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It’s love at first light at Kirra Sol Café

The Bread and Butter team give the morning crowd their moment in the sun.

Rays and shine fellow ‘boss beaches’ and brekky buffs, coz we’ve found our new morning meal sol-mate. Kirra Sol Café, an offshoot of the beloved Bread and Butter, has flung open its doors (or rather, its window), to serve up sumptuous oceanside brekky delights that have us screaming ‘shell yeah’! This open-air oasis is a fresh addition to Kirra’s already pumping breakfast scene, brimming with epic eats and per-sun-ality.

Hatched from the minds of owner Jorge Mauleon and the Bread and Butter folk, (oops) they’ve done it again. Jorge, a seasoned pro in the hospo world, brings his expertise in restaurants, catering, food, and drinks to this vibrant venture. Inspired by the Spanish word ‘Sol,’ meaning ‘Sun,’ the cafe is adorned in bright oranges and yellows, echoing the cheerful embrace of a sun-soaked morning.

Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

This outdoor, takeaway-only spot is custom-made for those who want to savour the flavours of their AM fuel fix and bask in Mother Nature’s beauty. While orders are placed at the counter, patrons are free to choose their alfresco perch and by patrons, we don’t just mean the human variety – four-legged friends are welcome #BYOpooch.

Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Dog treats at Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The story of Kirra Sol Cafe began one gorgeous GC morning when the management team of Bread and Butter arrived on-site for a meeting. They noticed passers-by, breaky in hand, taking a detour to their tables, simply to pull up a pew and enjoy the view (#RhymingIntentional). That’s when it hit them like a ray of light: if this is what the people want, why not give it to them?! And thus, the Kirra Sol window café was born, a quick-service extension offering fast, quality, and budget-friendly brekky delights, all from the same stunning location.

Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Toastie at Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

As for the menu, we’re calling it – the Brekky Burrito is the MVP. These bad boys singlehandedly confirm that as we’d hoped, Kirra Sol Cafe is as good as its PM timeslot alter-ego. The handmade panini toasties and mouthwatering pastries are also a testament to the gastronomic goodness they bring to the table (well, you pick it up from the window but, details…).

And let’s not forget the coffee which is brewed to perfection, guaranteeing that every sip is an awakening experience. Quite literally.

Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Coffee at Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Bread and Butter, Kirra’s culinary cornerstone for over 15 years, has showcased Jorge’s desire to infuse European flavours into the Kirra beach-eats landscape. Hailing from a European background himself, the addition of Kirra Sol Café ensures the legacy continues into the morning hours.

Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Brekky Burrito at Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

More than just a breakfast destination, it’s a celebration of our enviable lifestyle, sea breezes, and sun-sational eats. With a nod to affordability and a backdrop that defines the Gold Coast, this Kirra gem has us officially in our ‘Sol’ era.

Where: 76 Musgrave St, Coolangatta
When: Monday – Sunday for breakfast from 5.30am

Words by Bianca Trathen.
Images by Mathilde Bouby.

Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Kirra Sol Café, Coolangatta (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Social Espresso’s new HQ is a brew-ty

Interior of Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Any time a luxe new cafe opens its doors to the GC, we feel giddier than a kid on Christmas morning, because checking out a brand new coffee hangout kind of feels like the adult version of tearing open a big ol’ present waiting for us under the proverbial tree #ohyoushouldn’thave. What might be better yet though, is when a much-loved name in the biz goes all out and shouts themselves some swanky new digs, because we know no matter how cute it might look on the outside, a great cup of Joe is guaranteed.

Coffee at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Coffee at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Even if you’ve yet to frequent their Burleigh coffee bar, chances are you’ve already sampled their wares as Social Espresso Coffee Roasters have been hooking up our local cafe scene with the goods aka their locally roasted beans for over 7 years now. And in our eyes, that makes owners Mitch and Hayley a kind of unofficial GC royalty, because anyone who keeps the caffeine a flowin’ to our fave haunts is a friend indeed.

