Coffee Culture on the Gold Coast

If you are after a caffeine fix on the Gold Coast, we’ve got you covered.

There is nothing like a good coffee, any time of the day. We uncover six of the best along the Gold Coast.

Serving the finest Toby's Estate coffee at Skull & Bones.

Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones is a haunt the locals congregate at for a good coffee. Voted number one in 2016 by residents in the Gold Coast Bulletin, proves the team at Skull & Bones are one of the best, with the philosophy of keeping it simple, at a good price with a fine brew. Serving roasted coffee sourced from the farm at Toby’s Estate (Sydney), it’s a smooth blend enjoyed by fans from Brisbane to Singapore and New York and the in-house baristas, each boasts over a decade of coffee making experience. Dedicated to minimising waste, the used coffee grind is donated to the Broadbeach Community Garden, coffee cups, bowls and food containers are made of plant-based material and biodegradable. Even the cutlery is made of sustainably sourced pine.

Centrally located near the Broadwater Parklands and the beach is Simple Coffee House.

Simple Coffee House

Combine beans with the best of milk for the perfect espresso and the Simple Coffee House nestled only a block away from the Thams Family Park, the Broadwater Parklands and the beach, will tick any coffee connoisseur’s bucket list. Opening in 2014 Simon Shanahan, the owner, and his lovely wife Jess are passionate about good coffee. Toby’s Estate beans are combined with the best Norco barista styled milk along with a variety of milk options including: 2 percent, lactose-free, bonsoy, coconut milk and almond milk. They also serve "Organic-Paleo-Vegan Red Velvet Hot Chocolates," as well as "turmeric and chai" lattes and a variety of leaf teas.

Cats, coffee and cuddles at the Crazy Cat Cafe.

Crazy Cat Café

All great things according to the crew at the Crazy Cat Café start with the letter C—cats, caffeine and cuddles. The first cat café to open on the Gold Coast, the cats are residents and live in the most awesome space. You’ll meet all types of cats ready for a cuddle like Finn, a Norwegian Forest Cat and the eldest in the establishment. Then there’s George, a Maine Coon thought to be the largest domestic bred cat available in Australia while Harry, a Burma Munchkin—considered the sausage dog of all cats—simply melts hearts. Find the Crazy Cat Café opposite Waxy’s Irish Pub. A must for any cat and coffee lovers.

The art of coffee at Lakeview Espresso

Lakeview Espresso

Think coffee, hand-crafted dishes and art gallery combined, and this little treat in Burleigh ticks all the boxes. Not only is the coffee fresh at Lakeview Espresso but all the ingredients on the menu are fresh from the farm too. The high-grade coffee is sourced from a small batch roaster in Tyalgum on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. Breakfast is available and there is a kids’ menu for the little ones and the fresh fruit at breakfast and burgers are awesome.

Good health, yoga and great coffee at BSKT Cafe.


Founded in 2013 on the fundamentals of good healthy food has led to another great coffee location on the Gold Coast. Did you know BSKT stands for ‘biscuit’ and the early Egyptians and Romans used biscuits as their option for sustenance and good health on long journeys? So along with good coffee, there is a wide range of healthy drinks and food to consume plus scheduled yoga sessions for some true stress relief.

KoKo Coffee Roasters 

Koko is a boutique coffee roaster where the coffee is roasted in-house from the finest coffee beans. Supporting charities and farmers in Indonesia with voluntary work, the team at KoKo’s have opened a part of their premises so you can come and enjoy a coffee with them too. The Roastery, as it’s known, is a great place to visit for coffee lovers. Situated in an industrial part of the Gold Coast it’s a little-hidden gem. Drop in and taste what’s brewing on either the espresso or filter while chatting with the barista as you learn more about coffee and culture. There are fresh bags of beans and brewing equipment available for you to take home.

Koko is a boutique coffee roaster at Mermaid Beach.