For us Gold Coasters, a love of cafes seems to be in our DNA.
Life is infinitely better with bacon, acai bowls, smashed avo, and three rounds of coffee, and there are plenty of cafes on the Coast serving up just that. Narrowing down those hip haunts crafting some of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast hasn't been an easy task, yet here they are - 30 cafes you must try when you're on the GC.
If you've not visited in a while, it's high time you got re-acquainted with one of our fave spots for all-day breakfast in Nobby Beach… because sometimes you just want to eat eggs at 3pm.
A brekkie burger on ciabatta with egg, smoky BBQ sauce, and JR's five-day cured and smoked bacon? You had us at burgers for breakfast. The coffee is not to be overlooked either at this distinctive Coolangatta cafe, surf shop and barbecue smokehouse.
Any cafe with a fun Aussie backyard set up is a winner in our books. Burleigh Social is a Burleigh Heads fave with an eggs benny on a croissant breakfast that's sure to blow your Sunday morning cobwebs away. Plus, they're preparing to open a second venue, Society of Florida - stayed tuned!
There's so much to love about this Nobby Beach institution which is bringing health-conscious food to the masses. Regardless if you're gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise, you're sure to find something on the menu that tickles your tastebuds. Washed down with BSKT's signature vegan-friendly CoCo Whip, naturally!
Palm Beach locals love Espresso Moto for breakfast and brunch, and together with exceptionally friendly and efficient service, this Gold Coast cafe delivers every time. Their famous take on the classic eggs benny is egg-cellent.
Have friends visiting? Breakfast at Cafe DBar should be top of your list, followed by a splash at Rainbow Bay or Froggies Beach = weekend made.
Creative and substantial brekkies—like the Corn Board with poached eggs, charred corn salsa, avo, ham, and Meredith goat's cheese on sourdough—abound at this stalwart on any Gold Coast cafe bucket list.
You can't talk about breakfast on the Gold Coast without talking about Paddock Bakery. Toad in a Hole. Dippy Eggs. Bacon and egg roll. Nutella Bots. This pretty-as-a-picture Miami cafe has iconic breakfast dishes and baked goods that we turn to time and time again, and should have been eaten by any brekkie connoisseur.
Serving up some of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast out of their contemporary warehouse-style cafe, Paradox Coffee Roasters has everything you'd ever want or need from a brunch—eggs served multiple ways, double bacon and egg bagels, ricotta hotcakes, washed down with a house-roasted caffeinated brew or two.
A Gold Coast breakfast institution, this cute-as-a-button cafe overlooking Budds Beach is a favourite Sunday breakfast spot of ours. We love their old-fashioned pikelets with ice cream, strawberries, and maple. Drool.
We'll never tire of Burleigh's beloved Commune cafe. Whether we're sinking into the retro lounge chairs out front, devouring the corn fritters with house-made chilli jam, or trying to decipher the latest event posters from the vintage layers. You can't call yourself a local until you've eaten at Commune.
You say you've come for their wholesome breakfast offerings and smoothie bowls, but we know all you really want is to leave with a box full of Blendlove's signature guilt-free 'cheezecake' slices. We don't blame you. They are to die for. Haven't discovered Blendlove yet? Track down their Instagram and get ready for epic #dessertporn.
New on the cafe scene and already receiving some serious Gold Coast love, we reckon you can't go past coffee and a newspaper in a peacock chair or hanging bench seat. Did someone say Nutella and strawberry toastie?!
This hip and unassuming cafe on the Gold Coast Highway is pouring, hands down, some of the best coffee on the southern end of the Coast. And for that, they are very deserving of your loyal patronage.
Another popular healthy cafe on the Gold Coast, Broadbeach's Grocer and Grind whips up some of the best organic superfood smoothies you'll ever sip. Plus, acai bowls, wholefoods eggs bennies, caramelised banana pancakes, cold-pressed juices, and more.
Surfers Paradise's original craft beer bar is also hugely popular for its long-standing breakfast buffet, which every GC local has devoured at some point. For a few extra bucks than what you'd usually pay for smashed avo on toast up the road, you can get an entire breakfast feast with salty ocean vistas. Bargain.
Blackboard has spread their magic coffee-roasting fairy dust up and down the Coast, with Blackboard Coffee starring on many a cafe menu. If you're a coffee fiend or not, everyone who visits Blackboard Varsity Lakes falls in love. Maybe it's the eggs benny on a hash or the ridiculous line-up of doughnuts and cronuts. There's a lot to love.
Paradise Pointers love their eclectic local, Cafe 7. And if you've explored far enough, you've likely checked “The Shed” off your breakfast list too.
Our love for Canteen Kitchen—and adjoining barista bar, Canteen Coffee—runs deep. Their point of difference being a subtle Middle Eastern-influenced brekkie and brunchin' menu - think liberal appearances from dukkah, za'tar, labneh, cumin, olives, and green harissa. If you've not yet tracked this one down, you're simply missing out.
A gorgeous choice for that special extra-long brunch, Providore in the glitzy Marina Mirage shopping plaza is a solid contender among the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast. Truffled polenta with poached eggs and grilled asparagus? Don't mind if we do!
Turn your bad day on its head with a trip to this Tugun cafe. It's casual and friendly, and definitely part of the best cafes on the Gold Coast club.
These guys make magic out of everything they touch, whether it be flavoursome breakfast dishes or buttery home-baked goodies and dessert pots. Paired with a luxe interior that's up there among Gold Coast's most beautiful cafes.
Serving up some of the very best breakfasts on the Gold Coast, Elk Espresso offers respite from the high rises, with its peaceful home overlooking grassy Broadbeach Park. We bet you can't resist Instagramming the heck out of their gorgeous panna cotta and French toast loaded with figs. #breakfastporn
Bagels and coffee: a wonderful union we'll never tire of. Put your bacon obsession aside and order our fave—the salmon, avocado, poached eggs, and rocket combo is spot on. Just be sure to leave room for a Bronut Sundae.
Plonk yourself down on one of Alfred Apartment's outdoor tables and order the famed Alfred's Burrito. It's the ultimate hangover brekkie cure.
We can thank Vintage Espresso for putting the Gold Coast's cafe revolution wave in motion. They are still dishing up epic coffee and breakfast in Mermaid Beach, so swing by and say thanks.
Hordes of hip coffee drinkers and lycra-wearing riders filling every available seat on a Saturday morning, is a testament to the popularity of this West Burleigh hangout.
This relative newcomer is already garnering a reputation as a Palm Beach cafe icon. Hendrixx's creative fit-out of an old surf shop has earned it a spot among the Gold Coast's best cafes, oh, and they make jaffles. Kickin' it old school!
This article was originally published onMetropolist Gold Coast.
Photography Credit: Hayley Williamson and Brooke Darling for Metropolist