The round-up: our picks for the best Gold Coast brunch
Brunch really is the meal to beat them all. Is it breakfast? Is it lunch? Is it the goldilocks meal that perfectly aligns with the mid-morning rumbles of your tummy? Yes, to all three. A hearty and flavoursome Gold Coast brunch truly is the elixir of life, especially when there is the option to add a cheeky splash of booze. Whether it’s a Saturday morning mimosa to get the weekend started or a dusty Sunday’s bloody mary to serve as the hair of the dog, nothing washes down your brunch of choice quite like a cocktail. In the spirit of mid-morning sipping and snacking, we’ve put together a handy list of spots to enjoy the best brunch on the Gold Coast.
Elk Espresso, Broadbeach: Elk always tops the list among locals when it comes to the Gold Coast brunch of choice, especially considering boozy brunches flow daily from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. When it comes to food, Elk changes their menu with each season to ensure you’re always feasting your eyes and taste buds on the freshest produce. Whether you’re after something creative like peanut butter and jelly french toast or one of the classics (eggs on toast), you can guarantee everyone will be left satisfied with brunch at Elk.
Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach: Croissants and cocktails? Yes, way. Brunches at Bam Bam are a great idea any day of the week – get yourself a passionfruit punch (or wine or beer if you’re that way inclined) while you work your way through some Bam Bam shrooms or the croissant French toast with chantilly cream.
Pasture & Co, Currumbin Valley: Fill your belly and warm your soul with Pasture & Co’s nature-inspired menu of brunch bliss. Whether you’re ogling some stacked ricotta pancakes or the zucchini and potato rosti with organic greens, the menu will have something to sate your cravings. If you’re keen on a tipple, may we recommend the rosemary and cucumber tonic, pink punch or even the virgin pina colada?
Daark Espresso, Chirn Park: Daark is renowned for its coffee, but did you know they also offer a boozy brunch from 10:00 am-2:30 pm? Munch on a benedict, smashed avo or sourdough toastie while sipping your way through a loaded pina colada smoothie, spiked pine lime twist or a bottomless mimosa. We’ll cheers to that!
Butlers Tea Room + Noshery, Burleigh Heads: New kids on the block, Butlers Tea Room + Noshery are here to transport you to a brunch-filled wonderland. The food menu will bring a tear to your eye as you decide between crispy kimchi pancakes, brunch burritos, pina colada bowls and the heavenly ricotta hotcakes. Just wait, though. As your eyes scan a little lower, you will quickly delight in the addition of spiked ice teas! Will it be strawberry and hibiscus with a splash of bacardi, or lemon, ginger and gin? The tea world truly is your oyster at this picturesque possie.
Little Mermaid, Mermaid Beach: Armed with a dedicated brunch menu and a vibrant selection of cocktails, Little Mermaid ticks the boxes for a seaside brunch spot. Share a vegan grazing board, tuck into the fried chicken bowl, savour the banana ‘n’ chocolate acai bowl, and then work through the extensive cocktail spread. The Bloody Mermaid, which involves gin and organic raspberry kombucha, is a great place to start – or go straight for the bottomless brunch option, which you can enjoy every day from 10:00 am.
No Name Lane, Broadbeach: Stumble down an alley and find one of Broadbeach’s hidden gems where you can toast to brunch with a mimosa in hand. No Name Lane may be small, but their menu is oh-so mighty. Your mouth will be torn between sipping on your mimosa and sampling the manchego and chorizo croquettes, mango sticky rice, and avocado and beetroot toast. This tasty little cafe is open every day from 6:00 am, though you won’t be able to get your hands on a mimosa until 10:00 am.
Hot Shott, Main Beach: From a build-your-own bagel board to sweetcorn and chive fritters, Hot Shott knows how to do brunch. It’s licensed from 10:00 am, so nab a spot on the footpath and sip a refreshing ‘mango Weiss Bar’ cocktail or share jugs of frozé with the crew while you watch the world go by.
Hyde Paradiso, Surfers Paradise: Hyde Paradiso serves up the beachside brunch of your dreams every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For $99, you can enjoy two hours of chandon brut or chandon rosé, two hours of a spritz of your choice, four Mediterranean-inspired tapas and some damn fine oceanfront views. If you’re not in the mood for Mediterranean, there are plenty of other mouth-water meals that are sure to tickle your fancy.
Mr., Nobby Beach: If margs are your drink of choice, go ahead and book a bottomless long lunch at Mr. in Nobby Beach. For $99 per person, you can enjoy two glorious hours of margaritas in an array of fun flavours including chilli, watermelon, passion pineapple, mango and jalapeno, traditional and coconut, alongside some seriously mouth-watering nosh – think kingfish tostadas and bug rolls. Sign us up.
BSKT Cafe, Nobby Beach: Fancy a mid-morning Cocowhip espresso martini with your Navajo native breakfast or raspberry and rhubarb waffles? If you’re up for brunch by the ocean with the option to keep things healthy, BSKT is your go-to. The Nobby Beach health hub serves cocktails and more from 10:00 am, so gather the flock and settle in for diet-friendly eats.
Blackboard, Varsity Lakes: Tucked into Varsity Lakes is local gem, Blackboard, known for having a line of people cueing out the door on weekends. These patient patrons wait for good reason, as brunch at Blackboard brings the likes of truffle scrambled eggs, jaffa waffles and brisket hash. While you can wash these down with a coffee or smoothie, parched brunch-goers can also treat themselves to a beer or glass from the selection of vegan-friendly Margaret River wines.
Palm Springs, Burleigh Heads: If you’re after an Insta-worthy setting for your next brunch soiree, then put Palm Springs at the top of your list. This Burleigh favourite gives off strong Cali-vibes, complete with authentic breakfast burritos, wholesome bowls, burgers and waffles. The all-white brunch haven also serves plenty of vegan options alongside a colourful cocktail menu (10:00 am chilli marg? Yes, please!) and all of your favourite beers, wines, seltzers and ciders.
Bazaar Marketplace, Surfers Paradise: This is where you’ll find the ultimate ‘Sunday brunch’ – it’s bottomless in terms of food and booze. Every Sunday, the Bazaar Brunch treats diners to an interactive market-style feast with fresh seafood, cronuts, indulgent desserts and gourmet pizzas. While chowing down, sip on a cocktail spritz or two by adding a beverage package to your meal. Tell us a better way to spend your Sunday? We’ll wait …
Nineteen at The Star, Broadbeach: The fine folks at Nineteen are serving up a five-star brunch fit for royalty, with a side of sparkling and cocktails, of course! Enjoy all of your favourite brunch meals with a decadent twist. Think crab omelettes, southern buttermilk biscuits, french toast topped with seasonal fruits and the ever-popular signature Nineteen breakfast.
Rubi Red Kitchen and Bar, Nobby Beach: If you’re craving an Asian-inspired high tea with a twist, look no further than Rubi Red’s Shanghai High Tea with bottomless cocktails. Head down to Nobby’s at 11:30 for a late brunch delight and fuel your body with soy-braised beef bao, sake-cured salmon, steamed barramundi and a prosecco-soaked beverage package!
ELK Esporesso image credit: Brooke Darling Photography
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