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If you’re seeking a warm welcome on the Southern Gold Coast, then look no further than Café All Sorts. Founded in 2019, to many it’s a second home; a community hub that welcomes its patrons to enjoy a coffee, cake or light meal overlooking one of the Gold Coast’s most famous surf breaks. It’s magic!...
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Every tribe has its favourite places, and nowhere is that more evident than at Morena Espresso. ‘Morena’, meaning ‘brunette’ in Spanish and ‘good morning’ in Maori reflects the Latin-Kiwi heritage of its owners Bel Pesantes and Stefan Bradley. Situated on an ‘awkward’ corner of the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach, you could almost miss...
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There’s something about distilleries that reminds me of the saying ‘The stolen apple tastes the sweetest.’ Maybe it’s the hangover of a prohibition upbringing, or the connotations of ‘hard liquor’. Whatever! Actually, the first liqueurs came about with herbal concoctions sweetened to make them more palatable; an easier way to swallow medicine. Founded in 1993...
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Life’s a feast at Bacaro. “In heaven, after antipasti, the first course will be pasta,” said singer songwriter Steve Albini. Indeed, heaven could look much like this… the warmest welcome, antipasti and pasta washed down with fine Italian wine.. life is grand indeed! Bacaro is an airy café in the emerging M Arts precinct in...
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They say that location is everything, but for cafés, that doesn’t always mean being in the main street. Sometimes, being the only café in a neighbourhood can be a winning formula, especially when the venue provides great service to the community. When Dylan and Kira Rackley took over the Lakeview General Store just over four...
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Steampunk brings something different to Surfers Paradise: a retro industrial world that exists only in the imagination. Opened in April 2017, the venue brings us the age of machines, of retro-futuristic inventions, robotics and air travel, recreating a world of science fiction inspired by the steam-powered industrial period of Victorian England. Modelled on the Romanian...
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Burgers are one of the Gold Coast’s favourite foods. It seems everyone is hanging their mouth around one, from tiny sliders to sweet brioche wonders housing gourmet delights. Of course, it didn’t take long for the big guns to get involved in the boutique burger business; guys who’d seen trends develop before, such as co-owner...
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NOTE: Dust Temple is presently being renovated. We’re enjoying the reveal…bit by bit! Home to Hinge Gallery, fl.oz Espresso and Dangerous Adventures, Dust Temple is right at home in its industrial surrounds. Opened by architect John Wilson and his wife Isla, it’s an atmospheric open plan exhibition space with art pieces for sale and comfy...
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Hidden away behind a rather bland concrete-rendered façade, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar is the latest addition to the Gold Coast’s Asian street food scene. It’s the dark backstreets of Asia that co-owner Scott Imlach visits in his latest restaurant; those shady alleys with overhanging awnings and neon sign lit dodgy bars, with hawker food carts...
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The Nobby Beach precinct has become a fertile breeding ground for restaurateurs. Avoiding the rent of more populous suburbs in the middle of the coast, prospective owners have headed south. Coffee shops and eateries now dot the Gold Coast Highway, accumulating in a worthy lump of eateries along the 400-metre-long Nobby Beach strip. Nobby Beach...