Interior of Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Interior of Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

From Byron Bay to Brisvegas and beyond, their supplier list reads more like a who’s who of the GC cafe scene – Jeffersons, Fuel Bakehouse, Cheese Me Baby, Sweet Bambino, The Hunted, Zinc and more (we’re refraining from throwing the world ‘royalty’ around again for a second time, but what can we say – all hail the makers of the eggs benny and double shot oat cap). After building up quite the cult following, unsurprisingly Social Espresso soon outgrew their humble flagship premises, and when it came time to build a bigger and better HQ, we’re happy to report they’ve well and truly #nailedit

Food and drinks at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food and drinks at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Social Espresso 2.0 was a dream team collaboration, with Amanda Jarvis Designs coming together with Meka Build to bring Mitch and Hayley’s vision to life. Their love of the Burleigh Heads industrial precinct and its resulting mix of customers meant they wanted to keep their new look HQ in the same area – or literally just down the road, as it turns out. Its fresh, wabi-sabi inspired interior with an industrial edge (without an ounce of grunge in sight) has resulted in a v. grown-up new fit out that exudes cool by the bucket load, but still makes you feel welcome to saunter by in your activewear and hi-vis. There’s loads of lush texture, curves in all the right places plus a dedicated space to display some goodies from local retailers – go on, you know you want to #treatyoself

Merchandise at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Merchandise at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Now that we know the vibe is on point, it’s time to get down to the part all you coffee aficionados have bean waiting for – ‘coz of course the menu has had a glow up to match it’s piping hot new lewk. And speaking of glowing – even if you’re not of the coffee inclination, there’s a smashing line up of cold pressed juices and smoothies to quench your thirst – like the Berry Glow with Acai, blueberry, raspberry, banana, coconut water & collagen. If you’re feeling a little more peckish, a BLAC Bagel or the holy grail of brunch, a Bacon & Egg Roll will defs hit the spot. And finally, who could forget the real star of the show: because there’s a whole latte to love with their 3 signature coffee blends, rotation of weekly single origins, or you can even opt to cool down with a Two Amigo’s Cold Brew #decisionsdecisions

Coffee at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Coffee at Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

For the self admitted social butterflies and bean masters behind Social Espresso, they couldn’t be more stoked to have created such a luxe and inviting new coffee haunt after years spent fostering so many friendships, partnerships and connections within their beloved GC community. But just quietly, we’re pretty sure pleasure is all ours.

Where: 1/9-11 Fremantle Street, Burleigh
When: Monday – Friday 5.30am – 1pm

Words by Kellie Leader.
Images by Britt Kreskas.

Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Exterior of Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

12 reasons locals love Kirra

Kirra Shelter Shed

Nestled between Bilinga and Coolangatta, Kirra may be small but she is also mighty.

Best known for a pumping, world-renowned surf break and ever-present chill vibes, there’s so much more to Kirra than just waves and a pristine stretch of sand (although that’s motivation enough for us).

Here are 12 reasons why Kirra locals ain’t budging for love nor money, and why the wider GC community can’t get enough of this thriving yet mellow footwear-optional ‘burb.

Cotton Living
Who doesn’t love a luxurious homewares store that’s also a patisserie café, and the answer is a unanimous NOBODY. In its beautiful new location, Cotton Living showcases stunning handmade furniture and timeless accessories to make every room in your abode sing. Everything is Insta-worthy with a focus on natural colours and textures, plus you can grab a croissant with your cushion and #WhatsNotToLove. This luxurious space right by the beach is family-owned and the obvs choice for your next coffee date with the gals.
Where: 1 Lord Street, Coolangatta

Siblings Kirra (image supplied)
Siblings Kirra (image supplied)

