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A day in the life of…

We start the day right by indulging in pancakes and waffles at Rogue Bistro. This place never disappoints! Once we’ve overcome our food comas we make our way down to the city hopper (what tourist doesn’t like to save a buck, right?). We cruise down the river until we reach Eagle St, from there we walk to my favourite little book shop Archives Fine Books. Being one of the oldest second-hand book shops in Australia, this place is sure to impress! After an hour or two of book shopping, followed by two hours of window shopping on Queen St, we’ve worked up quite an appetite. West End for lunch it is. Whenever I’m in West End I always make the effort to visit The Gunshop Cafe for my salad fix. Now, Im not normally a ‘boring salad eater’ but I URGE you to try the Grilled Chicken & Quinoa salad…It will change your life!

After lunch we stroll down Melbourne St to South Bank Parklands. Following a slow spin on the Wheel of Brisbane and a quick dip at Streets Beach, we continue along Clem Jones Promenade and end up at River Quay. By this point we’ve worked up quite a thirst – cocktails at Popolo it is! We manage to score ourselves a cute little nook in the sun with a perfect view of the Brisbane River. Yup…This will do us for the next few hours!

As dusk approaches we decide it will be fun to hire CityCycles and ride to Riverbar in the city. Between laughing fits and near stacks we eventually make it over in one piece to continue our bar hopping. There we share pizza, sink a few more bevies and talk the night away..

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Double Barrel Kitchen

If you’re a Mermaid resident you should get down and check this place out on your next morning stroll! Double Barrel Kitchen is a delightful little café, just perfect for the locals. Its simple, yet beautifully decorated and has all your favourite (naughty) cabinet treats available – I somehow managed to control myself but I could definitely hear the caramel slice calling my name!

 

Although I only popped my head in for a quick pre-grocery shop coffee I managed to have a sneak peak at the menu and it all sounds pretty enticing…And reasonably priced too! Umm let me just talk about that amazing light fitting above the register – what a work of art! I need to have one in my own home ha. Some of the furnishings looked recycled which is a feature I LOVE and again, we love the use of plants! Coffee was really tasty and the dusty light blue cups they are served in were just the cutest (also something I need in my house). I also love that they have completely opened up the windows and doors at both ends of the café – it allowed there to be a beautiful natural breeze which flowed right through the middle. Will be great on those hot summer days! Without sugar coating it this really is a super cute café that is perfect for those who live around the corner. Good coffee, great service and an overall pleasing atmosphere to dine in.

 

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+Double Barrel Kitchen

Karbunya St, Mermaid Waters

(Just off Pacific Ave)

LITTLE MERMAID

I haven’t been to the Bahamas but I can imagine the cafes there look a little something like it does at Little Mermaid. There is something different to look at in every corner.. Im talking coconuts, books, shells, ornaments of all sorts, funky light fittings and plants for daysss. They’ve also got a mix of wicker, wooden and metal furniture – even a bloody swing! You can literally swing life away here..

I’am really in love the laidback vibe here – day or night! The staff are always super cheerful and the coffee actually makes my top 3 Gold Coast favourites list (big call) !! Heard of Nord Coffee Co? Neither had I until K Bar & Meze re-opened its doors as Little Mermaid with a fresh look and completely new menu. Newly to the roasting scene Nord Coffee Co provide a delicious organic blend that satisfies my taste buds immensely! My experience with the food on the other hand has fallen a little short of impressive. Nothing to special going on here, I found the few meals that I’ve tried to be a little bland – just sort of missing something, ya know?! There has definitely been more then one occasion that I have sipped the afternoon away, one cappuccino to espresso martini at a time. Its that ‘holiday’ feeling you get here.. It just kind of sucks you in and makes you stay (that, and the delicious cocktails ha).

Little Mermaid is definitely my go to cafe of the moment and it just happens to be down the road from me which is a total bonus! The coffee never disappoints and I can always find a cosy little corner to sit in with my laptop or book – did I mention they have wifi..?!

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+ Little Mermaid

2557 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

 

 

Society Of Florida

Being a pretty big fan of Burleigh Social my expectations of Society Of Florida were pretty high! Its set right smack bang in the middle of residential Broadbeach – my first initial thoughts were ‘hmm, location wise this could be a hit or miss destination’. I arrived just before midday and noticed only a handful of people dining outside. Uh Oh. My thoughts were soon put to rest though as I noticed that there was actually a pretty steady flow of people arriving for lunch not long after me.

The interior of this cafe didn’t entirely captivate me. It was very modern, simple, but quite dark. Not very ‘GC’ at all. Black floors and ceiling with ash walls and timber finishings – it actually felt rather cold and is the complete opposite of its summery sister cafe Burleigh Social. Walking in the first thing you couldn’t help but notice was the volume of the music. I literally felt like I was eating my breakfast in a bar it was that loud! I know they say ‘if its to loud you’re to old’ but eggs with a side of raging dubstep on a Saturday morning is abit much for me haha. The menu was rather average – nothing overly caught my eye though. Food and coffee was good, but did take a little while to come out.

