We'll be milking Mylk Well for all it’s worth.
We'll be milking Mylk Well for all it’s worth.
Rise and shine, Palmy friends – there’s nothing like the prospect of sussing out a hip new surf side cafe to put a little extra pep in our steps (especially after we’ve sampled the wares). In yet another big get for the suburb’s Gold Coast Hwy stretch, Mylk Well makes its debut slinging Sourdough Crumpets, Chilli Scrambles and Coffee Supreme based brews from 5am daily – now *this* is the kind of ‘seize the day’ we can get behind!
Promising good people, great vibes, and even better breakfast – new owners Sophia Buntine and Victoria Macbain certainly know their way around the calibre of caffeine and Sourdough crumpets avid brunchers on the GC demand.
In fact, Head chef Victoria is probably more versed than most, with a whopping 10+ years of experience fronting high end kitchens down south preceding her most recent stint, cooking up the good stuff at a little place known as Commune. So yeah, we’re fairly confident she could make a top-tier smashed avo with her eyes closed.
Palmy’s chillaxed, beach-blessed community held a soft spot in their hearts (and how could it not *allll the heart eyes*) after previously working in the area, citing a need for ‘specialty coffee and food to match’… and we’re not mad about it #atall. Combining the cafe holy trinity (great coffee, quality food and amazing people), the duo discovered their perfect location – a highway fronting tenancy just across the road from Balboa Italian.
The interiors have taken their inspiration from Scandinavian designs, opting for a simple, sleek and fresh fit out. A crisp, white base is layered with light woods and lush, forest green accents, with a mix of table seating and high-top communal spaces to perch up at.
For their first venture, they sure haven’t done anything by halves – a cracker of a spot, with the vibes and a menu to match. The mix of all-day eats is one that’s offers something for every hankering, no matter what time of day you find yourself haplessly pulled towards the waft of freshly brewed beans emanating from within.
Grab your preferred style of go-juice (not to be confused with actual juice, which they have also) – which, hands down, surely has to be over ice this time of year? Not a coffee fan? No matter matcha – there’s the usual sparkling, softy suspects alongside milkshakes, matcha and chai based libations.
Carb-based bites are also well accounted for, with your choice of topping available in, on, and around various types of toasted vessels. There’s your Kimchi Toastie alongside classics like Cheese Burgers and BLT Bagels, while if it’s more open-face you’re in the mood for (don’t ask us why, it just hits different) you can get your golden, sourdough slabs slathered in Chilli Scrambled, Garlic Mushrooms, or Seeded Avo.
There’s also a House Hash Benedict that’ll knock your socks off (choice of bacon, salmon or mushrooms, thank you very much) or some fresh, summery salads like the Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad if you’re craving some more green in your life.
Something tells us Palmy is going to be ‘mylking’ this new spot for allll it’s worth.
Where: 1134 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
When: Monday–Friday 5am-2pm, Saturday & Sunday 5am–12pm
When it comes to darn good coffee (caffeine shakes, be damned) the rules of ‘too much of a good thing’ do not apply. Broadbeach’s cult fave beverage and cafe bites slinger, No Name Lane, has branched out to bring us a second venue, welcoming its postcode-sharing mini-me, No Name Lane Espresso – just a hop, sip and a jump down the road.
The laneway lurking OG, No Name Lane, is a staple among caffeine and croissant fiends across the Coast, and one we clearly can’t get enough of. Fronting Broadbeach’s buzzing Surf Parade strip just a few blocks south, No Name Lane Espresso is the more express-style offshoot of the two, with a more compact footprint and menu than its namesake big sib. Positioning itself as a convenient pit stop for top-notch coffee and grab-and-go cafe classics. Just quietly, the newbie has already been discovered by a Hollywood heavyweight, who we spotted caffeinating this week. Don’t ask us for deets because we don’t sip and tell.
The NNL crew cut their teeth churning out a mean cup of coffee – the OG site, nestled beneath the Oracle Broadbeach,has amassed a loyal army of addicts by punching out some of the best go-juice you can get on the Coast.
In what was formerly a bit of no-mans-land as far as coffee goes, No Name Lane Espresso has strategically situated itself front and centre along one of Broady’s main arteries – leaning into its position with a focus on grab-and-go style nosh and an array of thirst-quenching sips.
There’s still ample street-side seating for those wishing to stay and savour their wares (and/or a cocktail, more like). And don’t be fooled, No Name Lane Espresso is packing just as many cool points as its predecessor – with a slick, marble and tile-studded fit out to swoon over.
