When it comes to cosy comfort food this winter, you can’t go past a rich hot chocolate or freshly baked scones with steaming tea. We’ve narrowed down the gold coast’s morning tea ‘hall of famers’ to really warm up your mornings this winter.
Bam Bam Bakehouse
Known for their pastry creations and next-level breakfast offerings, it’s little surprise that Bam Bam Bakehouse dominates the hot chocolate scene, too. Don’t believe us? Four words: Nutella. Oreo. Hot. Chocolate. And that’s just the start. Bam Bam Bakehouse also do a killer ‘Mermaid latte’ – which admittedly isn’t a hot chocolate, but when you’re sipping on that sea mineral-y, blue superfood-y goodness, you won’t even care – and a pretty pink ‘Barbie hot chocolate,’ the delicious combination of rose and white chocolate that makes life in plastic oh so fantastic. Order any one of Bam Bam’s hot drinks with a cruffin, croissant or chocolate bomb and consider yourself warmed all winter long.
Elk Espresso’s seasonal menus are a sight to behold, with more must-try dishes than you could realistically taste before the menu changes again (#challengeaccepted). Their beverage options are no different. This winter, favourites like Elk’s Lindt mocha and hot chocolate, and their white and chilli hot chocolates, are sharing the spotlight with something new – ruby chocolate spheres. Chocolate spheres aren’t a new addition to Elk’s menus, but it’s the ruby factor that tongues wagging. Pour steaming milk over the little pink sphere – which is made from natural ‘ruby cocoa beans’ that offer a sweet, sour taste, nothing like the chocolate you know and love – and watch it melt into an oozing pool of goodness. It turns out pink is the warmest colour of them all!
Oh My, Waffle
As one might expect from their name, Oh My, Waffle absolutely nail the breakfast favourite. With vegan and non-vegan waffles to choose from, and combinations like salted caramel and banana, fruit and mini meringues and Kinder Bueno with melted milk chocolate, there’s something for everyone. That’s especially true of their gourmet hot chocolate selection. Sharing the spotlight with other Oh My, Waffles drink options – like cereal shakes freakshakes – these babies certainly hold their own. Choose from red velvet cake batter, Nutella Oreo or s’more, or opt for one of their special winter hot chocolates – the White Walker, with its coconut and white chocolate hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut, is our personal favourite. Oh my, indeed.
Fixx Lounge & Cafe
In the corner of Fixx Café, which is within the QT Gold Coast, an unassuming round table is sure to catch your eye. It’s piled high with double chocolate brownies, meringues, rocky road, red velvet cupcakes and heartwarming scones with jam and cream. Almost like a grown-up candy store! Put in your order for some heart-starting caffeination and then hit the scones like here’s no tomorrow – yummo! You can even enjoy a daily high tea any time you like (between the hours of 10am and 3pm) here at Fixx. The menu features an assortment of sweet and savoury treats, perfect for sharing. From the brightly coloured beach-themed ‘sex on the beach’ balls, cakes and slices to the house-made quiche and chocolate popsicle sticks, it combines all of your high tea favourites with a sprinkle of QT quirk! Trust us, you’ll be Instagramming this one for sure!
OK, OK, we know we are directing you to a nursery up a mountain right now but, trust us, it’ll be worth the drive for morning tea this winter. Birchgrove Nursery is a quaint little spot at 38 Alpine Tce, Mount Tamborine. Once you’ve dragged yourself away from the fragrant roses and other floral wonders that you have to walk through to find the café, there can be a giant scone and a steaming pot of tea awaiting you right beside a wood-burning fireplace. Doesn’t that already sound like bliss? Café Alpine also offers loads of bric-a-brac and antiquities to buy so there’s even more reason to stop by and nab some of the mountain’s best morning tea.
- Third Base Coffee: We are ordering the vegan coconut hot choc.
- Paddock Bakery: Two of our faves sitting side by side – hot salted caramel with soft marshmallow.
- Cowch: Deluxe hot chocolate – and we mean “deluxe”.