Burleigh Heads : My Favourite Places To Eat

Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is one of our favourite places to go for a quick and easy getaway. It is only 20 minutes from Gold Coast airport, meaning you can get in and out super fast. The surf is a massive draw card for my husband and I absolutely love the beautiful beach, the national park and all the great places to eat and drink! If you ever make a trip there, here are a few places to check out:  


Parlour Coffee

This is my number one place in Burleigh Heads for breakfast and coffee.

I had the scrambled eggs (which was a bit like an omelet) with kale, avocado, tahini and almonds and I added crispy bacon. They also have some delicious nourishing brunch bowls and the white chocolate raspberry muffin is next level. Yummy cold pressed juices available and coffee is on point.


Burleigh Social

A funky, outdoor café with great coffee, food and vibe. A pretty young and trendy crowd here.

Yep, brekky comes in a cardboard box at Burleigh Social!

Yep, brekky comes in a cardboard box at Burleigh Social!


Paddock Bakery

Come for brekky or lunch but make sure you treat yourself to one of their incredible soft, doughy cookies (we shared the salted caramel one) or a jam donut! I had the smashed avo on housebaked sourdough which was delish. A runny poached egg would be perfect with it too (but it’s a few more months until I can have one of those again). 

Another cardboard box at Paddock Bakery..

Another cardboard box at Paddock Bakery..



A café with a healthy, wholefoods focus. I had the most delicious cold pressed beetroot juice and the gluten free pancakes with coconut ice-cream was the winning dish.


 Justin Lane Pizza and Pasta Bar (and rooftop bar for drinks)

Definitely the best pizza and pasta in Burleigh in a fun atmosphere. The rooftop bar is also great for a drink before or after dinner. Try the parpadelle Bolognese! I also spied the churros donuts as we were walking out – they looked amazing!



This is a seriously funky Japanese restaurant, hidden behind a big sliding door. Once inside, you feel like you’ve found a secret club, with live music on the weekends and bartenders mixing up snazzy cocktails.

Image from @etsuizakaya instagram

Image from @etsuizakaya instagram


Social Brew

Although this is within an arcade, it is cleverly disguised with beautiful greenery everywhere and hanging wall gardens. It has all your favourites with nice salads and raw treats too. 




Canteen Coffee – Awesome coffee. This was on our list to eat at but we just didn’t get there. Apparently the food is great with a Lebanese twist (the Lebanese flat bread comes highly recommended).


Rick Shores – This appears to be the ‘it’ place in Burleigh, situated right on the water. Great place for a cocktail or drink and you must have the Moreton Bay bug roll! Overall though, we found the main dishes a bit overrated for the price. I would recommend going for drinks and a few nibbles instead as there is great vibe in an incredible location. 


The Real Food Kitchen – This used to be a Paleo Café so it still has a bit of a focus on Paleo. The burgers with sweet potato fries look like the go. We had a roast veg salad and some soft shell tacos which were just ok.