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Palm Beach Perfection

Palm Beach is set for a revival, shrugging off its once shady reputation and emerging as a rival for popular neighbouring suburb Burleigh Heads, with a slew of new developments and an emerging dining scene putting ‘Palmy’ firmly in the spotlight.

The action happens on both sides of the Gold Coast Hwy, with new restaurants and retro motel renos dotting the busy thoroughfare.

The suburb is quickly becoming gentrified but still retains a relaxed local vibe, but get in quick as new luxury developments take shape and real estate prices skyrocket.

Enjoy our tips for the best places to drink, dine and stay in Palm Beach, The Gold Coast's most exciting new playground!

Drink and Dine
Las Palmas
With an unassuming entry, ascend the staircase and find your way to the pure pleasure of Las Palmas. With laidback, coastal vibes and a pretty pastel palette, the dreamy interiors will transport you instantly to a tropical holiday wonderland. The wrap around deck is the place to be on a breezy summers day with views of Palm Beach. Can’t decide from the Latin American inspired menu? Choose the Chef’s Tasting Menu for a selection of showstoppers. Las Palmas is the latest venture from the team that brought you Mez Club (Byron Bay) and these guys certainly delivered the holiday vibes to Palm Beach.
Location: 6/1097 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

Custard Canteen
This epic café at the magical Tallebudgera Creek heroes Pastel de nata aka Portuguese custard tart and is a sure-fire winner. If those buttery, flaky tarts aren’t enough to entice you, there are also excellent brews from Marvell Street coffee roasters alongside cookies, muffins and a lip smacking brunch menu.
Location: 1525 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

Espresso Moto
Originally a café out front and a motorbike shop out back, the motorbike theme continues today at Espresso Moto. This roadside café is a popular local hang based on its friendly service, quality fare (all made inhouse) and great coffee.
Location: 2/1389 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

The Collective Palm Beach
You’re spoiled for choice at The Collective a market style dining hall with five kitchens serving up American, Italian, Mexican, Asian and Greek. The Collective also has an impressive dedicated Gluten Free and Vegan menu, providing ample options for even the fussiest eaters in your party. It’s ideal for groups, as diners can order from any of the kitchens and it’s licensed too, so cheers to a boozy lunch!
Location: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

Balboa Italian
If you are craving some hearty Italian fare, then head to Balboa Italian at Palm Beach. The team brings a fresh interpretation to classic Italian techniques creating a menu featuring modern and traditional dishes like Chestnut Gnocchi with black truffle, sage and Grana Padano. Good news is you can dine in or takeaway back to your luxe digs.
Location: 1069 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

Where to Stay
Crystal Pacific Palm Beach
Speaking of luxe digs…Crystal Pacific has quietly opened in Palm Beach after a long and loving restoration by its owners Luke & Sarah. Featuring seven stylish boutique apartments each with two bedrooms, full kitchen, lounge room, alfresco dining and a spacious deck with hanging day bed. You’re just a few sandy footsteps to the beach or simply splash about in the onsite magnesium swimming pool, it’s pure bliss and one of our favourite newcomers on the coast.
Location: 1445 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

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The writer was a guest of Destination Gold Coast/The Collective.
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