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Mermaid’s new gelato shop will make you melt.

Dark Chocolate Gelato and Lemon Sorbet, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Dark Chocolate Gelato and Lemon Sorbet, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Gelato lovers, stay cool and listen up coz you’re about to live the ‘cream. The Gold Coast just got served – soft served, with a brand spanking new gelateria so good you’ll love it un-cone-ditionally.

Markeri Street in Mermaid is a whole lot sweeter after La Macelleria opened its doors and we could srsly ‘waffle’ on about this legenDAIRY place all day long.

La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Founded by dynamic duo and gelato buffs Steve and Carolyn OShea, their passion for their craft is palatable, we mean, palpable.

Delivering pure sensory bliss, they whip up their artisanal gelato daily using top-notch Italian gear right before your eyes.

Steve OShea making gelato, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Steve OShea making gelato, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

To keep their gelato primo, it is stored the OG way, in a sleek Pozzetti.

This is widely regarded as the best way to preserve gelato, and anything that sounds like a fancy set of wheels is a-okay with us.

Firm believers that quality is determined by your taste buds, not your peepers, the authentic, fresh taste is the ‘cream’ of the crop.

La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Brought to life aesthetically by Carolyn and Jackson Emblem from Queensland Coast Constructions, walking into La Macelleria is like stepping into a Gelateria straight outta Bologna.

The intricate terrazzo benchtop, a work of art in itself, oozes elegance and style.

La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

If you’re a fan of outdoor eating and duh, we’re Gold Coasters, there are four tables with comfy seating inviting you to chillax in the sunshine.

Or, if funky stools inside with the air-con blasting is more your cup of gelato shake (which they also serve), you ‘cone’ do that too!

Dark Chocolate gelato, lemon sorbet, and Pistachio gelato, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Dark Chocolate gelato, lemon sorbet, and Pistachio gelato, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Our vote goes to their signature flavours bacio and pistachio, which we prefer to eat like Reese – Witherspoon (bum bum tss).

The gelato shakes mentioned are also shout-out worthy, and their pure Italian espresso is a ‘cream come true’ for those in need of a caffeine kick.

Plus, if you’re feeling a bit DIY with your gelato, their upcoming workshops will teach the theoretical principles with practical exercises on machines in their unique Laboratorio Del Gelato. Cool!

La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

With 23 years in the industry owning and running Italian restaurants, Steve certainly knows how his shiz about the biz.

And when it comes to location, Steve and Carolyn did their due diligence securing digs that place them firmly in the ‘cream team’ of GC hospitality power players.

The area boasts a bustling environment, making it the perfect melting pot for locals and visitors alike.

They’re all about community, excited to immerse themselves in the local scene, create new jobs, and support nearby clubs and schools through sponsorship activities.

Mateo and Steve OShea, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Mateo and Steve OShea, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Now BrisVegas peeps may recognise the La Macelleria name and rightly so, with two mates (both named Mateo) first bringing the concept to life with stores in Tenerife, West End, and Woolloongabba.

Lucky for us, the OShea’s decided to bring “‘the Mateos’” brainchild to our ‘hood, with plans to expand La Macelleria’s footprint in other GC burbs.

Pistachio Gelato, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Pistachio Gelato, La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

So let’s all say a big cone-gratulations to La Macelleria Mermaid Waters, which has us all chanting “you scream, I scream, we all scream GELATO”.

Where: 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters
When: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 9pm
Website: lamacelleriagelateria.com
Instagram: @lamacelleriagelateria

Words by Bianca Trathen.
Images by Belinda Symons.

La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
La Macelleria, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Mermaid’s paw-some new coffee spot

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Whether you prefer to start your day with a green smoothie, a (non-negotiable) triple shot iced latte or a big ‘ol stack of buttermilk pancakes – when a hip new coffee haunt inserts itself in your neck of the woods, mornings just feel that little bit brighter.

This is especially true for Gold Coasters whose BFFs are of the four-legged variety, with Mermaid’s new pup-friendly spot Arketà Cafe set to be a firm favourite among foodies and furry friends alike.

