6 of the best coffee shops near Surfers Paradise
If you find yourself flatlining on the Gold Coast, it’s likely you’re in need of a beasty brew. Get your caffeine fix from one of these six coffee gods, all within walking distance of the Surfers Paradise sign.
1. Lot 1 Coffee
Want a dash of irony with your coffee? Then head to Lot 1, a cool little café two blocks south of the Surfers Paradise sign. A life-sized statue of Mr Bean, aka Rowan Atkinson, greets you on the outside, while Gary Atkinson, the chief bean brewer, serves you on the inside. This former Singapore Airlines pilot – who looks nothing like the TV star – has landed a new career dishing up coffee made on Arabica beans with five per cent Robusta “for added morning punch”. Pair your morning fix with one of the big flavoured cakes made on site by Gary’s wife.
2. ESPL. Coffee Brewers
Located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, enjoy the million-dollar views with your macchiato at ESPL Coffee Brewers. The beans, roasted on the Gold Coast using a blend of 20 per cent Nicaraguan, 40 per cent Honduran and 40 per cent Brazilian beans, seem as laid-back as the life going on around it. If you want an afternoon treat or a reason to slow down and tune in to the megastar surroundings, this place is for you.
3. Beaches off Tedder
Looking for a perky pitstop on your beachfront walk? Don’t go west, young man, head north, to Main Beach and Beaches off Tedder Avenue. Serving up Brisbane’s own Merlo coffee, this corner store with commanding access to Main Beach and all those happy fit surfers opens from 6.30am, giving early birds a much-needed fix.
4. Stairwell Coffee
If it wasn’t for the fire-engine red façade, you could so easily miss this place as you hot foot it through Asian Alley (so named for all the cheap Asian eateries) to Orchid Avenue. Stairwell is not much bigger than a cubby house but it shares two winning elements with our shortlist: it serves up Merlo coffee, the king of Queensland beans, and it pipes out soulful tunes alongside bootleg jazz. There’s not a wave in sight, but this is a great spot to go – especially if you’re chasing a bit of quiet time.
5. No Name Lane
Okay, so it’s is a bit of a hike from Surfers Paradise, but at three kilometres south of that sign, we think the “drug” dished up here is worth the walk. No Name Lane is in the middle of a bustling foodie precinct under the shadows of the two Peppers on Broadbeach towers. The service here is whiplash fast and friendly and the Black Sheep bean coffee is extracted smooth and strong.
6. Elk Espresso
It might not look like much from the outside, but the proof is in the cappuccino at Elk Espresso, tucked away on the northern end of Broadbeach. While it’s set in an unremarkable ’70s brick block, the interior of the café is far from forgettable with its Gold Coast meets vintage industrial feel – the perfect spot to flick through a paper and watch life go by. Lying perpendicular to the beach, a lucky few can sight the surf line while sipping on their brew.