Barefoot Barista, Palm Beach, Gold Coast

Barefoot Barista

Insight

One that’s been around a long time Barefoot Barista has survived the time and is still a leading cafe in the Gold Coast.

This cafe brings a funky industrial look with concrete walls, floor and black steel, giving Barefoot its unique look of modernisation and trendy.

The reputation of Barefoot has grown so much that they can now boast another two cafes on the Gold Coast in the suburbs of Mermaid Beach and Currumbin

Location

Located in the trendy Palm Beach suburb in the southern end of the Gold Coast. 10 minute drive to Coolongatta Airport and 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

The Food

The street wrap is a our favourite, featuring Halloumi, fried eggs, grilled sweet corn salsa, fresh herbs, avocado, spinach, house sweet chilli jam & aioli and a
sourdough wrap.

Another popular choice would be Karage Chicken Benny with siracha hollondaise.

For the health conscious a top choice would be Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters with pickled radish & grains, cashew beetroot cheese, tumeric dukkah, chilli & citrus dressing. Or another must is the Hotcakes with fresh fruit, toasted seeds & nuts,
Canadian maple & organic coconut ice cream.

Hotcakes

Counter sweet treats, accommodating those looking for a guilty pleasure or a healthy treat.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5am to 4pm until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Website

Barefoot Barista

Address

15 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach, Gold Coast, QLD

Socials

Lastly

Barefoot Barista is a popular cafe on the Gold Coast and one that has won many of accolades. With that said it was an entry into our Best Cafes Gold Coast list. A well worthy entry and one we reckon will flourish for a long time.

Cardamon Pod, Southport, Gold Coast

Cardamon Pod

Insight

Taking Vegan food to new heights is the Cardamon Pod on the Gold Coast Bright, energised and flavourome food, for someone who is non vegan my most visited cafe in the last few years was the Cardamon pod.

Opened in 2016 Cardamon Pod has become a popular spot for delicious plant based food and a place for the that insta worthy snap with the colourful elaborate plating of food.

A driving force iñ the Vegan dining scene on the Gold Coast attracting crowds from far away.

Location

Ĺocated at the back of the trendy Ferry Road Markets, in Southport.

5 minute drive to Southport Central and 10 minutes to the center of Surfers Paradise.

The Food

One must try is the Indian Dosa, this homemade Dosa with spiced potatoes is to die for. Another favourite would be the vege big breakfast, packed full of goodness, I love the peanut fritters on here and the amount its absolutely huge.

Cardamon Pod Breakfast

Cardoman Pod is also renowned for its elaborate range of acai bowls which taste amazing and are certainly picture perfect a favourite would be, well all of them.

Cardamon Pod Acai Bowl

Vegan treats line the front counter with tempting cakes, slices and energy balls. You wouldn’t believe they were guilt free.

Finer Details

Opening Times

7 Days

8am to 3pm

Website

Cardamon Pod Website

Address

3/3 Brolga Ave, Southport QLD 4215, Australia

Socials

Lastly

As mentioned Cardamon Pod was one of the first plant based establishments to really take off on the Gold Coast. And is enjoying every success.

One of our favourites and somewhere else has to include in our Best Cafes Gold Coast guide. Also proudly sitting on top in our Vegan guide to the Gold Coast.

BSKT Cafe, Nobby’s Beach, Gold Coast

BSKT Cafe

Insight

BSKT Cafe is one of the most popular, renowned and first health conscious cafes on the Gold Coast. It has been feeding the massives there nutritious treats from this beachside spot in Nobbys Beach since 2013.

More impressively BSKT also designed one of the first vegan, bio – fermented soft serve ice creams in the world, and its right there what gave BSKT not just a great name locally but internationally also.

Known for it’s food and coffee BSKT also has it’s own yoga studio above the cafe. And add to that one of the only cafes on the coast to have a children’s play area.

Location

Located on the beachfront at Nobby’s Beach about 400 meters from the main precient and next to the iconic Nobby’s Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

15 Minute Drive to the central Surfers Paradise and 25 minutes from the Gold Coast airport.

The Food

My two favourites would have to be, firstly and a crowd pleaser at that, the Navajo native breakfast with beans, fried eggs, avocado mash and house made flatbreads (these homemade beans on this are great) and you can’t go past there haloumi and egg burger with homemade relish.

Native Breakfast and Egg and Haloumi Burger

The Breaky salad is a great hit for with Spiced Chickpea and Tomato Hummus, Roast Pumpkin ,Spinach, Kale, Quinoa and Corn Tabouli

As stated BSKT really emphasizes a healthy life and such dishes like vegan, banana choc chip pancakes and the vegan granola bowl featuring coconut yoghurt (which is delicious on its own)

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days

6am to 3pm Saturday and Sundays until 4

Website

BSKT Website

Address

4 Lavarack Rd, Gold Coast QLD 4218

Socials

Lastly

Everyone who has lived on the Gold Coast knows of BSKT Nobby’s Beach. Its set in stone in the Gold Coast dining scene.

BSKT was an easy entry into our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list beating a lot of competition on the way.