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Combining their passion for good food and cute canines, partners Iszaya and Keeley were inspired to create a spot for central locals to perch up with their pooch in tow for slow sun-soaked brunches while also offering tasty, quick bites for those on the go.

Keeley brings her background in owning and operating cafes to the table, with Mermaid Waters being the obvious choice for the duo to set up shop.

“It is our local area where we live and we felt it was lacking a dog friendly cafe with an amazing experience and food and friendly staff” owner Iszaya adds.

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

There’s also set to be a whole lot more babycinos on the horizon, with the duo hustling extra hard to get the Arketà doors open before they welcome their next addition, a new baby in the coming weeks.

They’ve certainly got plenty on their plates (and spoiler alert: we’re very happy to report we can say the same about the eats).

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The direction for the Arketà fit out was headed by Keeley and embodies that welcoming, modern industrial cafe vibe we can never get enough of.

Chic square tiles bedeck the wraparound counter, while the blush and cream combo will always get a yes from us.

Polished concrete flooring, black seating and lofty ceilings bring all the industrial drama with greenery and timber inclusions to bring a welcoming warmth to the space.

Meanwhile, the alfresco seating offers a prime pozzy for lucky locals to linger a little longer and soak up some rays.

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

An equally enticing menu offers all the cafe style suspects – we spy with our little açaí, a full selection of raw treats, fresh juices, smoothies (the La Luna looks especially lit), and açaí on tap for your daily nutrient hit, obvi.

Though lbh, brunch is what we’re really here for, and Arketà delivers.

On high rotation will be the hash avo, whipped feta, golden hash browns, avo, poached eggs, and the rightful breakfast of champions – the breakfast loaded burger for your fried egg, bacon, wilted spinach cheese and hollandaise fix all wrapped up in one glorious bun.

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The pièce de résistance though, might just be the big brekkie that’s got to be one of the most stacked on the Coast.

The Arketà The Lot, toasted turkish loaded with hollandaise laden poached eggs, avo, hashies, sausages, bacon, sautéed baby spinach and grilled tomato… aaand they’re not done yet: a swirl of açaí topped granola on the side to top it all off.

Food sweats, take the wheel.

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Of course, our furry friends need not spend the whole time giving us puppy dog eyes, with Arketà is punching out the pupuccinos and more goodies from the dedicated doggo menu.

Because while we may not deserve dogs, the goodest boys and girls definitely deserve all the treats.

Where: Shop 5, 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters
When: 6am-2pm Monday-Sunday

Words by Kellie Leader.
Images by Mathilde Bouby.

Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Arketà Cafe, Mermaid Waters (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

9 Gold Coast spots to get your Biscoff on

Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Forget Nutella fellow dessert lovers, Biscoff is where it’s at. Hailing from Belgium way back in the 1930s this delicious caramel spiced biscuit is a warm hug for your tastebuds. With the invention of the spreadable version, this classic is having its viral moment in the sun – because the only thing better than a mouth-watering bickie moment is being able to slather it on *gestures vaguely* whatever the heck you please.

We’ve lined up all the best Gold Coast haunts to go get your Bisc-on. So whether you’re a super-fan, an all-round dessert enthusiast or you’re ready to find out what all the fuss is about (no judgement, but it’s about time!) – we’ve done all the leg work so you can bi-scoff-ing these sweet treats down in no time.

Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Mr Treat
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked cookies to get the tastebuds tingling. We’re starting strong with a cookie-ception creation of epic proportions, but just make sure you’re sitting down first because the Blame It On Cookie dreamt up by Mr Treat features cookie dough stuffed with biscoff and white chocolate chips.
Where: At Oh My, Waffle, 6/1837 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Yo-Chi
Swirling Southern Gold-Coasters into a frenzy, fro-yo fans will already be well acquainted with Yo-Chi for (soft) serving up their sweet treat fixes, and resulting brain freezes – #worthit. As mega Yo-Chi fans we hope (& pray) the warmed Biscoff topping NEVER comes off the ever-rotating options of sweet toppings.
Where: 89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Sugar Daddy, Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Sugar Daddy, Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Cheeky Waffles
If this were Dolly mag, our teen-selves would definitely be giggling madly while poring over this next entry in that highly-coveted sealed section. If it’s orgasmically good desserts you’re after, Cheeky Waffles is here to fill that (genitalia shaped dessert) hole in your life. Yup, you read that right – select your vessel of choice – willy be having a waffle weiner or a lady garden? Because why just reserve the fun just for hen’s nights, we ask?!

