Madisons at Broadbeach is one of the ‘grande dames’ of Gold Coast cafés. Established in 1984 by Kate Madison (ex Cafe Mocha, and later of Three Beans, Marmalade and Bumbles fame), it is owned by Lincoln Testa and his wife Jeniene.
Situated right at a main entrance of a busy shopping centre, Madisons does more than a passing trade not just because of its location but also because of its fabulous cake display and the catering and wedding cake business which also operates from this retail cafe.
What’s less well known are its opening hours. If you ever have occasion for an early morning walk on the beach, you’ll find that Madisons is the only place open from 5.30am, 7 days a week. There’s nothing like an early morning coffee and paper on a hot summer’s day!
There is a good choice of breakfasts available and open sandwiches and salads for lunch with the same and more substantial meals available at dinner, such as pizzas, stir fry dishes and pastas. But for us, it’s all about the cake – the tantalising array of choices which is too irresistible to walk past!
Although there’s limited seating inside the café itself, you can also choose to sit outside in the mall or inside along a walkway in the airconditioned shopping centre. It’s no frills service though: stand in a queue to order and pay and your food will be delivered to your table, but don’t expect the waitress to linger. It’s just not that sort of place!
But there’s no pressure for you to move on. You can linger in the sun over your coffee and cake, read one of the newspapers supplied by the cafe and watch the Broadbeach parade of passersby.
Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach QLD 4218 Ph: 07 55 926 933