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Café culture with a coastal twist

Dominica Czaczka | September 2019

Melburnians flock to their laneways, Sydneysiders will happily refinance their home for a perfectly made ristretto and Brisbanites are likely to chug down a takeaway cappuccino as they battle the morning rush.

And as for us Gold Coast folk? We’ll take our caffeine hit with a side of sunshine thanks.

From short iced blacks to a sprinkle of cinnamon in your chai latte, the Gold Coast is brewing up café culture that is sure to impress even the most discerning coffee snob. While the Gold Coast’s coffee scene bears no signs of slowing down, it remains true to its roots – distinctly Gold Coast and a formidable rival to any of our southern counterparts.

So if you’re ready to settle in for a cuppa with a view and relish in the Gold Coast’s laidback charm, check out these coastal cafes for your next caffeine fix.

Nook Espresso
43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Long rumoured to have kick-started the Gold Coast coffee culture movement, Nook is synonymous with ‘let’s grab a coffee on the hill’. Stroll along Goodwin Terrace any given morning and you’ll find a cluster of people huddled outside the hole in the wall hotspot. This Gold Coast icon may not offer alfresco seating however its prime location lends itself to one of the best views of the Gold Coast skyline. Make like a local and pull up a patch of grass while you sip on a takeaway latte.

Board Culture Espresso
2442 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Single fin, twin or mal? Yep, that’s how you place your coffee order at Board Culture Espresso. Whether you’re in the market for new surf gear or simply want a hot brew, Board Culture combines the Gold Coast’s two greatest loves; surfing and good coffee. Dawn patrollers and bean hunters alike will appreciate the house blended espresso and relaxed atmosphere. Have a chat with locals or browse the boards next door while you savour that sweet, sweet coffee nectar.

The Salt Mill
785 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Nothing screams Gold Coast like grabbing coffee post morning paddle. You can head straight in from the surf for a warm welcome and steaming cup of the good stuff at this beloved beachfront nook. Join the assembled crowd armed with four-legged friends and babies in tow and settle in for ample people watching opportunities along the bustling street. If you’re peckish after a sun-soaked morning, the selection of colourful acai bowls and baked treats will hit the spot.

Commune Cafe
1844 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

You can’t call yourself a local until you’ve been to Commune. A stalwart on the Gold Coast’s caffeine scene, you can have your coffee and play ping pong too at this cult favourite. Featuring eclectic furniture, colourful posters, an array of board games and courtyard seating, Commune is the one of the OG brunch spots on the Coast and widely heralded as a player that helped shape café culture within the city. Both the coffee and atmosphere will keep you buzzing.

Café D’Bar
275 Boundary St, Coolangatta

I’ll take a surf check with my flat white thanks. Perched high atop Point Danger in a quintessential renovated Queenslander, Café D’Bar offers sweeping views of the waves barrelling in at Snapper Rocks and Duranbah to accompany your morning coffee. Settle in for a lazy morning on the alfresco deck while you deliberate on brunch options.

Main Beach Pavilion Cafe
1 MacArthur Parade, Southport

If postcards were anything to go by, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Gold Coast was made up entirely of skyscrapers. Fear not, away from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise lies heritage-listed Main Beach Pavilion. The quaint Spanish-Mission style building is remnant from the Gold Coast’s early days and has been resurrected as a haunt for locals to grab a coffee post beach walk. Take a step back in time with old timber flooring and murals of beachgoers decked out in retro swimwear.

Working remote or fancy a quick ocean dip before your commute? The Pavilion houses shower facilities and provides free Wi-Fi, allowing you to go from waves to work in no time.

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