They (we) say hidden gems are the best kind of gems. Because once you find them, the reward is that much sweeter and in the case of this tale, the reward is coffee, good vibes and a pretty little setup that’ll have you rethinking your entire home decorating situation.
It comes in the form of Roller Door Espresso, a new coffee spot in the heart of Bundall’s interior decorating precinct that opened in the last couple of days so you can stay caffeinated while you peruse all the delightful homewares on offer up and down Ashmore Road.
The newbie can be found on a little side alley and is the work of creative genius Jasmine Potter, director of (epic) boutique interior design company Three Balls Red, specialising in super sweet lighting and tiles. So you know Roller Door Espresso is pretty special.
Here’s the lowdown. The space is somewhat of a hole-in-the-wall area behind Three Balls Red with a black roller door marking the spot. The interior itself boasts tropical-inspired pink and green wallpaper on the back wall, glossy green tiles and repurposed cupboards and (our favourite) the prettiest of pink tiles in stunning hues splashed across the front.
Pops of pink and potted greenery complete the scene and it is one place you’re going to want to spend a bit of time staring lovingly at.
At the moment, coffee (Toby’s Estate) and cold drinks are on offer but soon enough there will also be tasty treats like banana bread (love you), toasties and the like.
Jas’s idea behind opening the space was to provide quality cuppas to the people who come in for consults slash to scope out all the interior things in the store with their girlfriends and no doubt those people appreciate that.
Now while all of that is really great news for Bundall and the Gold Coast in general, there is something more that we are SO very excited about.
In the next week or so, Jas will also be opening a homewares store right next door and it is set to be the kind of store dreams are made of.
She has sourced unique, one off pieces by makers and creatives from (mostly) across the Coast to make up a space that is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Local artists and photographers will deck the walls with their creations, there’ll be handcrafted goodies that’ll blow your mind (we saw some, AMAZING) and everything has been curated with not only the Gold Coast, but the stories behind each piece in mind.
We’ll bring you more news on this ASAP but get excited, it’s going to be so good and we’ve got dibs on most of the things.
Anyway, while you’re there shopping up a storm you can also drink excellent coffee and chat to the lovely gals whipping up brews.
It’s pretty much the perfect time.
Time to roll on into Roller Door Espresso. Bye.
LOCATION: 2/85 Ashmore Rd, Bundall
HOURS: Monday to Friday 7am until 1.30pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
There are very few things in the world better than coffee but the experience of consuming the magical liquid can of course be enhanced.
How can it be better I hear you ask? Well, by the location at which you’re consuming it for one thing and drinking more than one cup at a time for another.
In honour of International Coffee Day (October 1st), we’ve collated twelve spots where you can enjoy your cuppa with a view
Quay Street Bar & Cafe
Within the stunning Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove, Quay Street Bar & Cafe is the perfect spot for coffee with a view and a spot of breakfast of course. It’s pet friendly and there’s plenty of high chairs for the babies too.
Where: 48a Quay Street, Sanctuary Cove
Found on the Broadwater up Southport way, Café Catalina overlooks well, the Broadwater and all the fancy yachts you can never afford. They also have tasty eats and you can take your doggo for a puppychino if that’s his/her thing.
Where: 10/11 Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Highway, Southport
Overlooking Surfers Paradise beach and with abundant people watching opportunities, Sandbar is the perfect spot for a coffee or two. In the last year, they’ve had quite the revamp so you can go from breaky to lunch and from coffee to cocktails.
Where: 52 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
A hidden gem in Burleigh Waters, these guys serve up a mean iced latte and the very best of breakfast dishes. Enjoy those delightful things overlooking the lake and usually with a playful pup or two in sight (they’re welcome for breakfast too).
Where: 100 Burleigh Street, Burleigh Waters
As Sunday afternoon Burleigh Hill dwellers would say, there’s nothing quite like a beverage overlooking the ocean in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Nook is a takeaway only coffee spot but there are plenty of spots nearby to admire the view and the cuppas are gooooood.
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Overlooking the sparkly goodness that is Talle Creek is Bam Bam Bakehouse’s little sister Neptune. She (pretty sure she’s a she) serves epic freshly baked goodies from Bam Bam (he’s a boy) plus of course the caffeiney goods every single day. Stroll on by and pick one up or take a seat and stare at the serenity (unless it’s the weekend then – chaos).
Where: 1527 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Watch the paddleboarders cruise by on Currumbin Creek at hidden paradise Dune Café. It’s nestled inside the park (which is epic by the way) and close to the dog beach and with delicious breakfasts and all the laidback vibes, it’s the perfect spot for a coffee or three.
Where: 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Saltwater at Currumbin
One of the Coast’s best kept secrets is Saltwater at Currumbin, right on the creek and the perfect spot for a relaxing early morning brew. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hire a paddle board next door afterwards and cruise through the waterways for the perfect Gold Coast morning. Grab some lunch from Saltwater on the way back too, the food is very good.
