Coffee is a way of life; a morning ritual, a culture unto itself and a way of bringing people together. Not to mention it’s delicious and it really helps with getting through these crazy 2020 days.
There are many people on the Gold Coast who feel this way about the golden elixir and a few who truly understand that it is indeed a way of life. Some of whom opened a café in Chirn Park recently that you can now visit every single day for your daily cuppa.
Those people are Darwin Dejdic and Michael Ruzic, the owners of Wavy Bone, a name you may have heard before and can now see permanently attached to a sweet little space on Musgrave Ave in Chirn Park.
The biz began as a coffee caravan, cruising the Coast and serving up Blackboard brews made with as much passion as anyone can have for coffee. The people were big fans.
One year later and the boys have expanded into a physical space with the intention of bringing specialty coffee to the northern end of the city.
It’s small in size and big in heart, decked with painted breeze blocks, polished floors and a sleek black coffee bar. There’s fun photographs on the walls, art placed on shelves up high and a turn table in the corner pumping out tunes. It’s a laidback, good time space perfect for sipping coffee and nibbling on baked treats.
As we mentioned, the coffee beans are of the Blackboard Coffee variety so you know they’re tasty and at the moment you can sample an array of five-star baked treats to go with it.
Within the next week the full menu will be available and that will be made up of things like Smashed Avo and gourmet sandwiches and bagels.
It’s right at home amongst the trendy, boutique-destinationy feel of Musgrave Ave and there’s plenty more interesting places to check out while you’re there.
If you’re one of those people who are all about coffee and want to try something new, may we suggest (strongly) that you head on up to Wavy Bone.
You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.
LOCATION: 1/36 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
As if the year hasn’t flown by already, it’s now almost Movember. And if you haven’t noticed, here on the Gold Coast, there are some truly enthusiastic mo’ growers out there. But we moust-ache you a question, where are you getting yours groomed? (#sorrynotsorry)
You deserve the very best. So, if you aren’t quite sure, here’s a list of Gold Coast barbers to choose from — so, prepare yourself for some hot towel action and a side of whiskey comin’ your way!
One of the Coast’s most beloved barbers, Jase Alpen, opened Zeppelin to rave reviews due to his exceptional skills, renowned good vibes and a space in Mermaid Beach that promises a laugh and a cold beer. By appointment only, the boys are very busy these days!
Where: Shop 3/2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Bring back that old-school barbering feels with exposed brickwork and custom-made barber chairs and of course accompanied with the option of both modern and classic haircuts and hot towel shaves. Make the visit worth your time with the option to swig a beer, scotch, vodka or water. How good!
Where: Benowa Village, Shop T6, Cnr Ashmore Road and Ross Street, Benowa
Made Barber & Barista
Having only just celebrated their 1st birthday and being one of only a few who boast a female barber, Made has quickly become a firm local favourite. Barber Britt is a legend, and as the shop is half café, half barbershop, you can sip seriously good espresso and nibble baked goods while you get your mo trimmed. Now your talkin’ our language.
Where: 2B/417 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Say Ahoy to classic cuts and a mighty clean shave. Hot towels, cold beers (or smooth rum) and a super chilled vibe, you’ll be well looked after here. Make an appointment or walk-in for a good time and an even better do.
Where: Shop 8/1134 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Lost Boys Barber
They’re reigniting the traditional barbering industry qualities whilst adding a fresh modern-day touch in a positive, relaxed space and a cold craft beer to top things off. Since first opening their doors in 2017, you’ll now be able to visit them at one of their two locations.
Where: 14 / 107 Ferry Road, Southport or 2 / 1842 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh
Mobile Barber Shop Depot
Mobile Barber Shop Depot is not just your average Barber Shop, it’s also a wedding venue and event space, and if you’ve ever been there, you’ll understand why. It looks sweet, plus the boys are some of the best around. Get in there and find out for yourself!
Where: 49 Upton Street, Bundall
Haychdee Barber Shop
Head into Haychdee for quality banter, better service and a place to spend time with new mates. The boys are mental health advocates, which means they’re always up for a chat, and of course they do an excellent trim too.
Where: 3/108 Helensvale Road, Helensvale
This Mermaid Beach Barber & Shaving Lounge specialises in pretty much all the things you need, including hair art guys. They also offer a complimentary hair wash which sounds like one of the best things ever. Helllloooooooo reclining chair.
Where: 2468 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Barber Bros & Co
This old-school favourite once was strictly “walk-in only” but now offers online bookings gents! So once you secure an appointment, let them take you back in time and experience a unique slice of the old and the new all whilst sitting back in a traditional US barber chair dating back to 1907.
Where: 15/21 Via Roma, Isle of Capri and 1e/11 Charles Ave, Broadbeach
Black Market Barber
The Black Market Collective is not your average barber. This one-stop-shop is a tattoo parlour, street apparel retailer and traditional barbershop all in one. Behind the collective are a group of artists and a unique set of talents, providing a mix of excellence with a fresh taste of street culture.
Where: Shop 1A 76 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Luigi & Sons Barbershop
Following his father’s footsteps, Lino D’Addario has carried on the family passion for offering men perfect grooming. With over 25 years of experience, a cut-throat razor shave combined with flawless scissoring techniques, you’re going to leave looking ready for a runway show.
Where: Crestwood Plaza, Ashmore; 58 Brooke Avenue, Southport and Southport Park Shopping Centre, Southport
Step back in time upon entering The Barberry in Coolangatta. It’s the perfect barber for any man that craves individuality, values the craft of a true barber and longs for the best service in town. Oh and save the waiting around by booking ahead of time.
Where: 25 McLean Street, Coolangatta
Ace Of Fades Barbers
Offering all your grooming needs in one of the coolest spaces around, Ace of Fades is the place to be in Surfers Paradise. Offering various services, including facial waxing (yep you read that right fellas), why not treat yourself to a steam shave? Sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it? Head into Ace of Fades to try it for yourself.
Where: 35 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
It’s high-tech meets Chicago’s golden era at this Pacific Fair barber. With a self-managed queuing system, individual in-mirror tv displays, a male-orientated waiting area with iPads, games, and complimentary beverages: welcome to your man cave. Don’t forget your dude facial.
Where: Shop 2778A, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
Find yourself in Coolangatta and feel like freshening up? Then let no one else but the talented Tenneal from Boardriders Barbershop tame your mane and trim your ‘stache. And whilst you wait, you can check out some new surfboards and, post-appointment, treat yourself to a beer at Café 28!
Where: Shops 28, 72 Marine Parade (inside Boardriders between Boards and 4Pines Brewery), The Strand, Coolangatta
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
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