Don’t get stuck in old-school thinking – this is not the Gold Coast of yesteryear. Our central ‘hood is home to charming, sun-soaked cafes, kilometres of coastal walking paths, craft breweries, revamped shopping centres, urban marketplaces, and some of the best live music venues on the Coast . Consider this your back-pocket travel guide – you’re in for a good time.
FUEL UP AT ELK ESPRESSO
If, like us, your morning mantra is “first I drink the coffee, then I do the things”, then we’re going to let you in on a little local secret… start your day with a pit stop at Elk Espresso in Broadbeach, otherwise known as ‘our idea of heaven’. You may have to wait a few minutes for a table but we promise it’ll be worth it. Grab a seat in the sun-filled dining room overlooking the parklands and ocean across the road and choose from the seasonally inspired menu (this is the hard part). Opt for the breakfast salad if you’re feeling a little health conscious, or go all out with the downright delicious breakfast panna cotta or gnocchi (yep, for brekkie). You’ve got a big day ahead, so do away with the holiday guilts and grab a peanut butter brownie-cookie hybrid for the road – you’re going to need your energy today.
WALK IT OFF ALONG THE ESPLANADE
Whether you’re a first timer or a regular to our shores (we don’t blame you), you should know that we like to get outdoors any chance we can. So burn off that brekkie by strapping on your sneakers, jumping in the car and heading south to Miami. Oceanside, you’ll find “the stairs”, and while they might look daunting, the views at the top are seriously something else (that burn will be a distant memory in no time). From here, get your breath back and walk the four kilometre round-trip to Burleigh Heads, where uninterrupted ocean views will reward you. Don’t forget to bring your togs – you’re going to want a dip.
DINE AROUND THE WORLD AT THE KITCHENS
A four kilometre hike (okay, walk) is certainly going to burn off a few calories, so your reward is a trip to the Coast’s newest foodie playground – The Kitchens. Located at Robina Town Centre, this massive urban marketplace is going to take you around the world (passport not necessary), with over 30 fresh food outlets, restaurants, bars and cafes spread across two levels. Souvas, wood-fired pizza, dumplings, ramen, burgers, vegan eats, raw treats, bagels, teppanyaki, empanadas, curries, gelato, espresso martinis… you name it, they’ve got it. However will you choose?
REFRESH THE WARDROBE AT PACIFIC FAIR
We’re sure you don’t need any encouragement in this department, but if you’re looking to update the wardrobe with a few new pieces, you’ve come to the right place. The new look Pacific Fair will blow your mind – and your budget – so consider this your friendly warning. And regardless of whether you’ve got champagne tastes (hello new Gucci tote), or get your shopping thrills from browsing the bargain racks (we can relate), we can assure you, you won’t be going home empty handed.
AFTERNOON TIPPLE IN THE GARDEN
We know that an arduous day of shopping can be thirsty work (all that walking…), so we’re calling it now – it’s happy hour people! And we know just the place for cool refreshment. Cross the road and find yourself in the ‘Garden’ (no, really, that’s its name) where manicured lawns, vibrantly coloured beanbags and frozé (that’s frozen rosé in case you’re wondering) awaits you. Still not sold? Well how about the fact that it’s home to Australia’s first Moet vending machine which proudly boasts hundreds of miniature bottles of fizzy goodness? Oh, and it’s located at The Star Gold Coast – so you can even have a little dabble if you’re feeling lucky.
LIVE TUNES AND STREET FOOD AT MIAMI MARKETTA
It’s time for a change of scenery (and another bite to eat) – Miami Marketta is calling. Picture a revamped industrial-style shed – decked out with graffiti wall art – that comes to life every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night with epic food trucks and live music. This is where some of the biggest local and international indie artists come to play, so don’t’ be surprised if you find yourself making a b-line to the d-floor when the beat drops.
REST YOUR HEAD AT PEPPERS BROADBEACH
It’s been a big day and you’ve certainly covered some miles, so sign up for some Peppers Broadbeach indulgence. When it comes to luxury digs in the heart of Broadbeach, this is where you’ll find it– massive balconies overlooking the beach, modern kitchens (in case you feel like cooking… ha!), multiple pools, a Zen garden, gym, sauna, spa, tai chi lawn… AND you’ve got some of the Coast’s best restaurants and coffee spots on your doorstep. Now that’s living…
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