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Discover half a dozen of the best cafes in the Gold Coast, where locals come for lattes brewed with bespoke blends and the food is so good you’ll drop in for breakfast and come back for lunch at these Gold Coast cafes.

Elk Espresso

Flower posies peeking out of glass jars, quirky stencil art and eclectic, mismatched furniture give Elk Espresso a hip yet homely touch. Try the breakfast salad served with poached eggs or treat yourself to brioche French toast topped with caramelised banana and vanilla mascarpone. Helpful staff and a range of gluten-free and dairy-free dishes make this cafe a top choice for diners with food allergies.

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Buttery croissants served with chunky preserves, house-made crumpets and soft-roll breaky burgers piled high with double-egg omelette, pork sausage and grilled haloumi have the queue at Bam Bam Bakehouse stretching into the adjoining park at breakfast. Lunch options include a pulled pork sandwich with green apple and fennel slaw or classic croquet madame. Bam Bam Bakehouse is licensed if you fancy something stronger than a house-bottled juice blend with your lunch.


Take a seat on a retro 70s lounge or in the outdoor courtyard and discover one of the hippest and healthiest cafes on the coast. Locals come to Commune for spicy chorizo breakfast tacos, topped with cute little quail eggs, and flavour-packed salads. Meat free Monday, featuring dishes to tempt even the most dedicated carnivore, is a long-standing tradition at this ethically-minded cafe. Commune is tucked away on a side road off the Gold Coast Highway but visitors who seek it out are rewarded with some of the Gold Coast’s most nourishing (and delicious) food.

Commune Gold Coast
Commune organic salad

The Yard Cafe

Everyone is made welcome at this friendly cafe which has a paddock to plate philosophy, with much of the food coming from the owners’ eight-acre property at nearby Currumbin. Breakfast at The Yard Cafe includes choices such as house-made granola and eggs every-which-way. As the day goes on, choose from pulled pork tacos with black beans and chipotle mayo or a juicy Wagyu beef burger with cheese, mayo, slaw and pickles.

Canteen Kitchen

If you fancy something a little different from the usual bacon and eggs, the Middle Eastern flavours at Canteen Kitchen will hit the spot. Take a seat in the dining room or make new friends at a communal outdoor table as you enjoy something from the all-day menu. Choices range from lamb kofta with Middle Eastern beans and poached eggs to a za’atar chicken burger with pineapple chilli chutney. If you don’t have time to sit down, head next door to the equally good Canteen Coffee for a house-made muffin and quick coffee hit.

No Name Lane

You won’t have trouble finding this cafe at The Oracle shopping precinct at Broadbeach, just look for the long line of coffee lovers waiting for takeaways. Meals are simple but done well – think poached eggs on sourdough –and the Black Sheep Coffee ‘feeling woolly’ blend puts a spring in your step. No Name Lane is the local go-to spot for a public holiday caffeine hit as it is open every day of the year, even Christmas day.

Disclosure: The writer loves going out for breakfast when she visits the Gold Coast. 

Looking for some accommodation on the Gold Coast? Read our reviews of Oaks Calypso Plaza, the Surfers Paradise Marriott, The Star Gold Coast, voco Gold Coast and the retro La Costa Motel. Or you can check out this Gold Coast accommodation roundup.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.