I think we can all agree that a holiday is not complete without delicious food. On our recent trip to the Gold Coast, Matt indulged my foodie tendencies and let me organise our non-theme park days around all of the cafes and restaurants I’d heard about from friends or seen on my insta feed.
Here are a few that are worthy of mention.
Grocer & Grind (Shop 1/1 Sunshine Boulevard, Gold Coast)
Grocer & Grind is a delicious little cafe-come-wholefoods-grocer tucked away behind Broadbeach. Their menu is all healthy, all quality, all fresh and all local. Serving high quality coffee, breakfast all day and a range of delicious smoothies, this is a cafe that delivers on all fronts. We sat next to the big open windows and enjoyed a feast of breakfast foods for lunch. It was flippin’ fantastic.
Elk Espresso (16 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach)
Elk Espresso is a gorgeous little cafe not far from the beachfront in Broadbeach. I’d discovered this little gem a few weeks earlier when I was at the Gold Coast for work and I was pretty keen to get back. Their menu is deliciously quirky, the produce is fresh, the dishes are pretty and the coffee is on point. The laid-back vibes make it the perfect spot for a sleepy holiday breakfast or an afternoon coffee break. They also do dinner on Friday nights, which, from the looks of their instagram account (@elksespresso), looks pretty flippin’ delicious too.
The Cardamom Pod (Shop 11/110 Surf Parade, Broadbeach)
The Cardamom Pod is an all-vegetarian all-delicious restaurant nestled in a corner among all of the other restaurants in Broadbeach. We made it there for dinner one night and for only $30 scored their share platter of 4 dishes plus rice. They are also open for breakfast on the weekends, which I have heard is amazing, and their smoothie menu alone is worth the visit.
ESPL (4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise)
From the moment I laid eyes on their sugar-coated, caramel syringe-stabbed doughnuts on their instagram feed (@blackboardcoffee), I was on a mission to find one of Blackboard Coffee’s many locations along the Gold Coast. It didn’t take long to find ESPL. A tiny little cafe opposite the beach at Surfers Paradise, ESPL arguably serves up the best soy cap in all of Surfers and, more importantly, stocks those little pockets of decadence I’d been eyeing off on instagram for a few weeks. We didn’t get the chance to seek out their other locations, but their larger cafe at Varsity Lakes looks like the perfect spot for a long and lazy brunch.