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Top-notch brews, easy eats and kind people – get your daily dose at new Palm Beach local Watson Bloom
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Top-notch brews, easy eats and kind people – get your daily dose at new Palm Beach local Watson Bloom

While this (temporary) world of self isolation, virtual catch ups, not touching our faces and 1.5-metre gaps sure is pure craziness, there has been one constant amid the chaos – coffee. Like a warm hug, that morning hit of caffeine has certainly helped to keep us all somewhat sane during these less-than-ideal times – and now southern locals have even more of that sweet jitter juice within reach thanks to the new kid on the Palm Beach block, Watson Bloom. more

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Southport sipping spot Mr PP's launches a new daytime sandwich bar, deli and coffee concept
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Southport sipping spot Mr PP’s launches a new daytime sandwich bar, deli and coffee concept

Sandwiches are the most underrated of menu items. There, we said it. For far too long, the humble sanga has been sitting on the sidelines, while spotlight-stealers like burgers and tacos take centre stage – but the team at Mr PP's in Southport is determined to catapult sandwiches back into the limelight (where they belong) with its new dedicated sandwich bar, deli and coffee dispensary. more

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Northern newbie Bear Boy Espresso arrives in Helensvale with specialty brews and top-notch nosh
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Northern newbie Bear Boy Espresso arrives in Helensvale with specialty brews and top-notch nosh

In terms of new cafes (and restaurants, for that matter) much of the activity generally gravitates down the southern end of the Gold Coast. So, when we hear about new arrivals up north, we jump at the chance to share the news with you guys. Allow us to introduce you to Bear Boy Espresso, a sleek new daytime hang that has recently opened on Hope Island Road in Helensvale, just a stones throw from the M1. more

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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 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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The round-up: enjoy guilt-free eats at these healthy Gold Coast cafes
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The round-up: 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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Former Society of Florida site home to new eatery Sandrino Kitchen & Bar
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Former Society of Florida site home to new eatery Sandrino Kitchen & Bar

Florida Gardens – the island pocket within Broadbeach Waters – has welcomed a new neighbourhood hub. What was originally the site of Society of Florida cafe (and most recently the Trembling Cup) has fallen into the hands of local duo Nenad Miljkovic and Sandra Ostojic, who quietly opened the doors to their first cafe venture Sandrino Kitchen & Bar earlier this month. more


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The round-up: the Gold Coast's ten best cafes, as voted by you
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s ten best cafes, as voted by you

Earlier this year, we put out the call for our readers to nominate their favourite places for the Gold Coast EAT/drink Awards. One tasty category was Best Cafe – which attracted a record number of votes. We've already announced the winners, but now it's time to reveal the top ten. So, friends, here it is – the Gold Coast's ten best cafes, as voted by you! more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's best breakfast spots, as voted by you!
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best breakfast spots, as voted by you!

It's been drilled into us since we were young – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, you don't have to tell us twice, because we're all for kick-starting our daily adventures with a hearty meal. As part of the EAT/drink Awards 2019, we put the call out to the fine people of the Gold Coast to nominate and vote for the places where you (and your stomach) reckon serves the city's best breakfast. We've already announced the winners, but now it's time to reveal the rest of the list. So, here it is – the Gold Coast's best breakfast spots, as voted by you. more

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Ketogenic cafe and health-food haven Brio Emporium expands with a new hub in Southport
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Ketogenic cafe and health-food haven Brio Emporium expands with a new hub in Southport

Gold Coast-born health-food hub Brio Emporium, known for its gut-friendly bone broths and eye-popping Fay Boy Sundaes, is going from strength to strength. Buoyed by demand from health-conscious foodies and ketogenic eaters, the owners of the popular low-carb and full-fat cafe have recently opened its third venue – this time venturing a little further north to give Southport locals a taste of its goodness. more

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Wild Cherry Coffee Bar brings specialty brews and homemade delights to Varsity
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Wild Cherry Coffee Bar brings specialty brews and homemade delights to Varsity

Coffee connoisseurs, caffeine addicts and (most importantly) those of you that simply appreciate a darn-good morning brew – let us introduce you to the coast's new neighbourhood coffee haven, Wild Cherry Coffee Bar. Tucked away right under our noses in the heart of the Burleigh-Varsity area, this new hidden gem is bringing top-end coffee and house-made delights to the suburbs. more

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Settle in for smoothie bowls, vegan waffes and loaded bagels at Cooly's new health hang Earth Pantry
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Settle in for smoothie bowls, vegan waffes and loaded bagels at Cooly’s new health hang Earth Pantry

Just a few sandy footsteps from Coolangatta's pristine beachfront lies Earth Pantry, a newly opened sun-kissed hang where you can tuck into everything from acai bowls and turmeric lattes to kombucha-soaked bircher and loaded bagels. After sweeping Kingscliff locals off their feet with its flagship space, the health-conscious hub has now ventured north to open its second outpost. more

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Cross + Feather brings champagne-infused eggs and cornflake cocktails to the north
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Cross + Feather brings champagne-infused eggs and cornflake cocktails to the north

Incorporating booze into breakfast outings or brunch dates is a wonderful concept. While it's yet to reach its full potential here on the Gold Coast, the boozy brunch is growing in popularity as people realise that it is, in fact, socially acceptable to sip mimosas and martinis before midday. Interested in subbing out your mid-morning long black for a negroni sbagliato? Get yourself to Paradise Point's newest cocktail-slinging cafe, Cross + Feather.  more

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For the people – Burleigh Co-Op brings community vibes and all-local fare to the coast
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For the people – Burleigh Co-Op brings community vibes and all-local fare to the coast

In early January, the coast bid adieu to popular cafe Burleigh Social, which closed its doors after more than three years in the somewhat iconic digs on Hibiscus Haven, just up from Paddock Bakery. Luckily for the coffee-sipping, brunch-loving locals, the once-bustling premises didn't remain vacant for long, with the Burleigh-Miami precinct this week welcoming a fresh new face in its place. Folks, meet Burleigh Co-Op. more