Once a humble Pizza Hut (and the hottest piece of real estate going around), the iconic and heritage listed beachside Kirra Pavilion has been reincarnated! Founded by local restaurateur royalty Jarrod Kyle and TJ Cianci, Siblings is a modern Australian brunch and dinner showstopper, dripping with 1950’s Miami beach vibes goodness. The menu is infused with fresh seafood and share-plates a-plenty and don’t even get us started on the cocktails! You haven’t lived till you’ve been.
Where: 15 Marine Parade, Kirra

Agave Rosa
From the brilliant mind that brought us Project Tokyo comes an all new, sandy-shore-dwelling, Mexican fusion dining experience and yep, that was a mouthful. Speaking of mouthfuls, you’ve never tasted better modern Mexican fare, with fresh, delicious dishes infused with dashes of distinct oriental flavours and srsly, the tongue-twisters are coming in hot today. The fit out is bright but totally on-fleek, just how we like our Mexi restaurant and taquerias.
Where: 74 Musgrave Street, Coolangatta

Hibachi Chicken Achiote & De Lechon (Pork) taco's, Agave Rosa (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Hibachi Chicken Achiote & De Lechon (Pork) taco's, Agave Rosa (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Famous for an overflowing dessert cabinet including, you guessed it, tasty tiramisu, this little gem has become an institution in the beachside suburb. Not only loved for their clever name, Kirramisu serves up a bangin’ breakfast and lunch menu, fresh juices and smoothies, all with a side of multi-million-dollar sparkling ocean views. It’s the little place with the big soul.
Where: 28 Musgrave Street, Kirra 

Kirra Surf
Speaking of institutions, Kirra Surf is a must-visit when cruising into this salty (good salty) seaside suburb. Their range of surfing products and apparel is unrivalled, the staff are super friendly, and there’s always at least (twenty)two things you’ll want to take home with you. Ladies, pop in for a visit and marvel at the larger-than-life posters of your fave easy-on-the-eyes surfer boys. You’re welcome.
Where: 8 Creek Street, Kirra 

People watching the waves at Kirra Beach (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
People watching the waves at Kirra Beach (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Bread and Butter
From Spanish tapas, stone baked pizzas, handmade gnocchi to cocktails and a large selection of wine and beer, you’re in for a treat at this Kirra icon. A lively space where the good times always roll, take a seat on the terrace and soak up the delightful ocean breezes and beach views. With $20 pick-up pizzas and $25 gnocchi and pasta until 6pm, it won’t break the bank which is the icing on the cake (or the butter on the bread).
Where: 76 Musgrave St, Kirra 

Kirra Beach Bakery
A visit to Kirra isn’t complete without hitting up the local bakery and this is a fact. Whether you’re in need of a post-surf pie, sausage roll, quiche or pastie, a healthy salad or sandwich for the road, or some pre-dinner cake, slice or a sweet treat (don’t judge), Kirra Beach Bakery is the place. Get down there early in the morning for fresh-out-of-the-oven bread and enjoy a slice or two with the local ‘gulls while watching the sunrise. Best.
Where: 100 Musgrave Street, Kirra 

Tofu Poké Bowl, HiPoke (image supplied)
Tofu Poké Bowl, HiPoke (image supplied)

The poke bowl phenomenon has taken the Gold Coast by storm and why wouldn’t it. Originating in Hawaii, poke bowls are made up of protein and salad combinations artfully arranged in bowls and perfect for both consuming and Instagram snaps. Of the signature bowls, we’re all about the Karaage Chicken with edamame, carrot, corn, sweet chilli mayo and lotus root chips. Satisfying and healthy, the entire menu is preservative free and all seafood is sustainably sourced. How good!
Where: 48 Musgrave Street, Kirra

Kirra Surf Life Saving Club
Located right on the beach, this old boy has been around longer than you (est. 1916) and is a firm fave amongst all Gold Coasters. It’s the perfect spot for an afternoon cold one overlooking the ocean or an affordable dinner with the crew. Sit yourself on the deck and let that balmy sea breeze take you to your happiest place.
Where: 15 Marine Parade, Kirra 

Kirra Hill Lookout
Where better to feast your eyes on the world-famous Kirra beach! Trek to the top of the headland and prepare to be wowed by views from Main Beach to Snapper Rocks and everywhere in between. Pack a picnic or fire up the barbie (you’ve earned it after that walk), and thank your lucky stars you get to live in the best place on Earth. No bias, just #truth.
Where: It’s on the big hill, you won’t miss it! 