Where: Shop 1, 2-4 Thrower Drive, Currumbin
The Salt Mill
Home of the most ridiculous acai bowl selection, Salt Mill serves up some of the best coffees around while also being just a hop, skip and a jump from Currumbin Beach. It’s a little space with a whole lot of soul and it’s extremely loved by those who live close by and visitors from further suburbs.
Where: 784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Kirramisu Café and Restaurant
Just across the way from beautiful Kirra beach is cleverly named venue Kirramisu. Tuck into a tasty feast while sipping on some caffeine and watching the waves roll by. Stay awhile and soak up that salt air then pop over the road for a refreshing dip. How good is life.
Where: 2/28 Musgrave Street, Kirra
There’s no doubt Greenmount is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and where better to enjoy a cuppa than overlooking it? Greenmount Kiosk is the perfect spot for that with plenty of tables outside in the sunshine and even more pups to pat. They’ve got some delicious eats too.
Where: Corner of Marine Parade & Hill Street, Coolangatta
One of the best spots on the Coast for surf watching is Café dbar. The cute café doubles as a little art, fashion and homewares store and with two levels, provides plenty of prime viewing positions. You could easily spend the whole day here watching the waves and sipping on lattes.
Where: 275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith
Homewares are equally the love of our lives and an unhealthy obsession we should probably nip in the bud. Won’t though, because pretty cushions are life and we’re home ALOT these days.
Not to mention the fact that the Gold Coast is home to an unfair amount of homewares stores filled with absolutely beautiful things we definitely need and will make us happy. You too? Thought so.
Here’s a list of ten local homewares stores to get in your life, next time a shopping spree is in order.
From Mongolia to Morocco, Denmark to India and Asia to Africa, St Barts have travelled across the world collecting beautiful pieces designed to invoke a sense of wanderlust and adventure within the home. St Barts opened their Ferry Rd Markets store in May 2010 and expanded their empire to Burleigh in September 2019 (with the neat addition of Next Door Espresso attached) and since then, have delighted the good folks of the Gold Coast with their inspiring and perfectly on trend range. It’s a store you could spend the rest of your days gushing over (and spending up a storm in).
Where: The Brickworks, 107 Ferry Road, Southport and 24 Junction Road, West Burleigh
The Beach Furniture
Unique, handmade pieces in raw, natural colours, perfect for anyone who’s keen on the beautiful, laidback things in life is how we feel about The Beach Furniture’s collection of goodies. Unpolished wooden tables, whitewashed cabinets and consoles and an array of homewares in the prettiest of pastel shades are the perfect match for any home, particularly on the Gold Coast (lucky). No matter what you may need for your abode, you’ll find it at The Beach Furniture and it will be oh so beautiful.
Where: 48 Bundall Road, Bundall and 74 Kortum Drive, Burleigh
One of the original and the best, Village Stores have been around for quite some time and it’s not hard to see why. Their collection of perfectly Pinterest-worthy pieces will make your space absolutely pop (and be the envy of all your friends). From furniture to photographs and everything in between, Village Stores offer an eclectic range of homewares including tribal-inspired pieces and stunning rattan pendant lights. Oh, and their rugs are some of the most beautiful around too.
Where: Shop 1/54 Bundall Road, Bundall
Three Balls Red
The ladies at Three Balls Red know what’s up when it comes to absolutely stunning homewares, you won’t find anywhere else. What began as a beautiful lighting and tile store in Bundall, not long ago became a homewares store stocking primarily local brands and we are absolutely obsessed. From linen bedding to award-winning leather chairs, art, rugs, cushion, everything, you will no doubt find at least 35 things you want for your home. If you’re not sure what you need, the gals are very knowledgeable so they can point you in the right direction. Don’t miss grabbing a coffee from next door coffee shop Roller Door Espresso!
Where: 2/85 Ashmore Rd, Bundall
Kira & Kira
A game changer to the Gold Coast homewares store game is Kira & Kira (so nice they named it twice) in Miami. The absolutely stunning store is a workshop and retail space dedicated to the design and development of furniture and interior pieces. Each piece is made with the highest quality materials and inspired by a mid-century modern aesthetic, celebrating functionality, clean lines and beautiful finishes. We absolutely love every single thing in there and would very much appreciate being stylish enough to include them all in our home. Please.
Where: Cnr Gold Coast Highway and Kratzman Avenue, Miami
Oh Moroccan-inspired homewares, how you have our hearts (and a lot of our money) with thanks, in no small part, to the impeccably styled space that is Trader Trove. With new and vintage wares, sourced both locally and from around the globe, it is the homewares store of our dreams and there is not a thing in there we would not love to own. Brightly coloured Turkish cushions are artfully placed next to Moroccan grass baskets and beside intricately woven rugs and it’s all absolute perfection.
