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Enjoy nourishing nosh at colourful new Paradise Point arrival Plant Based Cafe
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Enjoy nourishing nosh at colourful new Paradise Point arrival Plant Based Cafe

The plant-based-food movement is continuing to gather steam across the Gold Coast – and it's not just dedicated vegans adding to the rise. More and more carnivores are exploring the realms of plant-based eating. They aren't fully taking the leap, but they are curious and willing to try something different. It's the little things – like a staunch meat eater ordering jackfruit on a taco instead of pulled pork – that are slowly closing the gap between non-vegans and vegans, and it's also creating an even wider market for dedicated plant-based eateries – like Paradise Point's brand-new (and aptly named) Plant Based Cafe – to flourish. more

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The round-up: what’s open on Monday for the Australia Day public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open on Monday for the Australia Day public holiday

Australia Day is upon us, and given it's falling on a Sunday (January 26) this year it means we've snagged a long weekend (you beauty!) with the public holiday falling on the Monday January 27 in lieu. Whether you're in need of a recovery feast, or you just want to ease into your Monday off with a coffee and croissant, you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of options. Here are a bunch of tasty spots that are open for the Australia Day public holiday this Monday January 27. more

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Poké Lab brings fresh, sashimi-topped bowls of goodness to Nobby Beach
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Poké Lab brings fresh, sashimi-topped bowls of goodness to Nobby Beach

Poke bowls (aka the hip, fresh-faced sibling of sushi) are having their time in the sunshine again on the Gold Coast. Sure, there have been a few dedicated poke-bowl bars that have come and gone over the past two years, but nevertheless our appetite for this vibrant Hawaiian-born staple is still strong and sturdy. If you're a fiend for the sashimi-topped bowls of goodness, then pay a visit to new arrival, Poké Lab. more

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New sweets spot My French Pastries brings the true tastes of France to Robina
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New sweets spot My French Pastries brings the true tastes of France to Robina

The Gold Coast's love affair with French pastry is growing deeper by the day. The combination of passion, finesse, sugar and butter is truly alluring, and it seems like we just can't get enough when it comes to handmade delights like croissants, eclairs and slices of flan patissier. A few days before Christmas, the coast welcomed a brand-new pastry haven by the name of My French Pastries, which has set out to bring the traditional tastes of France to our shores. more

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Brisbane favourite Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers opens its first Gold Coast gnoccheria
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Brisbane favourite Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers opens its first Gold Coast gnoccheria

Few experiences come close to that pure moment of joy when you plunge a fork into a soul-warming bowl of pillow-soft gnocchi and take your first mouthful. Who would have thought that something so simple could be so darn euphoric? If you're one to actively seek out this state of gnocchi-induced elation, then we'd strongly suggest you get acquainted with the Gold Coast's newest dedicated gnoccheria, Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers. more

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The round-up: tuk-tuks and tom yum – where to find the Gold Coast's best Thai food
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The round-up: tuk-tuks and tom yum – where to find the Gold Coast’s best Thai food

From punchy tom yum soups and coconut-laden curries to spicy wok-fried delights and glorious noodles, Thai food will always have a place in our hearts. In a true reflection of the cuisine's popularity, the Gold Coast certainly has no shortage of Thai eateries. Loosen those belt buckles, friends – we've put together a handy list of some of the coast's best Thai restaurants to work your way though. more


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Uday Huja
I am of the firm belief that dinner should not be a transactional exchange ... ~ Uday Huja more
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What to drink when you're not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre's booze-free spirits
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What to drink when you’re not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre’s booze-free spirits

You may be participating in Dry January or just detoxing from the festive season altogether, but for those of us sensible (and selfless) enough to bear the burden of being designated driver on a night out, the craving for a cocktail can be a moralistic tug-o-war. That's where Lyre's steps in – a range of delicious non-alcoholic spirits that help make a mean mocktail. more

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Cocktails, cabanas and neighbourhood vibes – soak up the sunshine at the new-look Robina Pavilion
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Cocktails, cabanas and neighbourhood vibes – soak up the sunshine at the new-look Robina Pavilion

In the latter half of 2019, the longstanding Robina Tavern wrapped up the final stages of its massive $4-million transformation – the first time the venue has undergone any form of renovation works since it opened in 1991. The move by owners Fitzgibbon Hotels & Leisure Group (a private, family-operated firm) to give the lakeside neighbourhood tavern – now named Robina Pavilion – a new lease on life has been welcomed with wide-open arms by locals, with its expansion and fresh new look buoyed by a revitalised food and beverage offering. more

