Pizzami Gourmet Pizza Bar, Peregian Beach

Cheers to happy hour at Pizzami! Excellent bar service and a well chosen selection of beers on tap, including my fave Mountain Goat Beer Steam Ale, and a new-to-me stunner Cricketers Arms' Spearhead Pale Ale. This was the perfect spot to start your evening in Peregian or to settle in and enjoy the warm night, good pizza and gentle flow of conversation around you.

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Skål Coffee, Peregian Beach

On arriving in Peregian Beach at 11am I set my bag down - that's one small bag for a week, I'm still a backpacker at heart - and went on a mission to sniff out the good stuff. Oh yes, I went full hipster in my first five minutes at the beach and I scored big time with the beautiful caramel notes of Padre beans and a perfectly whipped and poured latte from Skål. After a brief foray into other offerings, I came back every day I was at Peregian.

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Black Coffee Lyrics, Surfers Paradise

Black Coffee Lyrics is a highly rated spot on Beanhunter and they are good, although the espresso runs a bit weak. These guys are pretty accommodating and cultivate a Brunswick St kind of atmosphere.

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Elston, Surfers Paradise

The concierge of the Hilton put me on to Elston on a previous trip (concierges are so helpful even when you're not a guest). Great coffee and breakfast - although our attendant worked hard on the coffee up-sell, insisting our latte glasses were going to be very small (read: normal). I like to change up my sides, never have been a fan of a Benedict with ham, so beware if you do it will cost; when they say no swapsies they mean it.  On the otherhand, they made a latte art bear for me so it all works out!

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Tribeca, Surfers Paradise

We found this gem of a place by searching on the Google for 'gluten free friendly' and made the trek out to Chevron Island immediately. Tribeca is very on-trend with the current rage of New York style eateries and did not disappoint. We couldn't get a table straight away so we were seated at the bar where we indulged in a pair of gorgeous looking mojitos and treated to peanut butter pretzels. Only a short wait, we were seated not long after our cocktails were ready. Tribeca had a simple menu and it was hard to choose so our waiter assisted with recommendations of sliders, midtown chicken and NY Cheesecake. We didn't end up with the cheesecake as I have always wanted to try key lime pie and try it I did, with my friend selecting the gluten-free brownie. Friendly, sophisticated and tasty.

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