Skydivers landing on Kira Beach, GC Skydive (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Skydivers landing on Kira Beach, GC Skydive (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Gold Coast Skydive
Jumping out of a plane is all kinds of a fun time, and jumping out of a plane and landing on Kirra Beach, even better. The good folks at Gold Coast Skydive are based in Kirra and once you’re out of that plane hurtling toward the sand, Kirra is exactly where you’ll land. After that adrenaline rush you might want to calm yourself with a beer or two. Luckily, the surf club is right there to assist.
Where: 1/78 Musgrave Street, Kirra

Kirra Beach Pavilion
While driving around the headland, you may have noticed the cute little shelter overlooking the ocean. It’s a great place to hide from the scorching sun, and has certainly seen a lot over its lifetime – more than a century to be precise. Early photos of Kirra Beach show the shelter in place by around 1916 and we love ourselves some GC history. The Kirra Shelter Shed makes for a great viewing platform and is the perfect spot to watch whales frolic out in the big blue.

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Bike riders at Kirra (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Bike riders at Kirra (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

10 vegan Gold Coast restaurants

Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Best Gold Coast Vegan Restaurants

Okay so the vegan eats movement has totally blown up on the Gold Coast, and we’re loving the ever-increasing variety of restaurants proving that plant-based fare is anything but bland-as-bruh.

If you’re looking for a list of local nosheries that can convert even the most passionate meat and meat by-product enthusiast into a bona fide vegan fare fan, read on friends….

Kuan Yin Tea House
If you’re one of those peeps who thinks eating vegan is all about tasteless rubbery tofu, get yourself down to Kuan Yin Tea House immediately! The ultimate IYKYK, this place is fast becoming a local institution with some of the best vegan eats in our ‘hood. Serving the most insanely delicious Thai inspired vegan food, do yourself a flavour (not a typo) and order the BBQ Pork Fried Rice. Now open Monday to Sunday, see you there every day and twice on Sundays!
Where: 152 Scarborough Street, Southport

Greenhouse Canteen (image supplied)
Greenhouse Canteen (image supplied)

Greenhouse Canteen
One of the OG vegan restaurants on the Gold Coast, Greenhouse Canteen’s menu is as good as it gets. They’ve got a botanical bar so that you can order a selection of vegan cocktails, wine or beer and the space is always packed with good vibes. To eat, we’d go for the Jackfruit and Sour Cream Enchiladas or the Sweet n Sour Tofu Larb. Also, if you feel like eating at home, Greenhouse does takeaway and for a gastronomic gift, they even sell vouchers. Hint hint….
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Goodness Gracias
It’s vegan. It’s Mexican. And ‘nuff said #BetterTogether. An all-time vegan fave on the Gold Coast for many moons, Goodness Gracias serves up plant-based Mexican food in a vibrant Palm Beach space with mexcellent service to boot. Eat-in or takeaway and choose from delicious eats like burritos, tacos, nachos and plenty of tasty sides and salads. We’re regulars here, and it’s always top-notch nosh (say that after a few margis).
Where: 1114-1116 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Tacos at Goodness Gracias, Palm Beach (image supplied)
Tacos at Goodness Gracias, Palm Beach (image supplied)

Blendlove started with two gals just trying to make a difference to people’s health through plant-based food. Created with love, they blend only the finest ingredients to produce a collection of whole, nutritious treats that are vegan, and free from gluten, dairy, preservatives, artificial colours, and refined sugar. Basically free from everything….except flavour! A local fave, educating the GC that raw and whole foods can be a party in your mouth. An Insta-worthy one at that!
Where: 253 Ferry Road, Southport