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The Bam Bam crew unveil new creekside bakehouse Custard Canteen
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The Bam Bam crew unveil new creekside bakehouse Custard Canteen

Long, salty, sun-kissed days at Tallebudgera Creek just got a whole lot sweeter – Custard Canteen is finally here! The highly anticipated waterside bakehouse and cafe, which enjoys prime position at the front of the Tallebudgera Leisure Centre, is the latest venue from the dream team that brought us Bam Bam Bakehouse in Mermaid Beach and Cubby in Chinderah. more

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Currumbin cafe Refinery Coffee brings brews, brunch bites and booze to the south
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Currumbin cafe Refinery Coffee brings brews, brunch bites and booze to the south

When Brendan Hill and Gabrielle Hows first took over the Refinery Coffee site (formerly Nectar Espresso) in Currumbin's industrial hub two years ago, they had grand plans for the tiny coffee nook. Armed only with a blender, a sandwich press and a few square metres of workable space, they slung coffees, smoothies and cabinet food, while in the background they slowly worked on bringing their masterplan – which involved expanding and creating an entirely new venue – to life. Just before Christmas, Refinery 2.0 was revealed. more

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Orzo brings a slice of Italy's coastline to the heart of Broadbeach
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Orzo brings a slice of Italy’s coastline to the heart of Broadbeach

A few days before 2019 came to a close, the doors opened to an exciting new venue from the team behind longstanding Broadbeach dining institution Social Eating House and Bar. Italian restaurant Orzo is the latest venture from chef Matthew Jefferson and wife Dayna, which is also located within the Oracle Boulevard precinct, just metres from its celebrated sibling. more

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The round-up: new year, new you – enjoy guilt-free eats at these healthy Gold Coast cafes
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The round-up: new year, new you – enjoy guilt-free eats at these healthy Gold Coast cafes

Look, we're all for optimism and chasing goals, but we still want to be able to go out for lunch with friends and have breakfast with the crew because, well, that's how we roll. If you too like to socialise over food, but also want to uphold your (new year, new me) healthy-eating crusade, then we've got you. Here are a bunch of top spots for healthy eats on the Gold Coast. more

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Against the grain – new gluten-free brewer TWØBAYS hits the craft-beer scene
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Against the grain – new gluten-free brewer TWØBAYS hits the craft-beer scene

For an increasing number of people, gluten free is a lifestyle choice but for those living with coeliac disease, it's life. When Richard Jeffares was diagnosed with the disease in 2015, he was saddened by the prospect of never being able to enjoy a paddle of craft beer with his mates. Sure, gluten-free beer existed but there simply wasn't the quality or variety that he had previously enjoyed. His hope, however, was restored when Richard took a trip and sipped his way from Portland over to Montreal discovering gluten-free beer that was as good, if not better, than the beers he remembered. He returned home inspired and launched TWØBAYS Brewing Co in 2017. more

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New cafe Dulcie & Edna brings specialty coffee and top-notch eats to Banora Point
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New cafe Dulcie & Edna brings specialty coffee and top-notch eats to Banora Point

Friends, let us introduce you to Dulcie & Edna – the southern end's newest coffee and brunch hang. Tucked in the pocket of Banora Point, owners Matthew Schnitzerling (formerly of Burleigh Baker) and Nate Bultitude have set out to inject a much-needed dose of specialty coffee, quality eats and housemade treats into the Tweed region, while at the same time giving a heartfelt nod to their grandmothers, Dulcie and Edna. more

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The year in review: The Gold Coast's best new openings of 2019
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The year in review: The Gold Coast’s best new openings of 2019

This year, the Gold Coast welcomed a little bit of everything – 2019 was truly the year of contrasts. From small 30-seat eateries and tiny hidden bars to mammoth 200-seat restaurants, the coast's dining and bar scene has received a hefty injection of stellar new arrivals over the past 12 months. We've hand picked a few of our favourite new openings of the year to give you a splash of inspo for when you're looking to try somewhere new. more

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The all-new Duke's Parlour brings top-notch sips, live music and mid-century vibes to Surfers Paradise
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The all-new Duke’s Parlour brings top-notch sips, live music and mid-century vibes to Surfers Paradise

Tucked in the depths of Surfers Paradise, a little out of view, lies a new hidden gem that has set out to add some serious cred' to the precinct's bar scene. Named after the father of modern surfing ‘The Duke’ Kahanamoku, the newly opened Duke's Parlour is channelling mid-century Californian bungalow vibes to bring a new wave of quality cocktails and live music to the coast's pool of after-dark establishments. more