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Gold Coast Food: Restaurants and Cafes

The Gold Coast has no shortage of things to do, and definitely no shortage of places to eat. You can spend hours just deciding what kind of food you want for lunch or dinner, but who wants to waste time when you could be having fun at Dreamworld? To help you make your Gold Coast food decisions, here is a list of some places to check out, and why.

Pancakes in Paradise

If you’re the type that enjoys eating breakfast for dinner, Pancakes in Paradise is the place to show up. They serve every breakfast favorite, from eggs, bacon and sausage to fluffy stacks of pancakes with maple syrup. If you’re truly hungry, try the all-you-can-eat stack of hotcakes for only $9.00, or try out one of the standard dinner meals. You can also purchase yourself a glorious cup of coffee – with free refills – for only $3.50. Pancakes in Paradise is located just near Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise.

Pizza Capers

For the days you just want a good take-away pizza, Pizza Capers is the place to be. Pizza Capers is a gourmet pizza kitchen that is located all over Queensland with plenty also scattered around the Gold Coast. You can choose from locations in Broadbeach, Palm Beach and Southport to name a few. Items on the menus include a fine selection of pizzas, even healthy ones to boot, with pastas and desserts to accompany them. Visit site >>

BMD Northcliffe Surf Club

If you’re looking for a large meal with cheap beer and a fantastic view of the ocean, you might want to stop over at the BMD Northcliffe Surf Club. This club has been voted the best club 6 years in a row, and it is easy to see why. The huge windows make it feel as though you are practically on the beach, but if you step over to the bar, it is just like being a cool pub. You can get a huge burger with the works for only $14 with a $4 schooner of XXXX Gold to wash it down. It is located on the corner of Garfield Terrace and Thornton Street in Surfers Paradise.

Zarraffa’s Coffee

Zarraffa’s Coffee is like Queensland’s answer to Gloria Jeans with enough coffee drinks to make your head spin. They also feature the typical bakery type goods you would expect at a cafe from muffins to croissants, and some are even a Wi-Fi hotspot! You can get a free 15 minutes of access for each drink you buy. Luckily, you are never too far from a Zarraffa’s when you need a caffeine hit as there are nearly 20 locations around the Gold Coast alone.


East is a great restaurant in Broadbeach where Eastern culinary delights mix with the West. The setting for this restaurant is eye-catching and warm, and there are generally entertaining shows, such as belly-dancing, on in the evening. Friday nights offer guests a 3 course menu for only $30, but be aware that this restaurant transforms into a club after 10:30pm. East is located at 88 Surf Parade in Broadbeach.

Hard Rock Cafe

It turns out that Surfers Paradise is home to the only Hard Rock Cafe in all of Australia, so if you’re looking for the Hollywood, rock star and celebrity type setting to your meal, you can check it out. Known for its apparel shops, live music and food, the Hard Rock Cafe is a great addition to any holiday. It is located just on the corner of the Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard.

>> Read more about why I love visiting the Hard Rock Cafe in the Gold Coast.

D’Arcy Arms Restaurant and Bar

This cute little Irish place is inviting from the outside with its cottage charm. It features great food in a great atmosphere, and most importantly, it has Guinness beer on tap! When the weather is cool, there is a fireplace to cozy around. In the summer, the courtyard is opened up to the patrons to bask in the cooling breezes. D’Arcy Arms is located on the Gold Coast Highway, just on the corner of Frederick Street.

>> Find out how to get to & around the Gold Coast