Lord of the Fries
If there’s one thing we can get behind, it’s a fast-food venue made up primarily of potatoes. Well colour us happy because Lord of the Fries is precisely that. Finally fries that aren’t drowned in beef tallow and juiced up with gluten, aren’t cooked in cheap’n’nasty oil or smothered in watered down tomato sauce, and haven’t been sitting in a bain-marie since the beginning of time. Praise be! Slinging vegan fries a-plenty, Lord of the Fries is also serving up Veggie Burgers, Onion Rings, Vegetarian Nuggets and Vegetarian Hot Dogs. Plus, everything is kosher and Halal. Hallelujah!
Where: Paradise Centre, 8 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Chickpeas Fritter at Hidden Cherub (image supplied)
Chickpeas Fritter at Hidden Cherub (image supplied)

The Hidden Cherub
Tucked away in our much-loved Miami, you’ll find laneway bar/plant-based eats venue: The Hidden Cherub. Decked out with a sleek, industrial-esque look and greenery dripping from the walls, this warehouse style restaurant is a Vegan Vibe! While the drinks here are the main event (as they should be!), the 100% vegan packed food menu is filled with delicious share plates, burgers, tacos, salads and sides. In terms of burgers, get stuck into The Californian (just trust us) and sharesies some Sticky Buffalo Wings and Beef Tacos. Mouth-watering goodness at its best.
Where: 2/29 Lemana Lane, Miami

Cardamom Pod
Cardamon Pod at Southport Is a favourite amongst Gold Coasters (and influencers), offering both mouth-wateringly yum vegetarian and vegan choices. All about clean eating, the menu is lit with Insta-friendly, tastebud titillating nosh so good it’ll knock the socks off even the most discerning vegan diner. We recommend the Mumbai Wrap, Life is a Berry Peach Pancake, and the Snicker Acai Bowl because duh – Snickers. There’s also plenty of raw treats, organic coffee and gluten-free options too. All dishes are almost too pretty to eat….emphasis on ‘almost’.
Where: 3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport

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

Easy House Vegetarian Restaurant
Okay it’s vegetarian, it’s vegan….and it’s YUM CHA! Nothing pleases our palette more, and the fact that this place has been around for yonks it a testament to its deliciousness. Whether you dine in or takeaway, Easy House will send your tastebuds into a tizz with the likes of Deep Fried Wontons, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, and Pan Fried Shanghai Dumplings. Not a yum cha fan? No probs, there is also a vast array of traditional (but vegan/vego) fresh, flavour-packed Asian dishes and banquet options.
Where: 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach

Doko Demo V
The Bali-vibing Doko Demo V 2.0 is even more amazing than the OG, and we are here for it! Offering an entirely vegan wholefoods-based menu, Doko Demo V is the work of Head Chef Jared Peck. Whether you’re seeking an uber tasty plant-based breakfast, lunch or dinner, this little gem is bursting with beautifully prepared dishes that are both healthy and of the eyes-are-bigger-than-your-belly variety. The Spicy Pepperoni Pizza goes down a treat, as does the No Beef Lasagne with garden salad, and the Unreal Scallopini. Wash your feed down with the Dokodemo cocktail because one must stay hydrated….
Where: 2 Sunlight Drive, Burleigh Waters

Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Doko Demo V (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Izakaya Midori
Umm with ‘Midori’ in the title, this place immediately had our attention. A Reedy Creek based trove of plant-based Japanese food, Izakaya Midori is a winner winner vegan dinner. There are dishes like Spicy Lime Karagee, Japanese Curry Rice, Midori Ramen (not the booze just to clarify), and Smoked Edamame to name a few. You can also grab things to takeaway and the service is next level. Sold? Of course you are!
Where: 50 Woodland Drive, Reedy Creek

Words by Bianca Trathen.

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