For us the Gold Coast is all about drop-dead-gorgeous beaches, beautiful waterways, boat trips and the green hills of the hinterland, but wherever we travel we like to get acquainted with the best coffee and cake. It was time to taste test and bestow our Best Cafe Gold Coast award and we dedicated ourselves to the job.
Best Coffee and Cake Cafe Gold Coast
Our first choice of Gold Coast Cafe was Borough Barista, where Marty was taking me to try a special cake he’d found. By the time we arrived on Sunday morning they had unfortunately sold out, but Marty described it as a deep fried doughnut/muffin, coated in cinnamon sugar and filled with Jam. Evidently this rock star cake sat on the counter in all it’s un-named glory. Muff-Nut anyone?
14 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads. Hours 6 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
With all the freshly baked items sold out, my gaze shifted to the fridge and a pile of take-away containers that housed some rather handsome looking salted caramel brownies. One between two of us seemed totally appropriate, after my recent indulgences and warmed up it was moist and rich with a real salt crunch. I’ve noticed that salted caramel often has no discernible salt taste at all, but this brownie lived up to it’s name.
Sunday at Borough was busy, with lycra clad cyclists and dog walkers waiting for take-aways. Most of the tables were full with an steady procession of interesting brunch boards exiting the kitchen.
Borough Barista – a good place to start.
Caz and Craig from Ytravel blog love talking cafes and pointed us to our next choice. We love getting tips from locals, so we soon found ourselves on the lower level of the Gold Coast Highway in search of a cafe called Commune.
1844 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads. Hours 6.30 – 3.00 p.m.
I felt an instant attraction to this cafe. Maybe the name conjured up my plethora of Hippy memories, but I loved, the decor and the multiple choice seating areas. I quickly claimed it as my favourite Gold Coast cafe.
Inside was an eclectic mix of stools, chairs, tables, benches, walls plastered in posters and music that echoed the sound track from my twenties. One outdoor area overlooks highway street art while another cosies up to a creeper clad wall.
We shared the mother of all muffins – as bold and eclectic as it’s surroundings. Topped by a blob of peanut butter, a raspberry and sliver of banana, the dense muffin was filled with pieces of chocolate and whole berries. Chunky goodness cooked and served old style in brown paper.
p.s. Our waitress confessed that the aroma of the cooking muffins drove her crazy with anticipation.
I could have communed all day and even as I write this I find myself drifting back.
At the southern end of the Gold Coast we arrived at Coolangatta Beach front, which on that Sunday in August was hosting the Arts and Craft Market. Right there in the middle of the market we found Peace of Cake.
Peace of Cake
Gold Coast Arts and Craft Market. Broadbeach, Burleigh and Coolangatta
Strictly speaking Peace of Cake is not a Cafe, but their cakes belong in one.
We had merely been browsing in the market until we found this stall. I could tell by the display, that pastry chefs and partners Aaron and Anne-Marie loved their art. My browsing ceased the minute I saw the Pear and Blueberry tart. I’ve been a tart freak my whole life and have only tasted one other as good.
NOW SPECIALISING IN DONUTS AND CRONUTS!!!
Coffee Vixen’s cart was obligingly close by so we sat beneath the Pandanus, sipping and feasting. This is what holidays are about and the beach was right there.
Next was a l.o.n.g. beach walk.
Street Corner Espresso Burleigh
1,1840 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads. Hours 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Street Corner Espresso is in the same block as Commune, with one outdoor area facing the colourful highway and another on the wide side street footpath. I was swayed by price and ordered the Special of a coffee and a Choc/Orange slice, but probably should have ignored my budget instincts and gone with my first choice.
We liked the look and feel of this street corner and have returned several times. Each time they are on point, delivering great coffee and cakes.
The best part about this area is the coastal Headland beyond which lies Burleigh Head National Park. The Sunday evening we were there, the grassy headland overflowed with people, six packs/cartons, cheese platters and picnics. I wondered if we were about to witness some special celestial event, but it was just a normal Sunday.
Nook Espresso Burleigh Heads
43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads. Hours 6 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Weekdays 6 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Weekends.
You will find Nook, a hole in the wall, right on the waterfront at Burleigh Headland, by it’s steady stream of customers. It is perfectly positioned for walks along the foreshore or for when leaving the beach is just too much effort. Service is surprisingly fast with snacks packed ready to go. The coffee is good, the muffins tender and the view unbeatable. Love that it’s open so late.
We enjoyed each of the cafes visited. There were more that caught our attention and we will be trying them next time.
My favourite Cafe this time around was Commune.
Marty’s favourite was Borough Barista for their coffee and fresh baked cake.
Burleigh Heads is situated mid-way between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta on the Gold Coast of Queensland.
The cost of 1 large coffee, 1 small coffee and 1 cake is approx. $14 AUD.
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