9 Hipster Hangouts Worth the Drive to the GC | G&G

9 Hipster Hangouts Worth the Drive to the GC

Trendy eateries with the best of the best coffee and food that’s so Instagram-able you won’t want to eat it.

You have to hand it to the cool kids, they know how to eat so we’ve rounded up the Gold Coast hot spots that will satisfy any hungry-hungry-hipster.

Rick Shores | Burleigh Heads

Right on Burleigh Beach, your able to enjoy the relaxed vibes without the embarrassment of having a complete dad bod. Offering up some next level pan-Asian eats in a casual setting, you’ll feel right at home in this trendy beach side paradise.  Snack on karaage and shitake steam buns, nibble from the raw bar or dive into a whole roasted lamb shoulder with smoked tomato and Sichuan spices.

Alfred’s Diner | Mermaid Beach

Home to hot dogs, burritos (of the breakfast AND lunch variety), acai bowls and great espresso from Moonshine Coffee Roasters. Decked out simply with picnic tables and umbrellas, Alfred’s Diner is as laid back as it gets – and rightly so for a beach town. The kicker? It’s also home to a clothing boutique and barber.

Elk Espresso | Broadbeach

Popular with the cool kids of Broadbeach, Elk Espresso is known for its botanically beautiful dishes that are sure to satisfy any grammers dream – and they taste fab too. Rain, hail or shine you’ll want to be at Elk Espresso, indulging in pumpkin pie donuts, breakfast hash and gnocchi. 

Greenhouse Canteen | Miami

It’s no wonder this vegan hotspot is adored by every hipster on the Gold Coast, paying tribute to all of our favourite dishes like enchiladas (ditching pulled pork for jackfruit), chickpea fries and not-so-cheesy cashew cheese cakes. If you’ve got a hungering for some good eating without the guilt you’re in luck.

Dust Temple | Currumbin Waters

This hidden gem has the perfect recipe to please any hipster: great coffee and oozing with creativity. Located in an old warehouse and packed with art, Dust Temple has your beetroot tumeric latte fix covered.

The Paddock | Miami

Think dippy eggs with your favourite side, coffee to die for and a café as cute as a button, this lush-with-greenery bakery never fails to impress.  Skip the avo toast and try the purple toast instead: with roasted beetroot and za’ataar puree, poached eggs, feta and walnuts on sourdough.

Apres Surf | Mermaid Beach

This laid back bar and diner is home the low key home of good times and brews on the Gold Coast. Get in for Asahi battered cod flathead, buttermilk fried chicken burger, a hot Kraken buttered rum waffle washed down with your favourite beer on the side. The Collective

The Collective | Palm Beach

This sprawling space is the Gold Coast’s tastiest playground, home to five restaurants and a huge rooftop bar perfect for a sunset session. Offering an eclectic blend of five cuisines – Italian, American, Asian, Mexican and Australian – The Collective has come to impress any appetite. Great for the indecisive orderer, you mexi-can have anything from burgers to Italian.

Neighbourhood Espresso | Currumbin Waters

If you’re in the neighbourhood, make your way into this hipster hotspot  – you’ll recognize it when you see the vintage teal caravan parked in the yard. Keeping it simple with a small menu of smoothies, juices, bacon & egg rolls, french toast, acai and pesto mushrooms, their house blend espresso could put a grin on any sad Harry. BSKT

BSKT | Gold Coast

Enjoy the ocean breeze and wear your stretchy pants because you can’t talk about dining on the Gold Coast without talking about BSKT. With a focus on wholefoods, this place will bring you a whole lotta happy – from breakfast to salads and small plates.  Be sure to save room for a Cocowhip!


Words by Keshwa Naidu