03 Jul 2018

Turn up the heat this July with hot new eateries to experience right now. Winter is upon the Gold Coast but that definitely doesn’t translate to hibernation and home-cooked meals in the southeast Queensland corner. That’s right friends, the seaside city is one that never stops, in large part due to the beach-friendly temperatures we’re currently experiencing.  

Next-level venues are (still) opening left, right and centre across the Coast and world-renowned events are scheduled to take the city by storm -and that’s just in the first few weeks of July. Here are the brand new eateries and events you need to get around on the Gold Coast right now.


The Southport foodie scene is on the rise (literally) with the addition of a sweet new rooftop bar boasting ocean views for days. The vibrant space is all greenery and pastels complete with a cute little outdoor area and a big old wood fired pizza oven. Pull up a stool overlooking the Surfers Paradise skyline, order yourself a perfectly toasted pizza or charcuterie platter and perhaps an activated charcoal cocktail (because, balance) and celebrate good times.
Where: Mantra at Sharks, Melia Court, Southport


Boasting next-level vegetarian eats in what might just be the most Insta-worthy space Mermaid Beach has ever seen is The Milkman’s Daughter.  Think white stone, greenery set into the walls and succulent gardens that double as tables and you’re there. Breakfast and lunch menus consist of stacked nachos, breakfast tacos and lemon ricotta pancakes to name a few tasty treats. All vego, all good, all the time.
Where: 43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach


Buzzing Burleigh is about to get even buzzier with the opening of another next-level venue that might, quite frankly, be the love of your life. Mr Hizola’s fills a hole you didn’t know you had, bringing contemporary Cantonese food to the people. The space is somewhat of an indoor Chinese garden with lanterns and vines snaking across the ceiling. The signature dish, a sizzling Wagyu steak, served on a hot stone, is set to be a showstopper. Game changer.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads


Further south, Palm Beach has jumped on board the newbie train with a fine breads and pastry parlour serving up some of the tastiest (and prettiest) baked goods around. Think Turkish Delight Choux Bombs, Curly Wurly Eclairs and the pièce de résistance Citrus Meringue Croissants and Salted Caramel Donuts. Yes indeed. The forest green space has an open kitchen-style situation so you can watch the way-too-talented pastry chefs work their magic. Run don’t walk.
Where: 1097 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach


Miami has quite quickly become the local suburb to watch with the recent opening of several top notch eateries. One of which is (surprise) Daymaker Espresso, found on Pacific Ave. The impressive food menu is a ‘choose your own adventure’ style scenario because every dish has both a vegan and non-vegan option and of course, extras can be added to flesh things out. Yes indeed. The coffee is some of the best around and the spaces’ industrial vibes are the perfect mix of sleek and welcoming. Firm fave.
Where: 44 Pacific Ave, Miami

Kirra Smith
Kirra Smith

An experienced Gold Coast writer and photographer, Kirra has called this sparkly city home for over 12 years. A lover of travel, good food and all things art and culture, she is passionate about telling the stories of the incredible people and businesses that make South East Queensland so beautiful.


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