We know, we know, what’s not to love about the little seaside suburb packed with epic eats and plenty of personality.
The beach is a beauty, the good vibes are everywhere and, best of all, it’s a little community of Gold Coasters doing exciting things for our city and welcoming the rest of us along for the ride.
Next time you slip off the highway and find yourself in this cute little locale, here’s all the things you’ve been missing out on and the reason locals wouldn’t be anywhere else.
The Shack Superfood Café
What this place doesn’t know (or serve) by way of gorgeous health food, just isn’t worth knowing. These guys deal in serious health fixes with a sizeable menu covering: juices, smoothies, slices, bowls, plus a whole bunch of other goodies for you to take home. Being located within strolling distance from the beach means this is the kind of place most locals will visit at least once a week — and so should you!
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
The Cambus Wallace
A favourite not just among Nobbys locals, but folks across the Coast, The Cambus Wallace is always a good time guaranteed. Hidden behind a heavy-looking wooden door, don’t let this put you off. The space is low-lit, close-knit and usually pumping. Head in there for a cleverly crafted cocktail, some share plates, and of course, live tunes that (more-often-than-not) get the crowd on their feet. Like a fine wine — this place just gets better and better.
Where: 4/2237 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
First of all, Mexican food deserves to be loved by everyone, all of the time. Especially when it’s delivered in a sweet little space filled with eclectic art, under-the-stars eating options, and lightbox signs guaranteed to make you giggle. Mexicali has all of those things plus cocktail jugs (yass) and the tastiest of tacos. Don’t mind us just falling in love over here.
Where: Level 1, 2223 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
Speaking of Mexicali, and sweet art, one of the most noticeable and much-loved parts of the Nobbys highway strip is the mural taking up one side of the restaurant in hues of pink and blue. Designed and painted by local legend Luke Day, the colourful creation has widely become a favourite Insta-snap opportunity for well, pretty much everyone.
Where: The north side of Mexicali (you won’t miss it)
Bine Bar & Dining
The perfect spot for an afternoon beverage or five complete with live tunes and almost every single Nobbys local under the age of 30. The gang at Bine know how to show you a good time and with a menu oozing burgers, loaded fries, nachos and all the other delicious diet-busting thangs, you’ll be forgiven for rolling out of there, holding your belly and groaning with happiness.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Nobbys Beach
A hidden gem that is also a Gold Coast institution, Rare Groove buys, sells and trades records, tapes and CDs of all genres and ages. Step inside and you’re transported back in time with old-school band posters adorning the walls and hundreds of albums to browse through. It’s a beautiful nod to the musical ways of old and it’ll certainly bring a smile to your face.
Where: 2241B Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
Mount Lebanon Deli
Oh my, this place. You may not have even noticed it but once you’ve entered, there’s no turning back. Boasting all the finest Lebanese foods in a supermarket/deli/café style situation, Mount Lebanon is one in a million. Try a (homemade) falafel wrap, the most delicious of dolmades and any number of cheeses and desserts and we guarantee you’ll be in foodie heaven.
Where: A/2241 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
We’ve sung the praises of Gemelli Italian (in Broadbeach) a million times and not without good reason, it’s one of the best. Little brother Gemellini (the Nobby’s version) is also a local fave boasting a menu made up of dishes only a Nonna could create. It’s one of the best around and combines with a cosy low-lit space with plenty of opportunity for red wine-sipping, Gemellini is a must-visit. It’s the baby of the Carney brothers who have popped their spin on every single aspect of the venue. It’s amore.
Where: 2247 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
About a Girl
The one and only fashion boutique along the Nobbys strip, About a Girl stocks all the cute little outfits your bank balance is terrified of. It’s a favourite amongst local gals (and well-trained guys) and they’re guaranteed to have a little something to spruce up your next Saturday night outing. There are also delightful homewares and jewels, so, catch ya later paycheck.
Where: 1/2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
The Backyard Café
A few of us had our hearts broken when the adorable Yard Café closed its doors a while back. But it wasn’t for long as we were completely blown away to see it come back in its current guise as The Backyard Café. Serving the tastiest of brekkys and coffee from 6am every day, and when Friday and Saturday evenings roll around the coffee machine gets turned off and alcohol begins to pour. The café transforms itself into the coolest of beachside eateries with cocktails and fine food aplenty.
Where: 17 Lavarack Road, Nobbys Beach
Ahh the huge latte coloured house on the corner with sea views, a Pilates studio and some of the best eats around. BSKT Cafe is the original health food café and good vibe mecca, offering nourishing meals the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. There’s also COCO WHIP™ which is a coconut ice cream style scenario developed by the clever BSKT gang and taking the Gold Coast by storm. As it’s Summer, what better time to indulge?
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
Words by Alex Mitcheson