5 places to get your breakfast fix in Queensland

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The best breakfasts places in Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
The best breakfasts places in Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
20 Aug 2018

The best breakfasts places in Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether eggs, oats or a bowl of greens are your preferred form of sustenance, you’ll find them all in Queensland. If you don’t know where to start looking, we’ve sussed out the five best spots for you to check out Down Under. Read on for more.

#1 For early-risers and yogis: BSKT café at Mermaid Beach
#1 For early-risers and yogis: BSKT café at Mermaid Beach
20 Aug 2018

#1 For early-risers and yogis: BSKT café at Mermaid Beach

When you have a café that’s located right below a yoga studio, you can trust that the food will be clean, green and very yogi-friendly. BSKT (also read as biscuit) café serves up high-protein and gluten-free nosh, catering to diners with strict dietary restrictions or who are on a no-carb diet programme, offering everything from buckwheat pancakes and veggie-loaded omelettes to superfood salads filled with quinoa, brown rice, cranberries. They’ve also got heartier meals like lobster tail tacos and beef patty burgers for those who prefer a rich meal in the AM. Sounds like heaven!


#1 For early-risers and yogis: BSKT café at Mermaid Beach
#1 For early-risers and yogis: BSKT café at Mermaid Beach
20 Aug 2018

#1 For early-risers and yogis: BSKT café at Mermaid Beach

Complete your breakfast meal with an Instagram-worthy drink: go for either a cup of “golden milk” (i.e. turmeric latte) which supposedly contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, or the thermogenic shotgun, which is really just a cooler name for a shot of espresso mixed with coconut water, cacao butter, coconut oil and honey. Snap, upload and watch your Instagram coolness factor shoot through the roof.

If sweet, newfangled concoctions are not your preferred cup of Joe, a regular flat white always does the trick - especially when you’re in Australia, land of great breakfasts and coffee.

BSKT Café
Opens 6am daily
4 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid Beach Queensland 4218, Australia; bskt.com.au

#2 For vegetarians: The Cardamom Pod
#2 For vegetarians: The Cardamom Pod
20 Aug 2018

#2 For vegetarians: The Cardamom Pod

Named after a type of spice that is usually used in Middle East cuisine, The Cardamom Pod at Brickworks serves healthy vegetarian meals suited to vegetarians and, most importantly, to the taste buds of common folks. This means you can still get your usual big breakfast, eggs benedict, cheese toasties, waffles or pancakes here, though they are served in a healthier iteration.

Our avo benny (above) came with avocadoes served on an English muffin, topped with mushrooms, sautéed kale and hollandaise sauce, and served with side of grilled tomatoes and facon (i.e. vegetarian bacon). It was hearty and healthy, and eating clean had never looked—and tasted—so good.

#2 For vegetarians: The Cardamom Pod
#2 For vegetarians: The Cardamom Pod
20 Aug 2018

#2 For vegetarians: The Cardamom Pod

If you’re looking for a more ‘Instagrammable’ dish, you won’t go wrong with their French toast (above). The colourful platter consists of chia-crusted French toast served with coconut vanilla bean custard, orange bergamot marmalade jelly, roasted peaches, apply jelly and strawberry crisps.

Brownie points to the thoughtful presentation of the dish: the food is carefully plated and artfully arranged such that the butterfly pea powder and the custard mimics the point where the sandy beach meets the blue ocean, perfectly encapsulating the city’s coastal vibes of Gold Coast. We are told its PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) Smoothie Bowl, which contains organic peanut butter, raspberry chia jelly, berries and coconut shavings is TDF (to-die-for).

The Cardamom Pod
Opens 7.30am daily
3/3 Brolga Ave, Southport Queensland 4215, Australia; cardamompod.com.au


#3 For the sweet-toothed: Bam Bam Bakehouse
#3 For the sweet-toothed: Bam Bam Bakehouse
20 Aug 2018

#3 For the sweet-toothed: Bam Bam Bakehouse

A must visit for artisanal pastries lovers, Bam Bam Bakehouse is hands down the Gold Coast’s most popular bakery – best known for its croissants which, we’re told, require a total of three prep days.

