Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s become a popular catch up time for friends to meet, especially on the weekend. But if there’s a trend emerging already in 2018 it’s that some breakfast prices have also risen in popular Gold Coast cafes, some costing well over $20 (especially by the time you add avocado to errything).
If you’re sporting a pauper’s budget but still want to eat like a king, where can you get a cheap brekkie? Here’s our list of Gold Coast haunts where you can still buy breakfast for $10 or under (and not just toast):
2389 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach Ph: 5575 2001
Rock in off the beach to this Mermaid Beach hangout for some fine eating that doesn’t bust the budget. Call in for Dogs (standard, American or vegan) for between $7 – $10 or their brekkies of Toasted muesli with yoghurt and seasonal fruit or Sourdough toast with avocado and dukkah are both only $10. Alfred’s famous Breakfast burrito stuffed with egg, bacon, diced tomatoes, spinach, cheese, relish and aioli is just a couple of dollars more. And they’re licensed. Shhhh!
Black Lime Café
145 Pappas Way, Carrara Ph: 5596 0823
Black Lime Café, on the low side of Pappas Way, is a great place for food to go or a quiet place to dine in. It’s become a popular tradie haunt and, while the dish is hardly gourmet, you can get in a $5 brekkie roll and a mug of coffee for under $10. Eggs on toast, either poached, scrambled or fried, are $8, with bacon or avo for an extra $2 and a hash brown for $1. There’s plenty of parking just in front.
Black Sheep Bistro
108 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford Ph: 5556 0909
This paddock to plate Northern Gold Coast bistro’s menu is full of great food at different price points. The $10 flat rate menu offers five options for $10: Free-range eggs with relish on chargrilled ciabatta, Bacon and egg burger, Roast pumpkin and feta bruschetta, Freshly sliced mango with homemade muesli and chia coconut yoghurt, and Buckwheat and banana pancake. How could you go wrong!
Cooly Cafe 28 Cooly
72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
It’s one of the coolest places in Cooly with views across to the ocean, the café inside the Quiksilver shop where you can shop and eat plus some. Up off the beach and wanting some cheap eats, Café 28 is a great choice. Byron Bay bircher muesli with flaked almonds and mixed berries soaked in fresh pressed apple juice and topped with yoghurt, honey and a sprig of mint is only $8.50, a vego Brekkie burrito filled with black beans, fried egg, salsa, avocado, sour cream and tasty cheese is $10.00, as are Eggs on organic toasted sourdough.
1920 Gold Coast Highway, Miami Ph: 0412 834 130
Missing your Melbourne laneways? Then you can hang out at Caffeine Kings, a little place that has some of the best coffee in town. Their all-day menu items, almost all under $20, hold a couple of $10 deals – Bacon & Egg Burger or Poached or fried eggs on toast. And don’t forget your coffee!
1/19 Alicia Street, Southport Ph: 5532 2442
Tucked away in a little nest of shops off Minnie Street, Southport, Chanoyu is home to Chef Shin Sugiyama, who’s worked in hotels and one of our most popular cafes! He’ll make you Scrambled eggs on sourdough for $10, but why not take a walk on the wild side and delve into some more adventurous cuisine: Croque Monsieur with homemade miso béchamel, bacon, tomato, cheese and shallots on sourdough for $7.50, Pork fillet sandwich – deep-fried crumbed pork fillet with Japanese BBQ sauce, cabbage and mustard mayo for $9. Even the $10 Bacon and egg roll has a free-range egg, cheese, spinach, tomato and sriracha mayo on a milk bun. That’s value!
Harbourtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Gold Coast Hwy & Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters Ph: 5529 2000
If you’re tackling the big shop (Harbourtown), then why not start early and have breakfast first? There’s no beating Nonna’s special brekkie, served on a platter – Scrambled eggs, lashings of bacon and a hash brown on Turkish toast for $5.95. For fried or poached eggs, add $1. This special is served until 11am daily.
12/17 Albert Ave Broadbeach Ph: 5539 0467
Think Broadbeach has the most expensive brekkies on the coast? Yes, the rent is expensive, but there’s also value. From Asem Othman, the originator of the $10 breakfast, who now owns On Fire, come four great options for $10: a Big Brekkie with two eggs any way, bacon, tomato, sausage and hash brown on toasted panini; BLT on panini; Bacon and eggs straight up (including GF); or a Falafel Baladi Pocket starring Asem’s sensational handmade Egyptian fava bean falafel with salad, hummus and tahini stuffed into a pocket. Man, that’s great value, and the falafel are the best we’ve tasted on the coast. Smashing it!
4/21 Nind Street, Southport Ph: 5679 8189
Step back to the 60s in this eclectic little café tucked away on the northern side of SoPo. You’ll be invited to “say hello to a stranger (they won’t bite)…put your phone away and… join our SoPo family tree. You can afford to, with six choices for $10 or under: Bowls – Granola, Bircher muesli or fresh fruit bowls, all with natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey ($8.50 each), Smokey pulled beef bowl on peri mayo apple slaw ($10), the Black & yellow bagel filled with Nutella, peanut butter and pretzels for $9, or even the House salad for the same price. Stop being such a social snob and check it out!
The Pastry Emporium
90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
Brekkie burgers on a milk bun, leg ham cheese and tomato toasties, spinach and ricotta pastries, fresh house-made panini toasted to order, the best pork and fennel sausage rolls, and chicken and leek pie – all lovingly handmade, there’s no brekkie on The Pastry Emporium’s menu that goes over our $10 price point. Get yourself down there and enjoy the atmosphere of this emerging food corner. You’ll be glad you did!
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