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Where to find the best breakfast on the Gold Coast

Waking up for a day of exploring the Gold Coast’s local beaches, surf breaks or theme parks requires some serious energy.

Don’t tackle the day on an empty stomach: we’ve dished up where to find the best breakfast on the Gold Coast.

Do as the local’s do, because breakfast in bed is overrated when the cafe line-up is this good.

Barefoot Barista, Palm Beach

Set your alarm for Barefoot Barista in Palm Beach. Locals line up for a feed and a coffee daily, so you know it’s a good way to start the day. Add sleek and stylish digs, super-friendly service and delicious food – from coconut porridge to zucchini haloumi fritters – and it’s a recipe for breakfast success.

Our pick: The sweet pea fritters with mint labneh is delightfully fresh – or grab a haloumi street wrap to go!

The Milkman’s Daughter, Mermaid Beach

Vegetarian café The Milkman’s Daughter makes the plant life look (and taste) divine. With an ‘eat consciously, live consciously’ philosophy, you’ll leave here belly-full of goodness whether you’re ordering from the breakfast or brunch menu.

Our pick: Scoff the piled-high herbed avocado smash with Danish feta on sourdough, or split a Board for Two packed with spiced kofta, baba ganoush, pita and veggies.

Pasture & Co., Currumbin Valley

Pasture & Co I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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Escape the rat race and venture out to Currumbin Valley for some fresh local harvest at Pasture & Co. Open and breezy, the surrounds of this café are as lush as their all-day brunch menu that caters to all of the foodie requests (vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and allergy-free). Grab a cup of their award-winning organic coffee and enjoy the nature.

Our pick: Sweeten up with their ricotta pancakes with berry compote, coconut yoghurt, maple syrup, brulee banana, organic mint and nut crumbs.

Commune Cafe, Burleigh Heads

Expect a warm welcome and great vibe when you enter this local fave hidden off the main drag at Burleigh Heads. With a focus on organic ingredients, Commune’s inventive all-day breakfast menu – plus their freshly-baked muffins of the day – keeps brekkie crowds coming back for more.

Our pick: The slow-cooked beef cheek with potato rosti, two poached eggs and siracha hollandaise will have you ready to hit the waves like a pro.

Elk Espresso, Broadbeach

Elk I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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A short hop-skip-and-a-jump from the Broadbeach surf, Elk Espresso has a funky industrial Scandinavian feel to it. Grab an outdoor table and soak up that Gold Coast sunshine. Their seasonal menu offers next-level dishes on the ‘Something Awesome’ column, or stick with the ‘Bowls of Goodness’ side for a healthy start to your day.

Our pick: The savoury waffles with buttermilk fried chicken, jalapeño maple and blackberry butter are definitely something awesome.

Daymaker Espresso, Miami

Daymaker I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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This mouth-watering Miami hotspot dishes up a great breakfast from its grungy ex-workshop digs. Fresh, colourful presentation is the name of their game with brekky staples like corn fritters, hash and French toast – but not as you know them. Your furry friend can tag along to this breakfast date too.

Our pick: Mushroom eggs benny with hash on the side is the way to start here.

Canteen Coffee, Burleigh Heads

Looking for a Middle Eastern-influenced brekky? Head to the cosy tables of Canteen at Burleigh Heads where you can feast on local seasonal produce prepared fresh each day. This Aladdin’s cave will satisfy all three of your breakfast wishes – great coffee, great food and a great atmosphere.

Our pick: The lamb kofta with Middle Eastern beans, poached eggs and a slab of sourdough toast will awaken any genie from their slumber.

Café Dbar, Coolangatta

Cafe Dbar I Best breakfast Gold Coast

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Combining art, food and sea, Café Dbar on Point Dagger in Coolangatta offers coastal views from the comfort of their beautiful Queenslander. Browse through works from local artists or take a seat upstairs on the deck and order a chilled-out breakfast option – there’s something for the whole fam here.

Our pick: The dbar green bowl is fully-loaded with wholesome stuff including poached egg, kale, asparagus, macadamia crunch, broccolini, avocado and dried shallots.

Have the kids in tow? Check out these kid-friendly cafes on the Gold Coast.