We can’t go past the Biscoff-inspired topping that sounds so good it should no longer be considered G rated: waffle dipped in Caramilk chocolate with a crumbled biscoff topping & gold powder. If it’s #literalfoodporn you’re after, do yourself a favour and head to Cheeky Waffles for happy endings all round.
Where: 3189 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Biscoff White Choc, Milkman's Cookies (image supplied)
Biscoff White Choc, Milkman's Cookies (image supplied)

Milkman’s Cookies
If you thought we were done talking about boxes, well – not quite. Because thanks to Milkman’s Cookies, you can literally nab yourself a box of Biscoff infused cookie goodness by the dozen for those sugar cravings that just won’t quit. Their Biscoff White Choc creation features the Milkman’s signature cookie dough with white chocolate chips and a stuffed Biscoff cookie butter centre. Did we mention it’s topped with extra biscoff and a lotus biscuit? #i’llbestuffed
Where: Bundall HOTA markets every Sunday

Sens Coffee QSV
First, there came the cronut – then – the croffle (the lovechild of a croissant x waffle, for the uninitiated), and THEN? Sens Coffee QSV went and dreamt up the Lotus Biscoff Croffle #withallthetrimmings. A croffle, loaded with lotus biscuit, almond crumble, crème Chantilly and chocolate ice cream. We can only assume you’re still here, and not immediately #OMW to get yourself one because the thought of this heavenly creation has sent you into a daze.
Where: 129 Queen Street, Southport

Biscoff Croffle, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (image supplied)
Biscoff Croffle, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (image supplied)

Milky Lane
Hello? It’s the dessert of our dreams calling. If the sound of a Caramilk & Biscoff Cookie Dough Skillet doesn’t already have you drooling, let us elaborate. It’s served topped with Caramilk chips, crushed Lotus biscuit, vanilla ice cream and icing sugar (for good measure). I guess this is one call we will actually answer (#U up?)
Where: 1/38 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Burleigh Gelato Co.
If you can’t cone-tain your love of gelato, we’ve got the scoop on one mash-up you don’t want to miss. Burleigh Gelato Co. is serving up gooey, chocolate brownie loaded with Biscoff paste and topped with a Biscoff biscuit. But you should probably add a side of the signature Biscoff gelato, just to be extra sure the craving is definitely satisfied.
Where: 9 Connor St, Burleigh or 3/10 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach

Loaded Brownies, Burleigh Gelato Co (image supplied)
Loaded Brownies, Burleigh Gelato Co (image supplied)

Parkway Robina
#ICYMI Parkway Robina is dishing up Biscoff Hot Choc and with the ‘cooler’ (inverted commas because #GC) months ahead, it’s the perfect time for southern Gold Coasters to sip into Parkway for a delectably drinkable dessert that will remind you of a cozy hug from Nanna. (But if anyone asks, her cookies will always be the GOAT)
Where: 16B/361 Robina Pkwy, Robina

Paddock Bakery
Have we saved the best for last? All we can say is donut sleep on this – three words: Biscoff. Cheesecake. Doughnut. (We’ll let you be the judge.) What started as a special, was soon welcomed as a Paddock staple. A semi-sourdough doughnut dipped in a Caramel glaze, filled with a Biscoff Cheesecake filling, sprinkled with cookie crumb & a Biscoff bikkie (for dipping, obvs). We’ll take two #prettypleasewithabiscoffontop
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Words by Kellie Leader.

Biscoff Cheesecake Doughnut, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)
Biscoff Cheesecake Doughnut, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)

10 reasons locals love Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach T-Shirts The Undercurrent
Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2021 The Undercurrent)

It’s the destination we all know and love. Relaxed, a little bit retro and constantly surprising us with new places to eat and play. It’s the much-loved suburb that flies under the radar when visitors come to town but to locals, it’s pure magic.

