Gold Coast restaurants and cafes

On the Gold Coast, food entertains tastebuds between fun-filled itineraries, frolics along the beachside and surfs at sunrise. It’s a place where alfresco dining meets street-eats, hatted restaurants and breweries. Whether you consider yourself an acai addict, a seafood sampler or a coffee connoisseur, expect a smorgasbord of flavours along the coastline and you will find something that tastes like pure gold. Show me the best Gold Coast restaurants by precinct

Surfers Paradise restaurants and cafes 

If culinary excellence were served on a silver platter, Surfers Paradise would be the main course, garnished with 52km of glistening coastlines and over 20 pristine beaches. High-end foodie haunts reside in hotels on Staghorn Ave, The Esplanade and Surfers Paradise Boulevard bring everything from internationally imagined to gasp-worthy gourmet to the table. Stroll along Cavill Avenue to find quirky restaurants and cafes or head out for a night on the town to the beachfront markets and breweries littering the streets.

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Miami Marketta

Miami, Gold Coast Area
It could be the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but it is right there in Miami on the Gold Coast. It's where the locals go and it's only eight minutes from Broadbeach. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Miami comes alive with street food from all round the world.

Dracula's Cabaret

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Thrill with excitement! Scream with fear! Experience an unforgettable evening that will leave you breathless at Dracula's Cabaret. Enter via the Ghost Train ride into the Theatre of the Vampire, where weird waiters and talented performers sink their teeth into a night of comedy, rock, puppetry and amazing stage FX.

Dragon Cove Chinese Cuisine

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
Treat yourself to authentic Chinese dishes and dumplings, or try the chef’s specialty, Peking Duck, cooked fresh and carved at your table. Savour your dining indulgence whilst enjoying the water views of Sanctuary Cove Marina.

Artichoke Restaurant and Bar

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
Artichoke Restaurant is located in the Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove. Their marina-front location affords sparkling water views with boats on all sides, providing a memorable backdrop to any occasion – be it a special function, a light lunch with the family, or just a glass of wine with that special someone.

Lemon Lovers Gelato and Cheese

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Lemon Lovers Gelato and Cheese make their Gourmet Gelato and Sorbets fresh on site using local ingredients. They also stock a variety of Pure Artisan Cheese made locally on Tamborine Mountain. They have Traditional Gelato Flavours like Dutch Chocolate, Lemon Rum and Raisin and Pistachio as well as some new flavours for you to try, like Mango with Raspberry Swirl, Granny Smith Apple and Golden Kiwi Fruit.

Dune Cafe

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
Dune Café is situated in the Palm Beach Parklands, overlooking the beautiful Currumbin Lagoon. Open daily from 6:30am, they offer a generous selection of breakfast and lunch options with a focus on using fresh and locally sourced produce.

Hideaway Kitchen and Bar

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Hideaway Kitchen and Bar is one of the Gold Coast’s new culinary sensations - an exciting new venue for evening drinks and mouth-watering Asian food, right in the heart of Broadbeach. Dine inside surrounded by the impressive graffiti artwork or outside under the hanging umbrella installation.

Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
The Gold Coast's only Craft Gin and Whisky Distillery is located just two minutes walk from the North Burleigh Surf Life Savings Club. Built with upcycled materials, this old surfboard warehouse has been converted to expose a raw and rustic, one of a kind distillery.

Thai House Sanctuary Cove

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
Thai House Sanctuary Cove offers a true Thai dining experience. The restaurant is located near the picturesque marina in The Marine Village and guests can enjoy alfresco dining with panoramic views overlooking the harbour.

Witches Falls Winery and Cellar Door

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
At Witches Falls their passion is wine – they love growing it, making it, drinking it, and matching it with all kinds of foods but most of all, they like sharing it with friends. They take pride in creating handcrafted wines that you not only love to drink but that also draw you into their world.
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Burleigh Heads restaurants and cafes 

Nestled between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads is the culinary ‘cool kid’ where people flock to dine and unwind in the relaxed beach vibe. Absolute oceanfront dining exists here where you’ll swear the fish on your plate has jumped straight out of the water, find authentic Italian on Justin Lane and drink in a funky café culture along James Street. Alfresco is taken to the next level (literally) with foodies heading up Burleigh Hill to chew with panoramic views out to the coastline. 

Palm Beach restaurants and cafes 

Once in the shadow of its neighbours Burleigh Heads and Currumbin, Palm beach is now the suburb du jour with a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes opening what seems like every week. Now boasting more than 50 restaurants (and counting), the coastal town serves something for every palate from local bars, tapas joints to cutting edge foodie haunts scattered along the Gold Coast Highway. Make no mistake, while the laidback ‘Palmy’ lifestyle is reflected in its restaurants, the food is taken seriously (very seriously).

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