With the recent pessimistic economic climate (ever since I was born the economy has never been a happy lad) & our tourism sector has been taking a hard kick in the downstairs with the soaring AUD – I’ve heard that Gold Coast has virtually become a bit of a ghost town.
But thanks to the wonderful Naked City Guide (love their site!) I’ve come to discover that the coast has quietly been sprouting some seriously cool eats and shops!
On the morning of our arrival we headed over to Elk Espresso at Broadbeach- it’s one of those venues that ticks every box in my ‘perfect cafe’ ratings
1. It’s a little bit hidden / secluded, which makes finding it ever more rewarding
2. They’ve curated the space well, but it’s not too cool that makes eating uncomfortable (like having to slurp eggs benedict off a tiny coffee table from a saggy couch)
3. Run by a team with a great vibe, throw in a smile please- or like the great folks at Elk, coming by to check up on us / refill our water once in a while was lovely!
4. Obviously the actual product (food and coffee) has to excel. I don’t care how cool you are if the food is comme ci, comme blah I shall never hasta la vista, baby
loved the use of dark wooden panels, long driftwood benches, and the industrial lamps matched beautifully with the Shoreditch iron chairs
hanging mason jars with candles – this space would look awesome at night!
rustic exposed pipes to get water for the table!
Hello grand Elk on the wall
thoroughly impressed by the quality of their coffee and food
hello colourful ACF cups! I’ve been confirmed that the Australian distributors do not carry the pastel coloured ones … boo
tender chicken skewers with couscous
the couscous was very light and springy, almost tasted a bit like hand made sago!
zucchini frittata with smoked salmon, very refreshing!
wish I lived down at the coast now – that’s how good they were… haha!
16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach QLD