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6 Amazing cafés in the Gold Coast's north

Kellie Warner | July 2, 2021

When it comes to great cafes on the Gold Coast we all know the list of the usual suspects.

But most of those places are on the southern end of the Gold Coast. Those of us who cannot simply pop up the road to that hip new place at Mermaid Beach need places to go to. So I’ve scoured the northern Gold Coast and have found some terrific cafés up this way serving excellent coffee and yummy food that is worth getting excited about.

So here are 6 cafés to add to your must-visit list. Enjoy.

The Whistlestop, Pimpama

The Whistlestop is a family run cafe and bistro that was established in 1996. In reality, Pimpama is a suburb of the Gold Coast like any other, but being at Whistlestop feels like you have stepped into the picturesque, quaint countryside, almost like being on a holiday.

And what a wonderful holiday. Whistlestop offers great coffee and food all day long. If you need coffee on the way to work you can grab a take away at the Back Alley Sally drive through. Or visit for morning or afternoon tea. If you are after a good meal then you can choose lunch or dinner. Choose to sit inside at the large rustic tables or sit on the deck and watch the world go by.

It’s perfect for families and has a little farmyard set up, complete with red tractor, sheep and chickens.

Co-Owner Sarah-Ann Degen says the Whistlestop is always bustling as they provide good wholesome food and a great variety of beverages with exceptional coffee.

“Our staff care about our product and value our customers and take pride in representing our business” says Sarah.

They are famous for their pizza such as the latest masterpiece, ‘the Beast’ featuring slow cooked brisket, Texan style hot sauce, broccolini, almonds, feta and dill pickles which sounds ravishing, if a tad unorthodox. They also have an extensive menu featuring meals from around the world. Breakfasts are hearty and include a popular Spanish Tostada featuring bacon, Jarlsberg cheese, avocado and more. The cakes are plentiful and yummy too.

Sarah-Ann takes great pride in the great coffee they serve;

“We use Vittoria Coffee as we have spent many years researching “good” coffee and found Vittoria to be the best “all-rounder” coffee.

“A big part of coffee depends on the barista and our staff are trained to a specific standard.”

On my recent visit I enjoyed a perfect flat white with just the right amount of crema and a smooth, rich and strong flavour. It came in a simple mis-matched mug and saucer which added to the charm of this fun cafe.

Where: 88 Pimpama-Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama

Hours: Dinner: Wed-Sun, 5-9pm, Breakfast: Weekends, 7-11am, Back Alley Sally drive through: 7 days a week (check in store as occasionally closed)

Chocolate mud cake slice at the Whistlestop
Cold pressed juices at the Black Sheep
Hide n seek chicken at the Whistlestop (photo credit: @crsmithstagram)

Black Sheep Bistro – Oxenford

Fine dining in Oxenford? Well not quite but certainly exceptional, modern and tasty cuisine cooked by a skilled chef is available at Black Sheep Bistro (BSB).

Owner and Chef Sian Bressolles is true to her farming roots, cooking tasty and authentic cuisine for lovers of good food. She employs the concepts of sustainability and compassion for the environment, believing that using produce at its optimal time is not only good for the land but for business. Uninfluenced by trends or fads, she employs a nose-to-tail approach and most of all wants diners to be treated to hearty, satisfying meals.

“Our meals are freshly made to order with a contemporary twist. I’ve travelled much of the world and it’s the family meals at the table of friends and colleagues that have the most impacted on our seasonal menu changes.”

The menu includes tantalising treats like a tender rump steak option in the form of the BSB Steak Sandwich for lunch. For dinner the Caramel Pork Belly (slow roasted pork belly with sum tam salad, crispy glass noodles & salted caramel sauce) sounds divine. Dessert isn’t forgotten and the stars are home-made pies of which the Milk ‘n Honey pie served with vanilla bean ice cream is the favourite.

So up here in the northern end of the Gold Coast, we know our food. In fact Sian loves cooking for her Oxenford clientele, “I’ve been a chef for 20+ years and have never had such a wonderful group of people to cook for, they really do make all the difference when you work in the hospitality trade.”

