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Muffin compares to Mark Daniel’s Patisserie

Mark Daniel's Patisserie, Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Mark Daniel's Patisserie, Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

If you’re a regular at Robina Town Centre, chances are you’ve popped into Mark Daniel’s Patisserie mid-shop to refuel. It usually goes a little something like this; the striking blue neon logo catches your eye and reminds you that it’s coffee-o-clock – and isn’t it always?! You pop in for a quick cuppa, only to be wooed by the spread of cakes, slices, cupcakes, macarons, croissants, doughnuts, toasted sangas, bagels and OMG is that a dessert JAR (yes it is). So instead of a caffeine hit to go, you instead pull up a pew and settle in for said caffeine hit, along with a deliciously divine baked good/s. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

Yep, it’s happened to us too and chances are, it’ll happen again…and again…and…okay we better not count. And look, we make no apologies because Mr Mark Daniel, you bake the world a better place! Especially now that you have opened a shop in Runaway Bay for our northern Gold Coast friends.

Coffee, Tea & selected baked goods, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Coffee, Tea & selected baked goods, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

So what’s the backstory you ask (coz you know we always have one at the ready)? Mark Daniel’s is a family run patisserie, (and who doesn’t love a family biz?!) who started from the humble family kitchen, and built their empire working their patisserie wizardry for wholesale orders before branching out into their own brick and mortar store at Robina. With now two shopfronts, the latest making its debut in the newly renovated Runaway Bay Shopping Centre Food Court, they have added it to their list of places you can get your hands on their product, including their permanent installation at Eat Street Northshore in Brissy. See, with patisserie prowess and a bit of whisk-taking, the Daniels’ story proves that dreams can crumb true.

Apple Crumble Cake Slice, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Apple Crumble Cake Slice, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

With everything baked fresh every day by Founder and Head Chef Mark Daniel and his team, you’re in for a treat. Quite literally. The mouth-wateringly good macarons (which are also gluten free BTW) and fabulously flaky croissants are signature eats, which taste even better when washed down with an ethically sourced and locally roasted specialty coffee from the team at Blackboard. If you can’t pick one or two macaron flavours (same) stuff it, order as many as you like and we certainly won’t judge coz pot, kettle, black. Our pick would have to be the Pistachio and White Chocolate Macaron with roasted pistachios and a white choc ganache, in a roasted pistachio green shell. Not feeling a macaron? Firstly, are you okay and secondly, may we suggest the Apple Crumble which looks nothing like a traditional apple crumble, and is as satisfying to the eyes as the tastebuds. Or perhaps you could be tempted by the Cookies and Cream Cake, Carrot Cake, Jam Donut, Lemon Meringue Donut or Fruit Danish? Should we keep going?!

Coffee, Almond Croissant, Jam Donut & various Macarons, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Coffee, Almond Croissant, Jam Donut & various Macarons, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

If you decide to stop and smell the ‘flours’ rather than grab and go, the seated area – like the shopfront – is modern and inviting thanks to SHOPFIT Co. Decked out to complement the Mark Daniel’s logo colours, you’ll find a blend of crisp white Bentwood style chairs and cosy wall seating with inbuilt blue cushioning. There’s a white veejay panelled splashback with a strip of contrasting wood detail, white wall mounted lighting to inject a bit of mood, and of course no café is complete in 2022 without plants for greenery goodness.

So, next time you’re vibing some patisserie bites and beverages on the northern end, all you ‘knead’ to do is head for Mark Daniel’s. You’re welcome.

Where: Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, 10/12 Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
When: 8am – 5pm Monday – Sunday

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Internal seating, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Internal seating, Mark Daniel's Patisserie - Runaway Bay (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Where to snap up sweet treats on the Gold Coast

Tarte Bakery and Cafe (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Bakery and Cafe (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Are you the kind of person who skips right to the desserts page of a menu? Yep, well, you’re not alone. Taking tactical consideration of what sweet things can and will follow is a clever move by anyone’s standard. And luckily we are spoilt for choice with sweet treats and desserts on the Gold Coast.

