If you were deprived of a parent who made fresh, fluffy muffins for your school lunchbox (yes, hi), here’s the chance to rectify that no doubt devastating time in your life.
It comes in the form of Nerang newbie Helena’s Espresso and their exceptional range of eats (including of course said muffins). Hooray for Nerangsters! Our beachside suburbs have been super selfish when it comes to newly opened thangs and now you lot are in on the action.
The recently opened space is filled with smiling faces (probably because they ate the muffins) and is all your favourite on-trend hues perfectly melded into Instagram-worthy magic.
Glossy white tiles play host to the prettiest coffee machine on the Coast (matte gold, what’s up). Greenery is stacked on wooden shelves and Helena’s slogan, “where food brings people together” beams the good vibes out from the back wall.
Open for breakfast and lunch, Helena’s offers most of your faves but with a bit of a twist. The ‘Helena’s Benny’ comes with a delicious saffron-infused Hollandaise sauce and the Fruit Jalad is fresh fruit, crunchy granola and yoghurt in a pretty little jar (see Insta-worthy).
For lunch there’s a Pulled Pork and Slaw Burger you should definitely eat along with a range of healthy bagels and gourmet sandwiches.
Owner Helena and her Chef Mitch receive a delivery of fresh produce every morning and from there decide on the menu variations for the day. A seasoned local café connoisseur, Helena used to own the much-loved café at Royal Pines Resort and after taking a much-needed break opened her latest space.
Many of her previous customers have followed her across the motorway and, having created a welcoming, magical-muffin baking space, it’s easy to see why.
Make the trip, your muffin-deprived inner child will thank you.
LOCATION: 2-4 New Street, Nerang
HOURS: 7am until 2pm Monday to Friday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.