Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Surfers Paradise

Bumbles Café

This gorgeous spot – a converted house (actually, at one stage, a brothel) – is the place for breakfast, sweet treats and coffee. It comprises a series of rooms, from the pink Princess Room (perfect for afternoon te…
Modern Australian in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Sandbar

After a staggering 19 years in beachside business, the owners here handed over the reins to their son. Back from serious hospitality work in Bali, he transformed Sandbar into a Riviera-meets-Canggu hot spot, full of…
Modern Australian in Surfers Paradise

Elston

The name harks back to Surfers Paradise's pre-1933 identity, and this atmospheric spot mixes beach views with a Lower Manhattan industrial feel. Come for hearty, rustic dishes when you can't look at another salad bo…
Italian in Surfers Paradise

Baritalia

A thoroughly Italian place with a fab outdoor terrace and friendly, European staff. Go for the Byron Bay slow-roasted pork belly, or excellent pastas, pizzas and risotto (including gluten-free choices). Decent Austr…
Food Hall in Surfers Paradise

4217

A lovely concept that still seems like it's finding its feet, the 4217 has a serious coffee haunt (Paradox), a beautiful tea shop (Cha) and a good Italian providore (Salts Meats Cheese). The later also does Neopolit…
International in Surfers Paradise

Bazaar

In sophisticated PR-speak, 'you can eat your way around the globe' at Bazaar; in crude terms, this means you can stuff yourself silly by selecting from various food stations – Spanish charcuterie, Italian pizzas, As…
Indian in Surfers Paradise

Tandoori Place

One of 17 (yes,17!) Tandoori Place restaurants in the Gold Coast area, this burgundy food room thankfully doesn't feel like part of a chain. On the vast menu you’ll find seafood, chicken, lamb, beef and hot, hot, ho…