The round-up: the Gold Coast’s ten best breakfast spots, as voted by you!
It’s been drilled into us since we were young – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, you don’t have to tell us twice, because we’re all for kick-starting our daily adventures with a hearty meal. As part of the 2017 Gold Coast EAT/drink Awards, we put the call out to you guys, our readers, to nominate and vote for the places where you (and your stomach) reckon serves the city’s best breakfast. We’ve already announced the winners, but now it’s time to reveal the rest of the list. So, here it is – the Gold Coast’s ten best breakfast spots, as voted by you.
The Winner: Elk Espresso
Elk has become an institution on the Gold Coast – whilst specialty coffee remains at its heart, the breakfast here is impressive, delicious and totally Instagramable. Owner Andrew Whiting and his team change the menu every season, ensuring a fresh and vibrant new wave of dishes to keep the foodies coming back for more. Clearly, you all voted with your stomachs – that’s why we like you.
The Runner-Up: Bam Bam Bakehouse
Known for its mind-blowing pastry cabinet (helloooo Ink Gin choux bomb), Bam Bam puts a unique spin on all your favourite breakfast classics. It’s always best to set the tone with a flaky croissant first, then move into something like the sweet corn fritters, the bacon and egg roll with shoestring potatoes and sriracha mayo, or if you’re feeling like living on the edge – the nasi goreng with a fried egg.
The Runner-Up: Daark Espresso
Located in the heart of Chirn Park, Daark’s breakfasts are renowned across the coast. The banging coffee and super-cool vibe is enhanced by its seasonal menu – whether you’re into a hearty savoury breakfast and you’re a sucker for sweets, Daark will hit the spot for your morning desires. Just so you know, there’s creme brulee French toast here. Uh huh.
Located on the fringe of Tallebudgera Valley, Parlour’s quaint heritage-style digs are first to catch your eye. Though, it’s the vibrant breakfast menu that will keep you coming back for more. Nab a spot on the deck, sip your Marvell St brew, and munch on some next-level morning nosh.
Nestled in the alleyway that connects James Street to Park Ave, Canteen is a true breakfast gem. The coffee side pumps it out, but if you want to sit and stay a while, head to Canteen’s kitchen for a fresh, modern breakfast spread influence by Middle Eastern flavours. Always great seeing a menu with a difference – and it must be darn tasty, because you guys threw enough votes at it to hurl it into the top ten.
Double Barrel Kitchen
Double Barrel is the epitome of a neighbourhood cafe. Nestled in Mermaid Waters, the buzzing gem attracts the local breakfast crew in droves – be it for a slice of toast (guys, the toast is really good here), a warm chia porridge or the oozing eggs benny bagel. DBK was also voted Runner-Up in the Best New Cafe category – high fives all ’round for this newbie.
All of the wholesome, healthy vibes are rolled into one at BSKT. With views to Nobby Beach, BSKT is a perfect spot for a sun-kissed breakfast. True to its wholefoods style, you’ll find plenty of vegetarian, gluten-free and high-protein breakfast dishes, and a whole lot of drinkable goodness, from super smoothies to fresh juices.
Paddock, the older sibling of Bam Bam, is often jam-packed at breakfast time with hoards of locals following their noses to the aroma of fresh-baked bread, cookies and pastry. Paddock took top gong in the Best Cafe category of the 2017 EAT/drink Awards, so it’s no surprise to see Paddock in the top ten for its breakfast spread. The bacon benedict bagel is a good vibe – or kick it old school with a toad in the hole.
Anywhere with parmesan gnocchi topped with creme brulee eggs on its breakfast menu has our attention. Since opening in September 2016, the Main Beach hub has been swooning the breakfast crowd by churning out much more than the same ‘ol breakky fare – there’s a refined twist, with a side of fun … and it seems you guys are digging it.
This Palmy haunt has earned its breakfast reputation from serving food, honest food alongside top-notch brews. Espresso Moto was also voted into the Runner-Up position for the Best Cafe category – and it was you guys that threw this daytime hang back into the limelight for its breakky spread.
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