Waking up to the Gold Coast for a full day of beach action or theme parks requires some serious energy. You can’t tackle the day on an empty stomach, so we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite brekkie spots to kick start your day.
So, get out of bed (breakfast in bed is overrated unless it’s your birthday) and start eating.
Black Coffee Lyrics
Run by four very cool guys originally from the Sunshine Coast, Black Coffee Lyrics is the place to be seen on the coast. So hip it hurts, the café turns from its daytime trade to an awesome bar at night. The breakfasts are famous (the eggs smothered in basil cream is the stuff of dreams) and the coffee is ground exclusively for the café but with brekkie only happening on Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll want to get in early.
Our pick: Penny Lane Roll – poached egg smothered in their delicious basil cream sauce. What more can we say?
Another one to set the alarm for – locals line up for a feed and a coffee daily at Barefoot Barista, so you know it’s good. Service is definitely done with a smile here and the food is delicious. Don’t worry, barefoot is only just in the name, not the kitchen.
Our pick: Scoff down their baked beans – they’re so good that they’ve been known to make some diners’ toes curl.
Translated as ‘beautiful food’, Bellakai at Coolangatta combines relaxed beachfront dining with views that are easy on the eye. Take a seat inside at one of the slick white tables or head outside and bag a spot with uninterrupted water views.
Our pick: Grab their homemade potato rosti with smoked salmon, poached egg and hollandaise.
Plantation House Café
Escape the rat race and hordes of hipsters and feast on fresh farm-gate produce at The Plantation House Café. This café come country-style grocer has walls stacked high with tinned food, fresh produce and vintage knick-knacks. Take a seat on one of the plantation-style chairs under the jam jar light fittings and settle in for a hearty breakfast made with love.
Our pick: Corn and zucchini fritters with poached egg, washed down with fresh apple, mint and ginger juice.
Expect a warm welcome when you find this little gem hidden off the main drag. Commune has a great vibe and is run by locals who have a passion for the environment and local artists. Serving an all-day breakfast menu incorporating fresh organic ingredients, this place is perfect if you like the occasional sleep in like me.
Our pick: Their pulled pork is a deliciously naughty way to start the day. Wash it down with the Commune super smoothie and you’ll be ready to hit the waves like a pro.
A short hop-skip-and-a-jump from the surf, Elk Espresso has a funky industrial Scandinavian feel to it in the heart of Broadbeach. Grab an outdoor table and soak up that Gold Coast sunshine as you pursue their menu of sweet treats and healthy offerings.
Our pick: Chorizo quesadilla with a peanut butter and chocolate thick shake or if you’re looking for a healthier option you can’t beat their sautéed kale and roasted butternut pumpkin breakfast.
Voted by locals as one of the top three places to have brekkie on the Gold Coast by Crave Gold Coast, Dune Café is a popular locale not only offering ocean views from your table, it’s also opposite the pirate park – so the kids can run free while you sip your soy latte in peace. Incorporating fresh local produce, Dune has a menu for both adults and little adults that draws a crowd every breakfast and lunch.
Our pick: Their grilled local haloumi, asparagus and poached eggs will get your engine revving.
Looking for a Middle Eastern inspired brekkie? Head to the cosy tables of Canteen where you can feast on local seasonal produce prepared fresh each day. This Aladdin’s cave will satisfy all three of your breakfast wishes – great coffee, great food and a great atmosphere
Our pick: The lamb kofta tangine with Middle Eastern baked eggs and a slab of shanklish on Turkish toast will awaken any genie from their slumber.
Combining art, food and amazing ocean views, Café Dbar located in Coolangatta offers coastal views from the comfort of their beautiful Queenslander. Browse through the gallery that stocks works from local artists or take a seat on their front deck where you can spot whales during their migration (June – November). This family-owned and run café is a great, chilled out brekkie option that will suit the entire family.
Our pick: Vietnamese pancake with local blue swimmer crab, sprout salad and chilli jam and soy sauce – a fresh way to kick start the day.
Tell us your favourite breakfast spot on the gold Coast. What gets you up in the morning?
*Photography: Shutterstock (feature image), Krista Eppelstun (Commune and Canteen).