We all feel like we’ve done right by our bods when we forgo the coffee (on that rare occasion) and instead order a nutrient-rich smoothie or freshly prepped juice. I mean surely that undoes any damage inflicted by the 4 cocktails and bottle of sav we sank on the weekend, no?! With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of seven of the best local smoothie and juice bars on the Coast serving up consistently delicious, refreshing and super healthy sips.
Bonus points if you visit them in your gym gear!
When The Shack Superfood Café closed, we wept. Then along came Nobbys Shack…and we were whole again with their plethora of divine juices and smoothies. Mums and dads, this is the perfect option if you have the ankle biters in tow, as the playground is one helluva good babysitter. We’re swapping tequila slammers for an immunity juice shot with lemon, orange, ginger and turmeric. Instead of causing a headache, this will cure it!
Where: 2241 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Quench Juice Bar
Whether you’re in the market for a protein shake after the gym or a refreshing juice or smoothie, Quench Juice Bar has the goods. We’re ordering the Quench Colada and we need not explain why. With pineapple, banana and coconut gelato, you’ll get the taste sans the hangover. And coz Rona is still, well, everywhere, a Flu Breaker sounds like a good option with pineapple, lemon, ginger.
Where: Brickworks, Ferry Rd, Southport
Burleigh Village Green Grocer
Anyone who has enjoyed a little shop along James Street (which is everyone) would have by now tried one of Burleigh Village Green Grocer’s famous juices. And if not, what is even wrong with you?! The perfect fuel to start your day or provide an instant pick-me-up, whether you’re 4 or 104, you’ll be an instant superfan. Best thing is, you can construct your own juice. So get your ‘usual’ or mix it up if you’re feeling adventurous. And how good is the loaded fruit on top?!
Where: 2 James St, Burleigh Heads
Crave On Chevron
If you’re fanging for a pre or post-workout blend, Crave On Chevron has you covered with their gourmet milk-free smoothies and dang are they goooood. With 15-25g of protein, under 250 calories, low GI, low sugar, low fat, and infused with vitamins and minerals, you’ll be a lean, mean fitness machine in no time. There are also plant-based options available – winner!
Where: 52 Thomas Dr, Surfers Paradise
Tugun Fruit & Flowers
If we can pick up some beautiful stems with our juice then why wouldn’t we? Hook yourself up with a Pink Pitaya Smoothie with local banana, red dragon fruit (pitaya) and mango blended with fresh pineapple juice and coconut water. Or if juice is more your jam, get your green on with just that – a Green, packed with apple, celery, ginger, cucumber and kale.
Where: 467 Golden Four Dr, Tugun
Any excuse for a trip to Cabarita, and Nectar is where it’s at. In the most beautiful little space you ever did see (truly!), their healthy sips options are next level. Try the PB & A smoothie with spinach, avo, banana, dates, peanut butter, cacao, maple syrup and mylk (dairy-free milk) and tell us you’ve had better. Grab a bottle of the ultimate immunity elixir Sisuu Tonic while you’re there too!
Where: 34 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach
Top Juice Pacific Fair
You’re giving your credit card a workout so you may as well make yourself feel like you’ve had one too and grab a protein shake from Top Juice. Protein Shake #4 with avocado, raw almond, milk, honey and whey protein goes down a treat and will give you energy for all that cardio (Pac Fair is big you know). The Minty Mix juice is also a popular choice, blending, you guessed it, mint, spinach, celery and apple. We are already feeling energised enough for more retail therapy!
Where: Pacific Fair, Shop 2773/2-32 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
Words by Bianca Trathen.
Who would have thought that in 2020, hopping across the border would become a treat?
Not us. But here we are friends treating ourselves to exactly that and for very good reason.
A visit to our spectacular southern neighbour Cabarita in fact, for the opening of a stunning newbie you’re going to want to spend some time in at the earliest possible opportunity.
It’s called Nectar and it’s a stunning juice and sandwich bar by the gals who created Burleigh’s Cedar and Stone Botanicals and we are considering moving to Caba so we can visit every single day.
Found on the main strip in the beachside village, Nectar is as beautiful as you’d imagine.
A long, narrow space with white block walls, the prettiest pink tiled bar and touches of magic everywhere you look.
Shelves line one wall, stacked with take home goodies like Cedar and Stones’ range of face and body goodies, incense by This is Incense, cocktail mixers by Mr Consistent, candles by Maison Blanc, coffee table books and dried flowers to name a few things.
All of our favourites are there.
Art lines the walls, including a piece at the front by Anna and Kate’s Mum, made up of a print book the girls cut up.
It’s a space that we would absolutely love to model our home off thank you very much.
Now to eat, as we mentioned there are sandwiches and they are almost certainly the very best you’ve ever sampled.
Choose from a menu filled with options like The Janis Joplin (made with smoked chicken, lettuce, celery, cheese and roasted garlic aioli), The Johnny Cash – with salami, Swiss cheese, tomato and cashew cream cheese or The Janet Jackson with pulled jackfruit, greens, cucumber, sprouts, avocado and mayo. There are others but we’ll let you discover them for yourself.
Of course, you can also choose your own adventure and build the sandwich of your dreams.
All the produce at Nectar is sourced from local farms so you know it’s the absolute goods.
To drink, there are some delightful smoothies including the Lunar Love with Nutra Organics lunar latte powder, banana, coconut mylk, vanilla protein and honey and the Summer Time with mango, orange, passion fruit, honey, coconut water and crushed ice. Plenty more where they came from too.
There are Cold Pressed juices, detox shots and coffee by the gang at Fonzie Abbott.
