It’s been an exciting few months on the Gold Coast, we’ve emerged from hibernation (and let’s keep it that way hey), had some absolutely magical winter days and seen plenty of new venue openings. What a time.
In honour of that, here’s everything that has opened recently across the Coast so you can tick them off the list quick smart.
Bonnie’s Industrial Café
First cab off the rank after iso times was Bonnie’s Industrial Café in Ashmore. Bonnie and her team are serving up absolutely epic stacked burgers, 14-hour slow cooked meats, fresh salads and coffee to go. It’s café food, made amazing. Get involved.
Where: 2/26 Expo Court, Ashmore
The Coast’s favourite multi-venue space, The Collective Palm Beach gained an exciting newbie in the form of Greek eatery Mazi. It’s traditional food with a modern twist including dishes like Saganaki with honey soaked raisins and Sage and Garlic Charcoal Baked Half Shell Scallops. There are also large share plates with all the amazing meats. Prepare to bust your pants.
Where: The Collective, 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Lucky Squire
The latest in the James Squire family is our very own version, found in Broadbeach at Oracle and boasting two whole storeys of beer-soaked good times. The north-facing beer garden is the best spot for an arvo of drinks in the sunshine and you can taste the entire range while also devouring exceptional pub-style eats. Bring on summer at The Lucky Squire.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
There are very few things better than a local distillery of any kind, particularly one creating a beautiful batch made up of local botanicals. Which is exactly what’s happening at Varsity’s new gin distillery Wildflower Gin. Not only that goodness, you can also book yourself into a gin making workshop so brew up your own tasty concoction. SO fun.
Where: 486 Scottsdale Road, Varsity Lakes
A stunning space in Burleigh Heads was recreated to open as a stunning new brunch venue known as Common Ground. It’s the work of two local hospo legends Euan and Bella Lovell, part owners of Broady’s Fig + Frankies and their partner Matt Tranter and it’s very, very good. The menu is made up of beautiful plated eats, all with a little something special. You’re going to want to try it all, trust us.
Where: 2/2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
Le Bon Choix
Sweet dreams are made of Pacific Fair’s new treat haven, Le Bon Choix. The newbie is filled with colourful French-renaissance-style sweets and savouries and they are all perfectly prepared by hand. Think delights like eclairs, chocolate tarts, lemon meringues, danishes and the pièce de résistance, pain au chocolats. Try them all.
Where: Level 1 next to David Jones, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Whisky Lounge Mudgeeraba
If there was one thing the Gold Coast needed, it was a dedicated whisky lounge and now we have one. Whisky Lounge can be found within the leafy surrounds of yep, Mudgeeraba and it’s a lovely little spot to sample over 100 varieties of whisky (maybe not in the one night) from across the world. It’s cosy and the crew are a very knowledgeable bunch. Big fans.
Where: Shop 2A, 58 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
South-East Asian bar and eatery Miss Mee opened in Nobby Beach with all the neon lights and Bubble Tea cocktails. It’s the work of the crew at Justin Lane and with a rooftop bar and downstairs dining room, there’s plenty of colour-filled spots to hang out. To eat, there are of course many a South-East Asian delight including classics like Nasi Goreng, Pad Thai, Massaman Beef, Green Curry and Whole Deep Fried Fish to name a few. Try it for yourself.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Another distillery, this time of the vodka variety opened in Southport recently and they’re creating some quality sips you absolutely must try. It’s the work of a passionate family who have put a lot of love into creating the perfect varieties of vodka including a rye, wheat and aged vodka. All tried, tested and adored by us. You can grab bottles to go or sit in with a cheese platter for the ultimate in relaxation.
Where: Unit 7/55 Bailey Crescent, Southport
El Camino Cantina
Frozen margaritas, all of the colour and tasty Mexi eats, what more could you want? Nothing, same. You can get all that and more at Robina’s new El Camino Cantina. The menu is packed with delights like wings served with blue-cheese mayo (three levels of heat available), nachos covered in melted cheese, fresh chargrilled fajitas and eight types of tacos, so all the best things. Pop in for a good time.
Where: The Promenade, Robina Town Centre, Robina
Baked goods are life. Particularly those by the team at Burleigh Baker who have made the lives of Gold Coast locals better for many years. Everything from the very best pies, sourdough in so many amazing flavours (hello olive), custard tarts and the very best of croissants can be found at Burleigh Baker. They opened a new venue at Paradise Point recently and it’s every bit as good as the first. Right near the water too. Perfection.
Where: 6 Bruce Avenue, Paradise Point
Southern newbie Jordy’s is serving up some of the very best pizza around, not to mention delightful share plates and Heven-yah gelato for dessert. The menu is packed with fresh, comfort-style food and absolutely everything is sourced from the surrounding Northern Rivers area, Tweed Heads to Byron Bay so you know it’s of the highest quality. Well worth a little drive.
Where: The Commons, 480 Casuarina Way, Casuarina
Welcome to Surfers Paradise’ new jungle experience in the form of a nightclub called Lost Kingdom. Featuring lush greenery and bamboo throughout, you’ll be taken on a sprawling journey through the jungle before finding the final destination, which is of course, the bar and dancefloor. There’s lots of jungle-themed drinks to sip on too, like the Island Boat with 10 singular shots on board, along with a Treasure Chest cocktail. Good times.
Where: 15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Trio can be found inside Glow on Energy Circuit and it’s a beautiful, welcoming space decked out in lots of bright white. To eat, there’s brunch delights like Açai Bowls and crowd favourites Avocado Toast (with marinated feta, housemade dukkah and lemon oil thank you very much) and Bacon and Egg Rolls, plus a Chicken Ranch Salad if you want something a little lighter. At lunchtime, there are some absolutely stacked burgers including a Korean Fried Chicken Burger that might change your life.
Where: 10 Energy Circuit, Robina
A sleek new space that’s both a barber and a barista in one, it’s a new Tugun spot you’re going to want to try ASAP. Brit and Josh have created a sweet community hub where you can pop in for a Moonshine brew and then get yourself a little trim (dudes only). There are baked goods by the team at Fuel Bakehouse too so it’s pretty much the best time you can have.
Where: 2B/417 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
The Coast’s cult cupcakery opened a new store in Nerang and it instantly became one of the most popular spots around. For good reason too. Kylie is creating absolute masterpieces when it comes to cupcakes including flavours like The Unicorn, complete with edible glitter, Nerds, Turkish Delight and Lemon with Elderflower Buttercream. Yep. There’s also an incredible Unicorn Shake you’re going to want to sample. And take many Insta snaps of.
Where: 6 Lavelle Street, Nerang
D Point 10
The donut kings are absolutely taking over the Gold Coast and with good reason, they’re making some absolutely incredible flavours of donut. Think Gaytime, Oreo, Red Velvet and their latest creation, Caramilk. There’s minis and regular sized donuts and they’re all absolutely amazing. Get one of each just to be sure.
Where: A2/201 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
The Backyard Cafe
The latest of the bunch is The Backyard Cafe, by the team behind Bine Beer Bar, Hideaway Kitchen and Bar and a few other venues you know and love. The newbie can be found at the site where The Yard once lived and it’s going to be both a cafe and a restaurant with pop up food trucks with lots of good old fashioned family and community vibes. Stay tuned for more details as we get them but rest assured, this is going to be a good one.
Where: 17 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
Words and photos by Kirra Smith