Keep Warm With The Best Coffees The Gold Coast Has To Offer

Keep Warm With The Best Coffees The Gold Coast Has To Offer

Here is a roundup of all the best places to grab a coffee on the Gold Coast, whether you’re looking for a kick start to your day or the perfect place to brunch on weekends, the Gold coast has your back… and stomach covered.

The Black Sheep Espresso Baa

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The Black Sheep Espresso Baa is the ultimate go to spot for coffee lovers in Coolangatta. Coffees are tailored to and paired with meals, to create a memorable coffee experience.  The Espresso Baa prides itself on delivering high quality and consistent coffee, brought to you by passionate and experienced staff members.

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The coffee used is supplied by Toby’s Estate Coffee, of which has a philosophy revolving around; Social, Ethical, and Environmental practices. To achieve this, Toby’s Estate Coffee trade directly with farmers, cutting out the middle man.

Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Daily 5:00am-2:00pm
For more info click here.

First Fruits Specialty Coffee Café Roastery

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This café is paradise for serious coffee lovers and an equally enjoyable experience for everyday drinkers. First Fruits is a wholesale coffee roaster of specially blends that has recently expanded, opening up a café this year in North Gold Coast, Labrador. Their philosophy is that coffee is an art form, and one that should be mindful of where their beans are sourced, ensuring the upmost ethical standards are abided by. The bean blends on offer are of such a high quality that the Geisha coffee is $20 per cup, but don’t worry the rest of the menu is business as usual.

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The décor has an urban meets beachy vibe, with a gorgeous polished concrete bench, and boho woven seats. Sit back amongst the greenery and pursues through the all-day breakfast menu while you sip on the best coffee you’ve had in years.

Where:  Olsen Ave, Labrador
When: Monday to Friday 6:00am-3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:00am-3:00pm
For more info click here.

No Name Lane

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No Name Lane is a specialty coffee shop in Broad Beach. The specially beans are sourced from Black Sheep Coffee, and featured are two different blends depending on the coffee experience you are after. For milk based coffees, Feeling Woolly is used as it has a medium roast profile, resulting in an intense richness and sweetness, with a flavour profile of dark chocolate, honey, and malt. And for those who like it black (like their soul), Single Origin is used, greeting you with a floral aroma, with a rich body and an aftertaste of black jasmine tea.

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The café recently underwent a huge expansion and makeover, and now has more experiences to offer its thirsty customers. Now larger, and with a fully functional kitchen No Name Lame has extended their luscious menu, and after dark transforms into a cocktail bar with the best Espresso Martini for miles.

Where: Charles Ave, Broadbeach
When: Sunday to Thursday 6:30am-4:30am, Friday & Saturday closes at midnight
For more info click here.

Dune Café

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Dune café has a stunning view of the Currumbin Lagoon, so you can enjoy your go to coffee while overlooking the glistening waters. You’ll find breakfast classics like the full English breakfast, and bold Asian flavours like the sesame and ginger glazed salmon, served on an edamame puree with daikon slaw, micro leaves and a poached egg. Head Chef Andy Dutton prides the menu on being organic, local, and fresh.

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The café is a great spot for the whole family, for legged friends included. There is a pirate ship for kids to explore, and live music is played on the last Saturday of every month.

Where: Palm Beach Parklands, Palm Beach
When:  Daily 6:30am-3:30pm
For more info click here.

Elk Espresso

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One of the most popular cafes in Broadbeach, Elk Espresso, recently relocated to a prime beachfront location. With a range of specialty brews on offer and alternative brew methods, you can enjoy the prefect cup of coffee. Elk Espresso has a season menu that focuses on both tradition and modern dishes, so you can try their signature panna cotta or a pumpkin spices doughnut to go.

Photo: Tony Liu Brisbane based photographer

The atmosphere has an alternative hip vibe, but the neutral décor and friendly staff make it an overall a down to earth experience, and one that you’ll want to repeat.

Where: Oasis Shopping Centre, Old Burleigh Road
When:  Daily 6am-4:00pm (3:00pm on weekends)
For more info click here.

Spice of Life Café & Deli

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Not all great Gold Coast cafes are found on bustling beachfronts. An eccentric and tasty destination, Spice of Life Café & Deli on Tamborine Mountain is the place to stop for a cup of coffee to warm your soul. The flavour packed and diverse menu is created by produce that is sourced locally as well as internationally. Breakfast is la carte, and on the diverse all-day menu you’ll find dishes like the Indian mushroom and eggplant curry, and beer battered flathead.

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Don’t forget to check out the range treats on offer that have been hunted down from across the globe; from the world’s finest chocolates and sweets, to chutneys and vinegars.

Where: Main St, North Tamborine
When: Sunday to Saturday 7:00am-7:00pm
For more info click here.

Dancing Waters Café

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Dancing Waters Café is located in the lush tropics of Springbrook. The homestead style café is the perfect place to stop for a coffee while you explore the natural wonders of the national park, especially as it is situated right next to the Purlingbook Falls lookout. The café prides itself on home grown, and in-house made food that caters for everyone, particularly vegan, vegetarians and those with gluten and dairy intolerances.

