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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

 

 

SOCIAL BREW

Talk about jungle fever! I fell in love with this cafe the second I laid eyes on it. It somewhat resembles that of a greenhouse with its multiple hanging plants – but you can never have to many plants, right?! The use of this small space has been very creatively designed with the ordering station on one side of a stone brick wall and the dining on the other. This minimises the work noise for optimum catch up gossip time with your pals! Everything about this cafe screams organic. There is a wide range of raw treats in the cold cabinet to choose from along with gluten-free lunch options also. Hot drinks and brekky bowls are all served in amazing hand made terracotta bowls and mugs.. which almost makes want to immediately hit a pottery class and make a set for your own home!

The menu has a large variety of dishes and are all relatively guilt free (phew)! With gluten free, vegetarian and raw options this menu caters for everyone. I was told to try one of their ‘bowls’ so I opted for the Acai Bowl. It certainly did not disappoint! Bursting with flavour and being the perfect consistency my acai in all its fruity glory was fresh and delicious! Whats brunch without a coffee?! It was a typical summers day on the Gold Coast so I decided to have an iced coffee. To my surprise it came out like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Heard of deconstructed coffee? This was something that I was new too, so as you can imagine I was super excited to put together my coffee creation! There was a large beaker filled with steamed frothy milk and two smaller bottles – one with liquid sweetener and the other filled with extra espresso. In the main drinking glass it had two frozen espresso ice-cubes, made in house. Add your hot milk and watch the magic happen!

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This certainly is one cafe that I continuously come back to – the food, the atmosphere, the coffee…They’ve got it all going on! Make sure you give the deconstructed iced coffee a go!

Author

Christie Smith

 

+ Social Brew

34-36 James St, Burleigh Heads