Our Must Visit Gold Coast Cafés

Front street view of Bumbles cafe with alfresco diners

For our fellow travellers, adventurers, and caffeine connoisseurs! If you’re crashing at Budds in Surfers and looking for the perfect way to fuel your Gold Coast adventure, we’ve got the inside scoop on the Gold Coast’s best cafes.

Trot, skate, scoot or tram it down the coast and take your tastebuds on a journey that will be sure to leave a delicious first impression. Here’s the breakdown of our top five favourite cafes!

1. Bumbles – Budds Beach

Front street view of Bumbles cafe with alfresco diners
Sourced: Bumbles Instagram Page

Location: 19 River Dr, Budds Beach

Bumbles at Budds Beach is your local hideaway, just a stone’s throw from Budds In Surfers. With a menu bursting with flavour and fresh, local ingredients, it’s the perfect spot to kickstart your day. The chill atmosphere pairs perfectly with their signature coffee and mouthwatering breakfast options. The ultimate spot if you don’t feel like venturing too far from home. Pro Tip: Grab your takeaway options and come back to Budds in Surfers and savour the goodness poolside!

Distance to Budds In Surfers: A leisurely stroll across Budds Beach, only 0.5 km away.

2. Elk – Broadbeach

A selection of breakfast dishes at Elk Café Broadbeach
Sourced: Elk Espresso’s Instagram Page

Location: Shop G044 Oasis Shopping Centre, 12 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach

Elk Espresso in Broadbeach blends style with substance. This café, a mere 5 km away, offers a chic atmosphere and a menu packed with EPIC offerings. It’s menu changes seasonally and there is always something drool-worthy making it impossible to choose (We can’t go past their rotation of waffles). They offer bottomless brunch, daily from 10AM with flowing Mimosas to wash down your food. It’s the ideal pitstop to fuel up for a day of exploration. Don’t miss out on their specialty coffee; it’s the perfect companion for your adventure.

Distance to Budds In Surfers: A short 5 km journey down the coast.

3. Milkman’s Daughter – Mermaid Beach

Gold Coast cafe The Milkman's Daughter street view
Sourced: Milkman’s Daughter Instagram

Location: 2/43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach

Milkman’s Daughter in Mermaid Beach captures the essence of beach living. An almost 7 km ride from Budds In Surfers, this whimsical café is known for its vibrant ambiance and health-conscious, vegetarian menu. Even for the non-vegos, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the selection! Dive into their nourishing bowls and energise with a cup of their expertly crafted coffee. Our recommendation; Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Burger! Yes please.

Distance to Budds In Surfers: A scenic 6.7 km ride along the coast.

4. Paddock Bakery – Burleigh

An assortment of baked goodies displayed on a wooden board
Sourced: Paddock Bakery’s Instagram

Location: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads

Paddock Bakery in Burleigh Heads, just 10km away and well worth the venture south! Where bakery epicness meets insta-worthy breakfasts and lunches. If you choose to dine at Paddock, best believe you’ll be ordering a sweet treat on the side. It is a haven for rustic charm and culinary innovation. Indulge in artisanal pastries and brunch options that hit the spot. The cosy courtyard is perfect for relaxing and recharging before your next adventure. We can’t go past the Dippy Eggs!

Distance to Budds In Surfers: A 10 km journey down the Gold Coast Highway.

5. Tarte – Burleigh

Turkish eggs and sourdough toast
Sourced: Tarte Bakery’s Instagram

Location: 1A/1837 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Tarte in Burleigh Heads is a dessert lover’s paradise, only 12.5 km from Budds In Surfers. Treat yourself to exquisite pastries and a delicious menu of breakfast and lunch options. The café itself is oh, so cute and makes for the perfect pre or post swim spot. The Turkish Eggs are a must-try and you have to order the Parisian Hot Chocolate (thank us later!) but you can’t go wrong no matter what you’re craving.

Distance to Budds In Surfers: 12.5 km putting you in walking distance to one of our favourite beaches on the Gold Coast! Hello Burleigh, we love you!


So there you have it, our top five café picks on the Gold Coast, perfectly situated for your adventure while staying at Budds In Surfers. Whether you’re nursing a hangover or gearing up for a day of exploration, these spots offer the ideal blend of flavour and vibes.