Why not seek to fix that sweet craving you have? Here’s our list of the best places on the Gold Coast to grab a dessert, worthy of that extra time on the treadmill!

Burleigh’s café scene indeed went up a notch when Tarte opened its doors almost a year ago now by talented lass Chloe Watts. Immaculately poured coffee and tasty breakfasts bring out the hordes any day of the week, yet it is the sugary things you really should know about. One that deserves a special shoutout is their ‘Kouign Amman‘ (Pronounced queen-a-mahn.) The talented bakers and chefs knock out some incredibly inventive and sticky sweet bits and pieces; making Tarte a great place to drop by.
Where: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads

Oh My, Waffle (image supplied)
Oh My, Waffle (image supplied)

Oh My, Waffle
Make no mistake about it, if you find yourself in and around Burleigh Heads and feel the need for something sweet to lighten your day, then Oh My, Waffle has you well and truly covered. Wander off the beach and prepare to be drooling at the sight of some seriously loaded waffles, thick shakes and fresh out the oven cookies. It’ll certainly make you say “Oh My!”.
Where: Shop 6 / 1837 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

My French Pastries
Husband and wife duo, Jen & Antonio Marchesi are the French maestros behind some mighty salivating goodies at this Robina bakery, and what these folks don’t know about sweet and crunchy European desserts frankly isn’t worth knowing! Don’t delay. Head along for the shiniest looking caramel eclairs and the flakiest known pain au chocolats this side of the equator — Bon appétit!
Where: Shop 5/361 Robina Parkway, Robina

Portugese Tarts, Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Portugese Tarts, Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Custard Canteen
Is a breakfast dessert a thing? If it’s not, we’re officially calling it. And if you find yourself down by the ever-majestic Tallebudgera Creek dipping in its crystal clear waters, we suggest you hot foot it right away to Custard Canteen. Get into some great coffee — and a bacon & egg burger to end all burgers — before rounding things off with one of their ooze-tastic cookies or the flakiest of Portugese Tarts. YUM!
Where: 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

San Churro Chocolateria
Multiple venues — and therefore multiple chances — for you to get your fill of the hottest and crunchiest churros anywhere on the Gold Coast. Fill up any time of the day on these Spanish treats, or if you’re feeling like something different, they also do some lip-smacking hot chocolates and Sticky Sweet Apple Pie. With your choice of desserts, across the Gold Coast, the kids and you will be sure to keep coming back for more!
Where: Surfers Paradise, Biggera Waters or Tweed Heads

Bam Bam Bakehouse (Image supplied)
Bam Bam Bakehouse (Image supplied)

Bam Bam Bakehouse
Inventive, indulgent, and darn tasty in every department: Bam Bam Bakehouse is the goods — period. When this Mermaid Beach favourite appeared on the scene from the original owners of Paddock Bakery, people got seriously excited. So they should of — even attracting celebrities like Margot Robbie and Matt Preston! The line of sweets and desserts are nothing short of mesmerising. They have so many flavours, textures, and colours; going about choosing anything is a heart-wrenching act. We say grab a takeaway box of everything your heart desires and enjoy them out of sight, and at your own leisure.
Where: 2519 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Taking a relatively modest and equally delicious croissant and then magically transforming it into a waffle should get the attention of any sweet, toothed individual out there. But when the most lavish toppings are then brought into the equation, we’re sure everyone will want in on the action! Stock up with a plethora of flavours like Pistachio and Butternut or Fresh Strawberries and Cream, perfect for any hour of the day!
Where: 50 Nerang Street, Southport

Baked GC (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Baked GC (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Baked GC
Specialising in boutique and speciality ordered cakes for any occasion — even if there is no occasion at all — if you have the imagination, then the skies are the limit with Baked GC. Vibrant multiple tiered fluffy cakes and cupcakes that just scream to be gobbled up in one go will take any home lunch or dinner party to the next level. Or why not gourmandise on some cupcakes? Because why not?!
Where: Mathew Flinders Drive, Paradise Point

