20th October, 2016

Top 10 Brunch Hotspots on The Gold Coast

It’s another beautiful day on the Gold Coast, but before you leap into action and hit the beach or head to one of the theme parks for some adrenaline pumping exploits, make sure you get a hearty breakfast. Here’s our list of the best brunch spots on the Gold Coast where you can fill up and get your day started.

1. Barefoot Barista

Truth is, you might have to get up early for this one as it’s so popular that queues to get in are not unusual. However, it’s worth the extra effort as the food is delicious and the service is hot. You may want to try their extra special baked beans, or their charred corn salsa served up with eggs and avocado on sourdough.

2. The Paddock Bakery

Located on Hibiscus Haven in Burleigh, the Paddock Bakery offers freshly baked bread straight from wood-fired ovens. You can even see it being baked through the glass wall. To top their bread they add locally sourced produce from free range eggs to Byron Berkshire Bacon. One of their most popular dishes is ‘dippy eggs’ which will take you right back to your childhood, plus their Nutella Bots are to die for.

3. Blackboard

Varsity Lakes is home to the hip and vibrant Blackboard, which is a definite favourite with Bond Uni students. Designed to look like a country kitchen, it’s a great informal place to gather with friends and fill up on fruit, yoghurt and honey or avocados, eggs and sweet potatoes from some of the best local suppliers in the area.

4. Bellakai

With a beachside location in Coolangatta, Bellakai, which means ‘beautiful food’, offers the epitome of relaxed beachfront dining with wonderful views and appetising food. One of their most popular dishes is homemade potato rosti topped with poached egg, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce. Yummy!

5. Taboon

If you love the cuisine of the Middle East, you’ll love Taboon. Located on Christine Avenue in Robina, this authentically decorated eatery serves up traditional pastries and flatbreads for brunch, together with a delicious range of dips. However, you shouldn’t visit without trying their special breakfast fare, such as Sahklab porridge with spiced apples, Shakshuka – eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce or roasted field mushrooms. Vegetarians will love them.

6. 42Fifteen

42Fifteen might be located in the middle of Southport’s Davenport Street but it’s reminiscent of times gone by, with its home-baked food and comfortable, homey interior. The menu abounds with old favourites such as Toad in the Hole together with modern classics such as Pork Belly Tacos. If you don’t have time to sit back and relax at brunch time, try a ‘braffle’ and coffee, which will give you baked beans, ricotta and crispy speck all wrapped up and ready to go in a tasty waffle.

7. Plantation House Café

If tucking into a plate of corn and zucchini fritter with a poached egg perched on top sounds like your perfect brunch dish, grab a table at Plantation House Café. You’ll mix with the local hipsters amongst shelves of groceries, fresh produce and quirky vintage items.


Right on Mermaid Beach, BSKT really is a place to chill out while you eat. Here you’ll find an organic menu that’s suitable for just about everyone, whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or you’re gluten intolerant. The menu contains all the usual suspects from eggs, avocado and salsa on flatbreads to beans. However, it’s the café’s signature coconut water ice-cream that really draws in the crowds, together with the yoga classes.

9. Commune

For a heartier brunch, Commune serve up a menu made from fresh organic ingredients including a very moreish pulled pork, tortillas, corn fritters adorned with avocado, tomatoes and the obligatory poached egg, plus muesli, home-made chilli jam and home baked banana bread. And if you’re a late riser, they offer an all-day breakfast menu including some very healthy smoothies, superb coffee and freshly made juices.

10. Espresso Moto

On the Gold Coast Highway, Espresso Moto has become the place to tuck into freshly cooked bacon and egg rolls, lamb sandwiches and some of the best coffee in Palm Beach. If you prefer tea, you’ll be able to choose from a range of exciting flavours such as Chinese White and Gyokuro Green, all served up by some of the friendliest staff in the business.

Spoilt for choice – we bet you are

So there you have it. Some of the top places to have brunch on the Gold Coast. Can’t decide where to go? Perhaps you’d better try them all.