6 of the best coffee spots in and around 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 shops, all a short walk or drive from the sands of Surfers Paradise.
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. He dishes up coffee made on Arabica beans with five per cent Robusta “for added morning punch”. Sweeten up your morning fix with one of the big flavoured cakes made on site by Gary’s wife.
2. ESPL. Coffee Brewers
Slurp up the million-dollar views with your macchiato at ESPL Coffee Brewers, an elegant hole-in-the-wall café at the base of Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, just footsteps from the sands of the beach.
Pair your beans with a hand-rolled French almond croissant baked a little more than an aromatic sniff away on the Isle of Capri.
3. Stairwell Coffee
Tucked away down Asian Alley, Stairwell is not much bigger than a cubby house but it boasts two winning elements: it serves up a wicked locally-roasted blend, Windomal, and 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.
4. No Name Lane
It might be three kilometres from Surfers Paradise, but the coffee brewed up here is worth the walk.
No name lane is in the middle of a bustling foodie precinct under the shadows of the Oracle towers at Broadbeach, where the service is whiplash-fast and friendly and the Black Sheep bean coffee is extracted smooth and strong.
5. Elk Espresso
Set along the main road adjacent from the beach – with an industrial vintage meets coastal glam interior – it’s the perfect spot to flick through a paper and watch life go by or sight the surf line while sipping on your brew. They also have a lip-smacking menu to boot.
6. Beaches off Tedder
Looking for a perky pit-stop on your beachfront walk? Head north to Main Beach and you’ll find Beaches, off Tedder Avenue.
Serving up Brisbane’s own Merlo coffee, this corner store with access to Main Beach and all those happy fit surfers opens from 6:30am, giving early birds a much-needed fix.
Where do you like to go for your coffee fix?
This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated in March 2019.