My experience at Society Of Florida was all-in-all pretty average. The whole vibe of the place just didn’t wow me and it personally felt a little cold for a ‘sunny Gold Coast’cafe. I think the next time I go I will make it an evening visit – dinner and a few drinks on a friday night would be perfect here as I get more of a bar vibe! I look forward to my sundown experience!

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+Society Of Florida

1 Naranga Avenue, Broadbeach Waters

BALI

Before my recent trip to Bali I did a little bit of research on trending cafes that are a must see whilst over there. I soon discovered in all my Instagram creeping that Bali had stepped up its game over the years and now had so many hip cafes on offer!

In between all my cocktail sipping and adventures I managed to hunt down a few of these cafes to check out… and I was pretty impressed with what I saw! Hearing about a close by to where we were staying, my friend and I wandered into Seminyak to see if we could try suss out some of these places to potentially have breakfast in; and almost immediately we stumbled across Shelters Seminyak and Revolver Espresso.

SHELTERS SEMINYAK

Climb up the steep stairs to the top and you’ll soon find yourself in a little tropical retreat. No windows or doors, floor to ceiling bamboo beams and lots of hanging plants (which we all know by now that I’m obsessed with) it very much looked the part of island dining. The menu on the other hand was quite modern with a western twist. All our favourite dishes from Australia were accounted for including acai bowls, chia pudding, fresh juices, smashed avo – almost anything you can thing of. Now I know some of you might be thinking “Why eat somewhere that resembles home whilst on holidays in a foreign country?” These thoughts crossed my mind too BUT I definitely indulged in a lot of Bintangs and Indonesian food. So much so that my body was craving fresh food, food that I’am used to consuming on a daily basis. So I tracked down a few of these modern cafes out of curiosity and to treat myself – give my stomach abit of a break ha!

Shelters is situated up on the second level of the building its housed in which allows a beautiful breeze to blow right though the open plan cafe. It was soo nice to escape the sweltering heat that Bali produces! First things first, I was dying to have a GOOD cup of coffee (the instant coffee at the hotel just wasn’t cutting it). I went for an iced latte as even the thought of sipping on a hot coffee made me sweat alone! After all our morning strolling we didn’t quite make it for breakfast but we had the pleasure of giving the lunch menu a go instead. I ordered the Mexican Chicken Burger with Paprika fries. Very tasty and made with all fresh ingredients – you could say it was finger licking good! My iced coffee also hit the spot very nicely. Id have to say it was a very pleasing experience and I was pretty impressed in seeing this ‘modern’ side of Bali!

REVOLVER ESPRESSO

Whilst on our quest to find Shelters Seminyak we noticed a sign saying Revolver Espresso. Naturally, anytime I come across a cafe I haven’t seen or heard of before I have to check it out!  So two days later there we were, walking down an alley looking for Revolver. We followed behind a few people who came to a stop at a large wooden door. It was soon opened and we were shown in by the hostess. The minute I stepped foot inside I felt like we had just walked into some sort of members only club! Dark timber with low lighting chandeliers, vintage prints on the walls and secret rooms – it gave off a very old western saloon style, 1920’s vibe. I loved it! For a back alley hidden gem this cafe had a lot of hype about it. Packed to the brim, apparently Revolver Espresso was very well know, and for good reason!

Once we were seated we got to have a good look at the menu and what was on offer. They had a simple modern menu but added a slight twist to each dish. I ordered the Smith & Wesson, which was essentially smashed avo but with added basil leaves and cherry tomatoes. Throw in a few poached eggs and I had myself a tasty little breakfast dish! The coffee was again very enjoyable and I even noticed that they happened to use La Marzocco coffee machines, which is what I use at work back in Australia! Even though I thoroughly enjoyed my coffee and brekky my favourite part of Revolver Espresso would have to hands down be the interior design and decor. Cosy yet historic, you really did not feel like you were in Bali at all but more like you took a step back in time, back into the days of the wild wild west. Totally opposite vibes to Shelters but equally enjoyable!

BALI PULINA

My final cafe hop lead me to a place in Uluwatu called Bali Pulina. Having not heard of it before, our local Balinese guide that we had for the day recommended he take us there as the view was unbeatable. Boy am I glad we agreed to go because it was by far my favourite coffee/ cafe experience to date!

Greeted at the enterance by a guide, we then got lead down the path and into what felt somewhat like a zoo. Hearing about the different trees, plants and even caged animals along the way we quickly realised this was no ordinary ‘cafe’. Listening on we soon learnt about they type of coffee they used and how it was made. Heard of Kopi Luwak coffee? I can put it into two simple words for you ‘animal poop’ ha! Do yourself a favour and look it up! We were shown the Luwak animals (which is a relation to the cat species) and even got to feed them coffee cherries. We went from section to section, learning about how its dried, roasted and ground before moving down into the cafe.  The process for making the coffee bean is quite simple but does take some time to produce as it is all done by hand – NO MACHINES! As we walked down the stairs my jaw dropped and I had to pinch myself. This place was unbelievable!! The open Bali hut was one thing but the view of the rice terrace was another. I literally felt like we were in a treehouse in the middle of the jungle! As we were shown to our table we were told that we would be given a tastings tray along with a cup of their Luwak coffee. Handmade teas and flavoured coffee were all on offer to taste but the real surprise for me was how much I enjoyed the Luwak coffee. Initially it was quite thick/full bodied but as it settled it was smooth and not at all acidic. No milk or sugar needed! I was totally in my element here!! A view to die for and amazing coffee – what more could you want?! I strongly recommend getting out to Uluwatu and checking this place out if you appreciate coffee and scenic views just as much as me!

