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8 of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast

Waking up to the Gold Coast for a full day of beach action or theme parks requires some serious energy. Given you can’t tackle the day on an empty stomach, we’re dishing up a list of eight of the top breakfasts on the Gold Coast.

So, get out from under the covers (breakfast in bed is overrated) and get devouring.

Barefoot Barista

One to set the alarm for – locals line up for a feed and a coffee daily at Barefoot Barista in Palm Beach, so you know it’s a good way to start the day. Add sleek and stylish digs, super-friendly service and delicious food – from coconut porridge to zucchini haloumi fritters – and it’s a recipe for breakfast success.

Our pick: Go mushy for their mushrooms. Poached eggs sit alongside seasonal local mushrooms, goat cheese, baby kale and spinach leaves, then topped with dehydrated porcini mushroom and hazelnut dust and truffle oil.

The Milkman’s Daughter

Vegetarian café and Instagrammer’s delight, The Milkman’s Daughter in the heart of Mermaid Beach makes the plant life look (and taste) divine. With their ‘eat consciously, live consciously’ philosophy, they’ll ensure you leave here belly-full of goodness whether you’re ordering from the breakfast or brunch menu.

Our pick: After scoffing the piled-high herbed avocado smash with Danish feta on sourdough you’ll never curse the price of avos again.

Pasture & Co.

Pasture & Co I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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Escape the rat race and venture out to Currumbin Valley for some fresh local harvest at Pasture & Co. The surrounds of this café are as lush as their all-day brunch menu that caters to all of the foodie requests (vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and allergy-free). Grab a cup of their award-winning organic coffee and enjoy the nature.

Our pick: Sweeten up with their ricotta pancakes with berry compote, coconut yoghurt, maple syrup, brulee banana, organic mint and nut crumbs.

Commune Cafe

Expect a warm welcome and great vibe when you enter this local fave hidden off the main drag at Burleigh Heads. With a focus on organic ingredients, Commune’s inventive all-day breakfast menu – plus their freshly-baked muffins of the day – keeps brekkie crowds coming back for more.

Our pick: The slow-cooked beef cheek with potato rosti, two poached eggs and siracha hollandaise will have you ready to hit the waves like a pro.

Elk Espresso

Elk I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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A short hop-skip-and-a-jump from the Broadbeach surf, Elk Espresso has a funky industrial Scandinavian feel to it. Grab an outdoor table and soak up that Gold Coast sunshine as you peruse their seasonal menu of next-level dishes on the ‘Something Awesome’ column, or stick with the ‘Bowls of Goodness’ side for a healthy offering.

Our pick: The savoury waffles with buttermilk fried chicken, jalapeño maple and blackberry butter are definitely something awesome.

Daymaker Espresso

Daymaker I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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The good breakfast vibes roll on all-day at this mouth-watering Miami hotspot. Epic and colourful presentation is the name of their game with brekky staples like corn fritters, hash and French toast – but not as you know them. Your furry friend can tag along to this breakfast date too.

Our pick: Mushroom eggs benny with hash on the side is the way to start here.

Canteen Coffee

Looking for a Middle Eastern-influenced brekky? Head to the cosy tables of Canteen at Burleigh Heads 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 with Middle Eastern beans, poached eggs and a slab of sourdough toast will awaken any genie from their slumber.

Café Dbar

Cafe Dbar I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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Combining art, food and sea, Café Dbar on Point Dagger in Coolangatta offers coastal views from the comfort of their beautiful Queenslander. Browse through works from local artists or take a seat upstairs on the deck and order a chilled-out breakfast option – there’s something for the whole fam here.

Our pick: The dbar green bowl is fully-loaded with wholesome stuff including poached egg, kale, asparagus, macadamia crunch, broccolini, avocado and dried shallots.

Who does your fave breakfast on the Gold Coast? Share with us below.