Healthy cafés on the Gold Coast that make eating clean easy
Happy, healthy living is what life on the Gold Coast is all about, which means there is no shortage of incredible healthy cafés that put wholesome, locally sourced produce front and centre on their menus. Clean eating on the Gold Coast has never tasted so good.
When it comes to eating out on the Gold Coast, organic, raw, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options aren’t just easy to find, they’re exceptionally good (and good-looking).
If you want to eat clean, add these healthy cafés on the Gold Coast to your favourites.
The Cardamom Pod
Gourmet vegetarian is the name of the game at The Cardamom Pod in Southport. Their colourful dishes are a far cry from the days when vegetarians had to settle for bland, all-green salads. The Cardamom Pod serves up the most beautiful plant-based dishes, super smoothies and beetroot, matcha and gingerbread lattes in a cool café inside Brickworks.
Mouthwatering options like pumpkin pie pancakes, a Snickers acai bowl, and porcini arancini ensure you leave here on the biggest natural high.
With a mantra of keeping things simple, this Southport gem offers a plant-based menu free of dairy, preservatives, artificial colours and gluten.
Blendlove founders Riki-Lee Gilbert and Sharlene Fletcher have come a long way from their market-selling beginnings in 2013. The café is now five years old and still continues to draw in crowds hoping that their favourite raw treats haven’t sold out for the day.
If you’re stopping by before 11am, try Blendlove’s happy hashies for breakfast – housemade truffle hash, garden greens, kale-naise and coconut bakon, avocado and black sesame. If smoothies are your jam, the spiced coconut and almond butter is a local favourite.
For more great breakfast options on the Gold coast, check out these hotspots.
Greenhouse Canteen and Bar
Located in Miami and Coolangatta, these guys offer up an inventive vegan menu that’s attractive to even the staunchest carnivore. Tucking into Greenhouse Canteen and Bar’s smoked jackfruit enchilada, it’s hard to believe you’re not chowing down on melt-in-your-mouth beef.
With more eats like cauliflower wings with smoked house relish and nut mince tacos, this Gold Coast vegetarian café can’t be accused of dishing out boring fare. You’ll even find craft beers, small batch vegan wines and cocktails to wash it all down.
After an early morning swim on Nobby Beach, BSKT is the perfect place to refuel for the day ahead. The hipster local’s menu of Cocowhip bowls and organic coffee along with free wifi will entice you to sit and stay a while.
From superfood breakfasts to fresh lunches like kombucha battered prawn tacos and hemp seed crumbed yellowfin tuna, you could easily become a bona fide local here… at least at meal times.
Come nighttime on a Friday and Saturday, the café turns its attention to cocktails and healthy yet hearty meals like aged rump with onion and fig jam relish, and Mexican corn rolled in cacao butter, tequila lime and chipotle. On Friday nights, the little ones eat free at this kid-friendly café.
Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen
From brekkie to burgers and raw desserts, Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen is Mermaid Waters’ tastiest vegetarian haven.
Not only are they serving top-notch nosh, with dishes like chilli feta eggs and vegan cheesy fries with house made cashew parmesan, the decor is fresh with pastel hues, blonde wood and fiddle leaf figs, capturing the coastal vibe of the Gold Coast.
Whether you’re a full-blown chia-pod-loving foodie or just want eggs on toast that you can actually digest properly, Marie Anita’s in Mermaid Beach has got your gluten-free back.
With a background in artisanal baking, it’s no surprise that you can pick up a loaf of sweet GF bread – how good does raw strawberry chia jam sound? – ‘to go’ with your (organic) morning coffee. There’s a dedicated kids menu and a new swing set in the backyard, so the little ones will love it here, too.
The good news doesn’t just stop with the food. Minimising its eco footprint is a big deal to Marie Anita’s, so only green cleaning products are used in the café and, where possible, they compost their food scraps and coffee grinds.
Niche & co.
Tugun’s Niche & Co. is the winning place for acai bowls. The menu is extensive – if you’re a sweet tooth you’ll have a hankering for the salted caramel option – and the results are definitely Insta-worthy, making this a top (healthy) pitstop on a dash to the airport along the Gold Coast Highway.
If you’re after something savoury, the Moroccan flatbread is a crowd favourite for breakfast, while burgers, bagels and nourish plates will satiate those midday hunger pangs.
Vegan, keto, paleo, you name it, these guys in Bundall have something for every kind of healthy eating (and kindly spells it out nice and clear on their menu so you don’t need to ask a million questions when ordering).
From the moment you enter past the lush green wall, you just feel more energised; maybe it’s the buzzing atmosphere or because you know you’re about to eat nourishing whole foods with a conscious.
While most of the dishes are of epically generous proportions, the Lite Bites menu is perfect for fuelling up, without the food coma. The smashed avo comes on a paleo seed toast with the option to add Persian feta (which we’d highly recommend), or if you’re in the mood for something sweet, the mashed banana on light rye sourdough drizzled in organic peanut salted caramel sauce and cinnamon crunch is a vegan’s guilt-free dream come true. For lunch, it’s all about burgers on your choice of bun.
Pier B Brunch Cafe
Head to the northern end of the Gold Coast to Sanctuary Cove, where the ultimate healthy brunch awaits. The hearty all-day breakfast menu at this dog-friendly café makes it tough to choose between sweet (like the refined sugar-free Snickers brownie) or savoury (like the gluten-free vegan corn fritters).
If all else fails, there are plant-based burgers up for grabs here too.
Stable Coffee and Kitchen
You don’t need to swear off meat when it comes to clean eating on the Gold Coast, and Stable in Tugun knows this. They source ethical meat, pair it with local produce, and create nutritious dishes like bánh xèo (turmeric rice flour pancakes) with organic pork belly and its simply delicious bacon and egg roll.
Stable also believes you can make friends with salad, and are out to prove it with its daily salad specials that are never boring or bland. All about supporting local, Stable sources its sourdough from nearby artisan bakers Bread Social and Burleigh Baker, and after 10am you can chill out with a cold beer from Currumbin locals Balter Beer or choose from a rotating wine list featuring Australian minimal intervention producers.
Want more ideas for the best healthy cafés on the Gold Coast? Check out our vegan Gold Coast guide.
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