D Point Ten
The humble doughnut is taken to pearly new heights with the epic work put in by the folks behind the scenes at D Point Ten. You have six different outlets scattered across the Coast, stocking seductive looking doughnuts of the very highest order. Become the envy of your family BBQ or a friend’s dinner party when you whip out a box of these bad boys, including flavours like Golden Gaytime and Ferrero. And don’t even get us started on their S’mores flavour.
Where: Upper CoomeraHope Island, Broadbeach, Varsity Lakes, Southport, Pacific FairBroadbeach Waters

D Point 10 (Image supplied)
D Point 10 (Image supplied)

Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar
A fully dedicated venue that cater solely to the utmost sweetest things you’re likely to encounter. The Broadbeach outlet is perfectly positioned in The Oracle dining precinct for that cheeky afternoon treat you’ve been longing for or a naughty after dinner cocktail like the Nuts About Chocolate with a Coco Pops crusted rim! Because cereal is an every-meal thing.
Where: 1 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach  

Paddock Bakery
Often considered one of the Gold Coast’s game-changing cafes, the level of baked and sweet goods that these guys knock out is utterly jaw-dropping. And all wrapped up in the cutest looking mini-Queenslander property: if you haven’t had yourself a coffee date here, where have you been?! We suggest you get together some of your nearest and dearest and get in on some brunch action before you then make a full-scale attack on their sweets. Be sure to try the Biscoff Cheesecake Doughnut or their whopping 1kg Giant Cookie! — Remember, sharing is caring.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Caramilk Cookie, Paddock Bakery (Image supplied)
Caramilk Cookie, Paddock Bakery (Image supplied)

11 of the sweetest Gold Coast bakeries

The Pastry Emporium

Oh baked goods, why do you taunt us so. Taste sensations, tick. Better with butter, tick. Comforting when cold, tick, tick, tick. They’re almost too good to be true but, as demonstrated below, they are true and there are Gold Coast bakeries galore which is just fine by us.

Here’s a list of the top 11 bakeries within which you’ll find said exceptional baked treats and happy carb loading Coasties.

Custard Canteen
By the insanely talented team also behind Bam Bam Bakehouse, Custard Canteen is the newest of the bunch, serving up absolutely next-level Portuguese custard tarts, almond croissant tarts, the gooiest of cookies and various breakfast and lunch goods. Find them down Talle Creek way and good luck floating gracefully once you’ve sampled a few (thousand) of those.
Where: Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

The Pastry Emporium
While it may be a slightly fancier version of the good old fashioned bakery, it is still in fact, a place where goods are baked and some of the most incredible goods you’ve ever tasted at that. Now with two convenient locations, The Pastry Emporium creates magical, almost other worldly cakes and desserts while also whipping up a croissant you would probably die for. They also do the breads and the coffees and if you moved in there, we wouldn’t judge you. Please invite us over.
Where: Shop 2, 90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters and 4/28 Campbell St, Bundall

Bam Bam Bakehouse
Needing no introduction is Mermaid’s Bam Bam Bakehouse – creators of the most original baked treats the Gold Coast has ever seen and the absolute love of our lives if we’re honest. Known for creations such as Gaytime Eclairs and Ink Gin Choux Bomb, it’s another level of baked treat magic and everything tastes more delicious than you could possibly imagine.
Where: 2519 – 2521 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Paddock Bakery
Hidden amidst a little garden oasis is Paddock Bakery, a café/garden wonderland in Miami also cranking out insane baked goods. How about a Milo Milkshake donut? Yah. Wagon Wheel donuts are also a thing and baby Nutella bots are the real deal. The donut selection changes all the time but there is always something available to blow your dessert loving mind. And your other minds.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Fosters Bakery
A Nobby’s institution, Fosters has been serving up the baked goods dreams are made of, for many a year. Their pies are some of the best around and we may have been known to indulge for breakfast, lunch and dinner many days running. Classic pastries from Fosters are also always a good idea, there’s vanilla slice, custard tarts and donuts and you should absolutely get one of everything.
Where: 1/2227 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Burleigh Baker
For the love of sourdough, this place is the goods. We are quite partial to the olive sourdough, because olives are life but there are many varieties, all of which are the perfect addition to a warming soup and/or lathered with butter. Oh and all their sourdough is of the organic and artisan varieties AND they do incredible cakes like a Raspberry and Pistachio with honey frosting and honey caramel drizzle. Two please.
Where: 13/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Custard Canteen