So basically all the best things can be found at Nectar, including the ocean just a few steps away.
We’re BIG fans.
Jump that border and find out for yourself. Why not make a day of it, Cabarita is the goods.
See ya there.
LOCATION: 34 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita
HOURS: Coffee from 6am and food from 7am until 3pm daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
When this little magic berry from the Amazon began to appear in our lives around five years ago, who was to know how much we’d fall for this little antioxidant-packed gem?
It’s safe to say, superfoods have taken off in a big way and are the perfect ingredient to mitigate the strains of a fast-paced twenty-first-century lifestyle – and all those cocktails, naturally. Since we first began to see açai bowls appear in our cafes, they have been elevated to an adored status, with serious attention to detail and quality ingredients making them a stock standard staple on our breakfast menus across the Gold Coast.
Whether you choose to munch yours at the office as you read your emails or scoop your way through a bowl with a few friends on the weekend: the love is real. Handily for you, though, we have compiled the spots that dish up soe of the best of this South American treat — all in the name of good health!
The Shack Superfood Café
This OG of superfood and tasty treats is part of the very fabric that makes Nobby’s Beach so damn cool. If you haven’t been and experienced their taste-filled goods, then, where have you been?!
The pick: Choose your adventure between top-quality Amazonia Energiser and Pure Açai, then take a stroll down to the beach and enjoy your bowl with a fantastic view.
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
If all you can eat gorgeous vegetarian food sounds like music to your ears, then might we suggest you take a look at this insta-famous cafe? With some of the most eye-catching ‘extra’ food around, you won’t be disappointed with anything you order here.
The pick: The Pod Special Acai Bowl is nothing short of a piece of art, with blue spirulina crème making this a one-off colour sensation!
Where: 1/2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach & 3/3 Brolga Ave, Southport
Niche & Co
This Tugun-based delight is the epitome of what a Gold Coast cafe is all about. Great coffee, an incredible menu of hot and cold delights, laidback village vibes, and a place where all the cute dogs miraculously seem to converge. If you know, you know!
The pick: The selection of Acai at Niche & Co is nothing short of mind-blowing. Sideline your order of coffee and pick the Mocha Acai Bowl, with lashings of raw cacao protein and mocha coconut chia mousse – perfection, folks!
Where: 4/449 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Goji Granola Bar & Café
When you see people pour nothing but devotion and passion into their work, it shows, right? Step inside Goji Granola Bar and Café, and you’ll feel this sentiment straight away with lavish-looking dishes aplenty and chirpy staff to guide you through their brimming menu.
The pick: Their acai bowl is already a marvellous thing; however, we suggest you add on their unique and rotating flavour Coco Fluff – vegan coconut soft serve – to really up the ante. (You’ll thank us later).
Where: 7/60 Santa Cruz Boulevard, Clear Island Waters
What this little Nobby Beach café doesn’t know about healthy eating isn’t worth knowing. Asides from epic eats for breakfast and lunch, this is one of the most prolific doggo hang-out spots in the city — just saying.
The pick: Their standard Acai bowl features whipped Brah acai and all of the trimmings you’d expect, like goji berries and shredded coconut for days. Perfect fuel as you pat ALL the dogs.
Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
This corner-side hangout spot has long been the locals’ favourite place to grab a coffee and a bite post-swim/surf – and it’s easy to see why. Dreamy décor and fantastic breakfast and lunchtime menus mean this is the kind of place you want to visit on the regular with salty hair and sand between your toes.
The pick: Get the Beach Lover Acai Bowl and don’t look back! All of the bright and zesty additions you’d expect but with a healthy dollop of peanut butter as its crown of glory.
Where: 2557 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Should you find yourself gallivanting around town or just coming in after a morning on the beach, either way, Oakberry at Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise or Coolangatta, is a great option for some wholesome fuel. You’ll find this café spot perfectly positioned on James Street, Cavill Ave and Marine Parade – all prime people-watching territory!
The pick: Where do we begin! Your options are utterly limitless here, so let your imaginations go wild and customise a bowl to your heart’s content. What we do love here though, is that the bowls are tall, so they actually fit inside your car cupholders, oh the dilemma.
Where: Various locations (Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise & Coolangatta)
Tugun Fruit and Flowers
Your one-stop-shop for all the significant essentials you need, and of course, some pretty darn good acai bowls! Whilst you wait for the bowl of your dreams, you can grab yourself some super fresh fruit, a candle or two, or even an epic-looking dried flower arrangement to spruce up a space at home.
The pick: The Choc Acai Bowl for us – this overflowing bowl is blended with raw cacao and almond milk and is topped with ALL of the seasonal fruit imaginable.
Where: 4/467 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
For vegans, this Southport café is a dream come true – and a whole lot more. When it comes to good plant-based eats that taste just as good as they look, these guys nail everything and will leave the everyday carnivore scratching their heads.
The pick: With ten smoothies you can have served as a bowl, but we can’t go past the standard acai with a spruce up of additional chocolate buckinis: delicious and nutritious.
Where: 1/253 Ferry Road, Southport
The Salt Mill
Acai bowls need to be consumed with an incredible backdrop: it’s a fact, and we’re sticking with it. So, what better distraction do you have than the gorgeous Currumbin beach? The Salt Mill is a complete haven of tasty treats and is hands down one of the Coast’s best beachside cafes.
The pick: If you go with their standard acai bowl, you’ll struggle not to spill anything as they come overloaded with mulberries, cacao nibs, passionfruit and the works. Insider tip: you can ask for a dollop of peanut butter on any of their bowls as an extra #justsaying.
Where: 785 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Words by Alex Mitcheson.