Paddock Bakery, Gold Coast

Paddock Bakery

Paddock Bakery Insight

Paddock Bakery a small cafe / bakery that can boast a number just shy of 90,000 Instagram followers must be doing something right in the ever popular Gold Coast food scene.

A converted Queenslander building in a quiet back street in the suburb of Burleigh Heads, offers a perfect relaxed and homely feel. Built up from a derelict and overgrown site gives a great back story.

Location

Paddock Bakery is located in the suburb of Burleigh Heads on the southern end of the Gold Coast, tucked away just off the Gold Coast Highway, 5 min drive from the center of Burleigh Heads, and 20 minutes from the centre Surfers Paradise.

Paddock Bakery Menu

A wide selection of food graces the Paddock Bakery menu. With some favourites being there choice of bagels with smoked salmon and herb cream cheese or an open faced benedict bagel with choice of bagel, salmon or haloumi.

Or perhaps your after something a little different, then this twist on toad in the hole. Mini sourdough scotch loaves filled with fried eggs, bacon, avocado mash and chili sambal, we add chorizo for extra flavour. Not only is this a super hearty dish it’s super tasty as well.

Paddock really test the boundaries and my weakness to sweet things with a doughnut French Toast (yes you heard that right) cinnamon doughnut, filled with salted caramel and topped with spiced poached apple, chocolate and walnut crumble finished with vanilla bean ice cream. What could be better on the Paddock Bakery menu than this.

Doughnut French Toast

For the healthier conscious Acai fruit bowls and a quinoa bircher muesli are the go to items. The acai bowls are like little bowls of happiness, the great tasting variety and the enticing presentation make them a must.

Get to the till and your be indulged with a cabinet of baked goods to tempt yourself but be warned you may come back with more than one.

They can also boast great coffee with specialty roasts and blends, a great accompaniment to all the gorgeous treats and patisseries on show.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

6am to 3pm

Website

Paddock Website

Address

20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia

Socials

Lastly

Paddock is a multi award winning cafe and bakery, bringing not only locals but tourists and destination travelers from a far. With its unique feel and look it’s certainly a must visit spot. And to add to that the food and great coffee a must see venue.

Paddock was a must in our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list and one didn’t we miss out on.

Commune Cafe Burleigh Heads Gold Coast

Commune Cafe

Insight

One of the original occupiers of the trendy Gold Coast Café scene is Commune Cafe located in the trendy Burleigh Heads suburb.

With it’s Queenslander style building. The feeling of home oozes out of Commune and the garden with its mismatched furniture certainly emphasizes that. It like being served breakfast at your mates place.

The owners are big players in the Gold Coast dining scene with the ever popular Japanese restaurant Etsu Izakaya as another one of there businesses.

It’s certainly a destination cafe with locals and tourists visiting and one which holds a wide reputation.

Location

Commune Cafe located alongside the Gold Coast highway 2 minute drive from the the center of Burleigh Heads. And 25 minute drive to Surfers Paradise.

Tucked in a side road off the highway, but still clearly visible.

The Food

The simple things are done right at Commune the bacon and egg roll with added avocado is delicious and the bacon and eggs with homemade tomato relish is great (the relish makes it).

Bacon and Egg Roll

Simple is not all though take a look at the crab meat scramble egg or the tasty mushroom and haloumi burger. Even if your not a vegetarian this burger is to die for.

Acai Bowls add a great twist, a refreshing choice packed with fresh fruits and very pleasing on the eye.

A treat cabinet at the front rounds off a perfect morning indulgence and with the ever popular Campos coffee you wont find fault here.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days a week

6am to 3pm

Website

No website, Facebook is available

Socials

Address

1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh, Burleigh Heads, QLD, Australia 4220

Lastly

A big favourite in the cafe scene on the Gold Coast made tis cafe an easy option on our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list. And one im sure is on a lot more lists.

Bam Bam Bakehouse, Gold Coast

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Insight

Firstly with a name like Bam Bam Bakehouse we knew it would be unique. And unique it is as it offers something a little different to most cafes on the Gold Coast.

Not only a great café, but with the added flair of a artisan style bakery with all baked goods and treats hand crafted and there is certainly no stone un turned here.

Bam Bam has grown dramatically since its 2015 opening, With local duo Ben and Ursula Watts who were the original founders of Paddock Bakery, which they sold in 2017. They have since grown the business and have added its sister venues Custard Canteen at Tallebudgera Creek and Cubby Bakehouse in the northern NSW town of Chinderah. At each venue, you’ll find epic handcrafted pastries, great coffee by Byron Bay’s Marvell Street and a menu of simple food, done well.

Bam Bam Bakehouse Location

Located in Mermaid Beach just tucked away off the Gold Coast highway and in Mermaid Park lies Bam Bam Bakehouse.

2 minute drive to Broadbeach and 10 minute drive to Surfer Paradise. And in perfect walking distance to Pacific fair shopping centre.