Instead of using sliced bread for its breakfast meals, Bam Bam uses its freshly baked signature croissant, which explains why our French toast was served as a crescent roll. Admittedly, it has a fluffier ‘toast’ texture and a nice soft chewy bite as compared to your regular run-o’-the-mill white bread. We barely even needed to use the accompanying maple syrup because the bread tasted so good on its own.

#3 For the sweet-toothed: Bam Bam Bakehouse
#3 For the sweet-toothed: Bam Bam Bakehouse
20 Aug 2018

#3 For the sweet-toothed: Bam Bam Bakehouse

Bam Bam has so much to offer in terms of food and pastries it’s best to visit it with a group to get a sampling of everything, from its breakfast platters to its cronuts and puffs. If not, there’s always the option to ask for a takeaway box just like we did.
 
Bam Bam Bakehouse
Opens 7am daily
2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach Queensland 4218, Australia; bambambakehouse.com


#4 For gourmet brekkie lovers: Cafe Dbar
#4 For gourmet brekkie lovers: Cafe Dbar
20 Aug 2018

#4 For gourmet brekkie lovers: Cafe Dbar

Breakfast at Café Dbar promises a visual and sensory feast both for the stomach and eyes. Even before you can tuck in your meal, your eyes first feeds on the sweeping views of the sea as the café overlooks one of Gold Coast’s most popular surfing spots – Rainbow Bay.

Food wise, its meals are easily one-notch above regular breakfast café fare, with gourmet offerings like blue swimmer crab remoulard with fresh lemon and fennel on thick toast and creamy truffle three mushrooms with hazelnut cumble on thick toast – served with dill or rocket salad. It has usual breakfast suspects like classic eggs benedict for those who prefer comfort ‘pedestrian’ food.

#4 For gourmet brekkie lovers: Cafe Dbar
#4 For gourmet brekkie lovers: Cafe Dbar
20 Aug 2018

#4 For gourmet brekkie lovers: Cafe Dbar

The establishment’s choice of using local ingredients means they use Bangalow bacon (Bangalow is a small town in New South Wales and that means the bacon is locally produced) and serve nutritious farm-to-table salad greens.

Cafe Dbar
Opens 6.30am daily
275 Boundary St, Coolangatta Queensland 4225, Australia; cafedbar.co


#5 For the vegans: Commune
#5 For the vegans: Commune
20 Aug 2018

#5 For the vegans: Commune

It’s hard not to fall in love with Commune’s shabby chic vibes when you lay eyes on its retro furnishings and interior. Nothing is standard here, apart from the consistent food menu and well-brewed coffee - its interior walls are plastered with posters and tout a chalkboard exterior with random scribblings on the outside. Even its chairs are of an eclectic mix – wooden chairs, steel folding chairs – you get the drift.


#5 For the vegans: Commune
#5 For the vegans: Commune
20 Aug 2018

#5 For the vegans: Commune

The best part of Commune’s extensive food menu is that it caters to vegetarians, vegans and those on a gluten-free diet, and includes eggs on toast, cacao pancakes and coriander corn fritters. Clearly on top of the ‘eating clean’ food trend, it offers a selection of super power bowls, from the classic acai and ‘Organic bircher’ to fruity types with dragon fruit, mango and coconut water and super greens of kale, broccolini and avocado, which should delight even the fussiest eater’s palate.

If you’re looking for a ‘power’ breakfast drink that doesn’t involve caffeine, there’s the option of washing down your meal with their house-made juices, fruit smoothies and shakes. The wildest drink that we spotted on the menu? An activated charcoal smoothie for detoxing.

Commune Cafe
Opens 6.30am daily
1844 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia

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