‘Broady’ is a mecca of activity full of sophisticated streets and insta-worthy eats. While you’re here you’ll find plenty to do. Here’s what the locals like…
FOR A CAFFEINE FIX
Head to Elk Espresso, beachfront at the Oasis Centre, and tuck in to one of the best breakfasts on the Coast. There’s often a line-up here – and for good reason. Locals also opt for laneway café No Name Lane for great coffee and snacks. If you like your morning brew accompanied by organic super-foods and wholesome eats then hit up the health-conscious Grocer and Grind in Broadbeach Waters.
ONE STREET WANDER
The Oasis Centre is conveniently located smack bang in the middle of Broady so you can wander through she shops before sitting in Broadbeach Mall for a bite to eat. What to have for lunch? This strip has plenty of choices. We recommend a burger, fries and beer combo at Main Street Burger, a healthy brekky bowl (seved all day) at Beachside Pavillion, or piping hot pizza at Marios. We also like to wash down a chicken katsu burger with an icy beer from Australia’s first Japanese microbrewery at Harajuku Gyoza. “Irasshaimase!”
Serious shopaholics will already know all about Pacific Fair. Big brand names like Calvin Klein, Camilla, H&M, Louis Vuitton and Prada will keep fashionistas happy and with more than 400 stores, services and dining options jam-packed into one beautifully decked out, resort-style space. It’s a shopping experience locals keep coming back for.
RELAX & REJUVENATE
When Broadbeach-dwellers want to pamper themselves they head straight for Endota Spa for a massage, facial or signature body treatment. Everything on offer here is heavenly, but our hot tip is the 60 minute “Grounding” foot treatment. You don’t even have to walk far to get there. Book yourself in pronto.
GLAMOROUS TIMES AT THE STAR
Join the flock of locals perched on the sunny deck or lush green lawn enjoying live music, champagne and a very tempting all-day bar menu. Garden Kitchen and Bar at The Star Gold Coast is a must-do if you’re visiting the Coast. Just ask any local.
ICONIC KURRAWA SURF CLUB
You can’t visit Broadbeach without hitting the actual beach. Jump in for a body-surf then climb on into the newly re-built Kurrawa Surf Club. The balcony is perfect for a beer and bistro meal and you’ll no doubt meet some friendly locals while you’re gazing at the ocean.
PLAY IN THE PARK
Right next door to the surf club is one of the best parks on the Coast. A spacious, interactive all-abilities playground means everyone gets a go on the giant sandcastle, sand pits, sand tables, water jets, slides, swings, climbing equipment and cool flying fox. Add a pedal-powered monorail, awesome pirate ship, underground submarine, handy change rooms and shady BBQ areas and you can see why Gold Coast kids (and kids at heart) love Kurrawa Park.
WINE AND DINE
You’ll have no problem finding something to eat and drink in Broadbeach. Local faves include Mecca Bah for Middle-Eastern banquets, Social Eating House + Bar for casual fine dining (hint: we love the charcuterie plates) and Soho Place for one of the most extensive and enticing cocktail menus in town. To cleanse the palate, join the crowds at The Loose Moose or slink away to The Roosevelt Lounge, strictly for the sophisticated over-thirties.
BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
From 17-20 May more than 60 of the best blues musicians from Australia and around the world will descend on Broadbeach for the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival. Locals plan their “blues schedule” around the stellar line-up of free indoor, outdoor and beachfront performances. Be sure to factor in time for Broadbeach’s restaurants, bars and festival activities while you’re here.