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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

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‘Gimme some sugar – indulge your sweet tooth at Baked, the coast's newest treats hub
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‘Gimme some sugar – indulge your sweet tooth at Baked, the coast’s newest treats hub

Few things come close to the satisfaction you get from indulging your sweet tooth. Sure, moderation is required, but that split second when you first bite into a deliciously moist frosted cupcake, it kind of feels like time stands still, don't you think? Whether you're a loud and proud sugar fiend (hello, that's us) or a behind-the-closet sweets lover, you'll want to make tracks to the coast's newest diet-busting hot spot, Baked. more


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The round-up: the best places for heathy eats on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: the best places for heathy eats on the Gold Coast

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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Sanctum Kitchen & Bar brings sophisticated dining (with a side of shopping) to the north
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Sanctum Kitchen & Bar brings sophisticated dining (with a side of shopping) to the north

In the past, Harbour Town Shopping Centre would probably not have been a place you would associate with sophisticated restaurant-style dining. Well, things have changed. Big time. Just before Christmas, the shopping destination unveiled Harbour Town Eats, a multi-million-dollar food precinct, and within that is Sanctum Kitchen & Bar – an eatery that is spinning the concept of shopping-centre dining on its head. more

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Sip specialty brews with marina views at Jacks Coffee Roasters
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Sip specialty brews with marina views at Jacks Coffee Roasters

Coffee aficionados and functional caffeine addicts, there's a new specialty brewhouse on the coast that'll make your heart flutter. Jacks Coffee Roasters is the newest addition to the waterfront dining precinct at Marina Mirage, where you can sip everything from flat whites to schooners of nitro coffee while gazing at million-dollar yachts. more

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Palm Beach welcomes sleek new coffee space Highline
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Palm Beach welcomes sleek new coffee space Highline

Coffee sippers, allow us to introduce you to the coast's newest caffeine haven – Highline. Armed with Byron Bay's Marvell Street beans, the new specialty-coffee hub has taken over the original Barefoot Barista space in Palm Beach, with a complete overhaul resulting in a bright and fresh new addition to the southern end's bustling cafe scene. more

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The round-up: Brisbane's must-try openings of 2018
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The round-up: Brisbane’s must-try openings of 2018

Phew, what a year it’s been! We’re only a few weeks away from the festive season and the New Year’s celebrations, but it seems like there’s still so much more to cram in before 2018 wraps up for good. Thankfully we’ve got some much-needed holiday time on the horizon, which should allow us to take a breath and look back at everything that’s happened this year. If you’ve been too busy to cast your eyes north, you might not have noticed Brisbane’s banner year in terms of new openings. Bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants – 2018 was a boom year for top-tier hospitality arrivals. If you’re planning a trip up the M1 over summer, pencil a stop or three at some of the best new openings in Brisbane over the past 12 months. more

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Bam Bam owners unveil their new southern gem Cubby Bake House
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Bam Bam owners unveil their new southern gem Cubby Bake House

Hot damn. It's finally here. The owners of much-loved Mermaid Beach pastry powerhouse Bam Bam have today (Wednesday November 7) officially opened their delicious new venture, Cubby Bake House in Chinderah. It's been a long time coming for the south-the-the-border waterfront cafe and bakery, but the giant oven is now firing, the coffees are pouring and there are dozens of French baguettes ready and waiting to be schmeared with excessive amounts of butter. more

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Pickles, bites and books – Keith's Shop of Really, Really, Really Good Things opens in Murwillumbah
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Pickles, bites and books – Keith’s Shop of Really, Really, Really Good Things opens in Murwillumbah

While we're certainly surrounded by an abundance of deliciousness here on the Gold Coast, sometimes it's nice to venture out of own in search of a little bit of magic. Sure, Byron Bay is a fail-safe go-to option for many, but there's a newcomer in Murwillumbah that will surely have you exiting the motorway a little sooner. It's called Keith's Shop of Really, Really, Really Good Things, and if you're willing to travel for pickles, fresh bread and homely meals, then you'll really, really, really love this spot. more

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Doko Demo V brings colourful eats and vego vibes to Miami
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Doko Demo V brings colourful eats and vego vibes to Miami

If you're vegetarian, vegan or like to throw a few meat-free eats into your week, then you'll be pleased to meet Miami's newest resident – Doko Demo V. The new vegetarian wholefoods cafe has opened on the Gold Coast Highway, slinging tasty eats from organic coffee and nutmeg waffles to haloumi burgers and turmeric tacos. more

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The Allotment brings refined cafe fare to Reedy Creek
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The Allotment brings refined cafe fare to Reedy Creek

Residents of Reedy Creek and the surrounds, a new daytime eatery has arrived in your hood that is spinning classic cafe fare on its head. If you're on the hunt for more than just bacon and eggs, or your lacklustre lunchtime salad is leaving you far from satisfied, then it's time to treat your mouth at The Allotment Cafe. more

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Bagels, burgers and $20 coffees – First Fruits gathers steam with a new Labrador coffee space
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Bagels, burgers and $20 coffees – First Fruits gathers steam with a new Labrador coffee space

Coffee is a big deal. Whether you're a one-a-day drinker or you're known for slinging three before morning tea, most of us are pretty discerning when it comes to our morning brew – and rightly so. If you're on the northern end and you really do give a damn about your morning caffeine hit, then you'll be pleased to learn that popular Ashmore espresso bar, First Fruits, has spread its stimulating goods even further with a second venue in Labrador. more

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Coffee, sunshine and brunch vibes – venture south to Casuarina for a taste of Tucker
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Coffee, sunshine and brunch vibes – venture south to Casuarina for a taste of Tucker

When it comes to farm-fresh produce, the southern end of the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales is like a proverbial pot of gold at the end of a gleaming rainbow – and there are plenty of local cafes and restaurants utilising the delicious goodness that we have right here in our backyard. For the founder of Blackboard Coffee, Nick Pearce, the only way is local – which is an ethos he has woven into his latest venture, a daytime eatery in the heart of Casuarina called Tucker. more