Gold Coast's top 5 restaurants for brekkie

Offering delicious treats like ham and cheese cruffins to Moroccan waffles, these Gold Coast eateries are the perfect spots for breakfast and brunch.

Crepes from Stable Coffee Kitchen on the Gold Coast.
  • Celeste Mitchell
  • November 2019

Forget the soggy corn flakes, the happening Gold Coast opens in new window café scene makes mornings a dining delight. Here are our picks of the overflowing bunch.

Stable Coffee Kitchen.

Tucked away within the Cornerstone Stores in Tugun, this café is in good company with a fromagerie, pilates studio and organic-leaning boutiques. Drop in for petit dejeuner (small breakfast of fresh juice, coffee and croissant with preserves) or wrap your lips around Stable’s iteration of the brekkie roll, with lashings of coffee and fig jam. Come 10am, you can brunch with a limoncello spritz in hand.

Shop 1, 570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun, stablecoffeekitchen.com opens in new window

Commune

You could say Commune sparked the swell of change in the GC’s café scene when it opened in an old butcher’s shop on a nondescript side street eight years ago. The all-day brekkie menu champions bowls (acai, dragonfruit, salad-y), alongside coriander corn fritters and cacao pancakes. Start with an expertly made Campos coffee and kick into true Gold Coast gear with Bucha of Byron kombucha (on tap) topped with berries and mint.

1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, (07) 5520 3377

The exterior of Commune on the Gold Coast
The quirky Commune cafe offers a range of healthy treats.

Dust Temple

The café in this former surfboard factory in Currumbin Waters is just the mouth of the rabbit hole. Go past the eatery and spin into an art gallery, mingle with musos in the recording studio and return for jazz sessions, poetry readings and life-drawing classes by night. Order homemade banana coconut bread or a Dusty Croissant stuffed with local smoked ham, tomato, cheese, basil and relish.

54 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters, 0401 727 433, dusttemple.com.au opens in new window

Elk Espresso

Pioneers of the breakfast pannacotta, long-time local fave Elk moved from its original digs to the Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach in 2017. As well as Mandarin Splice French toast and a Moroccan waffle, you’ll find a hearty potato hash with double smoked Byron Bay bacon on the menu to munch among the hanging plants and native blooms while The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac play on high rotation.

Shop 44 The Oasis, Charles Avenue, Broadbeach, elkespresso.net opens in new window

A flatlay of various meals from Elk Espresso on the Gold Coast.
With a unique menu and great music, Elk Espresso is a local favourite.

The Paddock Bakery

The wood-fired oven is at the literal and metaphorical heart of this 70-year-old Queenslander-cum-café in the backstreets of Miami. If you make it past the decadent counter treats (hello, ham and cheese cruffins and twice-baked almond croissants), go old school with ‘Toad in the Hole’ and devour two fried eggs in a slice of semi-sourdough scotch loaf with bacon, smashed avo and chilli sambal, all while sitting under the olive trees and passionfruit vines.

20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads, paddockbakery.com opens in new window