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Dancing Waters is bursting with wholesome treats that will remind you of mornings at your grandmothers, with their range of fresh homemade scones and cakes.

Where: Forestry Road, Springbrook
When: Wednesday to Monday, 10:30am-3:30pm
For more info click here.

Le Café Gourmand

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This multi-cuisine café fuses the best of French cuisine with traditional Aussie food to create a technically delicious menu. Sit back and indulge in the exciting culinary experience on offer at Le Café Gourmand while you sip on a luscious velvet coffee. The coffee used is the Saint blend from Cleanskin in Brisbane. The coffee has a full dark chocolate body with notes of fresh butter, and cedar sweetness.

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French pastries are backed daily, and you really can’t go past a freshly baked chocolate croissant.

Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
When: Daily 7:00am-3:00pm
For more info click here.

Local & Co

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Local & Co in Main Beach is a trendy café, serving up smooth specially coffees. They also deliver modern classic food done exceptionally well, not only bursting with flavour but also visually stunning. The menu has an all-day breakfast selection for late risers, and also includes healthy options such as, paleo, organic, and gluten free.

Where: Tedder Ave, Main Beach
When: Daily 6:00am-10:00pm
For more info click here.


Pork and Kimchi omelette Photo: 42Fifteen

Located in the China Town area of Southport, 42Fifteen is a café serving up tasty coffees and creative breakfast and lunch options. The idea of 42Fifteen was brought to life by two local Gold Coast chefs, Peter Batley and partner Julie Rogers, as they sought to create the prefect spot for locals to grab a great coffee and flavoursome breakfast. The menu changes with the seasons, but you can be sure to find succulent pork belly, and the ancient crowd pleaser eggs benedict, dripping in fresh zingy hollandaise that is homemade every morning.

Where: Davenport St, Southport
When: Monday to Friday 7:00am-3:30pm & Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm
For more info click here.

Daark Espresso

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This locally owned award winning coffee destination is located in North Gold Coast, Labrador. The go to foodie guide, Crave Gold Coast voted Daark Espresso the ‘Best Coffee on the Gold Coast’, and the popular phone app Bean Hunter voted it the number one place to grab a coffee in 2016.

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This trendy café is the go to place for locals, and visitors who are willing to travel for the taste of perfection in a cup. The breakfast and lunch menu changes seasonally, and you’ll find flavour bombs like the parmesan and leg ham croquettes, served on a maple roasted pumpkin puree, with poached eggs, baby peas, and pesto.

Where: Musgrave Ave, Labrador
When: Daily 6:30am-3:00pm
For more info click here.

Zi Espresso

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Situated in the Gold Coast CBD Zi Espresso is a café you won’t feel guilty about stopping by. Boasting delicious specially coffee and a wholefoods menu, the café was crafted to be a healthier option for brunch goers, while still delivering on flavour and sweet homemade treats. The Zi Espresso food dream is upheld and run by husband and wife duo, Daphne Zi, and Scot Lo.

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Other than the mouth-watering smooth coffee blends, you’ll find gourmet sandwiches, salads packed with nutrition, cold pressed juice and smoothies. The menu is also created with homemade and locally sourced ingredients to create to ultimate wholefoods menu.

Where: Scarborough Street, Southport
When: Monday to Friday 6:30am-2:30am
For more info click here.

Parlour Coffee

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Parlour Coffee opened its doors in June 2015, and welcomed visitors into their comfortable, homely, yet stylish café in Burleigh Heads. Inspired by the past and using parlour rooms as a muse, the café takes on an inviting vintage vibe; this is instantly spotted at the bar with its chic white panelling topped with warm timber countertops. The coffee is roasted in-house and the beans used are a combination of beans from Papua New Guinea, Colombia, and Guatemala, for their signature house blend.

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There is a breakfast and lunch menu on offer, and the banana bread and carrot cake is baked in house; the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee as you sit at the outdoor breakfast bar and watch the world go by.

Where: Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Burleigh Heads
When: Monday to Friday 6:00am-2:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7:00am-3:00pm
For more info click here.

Hott Shot

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Located in the heart of Main Beach, Hott Shot is run by two young entrepreneurs, Jenna Finch and Kellie Rolfe; who opened the café in 2016 after leaving their jobs at Palazzo Versace. The café uses coffee beans supplied by the Queensland born and bred company, Supreme Roasters.  They use a house blend as well as single origin coffee, and is there a better way to enjoy a shot of coffee than out of a chocolate coated coffee waffle cone? Didn’t think so (the navel of your celebrity crush doesn’t count. That’s disgusting).

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There is a seasonal all-day breakfast, and lunch menu available, of which highlights traditional and modern cooking styles, with a creative twist that will have all your senses engaged.

Where: Tedder Avenue, Main Beach
When: Daily 6:30am-4:00pm
For more info click here.

Peta McEachern

About Peta McEachern

If Peta isn’t spending time with her dog (treating her as if she were a small child), she’s out hiking basking in solitude, hunting down delicious food, or sleeping… because everyone likes a happy camper.