Where: 22 Christine Avenue, Miami
Maison & Maison
A bohemian-inspired beauty you’ve no doubt wandered past in your travels around Burleigh, Maison & Maison is filled with an eclectic range of tapestry cushions, leather pouffes, carved buffalo skulls and throw rugs. The pieces here are also inspired by the beauty of the world and sure to ignite some wanderlust within your holiday-hungry soul. They want you to imagine meandering through the streets of Istanbul, with a cocktail in hand and tropical living on your mind. But in Burleigh. Don’t mind if we do.
Where: 53 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Emporium on James
Expect to find all the delightful things at Emporium on James. There’s beautiful wicker furniture, Mongolian sheepskin throws, hanging chairs, Maison Blanche candles and the loveliest gifts. All of which will definitely tickle your fancy. There’s also a pretzel shaped bottle opener that we simply must have. If quirky, unique pieces in natural colours and textures are your thing, Emporium on James is the one for you.
Where: 1/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Gather is a beautiful little home goods and gallery store filled with thoughtfully curated goodies with a strong emphasis on raw, crafted and botanical. The gals are passionate about supporting local artisans and brands AND they even have a micro nursery with a hand-picked selection of indoor and patio plants. We absolutely LOVE the range of handmade ceramics on offer and may have quite the collection in our house already. It’s the perfect place to find an incredible gift for a loved one or, of course, to treat yo’self. Located next to Dust Temple, pop in for your art gallery fix too!
Where: Shop 1, 56 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
Perfectly representative of the coastal life we know and love, Salt Living has been filling the homes of Gold Coasters since 2014. With a love of relaxed, beachside vibes and high quality, handmade and ethically produced pieces from around the world, the space itself is all white, shades of blue and golden accents and it’s as pretty as you could ever hope your house to be. The store also stocks some incredible artworks, slides from everyone’s (our) fave brand St. Agni and swimwear by local brand peony. So all the best things. Love this place.
Where: The Strand, 72 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith
Farhsun. Big fans over here and these days, we need look no further than our very own thriving city to find boutiques filled with all the local and Aussie brands we absolutely love.
Fashion forward indeed. Here are 10 of our favourite boutiques for your spending pleasure.
Another Love, founds at The Brickworks in Southport, boasts a carefully selected collection each season, from the most desirable, fashion forward labels suited to the Australian lifestyle. There are some absolutely stunning pieces here and we highly recommend stopping in for a little look.
Where: 107 Ferry Road, Southport
It all started of in 1984 (best year) in Melbourne’s Chapel Street, with a factory designing and manufacturing ladies ready-to-wear and evening dresses. The has grown into a multi brand fashion importing company, bringing you the best and most in-demand labels and we absolutely LOVE everything.
Where: Shop 136 Marina Mirage, Main Beach and Shop 2763, Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
About a Girl
About a Girl boutique is all about YOU! They always have the cutest threads for every occasion AND if there’s anything you can’t find or a product or label you’re dying to get your hands on, let them know and they will try their best to track it down for you. Extra good.
Where: 1/2221 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobbys Beach
The Freedom State
The Freedom State is a women’s clothing store that is inspired by bohemian creativity (because boho is life y’all) with a gypsy attitude of freedom. The team has carefully curated labels to offer a stunning selection of women’s fashion inspiring you to show off your very best self.
Where: 4/64 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Bird on a Wire
Bird on a Wire is set amongst the exceptional coffee shops on the Lower Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh. The chic boho boutique offers a diverse range of beautiful but affordable fashion and homewares and is the perfect stop after a swim and a coffee.
Where: 5/1840 Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
A must visit store in the Burleigh area, Emte Boutique was founded by a Gold Coast girl who felt that there was a gap to be filled for fashion jewellery and accessories that are cutting edge, stylish, on trend and affordable. We concur. And also spend a lot of dollars here.
Where: 3 James St, Burleigh Heads
As the name suggests, White Bohemian is all about boho style. Clothing, accessories, bohemian inspired homewares and the very best gifts for the free spirited gypsy wanderer. Love all the things.
Where: 1160 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221
Alfred’s isn’t just your favourite diner and barber, they also sell epic mens fashion and accessories. Only the coolest labels make the cut at Alfred’s, making sure you always look your best.
Where: 2389 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Sean Scott Boutique
A fave little boutique in James Street, the space showcases Sean Scott’s breathtaking photography as well as clothing and accessories for the fashion forward folks. You can also find one of the biggest displays of (local legends) Valley Eyewear sunnies here on the Coast.
Where: 21c James St, Burleigh Heads
Pennant Surf Store
This men’s and women’s boutique is the embodiment of surf culture. You’ll find only the best Aussie fashion brands and accessories plus surfboards and tons of other surf goodies. You’re sure to leave with something sweet so save your pennies.
Where: 7/1136 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach