If you’re heading to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games, you’ll need to find two main things: accommodation and food. While Escape Travel can help you sort out your travel plans, we’ve rounded up the who, what and where of cafes and restaurants on the Gold Coast near the Commonwealth Games venues.
Host of the beach volleyball competition, Coolangatta is centred around its beautiful beachfront. You’ll find some of the best Gold Coast cafes and restaurants open from dawn to late here, from burgers to tapas, Mexican to surf and turf.
Head to Cafe Dbar for gourmet breakfast and lunch options served with fresh local ingredients, and Burleigh Heads coffee. Its location on Point Dangar also provides picture perfect views over the ocean, and there is an array of local artisan goods on sale too.
Address: 275 Boundary St, Coolangatta, QLD
For a fine food lunch or dinner, try Bin 72 Bar & Dining, an industrial space serving fine wines and share plates. The menu is modern Australian with a focus on fresh meats and seafood.
Address: Shop 21, 72-80 Marine Parade The Strand, Coolangatta, QLD
Gold Coast Venues near here: Beach Volleyball, Coolangatta Beachfront
Known for its surf break and views through the swell to Surfer Paradise, Currumbin is a classic Gold Coast village with hearty Australian eateries.
The Salt Mill Cafe, opened by a local couple, serves a wholefoods menu in a rustic, welcoming space. Smoothies, single origin Allpress coffee and acai bowls are popular alongside bagels and quiches. It’s even a favourite with Australian star, Chris Hemsworth.
Address: 1/784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin, QLD
For a classic beachfront bistro, head to the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club. You’ll find tasty modern fare, live music and views up and down the beach.
Address: 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin, QLD
Gold Coast Venues near here: Road Cycling and Race Walking at Currumbin Beachfront
One of the most popular areas on the Gold Coast, known for its Millionaires Row of beachfront mansions, Mermaid Beach is also home to excellent dining options, from Japanese to Mediterranean and breakfast food galore.
We hope you’re hungry, because Little Truffle Dining Room and Bar offers a decadent 5-course tasting menu in intimate dining rooms. This is the perfect venue for a special dinner to celebrate your time at the Commonwealth Games. Be sure to book ahead.
Address: 2444 Gold Coast Highways, Mermaid Beach 4218
If you’re craving a little variety, Etsu Izakaya is a traditional Japanese izakaya dining room, serving share dishes with sake and whiskey to wash it all down.
Address: 2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, QLD
Gold Coast Venues near here: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Carrara Stadium, Robina Stadium
Home to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and the Oasis Shopping Centre, as well as an array of outdoor restaurants, Broadbeach has everything you need by way of food.
Start the day right with breakfast at Elk Espresso, famed for its great coffee and the ability to make any meal suitable for breakfast – breakfast gnocchi, breakfast salad etc.
Address: 1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD
Moo Moo The Wine Bar & Grill serves up specialty steaks and fine wines in a quirky dining hall, perfect if you need a hearty, simple meal.
Address: 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
If you’re in the mood for a communal meal of sharing platters and gourmet pizzas, Sage Cafe Restaurant & Pizzeria is a great choice, having won best family dining restaurant in QLD in 2014.
Address: 5/20 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach, QLD
Then if you can’t decide what to have, head to The Star Casino Food Fantasy, lauded as the freshest buffet on the Gold Coast, serving over 80 dishes from all around the globe.
Address: Casino Level, The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
Gold Coast Venues near here: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Carrara Stadium and Nerang Mountain Bike Trails.
The restaurant scene in Main Beach revolves around Tedder Avenue. This strip is home to all kinds of seafood, Japanese, Indian, Italian and modern Australian cuisine.
For a classy dinner with a waterfront view, try De Vito Waterfront, a warm, fine dining restaurant serving Mediterranean style cuisine.
Address: 2 Barney St, Southport, QLD
For a classic coast experience, Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant also offer delicious food in an ambient waterfront venue.
Address: Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, QLD
Gold Coast Venues near here: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Southport Broadwater Parklands.
The inland suburb of Oxenford is where you’ll find the Village Roadshow Studios, during the Commonwealth Games, home to boxing, squash and table tennis. Near the venue you’ll find Black Sheep Bistro, an ethically-focused eatery serving delicious meals from breakfast through to dinner. Favourites include beef brisket, pork shoulder, the breakfast burger and tapas.
Address: 2/108 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford, QLD
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