There are two things the Gold Coast does very well: beaches and brunch. Luckily, like smashed avo and a flat white, those two things are the perfect match. Whether you’re coming out of the surf, or out of your bed, here are the best places to get brunch on the Gold Coast.

Hendrixx Espresso - Palm Beach

Think rustic, coastal, and unfailingly cool. Hendrixx espresso is a relatively new establishment and well worth the drive from the centre of the Gold Coast. Serving up strong coffee, the classic smashed avo, and highly instagrammable acai bowls, a morning spent here will set you up for an excellent day.

Real Food Kitchen - Burleigh

If you’re gluten or refined-sugar adverse, the Real Food Kitchen is your spot for brunch. With food this healthy and delicious, there’s no need to feel guilty when tucking into a plate of their pancakes. Extra points if you eat here after a morning beach run. Go you!


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Canteen Kitchen - Burleigh Heads

Brunch made better with the flavours of the Middle East - the Canteen Kitchen is a firm favourite amongst Gold Coast locals. Even the scrambled eggs on toast have been jazzed up with green harissa and cumin. Taking up a cute corner of Burleigh heads, the Canteen kitchen is all wood, succulents and sunshine.

Niche & Co. - Tugun

Four words and you’ll be grabbing the car keys to head down to this cute little Tugun café - Salted Caramel Acai bowl. Niche & Co. does the acai bowl like no one else with ingredients like vegan chocolate mousse, coconut foam, vegan maca granola and cacao nibs on the menu. If Acai isn’t your jam, Niche & Co. have lots of other tasty dishes to keep everyone happy.

niche and co brunch

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Elk Espresso - Burleigh Heads

A classic brunch spot, Elk Espresso serves up both healthy and not-so-healthy options to hungry brunch-goers. Another Burleigh institution, Elk Espresso prides itself on pouring speciality coffee. This place is very popular, so be prepared to wait if you’re coming at peak hour on the weekend.

brunch at elk espresso

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The Black Sheep Espresso Baa - Coolangatta

Yes, the name reads a bit like a dad joke, but the food they serve up at Black Sheep is tasty and fresh. This is the place to bring a group who all have varying tastes. There is something for everyone. If you’re just looking for a coffee to take down to the beach, Black Sheep is your way to go.

Sandbar - Surfers Paradise

If you happen to be in the middle of Surfers Paradise in need of a spot of brunch, look no further than Sandbar. It does brunch, but it’s also a party because Sandbar doesn’t just serve up the eggs in the AM. This swish spot also serves up lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for classic Australian ‘by the beach’ styling then look no further - Sandbar is your place.

There’s nothing like starting a lazy day on the Gold Coast with brunch. With so many great places to pick from, why not start from the top and work your way down. Enjoy!