
The eclectic space was created by local lass Fernanda Borgo and not only showcases vintage threads for purchase from Kashmir Vintage but also features a room filled with high-end guitars from Surf City Vintage Instruments (are you sensing a theme).
Owner of Surf City, Clay, has long been a collector of beautiful, vintage guitars and allows you to test them out and of course, purchase one to take home if that’s your thing.
The trio, while also firmly cementing themselves on your people-I-hope-to-be-friends-with list, have created a space they say is inspired by New Yorks’ countless garage-style cafes, complete with a colourful hula girl mural by local artist Jamie Kasdaglis.
If coffee ain’t your thing (thanks for still being here) the crew also serve organic tea by Mayde Tea – another Byron favourite.
With some exciting future plans in the works (think vintage swap meets and long lunches) it’s certainly in your best interest to pop your head in and spend some time perusing the vintage goods, while also sipping a steamy cuppa. What a time to be alive.
LOCATION: 5 Guyra Ave, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: 7am to 3pm Thursday to Tuesday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.