To show our love for this beachside beauty, here are ten things we locals love about Mermaid Beach.

The North Room
Recent receivers of a very prestigious hat, The North Room is an intimate restaurant serving up some absolutely stunning contemporary dishes that you’ll want to wrap your mouth around ASAP. Bookings are essential and they open for lunch Friday and Saturday and dinner Thursday to Saturday so you’ll want to get in quick. Huge fans of this place.
Where: 1/2527 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Little Mermaid
There’s a lot to be said about infusing a space with tropical, feel-good vibes and Little Mermaid, on the highway, has done exactly that. Decked out with plenty of greenery, a laidback beachy feel, and tons of space for all your friends this is the place to be. The bar and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which more often than not, is overflowing with folks having the time of their lives as the sun goes down. Little Mermaid has earned the love of locals for their tasty eats, creative cocktails, and generally cool aesthetic – so get there now.
Where: 2557 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

The Borrowed Nursery
Never before has a plant nursery gained such a cult-like following so quickly (or perhaps ever). The Borrowed Nursery draws plant lovers and photographers in droves due to its Instagram-worthy aesthetics and bespoke greenery. While you can certainly purchase the potted petals for your humble abode, you may also like to hire them for an event (which is quite the concept if you ask us). The stunning space also hosts workshops and yoga classes amongst the leafy greens but if that’s not your jam at least pop in for some healthy retail therapy and an Insta-snap.
Where: 42-44 Cronulla Ave, Mermaid Beach

The Borrowed Nursery (image supplied)

Lupo
Italian food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and particularly when it comes from Mermaid’s Lupo. Tucked away in the little complex that’s also home to Bonita Bonita, Lupo’s menu is one you’ll never forget. It’s a quiet, laidback space, low-lit & moody, and did we mention one of the very best spots for drinking incredible cocktails and filling your belly with goodness.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Zeppelin Barbers
This is one for the fellas… Zeppelin Barbers is the best on the Coast if the man in your life is looking for a fresh cut. Jase and the team are absolute weapons with the scissors and they deliver quality chat and a frosty beer while they’re at it. Good vibes always.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach Surf Club
How good are surf clubs? Mermaid’s is right on the ocean with uninterrupted views, delicious meals that will fill you right up, and of course, a sweet selection of drinks to sip on. It’s an amazing spot to watch the sun go down with the crew and always provides a quality atmosphere with a buzz of people.
Where: 172 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach

Soak Bathhouse
It only opened recently but already Soak Bathhouse has become a firm favourite amongst those who are a little bit partial to some rest and relaxation in a beautiful environment (so everyone). It’s a stunning oasis featuring a magnesium pool, massage rooms, a sauna, spas, and a cold plunge pool. Plus you can get an LED facial and just generally kick your feet up and chill – tried and tested by us and we highly recommend it.
Where: 2532 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Soak Bathhouse
Soak Bathhouse (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The Glenelg Public House
Serving up premium steak and boutique wine (among other delicious things), The Glenelg Public House is an absolute must-visit in Mermaid Beach and just generally on the Gold Coast. If for some reason you’re not into steak, everything on the menu is top-notch and they have a selection of some of the best sides we’ve ever sampled. There are also small plate options and it’s all mind-blowing. We vouch for the gnocchi. Just. Trust. Us.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Bonita Bonita
Mexican eats at their absolute finest can be found at Bonita Bonita. Taco Thursdays are a favourite amongst the locals and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options should that be your thing. Right next door is Bon Bon Bar so you should also head in there for bulk margaritas before sampling all of the epic eats on offer.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach Bowls Club
Barefoot bowls is never not a fun time and so, there’s plenty of fun to be had at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club. Round up the crew on a Sunday afternoon for bulk beers and a little ball throwing (bowling) and then venture onto one of the many eateries (like those listed above) to round out the night.
Where: 2418 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Surely we have convinced you that Mermaid Beach is the place to be by now?

Words by Kirra Smith.

Bonita Bonita Flat Lay
Bonita Bonita (image supplied)
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