What better way to enjoy your time at Aqualine Apartments on the Gold Coast than to experience some of the best local culinary dining experiences. Not only is the Gold Coast famous for fun but we also have a reputation for hosting some of the best eating establishments and bars in Australia.
1. Grocer & Grind
Located in Broadbeach Waters, this health and organic centric cafe is known for serving up delicious adaptations of popular breakfast and lunch items. Grocer & Grind is open every day from 6 am – 5 pm, be sure to try the delicious banana bread french toast and the tasty fresh juices.
2. Tonic on Chirn
This tapas bar is a favourite among locals on the northern end of the coast. Offering an extensive and well constructed cocktail list paired with incredible tapas plates, it’s no wonder Tonic on Chirn is a weekend hotspot. Open Monday – Sunday 12 pm – 12 am.
3. Tedder & Woodroofe
Famous for its incredible breakfast menu and coffee, this Main Beach cafe is not one to miss. Throughout summer months this cafe is home to Summer Sundays which allow patrons to relax to live music whilst trying the carefully selected wine selection. Open everyday from 7 am until late.
4. Cafe Catalina
This full service restaurant and outdoor bar is a new and very welcomed addition to the Northern Gold Coast scene. Cafe Catalina offers up some of the finest craft beer, wine and spirits this side of the Pacific, as patrons relax and take in the views of the magnificent Broadwater behind the Aquatic Centre. Open daily 6:30 am – 4 pm with live music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
5. Elston Bar
Located under Soul Building Surfers Paradise this modern establishment has an incredible breakfast menu which will not disappoint. At night Elston transforms into a vibrant thriving bar, with a cocktail list to match. Open from 7 am every day this cafe & bar is a true gem located in the heart of Surfers Paradise.
5. Daily Squeeze
“Simple, honest to goodness real food that loves you back” is the motto for this Chirn Park Cafe, offering incredible meals catering for the health conscious. With a menu that boasts dairy and gluten free options along with unrivalled vegan and vegetarian meals, Daily Squeeze is popular for both breakfast and lunch. Open from 7 am – 3 pm every day.
This Surfers Paradise restaurant specialises in modern italian cuisine, without stripping the dishes of their freshness and incredible flavours. With the alfresco setting, Baritalia provides a relaxed comfortable atmosphere with a rustic outdoorsy feel, making it the perfect place to fulfil pasta and pizza cravings. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday from 8 am.
7. Not Tonight bar
This hip and eclectic bar looks as if it is straight from Melbourne CBD, and has the food and drinks to match. Specialising in locals brews and tasty culinary delights it is fast becoming a well known establishment among the northern Gold Coast locals. Drop in from 11 am everyday for a carefully and expertly made brew and stay until late to try the delicious food and beverages.
Only a short stroll from our apartments, Cafe Catalina is located on the outside of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. Serving breakfast until 11:30 and lunch from 11:30 onwards patrons can enjoy delicious meals whilst looking directly at the stunning broadwater.
The cafe offers a menu of simple but delicious sandwiches and burgers along with a selection of reasonably priced share plates. In addition to serving Merlo coffee, the Cafe also has a range of local boutique beers on tap. Cafe Catalina is open everyday for breakfast and lunch.
Friendly service and great food are both on offer at Thai Magik in Chirn Park. The restaurant is BYO and has both indoor and outdoor dining with traditional Thai decor. On weekends and most week nights the restaurant is packed so booking is recommended. The takeaway service is efficient and a great option if you are unable to get a table or just want a quiet night in with some great food.
The menu has something for everyone. Whether you want something spicy or mild, vegetarian or seafood you will find something you love. I personally can never go past the Red, Yellow or Green curries for my main and the beef samosas and vegetarian spring rolls for an entree. The coconut rice has also become a favourite and something we have tried to emulate at home but can never come close.
We have never had a guest stay who hasn’t loved the food and service at Thai Magik and we keep going back once every few weeks. There is a BWS conveniently located right across the road and Tonic on Chirn is a great little bar to head afterwards if you are looking for some entertainment or a nice place for a drink.
The combination of location, great food and service is a winner and makes this our favourite Thai restaurant on this end of the coast.
I can’t say I’ve ever been disappointed with my frequent visits to Cafe Gold Coast. Relaxing in the outdoor lounge chairs gazing over the Broadwater towards the Seaway is reason enough to go there. Add to that great coffee, friendly staff and beaut food and you can’t go wrong. We wander on up from Aqualine Apartments along the foreshore walk way of a Saturday morning. Settle in at Cafe Gold Coast, read the paper, have a coffee and the Hash Stack and think to ourselves – “Where else would you rather spend your Saturday morning?”
We eat out a lot and the combination of location, service, food and coffee puts Cafe Gold Coast in our top 3 cafes on the northern end of the Gold Coast.
My favourite breakfast
You know those places where you just feel at home? Koncubine Espresso Bar or Konc as us locals affectionately know it, is one of those places.
The girls at Konc do everything to make sure every customer is 100% satisfied whether it is just a take away coffee or a sit down meal. The service is very quick and always comes with a smile. Regulars are known by name which is always a good touch. Both the food and the coffee are amazing which leads to Konc having many regulars and the place is always bustling of a morning and weekends. The simple layout with outdoor covered seating as well as a cosy little tea room provides options for all weather.
Koncubines has a great breakfast menu as well as a wide selection of sandwiches, muffins, cakes etc. Our personal favourites include the Butterscotch Muffins, Pesto Scrambled Eggs and the Eggs Benedict. The crown jewel however is the Bacon and Egg Turkish roll. I have had many Bacon and Egg rolls in my time but none can even compare to what is on offer at Konc. Full of flavour with crunchy Turkish bread, perfectly cooked bacon, egg, caramelised onion and cheese this stand out is only $9.90. The girls have their menu down to a very fine art and even at the busiest of times on the weekends, meals are delivered very quickly. We at Aqualine Apartments highly recommend Koncubine Esspresso Bar, this is our favourite Cafe on the Gold Coast.
Avial Indian Cuisine is a new restaurant located in Southport. Avial aims to provide a mix of authentic Indian Cuisine from all over the sub-continent. The menu contains the old favourites like Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh and Korma, as well as amazing dishes you will not see in your stock standard Indian restaurant.
We are lovers of Indian food and have only ever had great meals from Avial. The owner is friendly and very accommodating, even to strange requests such as ours for ‘Spicy Butter Lamb’ (which was absolutely delicious). The service is excellent and the location right opposite the beautiful Broadwater is ideal. Parking is easy and the restaurant is fully licensed with BYO wine only.
This is with out a doubt the best Indian we have been to on the Gold Coast. Just a short walk from Aqualine Apartments it is a ‘must dine’ if you love Indian food like we do.