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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)

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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

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

 

CHILL IN CAFE

The name really speaks for itself here. From the moment you walk in you cant help but feel somewhat relaxed. Having Chillout sessions; sounds of Del Mar playing softly in the background, dim lighting, various board games and magazines stashed around you can really unwind and escape the daily grind at Chill In. Unique art pieces by Tony Stephens are hung around the cafe and each piece is available for purchase!

Being positioned in the heart of Palm Beach this little cafe has a nice steady flow of customers coming and going on a regular basis. I found myself tucked into the comfy lounges up the back whilst I browsed the menu. My initial thoughts were that they had a pretty great all-day breakfast selection and also that the prices were very reasonable. Lets be honest, some places charge like a million dollars for something we could whip up at home for $5! So I was pretty happy! Don’t worry vegos – the menu also has vegetarian options! I ordered a large cappuccino and the Avocado Feta Smash on Organic Sourdough. As the waitress approached with my meal my eyes lit up with excitement. Holey moley it was huge and it looked amazing! As I devoured my food I started to notice the feta to avocado ration. Now, I’m a BIG fan of avocado and I like to taste my avocado. The feta was slightly overpowering for my taste buds unfortunately. Nonetheless I completely finished my entire meal with barely a crumb left on the plate. The coffee was slightly on the bitter side with a dark chocolate aftertaste. If you like black coffee this could be a great blend for you!

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With the funky decor and relaxed vibe you could easily find yourself spending a few hours here immersed with a good book – and I did! Did I mention Chill In has WiFi AND power points..?! If your like me and prefer to take your work outside of the house then this is the perfect place to go. P.S take a jacket with you – they have amazing air-conditioning and it will be sure to give you a CHILL.  😉

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+ CHILL IN

9b/10 Fifth Ave, Palm Beach QLD 4221

 

ELK

This place is buzzing right from the get go. As the café seating spills out onto the sidewalk all you can hear is the dining and chatter of patrons as you stroll on up the path. For a quiet suburban neighbourhood this little café is almost always at capacity and has a lot going for it! If your about to pass out of starvation or are in a hurry then I’m not too sure this is the brekky destination for you today my friend. I don’t think I have ever come here to eat and haven’t had to wait for a table (even on a Monday morning)! Mind you – the food and coffee is that good that it’s totally worth the wait!

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My most recent visit to Elk lead me to try something different from the menu (yep, sometimes I get stuck in my ways). My friend always raves on and on about the Potato Hash so I just had to see what all the fuss was about. I was definitely impressed – it was everything she described and more! Move over Avocado and Feta Mash, I’ve now converted to the Potato Hash ha! Bursting with flavour and texture this really was one delicious dish.

The coffee is one thing that will certainly not let you down here. Never have I had a bad cup (big call I know)! With barista’s having years of training and experience in using the “Single Origin” blends it’s no wonder they know how to make a good cup!

Distressed paint on the walls and industrial style seating gives the interior of this cafe a rustic yet modern feel to it. Cant forget about that infamous “elk” imagine which appears on the back wall! Small details including fresh flowers on the tables and subtle light fittings caught my eye which made it feel very welcoming. Staff members are generally friendly and quite attentive to your needs and the general flow of the café works nicely, which makes for a pleasant dining experience!

 

Author

Christie Smith xx

 

+ ELK

16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach