When it comes to things Gold Coasters cannot live without, the list is small but unwavering. The beach, because it’s life; our four-legged friends, they’re the best; and coffee, well, because without it, how is somebody even supposed to face the day!? Speciality coffee and the love and adoration behind it is without a doubt one of the integral parts of our rampant café scene here on the Gold Coast. Who needs to visit our big southern neighbours for a decent cup of joe anymore? Not us!
Saint Coffee Collective is the caffeinated pit stop — if you’re up the northern end of the Coast — you should be adding to your day. Located at the busy Gold Coast University Hospital G:Link tram station, the two-person team, led by owner Hal Cozens, are steadfast in ensuring only the finest coffee makes its way into your cup. The kiosk itself is set back from the tracks and even has small tables and seating to one side, meaning you can take a break from the world and watch the afternoon light cascade down from above ground — your own private moment with a great of coffee is one of life’s greatest yet simplest pleasures, are we not right?
Hal only uses the finest beans from long-established roasters, Supreme. These guys date back to 1993 and have operations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and not forgetting Tokyo. It’s a reasonable assumption with so many locations and a long history of roasting, these guys are making some mighty fine coffee — and they most certainly are. Many of the Coffee Supreme team were baristas and cafe owners in previous lives, and in the cup, it shows.
There are two different blends of beans available, one preferred for those who like it black and another who must have theirs with some type of milk. Got milk? They most certainly do. Using only the best kinds of milk around, like Bonsoy and Norco, and then measuring the weight of coffee for each shot means the experience is only elevated. Consistency is critical in knocking out great coffee and making people come back — day after day — and Saint Coffee Collective expects to see your face regularly!
As well as top-rated jitter juice, you’ll find a small assortment of sweets and cookies available, as well as the option to purchase the beans behind your coffee so you can continue the flavour fiesta at home on your own time.
Starting the day right is paramount. And Saint Coffee Collective is the only way to step off the tram and into a deftly made cup of motivation.
When: Monday — Friday: 5.30am – 4pm
Saturday: 7am – 12pm
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Coffee is the elixir of life. Without it, we would be lost, tired and unable to get ourselves into gear for that nine-to-fiver you just love. There is also the social aspect; could you stand being around certain people early in the morning without caffeine? (shudder) It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Did you know there is a horde of clever Gold Coasters who create their very own coffee roasts for us to love and enjoy right here? It’s true, and we must admit they are extremely good at what they do. Take home and brew up the pearls of their labour or sit back and get them to do it for you, here they are (listed north to south) for your jitter juice slurping pleasure.
Merlo Coffee Torrefazione
Escape our subtropical climates for just a moment, and pretend you’ve found your way to Italy at Brickworks in Southport. Italian for coffee house, Merlo’s Torrefazione is a haven of all things coffee and features an in-store air roaster, meaning a constant steady flow of the freshest espresso. Chat all things coffee and let their staff teach you about their blends and make you the perfect grind on the spot depending on what method you use at home.
Where: The Brickworks Centre – Market, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport
First Fruits Specialty Coffee
Found in both Labrador and Southport, First Fruits believe coffee is an art form. Beans are ethically sourced and of the highest quality, and the team are very knowledgeable on all aspects of coffee. They roast in medium and city roast styles which bring out the oh-so delicious flavours of the bean and offer a smooth, balanced flavour.
Where: 129-133 Olsen Avenue, Labrador and 1 Griffith Way, Southport
The team at Silipo Coffee use the very best green coffee beans from farms around the world. They’ve been in the coffee business for over 20 years, so they know what’s up when it comes to the perfect brew. Where possible, Silipo Coffee sources organic and fair-trade beans, and the end result is some of the tastiest coffee around. Sip in-store or take some beans home for yourself.
Where: 9/54 Bailey Crescent, Southport
Paradox Coffee Roasters
Speaking of people who know all about coffee, Paradox Coffee Roasters are all about the journey. They purchase quality green coffee beans from estate farms and co-operatives where farmers receive a fair wage for their work. The roasting team has over 15 years of experience, and they are committed to producing the highest quality of coffee there is — just ask the locals!
Where: 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
South Coast Coffee Co.
Formerly known as Pomeroys Coffee Roasters, this Isle of Capri based roastery has a strong ethos: Great coffee isn’t created by accident; it is designed to be great from the start. And the proof is tasted in every cup. Multi-awarded with national titles over the last five years, the team take mountains of care when it comes to crafting blends considering what regions beans come from, the altitudes they grow at and what sort of soil they come from. Don’t just take our word for it; visit their café at Capri on Via Roma Shopping Centre and taste it for yourself.
Where: Capri on Via Roma Shopping Centre Shop 3G10, 15 Via Roma, Surfers Paradise
Koko Coffee Roasters
Passionate about roasting coffee and serving it to the people, Koko Coffee Roasters are all about trying new ideas and honing their skills so they can ensure you get the absolute best brews possible. Offering both espresso and filter coffee, drop in for a chat to learn a little more about coffee or grab some beans and equipment to take home and make your own.
Where: 17 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach
Blackboard Coffee Roasters
With almost a decade under their belt, these guys are one of the coast’s best-known producers of fine coffee beans. What they do with them is utter magic. If you don’t believe us, try any number of their products, from innovative biodegradable coffee capsules to high-grade instant specialty coffee — these guys are true thinkers outside the box. And if you haven’t had the chance to delve into their deliciousness, change up your local cafe to one of MANY cafes located across the Coast that offer their beans!
Where: Roastery located in Burleigh
Joy Organic Coffee Roasters
The conception of this Burleigh roastery came about after a life-changing journey for owners Ben and Patty. They were able to see the good being done with responsibly sourced beans through organisations such as Fair Trade. Today, you can buy deftly put-together blends such as their Game Changer, which has a low acid profile and goes perfectly with alternate milks or their Sundays blend that has a fantastic sweet and fruity taste and drinks excellent as a black coffee. Put your trust in these guys hands, and you can’t go wrong.
Where: 18/109 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Waters
You can’t help but smile when you hear stories of people escaping the big cities to come and live their best life here on our coastline. Richie, owner of Handsome Coffee, decided after many years of roasting down in Sydney enough was enough, and a relocation was necessary. Lucky for us! His ethos of keeping it simple and making the best coffee possible is evident in their Staple blend with delicious, balanced notes of chocolate and nuts.
Where: Buy online
Quest Coffee Roasters
Burleigh’s beloved coffee aficionados Quest have been roasting up a storm for many, many years, and their brews’ quality is always exceptional. Their roasts are hand-crafted and organic and create the absolute perfect brew. Beans are as fresh as can be, selectively sourced, and only the best will do. You can pop in for a cuppa at the espresso bar or take some home to work your own magic with them.
Where: 20 James Street, Burleigh Heads
The Burleigh Heads team have nailed it when it comes to smooth, tasty brews and we’re big fans. Not only can you visit them at their venue, but you’ll also find their roasts in cafés across the Coast, and you can take them home to pop in your machine. Their perfectly crafted coffee comes with a side of passion and all of the knowledge, and you can be rest assured you’ll be handed the perfect cuppa every single time.
Where: 1/30 Fremantle Street, Burleigh Heads
Laughing Pug Coffee Company
If their name doesn’t grab your attention, then maybe their innovative coffee drip bags will. Ideal for the next time you go camping — or are experiencing the hangover from hell — you can have speciality grade coffee with just the flick of your kettle switch. No grinding, no mess, and no fuss! They’re also quite the experts on brewing methods and offer friendly advice on how to brew and which of their blends work best with what. And if you are the organised type, sign up for a subscription and have your monthly caffeinated supplies delivered right to your door. — Now you’re talking!
Where: Brewed in Burleigh Heads, available online
Zephyr Coffee Co.
Being convinced to take a trip to Kirra shouldn’t take much persuading with all things considered. And this southern Gold Coast roastery and adjoining café are yet another reward when you do. Uniquely Zephyr’s method utilises air roasting, which differs from conventional drum roasting and results in a more efficient process and a more aromatic and consistent coffee product — couple this with the top-sourced beans in the world, and you have yourself a mean cup of joe. Drop by their café seven days a week for one of the best jaffles on the Coast.
Where: 1 Churchill Street, Coolangatta
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
It may be home to the Gold Coast’s bustling business district but Southport can also boast a huge array of incredible eateries, culture and general good times.
We’ve rounded up 15 things locals love about the place and we reckon you might enjoy them too.
In no particular order, enjoy.
There is many a good time to be had at Southport Sharks including dining at one of the delicious dish-packed restaurants, drinking at Aviary Rooftop Bar overlooking the city, joining in on one of their classes at the Health + Fitness Centre or getting involved in one of their many good time events. The possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect spot for a family event or take the crew for a Sunday afternoon session. Happy days no matter what.
Where: Olsen Avenue and Musgrave Avenue, Southport
Southport Yacht Club
Waterfront dining is the name of the game at Southport Yacht Club with two venues to choose from and stunning scenes from whichever you choose. You’re also welcome to just sit back and kick up your heels with a cold beverage or two while gazing lovingly at one of the many beautiful yachts in the marina. It’s one of the Coast’s best locations and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
Where: 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach
Zero Latency is a free-roam, virtual reality experience like no other. With up to eight players per game, you’ll have the BEST time fighting zombies, exploring mystical places and challenging your friends on space stations. All you need to do is put on the VR headset, strap into the backpack and pickup the controller. Get 10% off here. It really is so good.
Where: 34 Smith Street, Southport
The Coast’s first vodka distillery opened in Southport a few short months ago and what a treat. The family-owned business are whipping up three types of vodka, two types of gin and even a couple of beers on the premises and you can pop in to grab a bottle to go, or you can sit down and enjoy a cocktail and a charcuterie board and spend a bit of time. Very cool.
Where: Unit 7/55 Bailey Crescent, Southport
Who doesn’t love a good dive bar. Particularly one that doubles as a live music venue and has a huge range of your favourite beers on offer (and some you may not have heard of). Head in there to discover some new music from both local and interstate bands and if you’re in the mood for a party, which we know you are, you can hire the space out for your next one.
Where: 44A Nerang Street, Southport
Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop Bar
On the ground floor of the building you’ll find the deli section of the establishment, with an array of delicious meats and cheeses that will be brought together in platter form for your feasting pleasure. Upstairs, the rooftop bar boasts tasty cocktails, even more delicious eats and views across the city. It’s a real good time.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport
To put it bluntly, you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a Randy Wallhole bagel. There are eight flavours to choose from which means you have multiple per day if you so choose. Go for the Pulled Bas first up, it’s got Smokey BBQ pulled beef, peri mayo and apple slaw. Wash it down with some of the best coffee on the Coast and be on your merry way.
Where: 4/21 Nind Street, Southport
A newbie amongst the Southport bunch, Boudoir Lounge is the very best spot for a tasty brunch with the girls or simply a few cocktails after work. Found on Como Crescent, it quickly became the go to spot for those looking for some delicious eats, in a sweet setting and with unique sips of course. Inside there’s also a hair and beauty bar so you can get fabulous before you head out on the town. Perfect.
Where: 410/1 Como Crescent, Southport
Whether you’re four or 40, there’s tons of fun to be had at Broadwater Parklands. For starters, you can sit and stare out at the yachts you’ll never set foot on. Then, there’s the bouncy pillow (maybe don’t go on there without a child), a kiddies train, a water playground and weekly events from theatre shows to foodie markets. See, fun.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport
D Point Ten
Oh donuts, how we love you. D Point Ten can be found on Stevens Street and, in keeping with the general donut vibe, is a little hole in the wall space pumping out the freshest of donuts we may have ever excitedly shoved into our greedy mouths. In all the best flavours no less. Go the Ferrero Rocher for sure.
Where: 6/1 Stevens Street, Southport
The delightful folk at Cardamon Pod are serving up delightful dishes with a focus on clean eating but of the prettiest variety. They offer vegan and gluten free options for breakfast and lunch with a side of organic coffee and vegan desserts. All very delicious and it’s very hard to stop at just one thing or not to post on your Instagram.
Where: Brickworks Centre, 3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Southport’s centre of swimming is something for all of us to be proud of. It’s as pretty as a collection of swimming pools can be and, as it was home to all the Commonwealth Games water activities, it’s world class. The architecture is sleek and there’s a training room featuring pits filled with foam for the divers to practice in.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport
Imagine being wrongly accused of murder, chained to a wall and having to rely on your friends’ detective skills to free you. Who you gonna call? Welcome to Escape Hunt, Southport’s brain bending game guaranteed to test your problem solving skills like they’ve never been tested before. There’s a few scenarios you might be faced with, all of which involve solving a mystery with a set of intricate clues. It’s the most fun you can have inside a locked room. Make sure to take your smart friends. Grab 10% off here.
Where: 2/162 Scarborough Street, Southport
Where to start. There are SO many excellent places to peruse at the Brickworks starting with Ferry Rd Market where you can nab yourself everything from beautiful flowers to the freshest breads, seafood and fruit and veggies galore. God it’s good. Within the Centre, there’s also stunning homewares, fashion and design stores and health and beauty services. Oh, there’s also always some really cool events.
Where: Ferry Road, Southport
Words by Kirra Smith