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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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The round-up: where to get your fried chicken fix on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: where to get your fried chicken fix on the Gold Coast

Is there anything more satisfying than feeling the crunch of the crispy outer before hitting the soft, succulent centre of a piece of fried chicken? No, there's really not. From Korean style to Southern spiced, our love affair with fried chicken continues to grow. In honour of this amazing culinary feat, we’ve rounded up a few of the best spots to get your fried-chicken fix on the Gold Coast. Get your wet wipes ready, this could get messy. more

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Asian-inspired hidden bar Eddy + Wolff brings sophisticated sips and barbecued bar snacks to Robina
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Asian-inspired hidden bar Eddy + Wolff brings sophisticated sips and barbecued bar snacks to Robina

When we first got word that a new 22-seat Asian-style dining den was coming to an 'undisclosed' Gold Coast location, our minds, by force of habit, pictured somewhere along the coastal strip. Just a few weeks ago, the suspense lifted a little when the owners of the elusive venue, named Eddy + Wolff, announced its home would be in the backstreets of Robina. The new hidden dining gem will be unveiled to the public on Wednesday March 27, proving that it's not always about beach views and passing traffic – it's what's on the inside that counts. more

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Craft-beer haven and boutique bottle shop Tapworks Bar & Grill arrives on the northern Gold Coast
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Craft-beer haven and boutique bottle shop Tapworks Bar & Grill arrives on the northern Gold Coast

In October last year, the northern Gold Coast was gifted with the arrival of the $470-million Westfield Coomera. At the time, the colossal retail and dining precinct welcomed a swag of exciting new eateries, cafes and shops – and this Friday March 15, a craft-been haven will be added to the mix with the opening of double-storey hotspot, Tapworks Bar & Grill. more

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An Australian first – US-based hospitality brand HYDE to open an oceanfront venue on the Gold Coast
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An Australian first – US-based hospitality brand HYDE to open an oceanfront venue on the Gold Coast

With iconic venues in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, HYDE is one of the biggest names in the US hospitality scene. In a massive move by the brand (and a huge coup for Queensland), HYDE has announced its foray into the Australian market, with the Gold Coast selected as the location for its flagship venue. The spectacular new multi-faceted dining space and bar, named Hyde Paradiso, is currently under construction on the beachfront in the heart of Surfers Paradise – and it will all be unveiled to the public in just weeks. more

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Black Hops unveils its new state-of-the-art brewery and taproom in Biggera Waters
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Black Hops unveils its new state-of-the-art brewery and taproom in Biggera Waters

In 2016, three Gold Coast lads – Eddie Oldfield, Dan Norris and Michael (Govs) McGovern – began craft-beer brewery, Black Hops. Buoyed by the coast's penchant for locally produced craft beer and in response to a demand for their beers outside of Queensland, the trio have significantly expanded their operations by opening a second brewery and taproom in Biggera Waters. Northern folk, get ready to sip – Black Hops II is here. more


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The round-up: try your luck at the Gold Coast's best Irish pubs and bars
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The round-up: try your luck at the Gold Coast’s best Irish pubs and bars

You just can't beat the charm and convivial atmosphere of a good Irish pub. Tucking into Guinness pies with mash and gravy, slurping hearty stews and sipping pints of creamy Kilkenny straight from the tap are up there with some of life's greatest pleasures. The luck has rubbed off for us Gold Coast folk – we really don't have to look far to find a great Irish pub. In honour of St Patrick's Day, we've rounded up a bunch of the best. more

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The round-up: what's open on Monday nights on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: what’s open on Monday nights on the Gold Coast

How often have you found yourself searching for what's open for dinner on a Monday night on the Gold Coast? Sure, your local takeaway joint is a given – but sometimes Mondays call for wine and share plates, negronis and pizzas, or whisky and yakitori. In the spirit of beating those post-weekend blues, we've put together a handy list of great local restaurants and eateries for Monday night dining. more

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Pringles puts up a $10k prize for one person who can guess its new Mystery Flavour
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Pringles puts up a $10k prize for one person who can guess its new Mystery Flavour

In the realm of potato-based snacks, Pringles has made a worldwide name for itself due to its superior flavour combinations – after all, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that once you pop you simply can’t stop. Over the years the iconic brand has released many lip-smacking limited edition flavours, from chicken salt to Texas barbecue and everything in between. If you fancy yourself a bit of a chippie connoisseur, we have some news that is bound to excite you – Pringles has just released a Mystery Flavour and is giving one lucky person the chance to win $10,000 for identifying it. 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 Gold Coast’s best all-day breakfast
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best all-day breakfast

While it’s all well and good to have ambitions of getting up super early, hitting the gym and enjoying your post-workout green smoothie before the majority of people even stir from their slumber, the reality is often somewhat different and you actually emerge sometime around midday in search of a strong coffee and bacon. If you find yourself in the latter situation, we’ve round-up a bunch of places that do a seriously delicious all-day breakfast. more

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New Chinese eating house Grand Dynasty brings authentic bites and yum cha delights to Broadbeach
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New Chinese eating house Grand Dynasty brings authentic bites and yum cha delights to Broadbeach

Gone are the days of Chinese restaurants piling your plate high with sticky honey chicken and fried rice straight from the bain-marie. Don't get us wrong, everybody loves a cheeky takeaway now and then, but if you're looking for new ways to satisfy your cravings for delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine, then back that belt off a few notches and make a beeline for new Broadbeach eating house Grand Dynasty. more

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Aviary Rooftop Bar takes diners from Bologna to the Amalfi Coast with its new regional-Italian menu
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Aviary Rooftop Bar takes diners from Bologna to the Amalfi Coast with its new regional-Italian menu

We've all had the occasional daydream where we're travelling across Italy sipping wine and eating glorious handmade pizzas – and then the phone rings and we quickly snap back to reality. If it doesn't look like you'll be jetting off to the Amalfi Coast any time soon (did you put your Lotto ticket in?), then sampling the new regional Italian menu at Aviary Rooftop Bar will satisfy your wandering mind. more

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The round-up: fire up your belly with some of the Gold Coast's best Indian restaurants
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The round-up: fire up your belly with some of the Gold Coast’s best Indian restaurants

You just can't beat that overwhelming sense of satisfaction that comes with ripping apart some garlicky naan and dunking it into a deliciously creamy butter chicken from your local Indian restaurant. Are we right? You know we are. Whether you can handle the heat, or prefer to enjoy the more subtle flavours, there are plenty of delicious Indian joints that will suit your tastes. We've put together a handy list of some of the Gold Coast's best Indian restaurants that will really ignite the fire in your belly. more