Nook and Cranny Pitstops

Everyone has their favourite places for coffee, their own secret social spaces to drink, eat and chat. They don’t need to be big to be great. They just have to do it how you like it with a friendly smile and a bit of a cheery banter! Here are a couple of tiny locals you may not know:


The Salt Mill 1/784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Walk up from the beach at Currumbin, and you can talk surf with Johnny Gilett, who owns The Salt Mill with his wife Sarah. It’s a little ‘cute as a button’ nook with rough-hewn bench seats, fruit cartons, and a wine barrel; an earthy sort of place, which matches the raw, mostly organic and wholefoods food and treats, all made fresh daily. In the cabinet when we visited were filled Bagel Boys bagels, quiches, organic Raw tiramisu and Raw caramel slice.

The Allpress flat white goes down a treat. It’s a four bean blend, full-bodied and smooth with shades of caramel. There’s also an Allpress single origin, changed weekly.

People come and go, obviously a regular cliente all greeted by name. It reminds me of an old corner store where everyone stops to chat to the owner and each other.

Like everyone else, I’m really taken with the door, a huge studded number that would hold out a tribe! Johnny tells me that it once held pride of place in the Brisbane Ice Works. It’s 120 years old, which makes you wonder what that door’s seen! That’s certainly something to talk about!

Nook and Cranny_The Salt Mill


Box Espresso Shop 7, Niecon Tower, Broadbeach

Serving organic Verde blend Silipo Coffee and almost totally organic food, barista/owner Jimmy Thompson and partner Mel aren’t letting venue size be a limitation on goodness. They’re bringing a little bit of healthy to local business workers, not to mention tourists!

Choices can be seen in the refrigerated servery, with the daily choice outlined on the blackboard, either to go or to dine in at the front; a quiet spot away from the crowd!

Brekkie Paninis are $6.50 or go the Works Burger Packed with egg, bacon, cheese, house pesto and homemade tomato relish; a steal for $8.50.Not that peckish? You could always pick a vego option or Bircher Muesli and, (as with your coffee or smoothie), have your choice of milk. Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free desserts, raw slices and cheesecakes are sourced from boutique supplier Delish Wholefoods.

If you’re feeling too hot for coffee, check out the organic iced coffee served in a jam jar or, better still, a healthy organic dietician-approved smoothie such as an Energy Booster or a Fast Break.

I’ve scoffed a coffee on my way to work, kissed the Main Squeeze goodbye before he sunk his teeth into his brekkie burger, and grabbed a liver-calming protein ball for a quick lift. Not good enough! I’ll just have to go back!


Read more of Marj’s reviews on Good Food Gold Coast


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