If you’re not keen on bar crawls and shoeys this weekend and are more interested in making good decisions for your liver then we’ve got you sorted with our cafe crawl taking you through the top 10 drool-worthy cafes around the Gold Coast.

1. Pokè Pokè

In the mood for a smoothie bowl that’s jam packed with all the goods? Then we’ve got the perfect place for you: Poke Poke in Mermaid, known for their bomb-a** bowls where you can choose from peanut butter acai, strawberries & cream, berry bliss and more.

Source: @pokepoke

2. Bam Bam Bakehouse

Looking to destroy the diet this weekend and give your body a workout in a bad way? Pop on into Bam Bam Bakehouse and they will deliver. Grab one of their hand-made croissants or if you really want to go the extra mile then we recommend trying their famous Bam Bam Benny.

Source: @bambam_bakehouse


Organic foodies unite with this killer organic cafe. BSKT is perfect for that health kick brunch or for a cheeky weekend brekkie without the guilt. These guys have turned your average bacon and egg rolls on a Saturday mornin’ into Coco Whip brekkie bowls and tofu scrambles.

Source: @bsktcafe

4. Alfred’s Diner

Choc acai bowls, halloumi burgers, avo smash and a coffee hit like no other. Alfred’s is one of our top picks for cafes on the Gold Coast with all the food options perfect for that Sunday hangover.

Source: @tenikadolores

5. Elk Espresso

Elk Espresso offers brunch in its finest form. These guys do waffles for all kinds, from Violet Crumble waffles for the kid in you to pork belly waffles for the fat kid in you … The choice is yours.

Source: @elkespresso

6. Barefoot Barista

Homey vibes, coffee sent from heaven and handcrafted breakfasts so good you’ll be hooked. Stroll down to this little iconic cafe in Palm Beach for a cafe experience like no other. Not in the neighbourhood? No stress, they have two other sister cafes, Background Barista in Mermaid Beach or Borough Barista in Burleigh Heads.

Source: @barefoot_barista

7. Cubby Bakehouse

Pastries galore at Cubby Bakehouse, from pecan pie tarts to twice baked Snickers croissants, well worth the sugar sweats that you’ll get after a trip to this joint. Not the sweet tooth? Not a problem, they also do killer avo baguettes and amazing Cubby club sandwiches.

Source: @cubbybakehouse

8. Daymaker Espresso

Daymaker is the cafe gem for Miami with coffee made from one of Gold Coast’s best baristas. Sit back and indulge in some French toast, streaky bacon and good brews all day long because these guys are open from 5am to 3pm so there’s no need to rush your weekend sleep ins. Not sold yet? Two words: dog friendly.

Source: @daymakeresp

9. Social Brew

Location on point and cold brew coffee for days. Whether you’re in the mood for something savoury or sweet these guys will deliver the goods. From a wellness board with fruits, yoghurt and granola to the big brekkie with the works, they know how to make a menu for all kinds from health kicks to cheat days.

Source: @socialbrewburleigh

10. Parlour Coffee

Or if you’re looking to take a step outside of the hustle of James St then we recommend trying Parlour Coffee on Tallebudgera Creek Rd. Take a seat outside and settle in for a morning of bliss with a cup of their Signature house blend and grab a bite for brekkie from a menu catering for both the sweet tooth and the traditionalist.

Source: @parlour_coffee

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