Fuel Bakehouse
So many delicious things come out of this delightful place you guys. Some of the best doughnuts around, tasty delicious pies that are quite large and very filling, croissants, danishes, all of the very best things. There are two Fuel Bakehouse locations so you need not worry about missing out. And you absolutely don’t want to miss out.
Where: 44 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters and 39-45 Tweest Coast Rd, Cabarita 

Coolangatta Pie Shop
Pies are one of Gods greatest gifts to all of us, particularly at 3am after a night of tearing up the dance floor. Conveniently, the iconic Coolangatta Pie Shop is open 24 hours a day on the weekend for literally all of your late night/early morning baked good needs. It’s one of lifes greatest luxuries right on our doorstep. There’s also tasty sweet treats and we recommend the Macadamia Slice thingo because caramel.
Where: 50 Griffith St, Coolangatta

Gumnut Café/Bakery
Oh god there are donuts and they are A M A Z I N G. Cream filled and caramel topped, we have died and gone to donut heaven. Nothing else matters. Except there are also pies and they are so good and everything is made fresh on the premises and by people who care that you are happy with their baked goods. Which you will be. Did you know Mudgeeraba is also a heavenly, away-from-the-city paradise you should definitely visit ASAP? Yep.
Where: 25 Swan Lane, Mudgeeraba

Horner’s of Sorrento
Horner’s was born from a passion for the smell of freshly baked bread and that is something we can get behind. Their particular type of baked magic comes in the form of artisan breads, from pull aparts to French sticks, and some of the very best sweet treats around. We’re particularly partial to the Melting Moments and the Lemon Meringue Pie, oh yes. We could eat all of these things all of the days.
Where: Sorrento Shopping Centre, 20 Bundall Road, Bundall 

Flour of Life
People of the plants rejoice, these amazing folks make all the baked goods without all the gluten, meat, dairy and egg bits. That’s right friends, it’s a vegan bakery with all the incredible treats you’ve come to know and love. Think donuts, cakes, slices, pies, all the most delicious things. We have it on good authority (ours) that the donuts are absolutely next level and pretty as an Insta picture too.
Where: 22-32 Siganto Drive, Helensvale

Words by Kirra Smith

Fuel Bakehouse

10 reasons locals love Paradise Point

Paradise Point, Ephraim Island and Sovereign Island (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Paradise Point, Ephraim Island and Sovereign Island (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Our ‘northerners’ on the GC are a fiercely patriotic bunch, long determined for their neck of the woods to get the cool cred normally reserved for the other end of town. Paradise Point is one particularly notable spot where there is much to see and do whether you’re after a family-friendly day out, caffeine hit, an eats spot for date night or a liquid lunch (or actual lunch, although we’re partial to the former) with your gal pals.

Here are a handful of reasons why locals love Paradise Point.

Burleigh Baker
Northern GC folk who were fans of Burleigh Baker (in Burleigh – who’d have thunk it…) were high fiving each other when the Paradise Point sister popped up. With a passion for crafting artisan sourdough bread and brewing excellent Handsome brand coffee, the cafe menu is based around the bread (obvs), with freshly made dishes sourced from the best ingredients. Carbs, come at us.
Where: Shop 7/46 The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Burleigh Baker, Paradise Point (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Burleigh Baker, Paradise Point (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Jonez on Ephraim
Dr Jones, Jones, calling Dr Jones…. No there is no doctor but there is a Michelin Star Chef, Gary Jones. So expect a fine-dining haven offering up the finest seasonal ingredients, fresh fish and classical French cuisine. We’re ordering Duck Liver Parfait with sourdough and marinated figs, Quail Porchetta and for dessert, Scroppino; prosecco and vodka lemon sorbet (hells yeah. Can we have seconds…and thirds…and… you get the point).
Where: Ephraim Island, Paradise Point