Happy Travelling 🙂

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+ Shelters Seminyak

Jl. Drupadi 1 n. 2B (little alley off Jl. Seminyak – take turn next to Queens Tandoor)

+ Revolver Espresso

Jl kayu aya / Gang 51 Seminyak

+ Bali Pulina

Banjar Pujung Kelod, Tegallalang, Kec. Gianyar

WAREHOUSE No. 5

 

Let me just start by saying that I’m really loving these new European inspired cafes opening up around the Gold Coast lately. They take me back to the days of living the good life in London! From the moment I pulled up out the front I knew that Warehouse No. 5 was something special. My first initial thoughts – umm HUGE. Lets just say there will be no chair bumping or accidental drink spilling going on here! Its also very stroller friendly for all those coffee loving baby mummas out there – just not quite friendly enough to allow your little rugrats run free though as you will soon see this cafe has no doors and opens right out onto the car park / main road.

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Owners Andy and monique said they were going for a modern but minimal look, something that would compliment the warehouse feel. “Less is more” says Andy and I couldn’t agree more!

The idea behind the warehouse conversion was so that it could be a cafe by day and a workshop by night. Anything from craft beer tasting nights to sex talk seminars – Warehouse No. 5 has big plans for the future! The space can also be rented out for private events which includes a bar and projector screen – perfect for those special parties!
Being tucked away in the Burleigh industrial area Warehouse No. 5 has relatively quiet surroundings and makes for a great spot to study, hold meetings or immerse yourself in a good book. The industrial sized tables are all on wheels (they are handmade by the way) and can also be moved around the room accordingly to cater for any function or business meeting. Again, I’m loving the use of retro art and live plants staggered around the warehouse to give it a funky feel.

It was a typically hot ‘Gold Coast’ day when I came here but the open roller doors on each side of this cafe welcomed the most beautiful breeze flowing through the midldle which made it super pleasant to sit and sip the morning away. I have always been a fan of Blackboard Coffee and was happy to find out it was also selected as the bean of choice at Warehouse No5. Smooth and full bodied my coffee certainly satisfied my taste buds! There is only a small selection of treats on offer at the moment but Andy says there are definitely plans in the near future to expand the menu to cater for their surrounding community. Gym members at F45 could soon be munching on stacked bagels, sipping on protein shakes and fresh juices. They say slow and steady wins the race and I think in this case there is a very good chance that Warehouse No. 5 will be taking home the gold! If your needing a space for any kind of event be sure to check this place out!!

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+ Warehouse No.7

87 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

RANDY WALLHOLE

I was one of the lucky customers who got to have the Randy Wallhole experience within the first 48 hours of their doors opening! Let me tell you now…this cafe is going to be a hit! There’s nothing quite like kicking back with a good coffee whilst listening to the sweet sounds of The Beatles playing in the background – on vinyl nonetheless! If having a working record player wasn’t vintage enough for you then perhaps the retro decor will assist you in taking that step back in time. Assorted chairs, tables and art deco gives an almost “Grease” (the movie) feel to it mixed with Andy Warhol’s studio. Everything is mismatched and it totally works!

In the heart of Southport this little cafe is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. You cant help but feel slightly at home here at Randy Wallhole (or perhaps even at your grandparents house ha). It could be the incredibly comfy lounges that suck you in or the family fun board games lying around just waiting for you to spend hours playing them, OR, it could even just be the warm friendly staff who greet you with big smiles on arrival. Either way, there was just something about the place that made me feel totally comfortable – so comfortable in fact that at one point I found myself with my feet up on the couch!

The menu is quite simple but I believe it adds to that “homely” vibe they’ve got going on. Jaffles, bagels and even coco-pops are all on offer… Sounds like a typical Sunday morning in the Brady Bunch household to me! I went for the Bavo Bagel – Bacon, avo, cos lettuce, tomato with garlic aioli. Full of flavour this bagel definitely satisfied my taste buds. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it! On the coffee front Randy Wallhole’s blend of choice comes from a roaster in Brisbane known as Toby’s Estate. I found the coffee to be full bodied with a smooth creamy aftertaste. Very enjoyable! I strongly advise you to get down and check this place out if your looking for a little life escape. Take a book, curl up in one of the leather armchairs with a coffee and sip your morning away!

 

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+RANDY WALLHOLE

21 Nind Street, Southport