Think anything and everything you could hope to see stuffed between – or on top of – fluffy bread (or bread adjacent) slabs – of course, the classic B&E roll, Smashed avo sourdough, and Ham, cheese, tomato croissant all make a cameo (there’d be riots, if not) alongside a respectable spread of Open Melts (cop a Ham, pineapple and cheese for some nostalgia) and Turkish bread Toasties.
But, if your average, garden variety Toastie is just not gonna cut the mustard, get amongst the range of Gourmet Toasties whipped up by the Janus Deli sando meistros.
And look, when it comes to their top tier, signature sangas – either the Reuben Sandwich, pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, horseradish cream, or the Pulled Pork, coleslaw, BBQ sauce, we’re not about to leave empty handed, are we? ‘Espresso-ly’ with coupled that very sweet $2 No Name Lane coffee upgrade combo – how could we say no?
And speaking of complete and utter lack of willpower – there’s also strawberry-spiked Waffles, and a stalwart selection of cabinet-dwellers like Banana Bread and Muffins to sate the sweet cravings.
The only problem we see here? One taste from this convenient location, and next thing you know, you’re subconsciously stopping off for your No Name Lane fix before you even realise you’ve done it. Deadly.
Where: 33 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
When: Daily 5am–4pm
Over the past couple of years Palm Beach (or Palmy as it’s affectionately known) has well and truly been embracing it’s new found cool kid status.
While we can’t pinpoint the exact moment it officially transformed to ‘it’ suburb, lucky locals have been living large of late, with the emergence of all the beachside haunts to frolic between (though they do have to compete a little more for parking these days).
While in years gone by, the only thing reliably making Palmy a ‘must stop’ destination was a quiet-ish (albeit stunning) beach, and the high chance of catching a red on the way through. With an influx of laidback eateries, noteworthy restaurants, swanky bars and luxe boutiques popping up left right and centre, there’s never any shortage of things to do. These days, we can think of at least 17 epic reasons that make this buzzing suburb THE place to be.
Overlooking the ocean with the perfect pastel palette, Las Palmas is bringing Latin America to Palm Beach with a share-style menu, made up of mouthwatering flavours and a fresh cocktail list to match. Head in there for a Sunday arvo session or long lunch with your loves. It’ll be your new summer fave for sure.
Where: Level 1, 1097 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Scottish Prince
Tucked away, all moody low-lit with wild times written all over it, The Scottish Prince, sister venue of The Cambus Wallace and is one of the best drinking holes we have here on the Coast. It’s primarily a whisky bar boasting over 300 varieties of the tasty tipple plus a perfectly complementary menu including Steak & Ale Pies, Scotch fillets, fish and chips and on Sunday nights, an authentic Taste of Scotland tasting menu. All the very best things. Get in.
Where: 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Palm Beach Farmers Market
The Gold Coast is home to many an impressive farmers market and one of our absolute favourites can be found in Palmy on Saturday mornings. From 6am at Palm Beach Currumbin High School you’ll find fresh local produce, artisan foods, specialty coffee, epic doughnuts, flowers, dog treats, the lot. The perfect way to spend a weekend morning.
Where: Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
Margaritas and Mexi-eats are some of our favourite things and happily, they’re on offer at Palmy’s delightful upstairs space, Frida Sol. There’s a chilli margarita that’ll knock your socks off and if you perch outside on the deck, a balmy ocean breeze – the combination of which will remind you exactly why you live on the Gold Coast. The perfect time.
Where: Level 1, 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Pirate Park
Those with little ones will attest to the fact that the Pirate Park is up there with the best on the Coast. Located right near the water, the park far exceeds anything you ever got to play on as a kid with a pirate ship stuck in the sand and upended wine barrels perfect for all day climbing. If you don’t have any babes, Dune Café is close by as is the sparkling ocean and a dog beach on Currumbin Creek that’s always good for a laugh.
Where: 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach (on the left before the Currumbin Creek bridge)
No doubt you’ve already set foot inside The Collective more than once and why wouldn’t you with five restaurants to choose from? Open for lunch and dinner, you can stay all day and, as it’s a communal dining setting, you’re bound to make some new friends along the way. So, if you’re in the mood for pizza and tacos, head to The Collective, order both and wash it all down with a cocktail at the rooftop bar.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
It’s every local boho babe’s dream come true. Opened in 2013, White Bohemian stocks all your favourite hippy-esque labels including GD brand Kivari, Byron Bay cult-fave labels SPELL and Arnhem. These guys were one of the first to bring us the magic of the laid-back luxe aesthetic before the #boho trend took over the world (and our wallets), so we trust them and their epic curation of all things effortless style endlessly. There’s homewares too so, you know, prepare to spend up.