They source their coffee locally from Yatala, Full City is the coffee of choice and the blend is called nobodies. The blend is full bodied with a rich caramel crema, which is flavoursome but not bitter. Sian’s thought on the perfect cup? “You should be able to taste the ‘sweetness without the sugar’”.

Where: 2/108 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford 4210

Hours: Tue-Fri, 6.30am-2.30pm  Sat- Sun, 7.00am-2.00pm

Bistro Nineteen – Sanctuary Cove

By no means a newbie, Bistro Nineteen is a popular regular haunt located at The Marina Village at Sanctuary Cove. You can shop, people watch or simply relax in tranquil surroundings before or after a great breakfast, smooth cup of coffee or hearty lunch.

They pride themselves on a relaxed, welcoming environment and serve gourmet, sumptuous dishes to a thankful public.

All day breakfast is a speciality here and the menu has plenty of choice. From a New York bagel to the large and hearty Cove breakfast. The lunch menu features fresh Queensland ingredients including great seafood and fresh salads. The Fishermans Catch is, not surprisingly, a popular choice.

Owner/Director Ronell Bunting strives to ensure her customers are happy and well fed.

“Our focus is to serve food that is made with the highest quality of ingredients, that is accompanied with professional and friendly staff” says Ronnell.

Café Nineteen serves a top brand coffee, called “di Manfredi”. They believe an exceptionally trained barista is a must have and that consistency in their coffee making is paramount. Also Ronell believes, ‘a friendly smile also goes a long way.’

You can bring along your canine best friend if you intend to sit alfresco or else go inside, grab a newspaper and settle in.

They also offer Paint & Sip classes each weekend so you can let your inner creative out.

Where: 5 Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove, QLD, 4212

Hours: Open daily, 7am-3.30pm

The Galley, Coomera

The Galley is a rare find. It is the type of place everyone should be talking about. It is tucked away in the Marina at Coomera and it should stay a local secret no longer.

The Galley is almost outrageously nautically themed. Decked out in natural wood and reclaimed timber it sits well amongst the masts and sails of the Marina.

The friendly staff, often dressed as pirates serve the popular boutique coffee The Establishment and take pride in making an excellent cup of coffee. Most importantly the positively divine homemade cakes are made by Irina, a qualified pastry chef who trained in France. You truly have not tasted a macaron until you have tasted one from The Galley.

Where: The Boat Works, 200 Beattie Road, Coomera

Hours: Daily 6.30-3.00pm


Cafe 7 – Paradise Point

Café 7 is a quirky café on the popular Esplanade at Paradise Point. It has outside seating or go inside to a booth or funky table and take in the style and atmosphere. Cafe 7 relies on the great trio of excellent food, great local coffee and friendly service.

The breakfast menu is huge! You will have a hard decision between your classic bacon and eggs to breakfast bruschetta or chocolate chip pancakes! The lunch menu is just as good, offering salads to burgers or grilled fish.

The best part is the view, located right on the Paradise Point Parklands, take a stroll along the waters edge after your meal, there’s also an impressive playground for the kids.

Where: 42 The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Hours: Daily, 6.30am-3.30pm



Terrarium Oxenford 

The staff here are friendly and the music is at just the right volume. If the weather is too hot they close up and put the air con on so you can better enjoy your cup coffee as they are serious lovers of specialty coffee. The house blend is called ‘Stellated’ by Terrarium and is roasted by Q Roasters in Brisbane. They also offer single origins which are currently organic Honduran Biolatina and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe which are offered as a cold drip, espresso, V60 pour over or their special S.O Smoothie.

You can enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch here though Terrarium doesn’t forget those with a sweet tooth searching out a morning or afternoon treat. Their talented baker coming up with offerings to delight such as Bailey’s Irish Cream Baked Cheesecake with Salted Caramel.

Where: 148 Maudsland Road, Oxenford

Hours: Wed-Sat, 7am-2pm | Sun, 7am-noon

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