The Food

Bam bam are known for there croissants which are all homemade. It happened to be a savory one that took our eye, pairing one of these with karage chicken, slaw and kewpie mayo it was a stroke of genius. The croissant are that good that even the eggs benedict comes on one.

Bam Bam Benedict

Sweetcorn fritters with chipotle and coriander crema or Indonesian egg nasi goreng are 2 that catch the eye as something different and definitely worth trying something new.

An organic Acai bowl with strawberry, blueberry, banana and house made granola for the healthy conscious.

And then there’s the bakery cookie dough slices, nutella cruffin, salted caramel éclair and not forgetting the croissants plain, almond or pain au chocolat. And many more to choose from.

Cookie Dough Slice

A great online bakery service is also available with your favourite treats sold by the box and available to pre order in advance.

Finer details

Opening Hours

7 Days

7am to 3pm

Website

Bam Bam Bakehouse Website

Socials

Address

2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia

Lastly

Bam Bam is not only a top cafe and bakery itself, but also throughout Queensland and that’s why it made our Best Cafe Gold Coast List. It is also somewhere that celebrity food critic Matt Preston often visits when in town to try the superb range of pastries and treats.

It is well worth picking up a treat here even for take away and enjoying on one of the Gold Coasts many beaches.

Blackboard Cafe Varsity Lakes Gold Coast

Blackboard

Insight

With likes of Daark and Elk Espresso, Blackboard Varsity Lakes was one of the first trendy cafes to arrive on the Gold Coast.

Initially known for its coffee as being one the best around, Blackboard has develop into a great all round cafe known for its food and coffee. And the premises itself has grown to accommodate the business.

Although being a popular hang out for the local Bond University, Blackboard is as big as a destination venue with locals driving from all corners of the Gold Coast to visit.

Location

Blackboard is located in the trendy University suburb of Varsity Lakes.

20 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and 10 minutes from Robin Town centre and train station.

The Food

The food at blackboard Varsity Lakes certainly doesn’t disappoint. With our favourites being 16 hour beef brisket with corn bread and jalapeno hollandaise, or the potato hash with hollandiase and choice of toppings or the ever popular truffle scrambled eggs.

Breakfast rolls featuring pork belly is a neat change and glazed with maple is always a hit. Avocado mash with the added twists of spiced dukkah and house made lebnah. Its great to see popular dishes with modern twists.

Lighter options available are such as homemade granolas and fresh acai bowls give a fresh option.

The treat cabinet is just as fun with an ever changing selection of indulgent and healthy options. But the personal recommendations are the doughnuts.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days

6am to 3pm

Website

Blackboard Varsity website

Socials

Address

7/240 Varsity Parade
Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Australia

Lastly

With Blackboard being of the most popular and best cafes on the Gold Coast it couldn’t be left off our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list.

With the cafe being slightly in land it’s a great stop on the way to Springbrook mountain and these two great day trips Purling Brook Falls and Natural Bridge. Fill the tummy up for a day of hiking.

Elk Espresso, Broadbeach Gold Coast,

Elk Espresso

Insight

Elk Espresso cafe started life in the suburb Of Broadbeach in a small building resembling a house, which if to be honest we liked the homely feel. But has since moved into bigger premises right on the end of the Oasis Shopping Centre in the middle of Broadbeach. Only a stones through from the beach has made this ever popular cafe even better.

Known for it’s consistency and quality food and coffee, Elk Broadbeach has been a staple on the Gold Coast for many years. In 2020 Elk was voted in the Top 50 cafes in Queensland by the Courier Mail. With the thriving café scene in Australia that is no mean feat.

Location

Located in the heart of of the town, and as mentioned in the Oasis Shopping Centre on the Old Burleigh Road , only a stones throw away from the beach which is perfect for picking up ample foot traffic.

With only a 5 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and 30 minutes from Coolongatta.

The Food

The food at Elk is one of the best around and certainly the best breakfast spot Broadbeach has to offer and Broadbeach cafes are plentiful. I have always said it’s one of the only places I have regularly eaten at and its always exactly the same whatever time and whenever we visit, the consistency is unbelievable.

The menu at Elk has a wide range with classics with twists, like potato hash, breakfast burgers with the addition of jalepenos and smoked bacon an eggs. Its worth Noting that the poached eggs are always perfectly cooked.

Goodness green bowls which from time to time even feature homemade lebnah and banana and maple panna cotta give a different option and something a little different and not found on most menus.

Buttermilk chicken and peach cobblers for the adventurous for those really looking for complete change. And i can concur the buttermilk chicken is both delicious and flavorsome.

Coffees, juices and sweet treats round off these meals beautiful. With perfectly brewed, silky smooth great coffee which has certainly become accustomed at Elk, a great end or start to any breakfast.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days a week

5:45 am to 4pm

Website

Elk Espresso Website

Socials

Address

Surf Parade, Broadbeach Queensland 4218, Australia

Lastly

A fine cafe and great food, and for this reason it is in our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list, and sat proudly near the top. With maybe our vote for the best breakfast Broadbeach has to offer.

Pro Tip : arrive early to avoid disappointment as this place very quickly fills up.

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