Where: Cnr Seventh Avenue and Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
It goes without saying that if you’ve ever driven through Palm Beach, you’ve definitely laid eyes on Balboa Italian. The beautifully appointed double-storey brick building is in a class of its own serving classic Italian dishes with modern interpretations and the freshest of flavours. It’s worth a visit just to experience the fitout, complete with overhead Vespa and exposed brick walls. The cocktails are unique and the wine selection varied. It’s all good to be honest, get down there.
Where:1069 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
It’s a cafe crossed with a motorbike workshop and the home of the best banana smoothies on the Gold Coast. That’s right, the best. There is not a single thing not to love about Espresso Moto from their very delicious breakfast goods (the brekky burritos are the bomb), to their use of Allpress coffee and the ever-friendly staff who always say g’day. There’s also a communal dog bed and the beach is right around the corner. So yeah, it’s the best.
Where: 1389 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
A somewhat secret cocktail bar, tucked away on the Gold Coast Hwy, Suga specialises in rum and good times and if you’re keen on either or both of those you should absolutely get down there. They have an impressive cocktail menu plus plenty of epic wines (pet nats, yes please) and beers so no matter what, you’re gonna love it.
Where: 1142 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Good Day Coffee Palm Beach
Launching a cafe in a hip and happening suburb surrounded by competition stiffer than a morning espresso is not for the faint of heart – but ever since they branched out from their OG Tugun location late last year, locals and weary travellers alike have unanimously agreed it’s always a good day for Good Day Coffee Palm Beach. Friendly faces serving Blackboard coffee and other staples like pastries and goat’s fetta laden smashed avo toast – we could easily eat and drink here every day. The epitome of simple eats, and great coffee, done well.
Where: 1073 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Ritual Yoga & Pilates
Found upstairs in a sunlit space oozing chill vibes is Ritual Yoga & Pilates. Owned by sisters Rose and Sophie, Ritual is only a couple of years old but has already become a favourite amongst both Palm Beach locals and those who reside in surrounding suburbs. If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation (or a solid sweat session), Ritual is calling your name.
Where: 9b Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
Palm Beach Ave
PBA is one of those gems that so quickly won our hearts that we seem to forget this pretty-in-pink art deco stunner is only relatively new to Palmy’s ever-growing strip of uber-cool beachside hangouts. One of those venues where it’s 10’s all round, the tropical luxe, chandelier-laden interiors have us swooning every time, and we can never seem to get enough of the knockout food and cocktails (no matter how much we regret it the next morning). Plus they do bottomless brunch, so, need we say more?
Where: 6 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
Tank Bar & Dining
We can never seem to talk about Tank without the urge to get, well… tanked, which is some fairly genius subliminal marketing if you ask us. In our defense, what else are we supposed to do in a cracking little craft beer bar? We’re certainly not there to lick stamps.
The 10 rotating craft beer taps offers a nice mix of local and international brews, and the laid-back vibes of a modern beach shack style bar a hops, skip and a jump from the ocean are pretty hard to beat. Plus, with two levels, there’s plenty of primo spots to perch up, catch the sea breeze and watch the GC Hwy go by.
Where: 1166 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
As we’ve probably already well established by this point, us Gold Coasters are big suckers for a cute fit-out. It’s hard to tell if it’s the perfectly peachy-pink interiors, or the Italian aromas wafting from the kitchen that keep us coming back to Toro’s Pizza like moths to a flame. And spoiler alert: it’s definitely the latter, since there are few smells that compare to that of a freshly baked, still bubbling wood-fired pizza. Carbs, cheese, more cheese, and BYO – this place is what Italian dreams are made of.
Where: Shop 7/2 Eighth Ave, Palm Beach
Overcoming the momentary temptation to leave this one out (in hopes of greedily keeping more of those highly coveted tables all for ourselves) – but no list about epic Palmy spots would be complete with such a glaring omission. Dishing up authentic Mexican eats, the menu is short but sweet, sticking only to their specialities with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Any day featuring beachside, street-style tacos like the zesty Birria Beef (complete with signature consommé to dip), and a coconut marg (because marg) is a very bueno day indeed.
Where: 1136 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Canvas Palm Beach
Who doesn’t love starting their day with a visit to their friendly local barista, with a leisurely peruse of some hand crafted homewares on the side #theperfectmorningdoesexist. And hey, if some of the latter – such as a candle that smells like bliss in a jar, or some cute ceramics – happen to come home with us along with a great cup of coffee, we’ll happily take the dopamine hit while we’re doing out bit to #supportsmall.
For Palmy locals the cute digs and delightful café fare are a definite draw card, but for parents the park proximity makes this spot unparalleled – along with the blissful moment’s peace and quiet babycino buys.
(And yes, we stopped being cool right around the same time we started caring about babycinos and where the good parks are.)
Where: Shop 3, Magnoli Building, 1338 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Words by Kellie Leader.