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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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Sparrow Coffee Co flies into Nobby Beach to fill your morning with quality brews on the fly
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Sparrow Coffee Co flies into Nobby Beach to fill your morning with quality brews on the fly

Coffee is a non-negotiable part of our day – the only variable is where to get it. That in itself requires some forethought, because, as any coffee drinker (addict) can attest, a bad brew can ruin your day. If you have no time for a mediocre morning sip – go ahead and get excited for Sparrow Coffee Co's brand-new coffee dispensary in Nobby Beach. The new takeaway nook is here to fuel your morning with quality brews on the fly.  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 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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The round up: The Gold Coast's top kid-friendly restaurants
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The round up: The Gold Coast’s top kid-friendly restaurants

Anyone with little humans in tow knows how challenging it can be to eat out at an actual restaurant. Sure, you will probably spend most of your meal trying to get your offspring to stop mashing miscellaneous food into the table, or making a speedy bee-line for the nearest exit, but you don't have to do the cooking or washing up so it's still a win. Whilst most restaurants do their best to accommodate tiny tribes with the addition of high chairs and kid's menus, some places have kid-friendly dining down to a fine art. To help make things a little easier on parents and carers, we've compiled a handy list of family-friendly restaurants and cafes that make eating out a breeze. Okay, maybe not a breeze, but breezier perhaps. more

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Hudson & Rosie's Table brings coffee and bites to Highland Park
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Hudson & Rosie’s Table brings coffee and bites to Highland Park

Nestled within Highland Park Shopping Plaza on Alexander Drive, Hudson & Rosie's Table is dishing up a bounty of brews and chews from a bright, light and breezy new cafe. The pretty new eatery opened its doors on Friday March 19, much to the delight of eager locals who braved the wild weather to take a peek over the weekend. Here's what you need to know about Hudson & Rosie's Table ... more


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Pretty Handsome brings cheap eats and dive-bar vibes to Burleigh Heads
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Pretty Handsome brings cheap eats and dive-bar vibes to Burleigh Heads

As a general rule, anywhere that slings a quality burger and fries for $10 has our complete and undivided attention. Even more so if it happens to serve bloody Marys topped with crispy bacon and have posters of Biggie Smalls sitting pretty next to Nirvana and Slayer. If that sounds like your kind of vibe and you fancy a meal that doesn't cost a kidney, pull up a seat at Pretty Handsome. Formerly a takeaway joint on the corner of Christine Avenue and Lemana Lane in Burleigh Heads, the quaint coffee nook has expanded to the shop next door to deliver a cafe-by-day and dive-bar-by-night. more

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Seadog expands its tiny operations to an open-air venue in Burleigh Heads
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Seadog expands its tiny operations to an open-air venue in Burleigh Heads

Burleigh local Brodie Green has a knack for seeing things that others don't. Not in a weird "I see dead people" kind of way but in a practical, visionary kind of way. Case in point, his first caffeine-centric venue Seadog on James quite literally took over the four-square metre space formerly occupied by an ATM and transformed it into a thriving coffee dispensary, much to the surprise of the landlord. Well, friends, he's at it again. This time, Brodie has partnered with Burleigh Heads Bowls Club to transform the previously under-utilised space at the end of the green into an open-air coffee slinger called Seadog in the park. Here's everything you need to know about this nifty newcomer. more

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Get specialty sips on-the-go at Sparrow Coffee Co's new coffee dispensary in West Burleigh
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Get specialty sips on-the-go at Sparrow Coffee Co’s new coffee dispensary in West Burleigh

If you regularly plan your trips around where you can stop to get coffee (we see you, friend), we have some news that might just pique your interest. Bangalow and Byron Bay's much-loved caffeine dispensary Sparrow Coffee Co has spread its wings to open a fourth location right here on the Gold Coast – hooray! Tucked away from plain sight between The Wellness Boutique and Elevation Fitness in West Burleigh, the new takeaway nook is here to fuel your morning with quality sips on the fly.  more

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The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings
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The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings

Wowee. What a year. We all went through it, there's no need to remind you. What we care to focus on are the positives. Despite 2020 being the most difficult year ever for our hospitality friends, our fine city was still blessed with some phenomenal new cafe, restaurant and bar openings – a feat that should be celebrated. So while many of us are trying to forget most of the year that was, we're excited to look back on the hospitality heroes that made this year one to remember ... at least for our tastebuds. more

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Diet be damned! The owners of Bam Bam, Custard and Cubby announce a magical new doughnut dispensary called Chinderella
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Diet be damned! The owners of Bam Bam, Custard and Cubby announce a magical new doughnut dispensary called Chinderella

If you spend more time than you'd like to admit drooling over Bam Bam's baked goods and crushing on Custard's tarts, we have some very exciting news … the legends behind some of your favourite sweet-treat-slinging eateries, aka Ursula and Ben Watts, have been quietly chipping away at a casual outdoor coffee-and-doughnut spot in the heart of Chinderah – just a few hundred metres up the road from Cubby Bakehouse. It will be called Chinderella (cute!) and it's set to open sometime this summer so there goes our clean eating New Year's resolutions. Here's what we know so far ... more

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Seek and you shall find – Here brings coffee and baked goods to Burleigh's backstreets
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Seek and you shall find – Here brings coffee and baked goods to Burleigh’s backstreets

When it comes to coffee, everybody has their place. Whether it's a cheeky pitstop on the way to work because you can nab a park out the front, a mid-morning pick-me-up or a liquid lunch to get you through the day, coffee is indeed life. If you happen to be in or around Burleigh Heads and on the hunt for a brew, say hello to Here – a quaint little nook that's here to brighten your day. more

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The round-up: where to get local specialty coffee beans for at-home sipping
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The round-up: where to get local specialty coffee beans for at-home sipping

The world is pretty crazy right now but there are a few things keeping us sane – one of them (okay, the main one) is coffee. While it's still a nice treat to grab a cup of joe to-go, it's also the perfect time to master the art of a quality coffee at home. Whether it's a smooth pour-over, a creamy latte or somewhere in between – it all starts with a good quality bean. We've rounded up a few local roasters and suppliers who can hook you up with everything you need to get pouring. more

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

Calling all caffeine crusaders – this is your ultimate hit list. Earlier this year, we asked you guys to nominate and vote for the best coffee on the Gold Coast, as part of the 2019 Gold Coast EAT/drink awards. You sipped, savoured and cast your votes, and we thought it was high time to reveal the entire top ten list. So, here it is – the Gold Coast's ten best coffee spots, as voted by you! more