Where to find the best coffee in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
From spectacular beach views to charming Gold Coast hospitality and Australia’s top coffee beans churning through the grinders, here’s where to go for the best coffee in Surfers Paradise and its neighbouring suburbs.
1. Lot 1 Coffee
A morning surf may be the best natural wake up call, but a cup of coffee from Lot 1 straight after will keep those energised vibes going all day long.
Gary Atkinson, the chief bean brewer, dishes up coffee made from Arabica beans with five per cent Robusta “for added morning punch” at this cool café two blocks south of the Surfers Paradise sign.
The acai bowls are exceptional, or sweeten up your morning fix with one of the cakes made on site by Gary’s wife.
2. ESPL. Coffee Brewers
If you’re not in a rush, ESPL. Coffee Brewers is the place to sit and stay a while. This elegant little café at the base of Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise is just footsteps from the sands of the beach, which means you can enjoy million-dollar views for the mere price of your morning macchiato.
What makes the coffee here one-of-a-kind is the combination of their own specialty blend of ESPL. coffee (which you can buy to take home, just FYI), and Australian barista-designed MILKLAB milk that brings out the best in your espresso shot.
Insider tip: Pair your coffee with one of the twice-baked sourdough almond croissants, which are baked fresh daily at Bisou Bakery on the nearby Isle of Capri.
3. Bumbles Cafe
A five-minute walk from the bustling heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll find yourself in a peaceful pocket of the neighbourhood with a quality cup of coffee in your hand.
Bumbles on Budds Beach is one of Surfers Paradise’s best kept secrets. The cute cafe looks out onto the sandy riverside beach and is overflowing with charm. The bookshelf-lined walls and fairy lights give the space a warm, inviting feel, which is matched by the friendly staff and swarm of locals popping by for their daily fix.
4. Stairwell Coffee
Tucked away down Asian Alley, Stairwell is not much bigger than a pastel green cubby house but it boasts two winning elements: it serves up a wicked locally-roasted blend, Windomal, and pipes out soulful tunes alongside bootleg jazz.
This is a great spot to go when you’re chasing a bit of quiet time or you want to bring your four-legged friend along. If you’re feeling hungry, their jaffles hit the spot. For the uninitiated, a ‘jaffle’ is an Aussie twist on the toasted sandwich, and here they come with a side of pringles and pickles.
Top tip: On a hot Gold Coast day, their meticulously crafted cold brew goes down a treat.
5. Paradox Coffee Roasters
A great coffee is only as good as its beans, which is why cool-with-a-conscience Paradox Coffee Roasters source and roast their own high-grade Arabica beans.
Their hunt for quality green coffee beans has led them to working with estate farms and co-operatives around the world where farmers receive a fair wage for their work. It’s their commitment to quality, traceability and sustainability paired with their sleek fit-out inside the former bus depot, The 4217, that is sure to put a pep in your step.
6. No Name Lane
It might be three kilometres from Surfers Paradise, but the coffee brewed up here is worth the walk.
No Name Lane is in the middle of a bustling foodie precinct under the shadows of the Oracle towers at Broadbeach, where the service is whiplash-fast and friendly and the Black Sheep bean coffee (from Brisbane) is extracted smooth and strong.
Giving off Melbourne vibes in more ways than one, the interior is sleek and sophisticated, the food menu is a balance of beauty and flavour, and the laneway is buzzing with locals at brunch.
7. Elk Espresso
Ask any local where the best coffee on the Gold Coast is and chances are Elk will top their list. The local coffee institution is set along the main road adjacent from the beach – with an industrial vintage meets coastal greenhouse interior – it’s the perfect spot to flick through a paper and watch life go by or sight the surf line while sipping on your brew.
Single O is the staple coffee bean here, but every week Elk Espresso share the love by showing off roasters around Australia to keep connoisseur palates coming back for more.
Got kids? There’s an amazing playground just across the road.
8. Hand Coffee
You may get a sense of Melbourne when you spot this laneway hole-in-the-wall and sip on their Industry Beans coffee, but that warm greeting you get – as if the staff have known you for years – will remind you that you’re definitely on the sunny Gold Coast.
Opened by locals Luke Dempsey and Mitch Kavic in 2017, their number one goal is that you ‘Have a nice day’ (hint: that’s how it got its name ‘HAND’). And with coffee this good and customer service this friendly, it’s basically a sure thing.
Tucked under a stairwell between Envy Hotel and McDonald’s in Niecon Tower, Broadbeach, it’s just moments from Kurrawa Beach, so get your coffee and one of their locally-baked Burleigh Baker pastries to go, and enjoy them by the ocean.
9. Beaches off Tedder
Serving up rainforest alliance and free trade coffee beans from Tasmanian-based Clique Coffee Roasters, this corner store has access to Main Beach and opens from 5am, giving early birds a much-needed fix.
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