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Immune-boosting juices and nourishing nosh – say hello to the brand-new Nobbys Shack
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Immune-boosting juices and nourishing nosh – say hello to the brand-new Nobbys Shack

The Nobby Beach strip has evolved a lot over the years. One mainstay, however, has been the ever-popular The Shack Superfood Cafe, which always had a steady stream of people in and out slurping freshly made juices and acai bowls. When the long-standing juice bar suddenly closed, people wondered what went wrong. Thankfully, this story is not one of endings, but rather, new beginnings. Say hello to Nobbys Shack, your new old faithful. more

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Satisfy your thirst for adventure and excellent coffee at Burleigh's new cafe/lifestyle destination Outerbound
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Satisfy your thirst for adventure and excellent coffee at Burleigh’s new cafe/lifestyle destination Outerbound

Plenty of things are out of our control right now. One thing we can determine with absolute certainty, however, is our morning coffee. And when it comes to that particular ritual, we will not compromise on quality. If coffee is a non-negotiable part of your day, detour via Burleigh's new cafe/lifestyle destination, Outerbound, on Kortum Drive. The new hub is here to fuel your thirst for adventure while quelling your craving for caffeine and wholesome snacks. more

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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021
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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021

Well, 2021, it's been a time. We'd be lying if we said it was all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but despite it all, some pretty amazing things happened here on the Gold Coast. The year that was witnessed the Gold Coast's dining scene evolve in interesting ways, from bars and pool clubs to the influx of sip-from-the-source breweries and the return of the not-so-humble sandwich. Before we close the book on this year, we thought we'd take a quick skip down memory lane and commemorate some notable happenings and spotlight some of the pieces that resonated with you, our dear readers, the most … more

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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year
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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year

Well, we made it. The year's end is imminent and that's got us feeling more than a little nostalgic. Despite intermittent lockdowns and dining restrictions, the Gold Coast's dining scene continued to flourish. New eateries popped up with surprising regularity, from sophisticated tipple temples to sandwich bars, a bounty of beach bars and pool-side sip spots, it's been a big year! We've compiled a list of stand-outs from the past 12 months. While not an exhaustive selection, it's a snapshot of the diverse array of arrivals we had the privilege of checking out this year. more

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The recap – the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap – the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes this month

Is it just us or does time seem to be flying by at an alarming pace? With so much of our mental energy looking to Christmas and New Year's, it's easy to miss some things that are happening right now, like exciting new openings for example. This month alone the Gold Coast has welcomed a bunch of new places – from new-old favourites to a world's first immersive seltzer brewery. ICYMI, here is a quick round-up of the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes from November.  more

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Switchfoot at Rainbow Bay is an ode to surfing, quality coffee and community
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Switchfoot at Rainbow Bay is an ode to surfing, quality coffee and community

We don't think we're being biased when we say that Rainbow Bay is a pretty magical part of the world. Three people who agree wholeheartedly are Mitch, Sarah and Katie – the trio who operate the beachside suburb's brand-new coffee slinger, Switchfoot. If excellent coffee, chilled vibes and crumpets sound like a recipe for your ideal morning, read on for all of the delightful details ... more

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Kylie's Cupcakery expands to a new home and opens a dedicated gluten-free cafe
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Kylie’s Cupcakery expands to a new home and opens a dedicated gluten-free cafe

If you have a soft spot for sweets and big love for burgers, we have some exciting news. Having outgrown its original space on Lavelle Street in Nerang, the much-loved Kylie's Cupcakery has moved to a brand-new pastel-hued home, a stone's throw from its original location. The mouth-watering new cupcakery is nestled on Nerang Street, and is dishing up an expanded menu of eats alongside next-level sweet treats. Read on for all of the mouth-watering details ... more


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Brews, bites and good vibes abound at The Ranchero – the new home of Morena Espresso
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Brews, bites and good vibes abound at The Ranchero – the new home of Morena Espresso

If you're a Gold Coast local with a penchant for live music, it's pretty likely that you've found yourself grooving away at Mo's Desert Clubhouse on more than a couple of late-night occasions. The Burleigh Heads-based live music locale serves up myriad events each weekend, from vintage markets to local music shows and even the occasional wedding, all with Mo's signature rainbow flair. Well, now it is also host to an equally colour-drenched Gold Coast venue, Morena Espresso's newest outpost. Say hello to Morena at Mo's! more

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Sink your teeth into pizza and pasta at Varsity Lakes' brand-new bistro Oscar Italia
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Sink your teeth into pizza and pasta at Varsity Lakes’ brand-new bistro Oscar Italia

Keeping occupied during various COVID-related lockdowns has manifested in some pretty unlikely hobbies to pass time (focaccia, anyone?). For Leisa and her husband Shaun, who found themselves separated by border closures for nine long months, they passed the time apart by planning a restaurant they hoped to open one day. As it turns out, they were pretty good at it – so when the restrictions lifted and the pair were (finally) reunited, they had all of the necessary building blocks in place to turn their hypothetical plans into a reality. The only thing that was missing was the perfect location, and as luck would have it, the perfect place was right in front of their eyes. Varsity Lakes, say hello to Oscar Italia ... more

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Wine and cheese – yes please! Wrap your mitts around a gourmet toastie from Mermaid's newbie Cheese Me Baby
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Wine and cheese – yes please! Wrap your mitts around a gourmet toastie from Mermaid’s newbie Cheese Me Baby

A mantra we Gold Coasters tend to live by, particularly as we head towards the steamy months, is that happiness is best served melted. And that's precisely what you'll find at Cheese Me Baby in Mermaid Beach – gooey, melty happiness in sandwich form. Sitting pretty on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Tamborine Street, in the same complex that also houses Poké Poké, Goccia Italian and Som Tam Gai, the converted container kitchen has transformed a previously underutilised grassy knoll into a vibin' coffee slinger. Let's be honest, they had us at wine and cheese but there's plenty more to love about this nifty newcomer ...  more

