The Goldie gets its groove back!

We just returned from our fab holiday on the Gold Coast! 27-30 degrees everyday...lots of swimming, relaxing & dining. We ditched Cavill (lost its touch since Schoolies) and found some great little Caffeine hideouts around Mermaid, Nobby's & Broadbeach. Our fave was Elk - pics 1 & 3 (20 min walk from our apt to Elk at broadbeach ) - funky cement & peely walled caf with the big Elk on display, vintage glass vases with cute sprouting flowers, pastel coffee cups & great big juices and breakky/lunch menu. Another fave at Mermaid beach is Vintage Espresso - pics 5 & 6 (I read in Naked (the Gold Coast guide) that "If Frankie mag opened a cafe, this is exactly what it would be like")! - 70's furniture, vintage mirrors, porcelain figurines, arty crowd and great coffee! The new Oracle development at Broadbeach is a winner too! We attended the first of Jan Powers' Sat Farmers markets - pic 4 which were fab, followed by a coffee at the very cool & Melbourne like "No Name Lane": - pic 7 + a shop around some little art stores.
On the way to Tullebudgera for a dip at 7am we stopped in via Nobby Beach at Canvas - pics 8,9,10 for takeaway coffee, almond croissants & bannana bread - great art on display + vintage cushions, kids T's and mod furniture. I also drove the extra mile to a new store which opened in West Burleigh called Little Love & Happiness but this deserves a blog all to itself....happy times! For any QLD folk, would love to hear your faves??

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