With great coffee houses, boutique bars and restaurants, trendy shops and an edgy, creative social scene, the very best of the Gold Coast lifestyle finds its epicentre in the fashionable beachside precinct of Burleigh Heads.
Look no further than James Street for all of your style needs … this one stop shopping strip has some of the best retail stores and boutiques to be found on the coast. Find stunning ethnic decor and some serious bohemian luxe at Village – African mud cloth cushions, feathered head dresses, modern lighting and lamps and contemporary designer furniture – or head to the orient at Monsoon Homewares, a haven of Chinese lanterns, enamelled bowls, scented candles, flowing printed cotton clothing and colourful cushions and throws.
Fashion forward tots and kids will love the rock star-esque clothing, cute toys and super cool bedroom furnishings at Dragonfly, while retro lovers can source quirky collectables at Urban Groove. For organic and natural decor, jewellery, beauty products and fashions for kids and home, head to Eco Vida, then pamper the body and soul with all the beautiful natural skincare products and amazing treatments at Vintage Timeless Beauty in the Big B Arcade. Foodies and gourmands will love the selection on offer at the amazing food emporium Golosi just across the road, where you can take home some delicatessen delights like cheeses, dips, pâtés, antipasto, sliced meats, ice creams and fresh flowers. Fashionistas are well taken care of on James Street, with some really fabulous boutiques catering to style savvy locals.
The Coin Laundry has a fierce collection of urban outfits and street wear (but not a washing machine in sight!), while next door at She Envy you can find cute party dresses and accessories to take you to the GC bars and clubs. A few shops up, the beautifully fitted out A Little Birdie Told Me has a well collated range of stylish gear and a few choice additions of decor and artworks, while next door Bikini & Me decks out surf goddesses with gypsey style. And be sure to check outOne Hundred Words, tucked away just inside of the Big B Arcade directly across the road, where you can get your fix of designer duds and accessories like edgy sunglasses.
EAT & DRINK
Canteen Coffee, found down the alleyway at the end of Big B Arcade, is well known for their exceptional brews (they roast up their own coffee blends), while next door, right on Park Avenue, is their sister establishment Canteen Kitchen, a great spot where locals meet to catch up over Middle Eastern-inspired meals (their breakfast alone is worth raving about!). For something more indulgent or intimate, try out the exotic flavours (and equally alluring cocktails) at the quaint and cosy Zullaz Bar & Eating Place, where you can usually find a local musician serenading diners with guitar or sultry jazz.
Or go for chilled out lounging over on the Gold Coast Highway strip at Commune, a funky little cafe that supports local artists and serves up great coffee and organic food in a vintage retro setting. For a relaxed and intimate atmosphere that’s not short on style, Ze Pickle lures us in every time – they’ve got a great assortment of drinks and a sexy little menu. The casually cool can indulge a love of gourmet sliders and craft beers over at Pigs and Pints, tucked away into its own corner of the alley leading to Old Burleigh Arcade (off the Gold Coast Highway), where you’ll find a casually cool coast vibe going on. And if you’re keen to kick back in style, early evenings and late nights can be well spent at Finders Keepers on James Street, which draws inspiration from an ‘old school, grandma cool’ aesthetic and serves up shared plates with great cocktails in a cosy lounge atmosphere.
The Village Markets have become one of, if not the, premier boutique market for local designers who flock here on the first and third Sunday of every month to showcase their unique homewares and one-off fashions that would give any trendite some extra street cred … there’s great food and coffee and local live music too, and you can indulge in some serious street style stalking!