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Get acquainted with Main Beach's new neighbourhood eatery – The Local Tedder Avenue
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Get acquainted with Main Beach’s new neighbourhood eatery – The Local Tedder Avenue

Tedder Avenue in Main Beach has long been the heart and soul of the beachside suburb, with quaint cafes, boutiques and bars dotted along the street. There’s a strong sense of community with locals stopping for a yarn, friendly waves from across the road and neighborhood catch-ups over coffee. Long-time locals Natalie and Mark Perry have long had their peepers peeled for a space along the popular promenade. Finally one has popped up that ticked all of their boxes – say hello to the couple's community oriented locale The Local Tedder Avenue … more

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Sip coffee, eat B&E rolls and be grateful at Burleigh's new eatery Magnolia Lane
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Sip coffee, eat B&E rolls and be grateful at Burleigh’s new eatery Magnolia Lane

Eagle-eyed travellers along the Gold Coast Highway may have spied a fresh lick of paint and some pretty new breeze blocks framing the high-profile site cornering First Avenue in Burleigh Heads. That, friends, is Magnolia Lane and it's here to inject a hearty dose of caffeine and gratitude into your day. The casual new eatery opened its doors just prior to the Gold Coast's recent week-long lockdown but is now open to sit-down patrons. more

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Stick a fork into a stack of souffle pancakes at Palm Beach's Raijin
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Stick a fork into a stack of souffle pancakes at Palm Beach’s Raijin

You've probably heard the expression 'as flat as a pancake', which makes sense based on our current understanding of pancakes being, well, flat. Raijin in Palm Beach is here to flip this notion on its head with its ridiculously fluffy and puffy souffle pancakes. The pillowy soft spheres are made-to-order and take a minimum of 20 minutes to make – so settle in, order a coffee and prepare your tastebuds for a treat. more

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Well Bread & Pastry brings French patisserie vibes to Palm Beach
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Well Bread & Pastry brings French patisserie vibes to Palm Beach

When it comes to bread and baked goods in general, not all are created equal. Whilst some can leave you feeling sluggish, others utilise a slow fermentation over 18 to 36 hours using a base of live cultures – the end result is easy-to-digest bread that is jam-packed full of nutrients and beneficial microbes for your gut. Sitting firmly at the latter end of the bread spectrum is Palm Beach's newest (and prettiest) bakehouse Well Bread & Pastry. The French-style artisan bakery is ideally positioned within the Pavilions precinct and specialises in sensational sourdough, pastries, pies and perfectly brewed coffee. more

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Get caffeinated at Paradise Point's brand-new coffee slinger Sweet Bambino
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Get caffeinated at Paradise Point’s brand-new coffee slinger Sweet Bambino

Three-quarter strength flat white, extra-strong decaf, double macchiato – the list of coffee preferences is endless. One thing that all coffee drinkers can agree on, however, is the fact that not all coffee is created equal. If you find yourself in Paradise Point with a hankering for a little liquid motivation, make a pit-stop at Sweet Bambino. The super-cute new hole-in-the-wall cafe proves once and for all that good things do indeed come in small packages.  more

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Seek and you shall find Currumbin's hidden caffeine haven The Galleon 4223
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Seek and you shall find Currumbin’s hidden caffeine haven The Galleon 4223

Every suburb has its hidden local gems and The Galleon 4223 is undoubtedly one of Currumbin's. Nestled in between a general store and a hairdresser, the neighbourhood cafe is the kind of place where you're greeted by name and coffee order. Having only been open for a couple of months, the nautical-themed coffee slinger has established itself as a firm favourite for locals, which is pretty fitting since its mantra is 'for the locals, by the locals'. more

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Baby it's cold out – warm up with a Biscoff hot chocolate from Elk Espresso's new winter menu
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Baby it’s cold out – warm up with a Biscoff hot chocolate from Elk Espresso’s new winter menu

It's been a pretty rough couple of days here on the Gold Coast, so we could probably all do with a hug right about now. Unfortunately in this new-world order, hugging is banned so we'll just have to settle for a Biscoff hot chocolate from Elk Espresso. Look, we're no scientists but we're pretty sure it delivers the same kind of endorphin rush but in a delightfully COVID-safe way. The sippable new creation is part of the Broadbeach-based institution's mouth-watering new winter menu, which is made for crisp mornings and warm days. Read on for all of the delicious details ... more

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Croffle from Southport's Croffee
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Croffle from Southport’s Croffee

Cronuts and cruffins, take a seat. Fellow sugar fiends, may we present the Croffle –  a glorious croissant/waffle hybrid that is guaranteed to spark joy. The decadent dessert or sometimes savoury snack starts with a base of buttery croissant dough before being cooked to crisp, golden perfection in a waffle iron and adorned with your choice of toppings. It's happiness, plain and simple.  more

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I'll have what she's having – wrap your mitts around a next-level Reuben at Robina's new Milk Money Espresso
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I’ll have what she’s having – wrap your mitts around a next-level Reuben at Robina’s new Milk Money Espresso

If you live or work in or around Robina and were looking for a reason to ditch your sad leftover salad or solo desk lunch, Milk Money Espresso is it. The new caffeine dispensary has completely transformed the former Serendipity cafe (at the base of the Space building) and is here to demolish those pesky pangs with loaded toasties and bowls brimming with deliciousness. Once you get a glimpse (and taste) of the goods, we reckon you're going to find every excuse to travel along Scottsdale Drive just so you can stop by. more