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Best Coffee Shops on the Gold Coast

It is no secret that visitors to the Gold Coast want to know where the best coffees can be found. Coffee is important to us. And a bad coffee can make a whole holiday turn sour. (Or is that just me?) In the interests of saving our friends from having a bad holiday we have come up with a list of great coffee venues on the Gold Coast. 

If you are a local and can recommend your favourite coffee shop then please let us know. People can be fiercly loyal to their local cafe. If this is you drop us a line. 

The coffee shops below are listed them in terms of locations,  northern Gold Coast, southern Gold Coast and central Gold Coast. No matter where you’re staying on the Gold Coast, list this will help you find good coffee. 

Best Coffee Shops: Northern Gold Coast

The reviews describe Noego as “Best Hidden Coffee Shop, this place oozes hipster”. Take your socks off, put a vest on, trim your beard and you are ready for this coffee roastery.

While Ormeau is not ordinarily on the tourist route, you aren’t that far from the “worlds”, so if you are heading down from Brisbane to one the theme parks it is worth while dropping in. If you’re staying on the northern end of the coast then try this coffee shop. 

Best Chef ever!!! so happy to have somewhere close to home to get amaizing food prepared by a passionate chef. So many vegan options!!! I just tried the Vegan lemon cheese cake and omg it was to die for! So fluffy n delicious!

This one is close to Dreamworld. Visitors and locals have raved about the coffee here. If you’re going to one of the worlds stop in and fuel up before you get there. You’ll be glad you did. (You’ll be needing plenty of coffee to get through the day. And a hearty breakfast too.)

Well worth the  visit.

The owners came over and offered to make something to suit my requirements and gave a few suggestions. Honestly by far the best service I have recieved and will be returning again and again!

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Best Coffee Shops: Central Gold Coast

There are no shortage of excellent coffee places in the central area of the Gold Coast. This is also where most our visitors to the Gold Coast stay, so it is probably no coincidence! Here are a few of the best (in our opinion).

Tucked in a little group of shops in Labrador this coffee shop is cool, the coffee hot (or cold, they do a mean cold cold pressed coffee) and the food delicious.

Don’t be surprised if you talk yourself into buying some souvenir beans to take home with you.  The barrister is nothing if not passionate about his coffee. He’ll engage anyone on his this topic and even give out samples. 

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Who would of thought such a great little cafe would ever be in this back street shopping centre. Great coffee, happy cheerful people that work here and the 3 different mushrooms dish with poached eggs was delicious. So nice to see a menu with variety not just bacon and eggs or smashed avocado. Well done Mr Browns Tuckshop.

Stairwell Coffee – Surfers Paradise

Literally under the stairs in Centre Arcade,the staff of this little hole in the wall coffee shops consistently deliver excellent coffee to their faithful customers. 

Elk Espresso – Broadbeach

Elk is known for its delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch offering – but coffee has long been the core of this Gold Coast institution. Specialty brews from roaster Single O are created on the daily, and Elk also features a rotating line-up of guest roasters from across the country. 

Espresso Bonsai – Chevron Island

Espresso Bonsai coffee comes direct from owner Christian Harvey’s own highly regulated coffee plantations in Columbia and straight into your cup. So on your way to HOTA pop in for a consistently good cup of coffee.


Paradox Coffee Roasters

This roasting house and cafe in Surfers Paradise is well-known for its sustainable ethos, tasty boutique brews and commitment to quality. It’s very much all about the coffee here, with state-of-the-art roasters used to ensure precision and consistency across its bespoke blends and single-origin coffees.

Been meaning to check this place out for a while and managed to pop in this morning. First up the staff were amazing! Friendly and well trained! The cafe in itself has incredible style!! The coffee... by far the best coffee I’ve had both locally and internationally. The food... best eggs benny I’ve had in the last few years!! Will definitely be back !

Coffee shops close to the airport

You have arrived at Gold Coast airport at the southern end of the coast and you need a coffee. Fear not, the Southern Gold Coast is also a mecca for Gold Coast coffee aficionados. There are just too many to choose from, so here are a few we can recommend. 

Seadog – Burleigh Heads

Seadog won the Weekend Edition’s Gold Coast Best Coffee.  This pint-sized coffee bar on James Street, which was formerly an ATM, passionately punches out organic brews (from espresso to filters and everything in between) to caffeine-loving masses on the daily. There aren’t any tables, so just pull up a stool and enjoy your coffee in the sunshine. 


Highline – Palm Beach

Highline arrived on the scene in late 2018, and has been delighting Palm Beach locals with its specialty coffee offering ever since. It serves blends from Byron Bay’s Marvell Street – no matter if you like it black, with milk or of the filter variety, your coffee is in very good hands here.

Nook Espresso

Another hole-in-the-wall coffee spot. This time at  Burleigh Headland, Nook  makes delicious coffee with organic blends from Byron Bay’s Bun Coffee, it’s all about bringing quality coffee to locals and beachgoers – and the incredible ocean views are just an added bonus.

What a great place. Sure is a hidden gem, not very often you can order a long black and get a smooth clean coffee taste, Your staff are doing an excellent job. Will be back

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