Paradise Point Parklands
Undeniably one of the GC’s most breathtaking park areas, it’s an absolute must-see. Overlooking the beautiful Broadwater, pack a picnic, throw a snag on the barbie and let the kids entertain themselves for hours in the large playground areas. There are open grassed spaces perfect for a game of cricket, and the walking trail will get your heart-rate up while you take in the million-dollar views… quite literally with views of some Sovereign Island homes.
Where: The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Sweet Bambino Interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Sweet Bambino Interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Sweet Bambino
This hole-in-the-wall is a newer player on the Paradise Point eats and coffee scene, and an instant hit from day dot. With a fit-out that screams modern chic (think polished concrete floors, rustic grey walls, foliage for a pop of greenery and moody lighting for days), her it-girl vibes are only rivaled by the coffee and delish counter food selection.
Where: 1/46 The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Mano’s Italian
It’s been a winner with locals for years for a darn good reason. The fresh, hearty Italian food at Mano’s is first class, as is the service and welcoming ambience. Menu highlights include the impressive range of pastas (I die), steak and seafood dishes, not to mention their delish daily specials. They’re fully licenced because what even is pasta without wine?
Where: 40 The Esplanade, Paradise Point


Plant Based Eatz, Paradise Point (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Plant Based Eatz, Paradise Point (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Plant-Based Eatz
Formerly Plant-Based Café, there are no surprises what sort of cuisine this little pearler dishes up. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and featuring arguably the best vegan food around town (and hey, competition is fierce in this space), expect a nosh-up of vegan versions of crowd favourites like poke bowls, burgers, nachos, tacos, wraps, epic sides, juices, smoothies, coffee and more.
Where: 1/2 Grice Ave, Paradise Point

Paradise Point Bowls Club
You get all the trimmings you’d expect from a bowls club here; live entertainment, hearty eats, wallet-friendly drinks and warm, friendly smiles. Bowls, Brews & Chews kicks off every Sunday from noon where you can get a game of bowls, platter for 4, 3L beer tower or 3L cocktail tower (say what?!) from only $85! Oh and there’s a courtesy bus. Which you’ll obvs need.
Where: 22 Thrush Ave, Paradise Point

Paradise Point Bowls Club (image supplied)
Paradise Point Bowls Club (image supplied)

Buoy Oh Buoy
This nautical-themed northern gem is equal parts cute and cool, founded by lovely local lass Kelly Kohler. We’re ordering a Scram-Bowl every day of the week with scrambled eggs, charred cherry tomatoes, avocado, rocket, pesto dressing and sourdough. And adding haloumi coz, haloumi! To finish, are you treating yo-self to a freshly baked pastry for the road? Oh Buoy you are!
Where: Shop 8/27 Falkinder Ave, Paradise Point

Jabiru Island Park
Everything you need is right here including stunning water views, electric barbecues, sheltered picnic tables, large shade trees, fishing platform, sheltered swimming closure, boat ramp and toilet facilities. Take the walkway under the bridge to Phil Hill Environmental Park, or stroll along the boardwalks for a look at the natural habitat from stunning viewing vantage points. Yes please!
Where: Jabiru Island Park, Oxley Dr, Paradise Point

Champagne Infused Eggs Benedict, Cross + Feather (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Champagne Infused Eggs Benedict, Cross + Feather (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Cross + Feather
Serving up finger lickin’ good brekkies (and dinners Thursday to Saturday), this one is a must. The chow is first class, as is the friendly and attentive service you’ll get every time. And, there’s just something universally cool about the FOOD wall art piece which sets the tone from the get-go…locals, you know what we’re talking about. Don’t even get us started on the cocktails…. #bookanuber
Where: 2/2 Grice Ave, Paradise Point

Words by Bianca Trathen.

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