8 Awesome Things to do in Burleigh Heads (local finds)

Small businesses are what gives Burleigh Heads a hip and edgy flavour that promotes wholesome food and outdoor living.

This communal vibe makes our new home town an awesome place to live and, in partnership with the American Express Shop Small program, we’re sharing eight of our favorite small businesses that give Burleigh Heads a communal and vibrant feel.

Burleigh Heads Restaurants

1. Commune Cafe

Commune Cafe, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Commune Cafe is just a short walk from our apartment. It’s our escape-from-the-office-for-a cup-of-sanity place.

Commune has a quirky vintage feel with walls covered in gig posters, an outside seating area and comfy couches out the front. You’ve possibly seen a few Insta photos of us hanging out on them!

It has an organic food focus and Mondays are devoted to a meatless menu. On special days, like Father’s Day and long weekends, they whip out a ping pong table, which our girls love.

We recommend an almond milk coffee and the Hangover breakfast: bacon, spinach, poached eggs and seasoned potatoes with chilli jam and hollandaise sauce! Hello better day!


6:30am – 3pm daily

Location: 1844 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

2. Miami Marketta Street Food

Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, Australia

Miami Marketta is just outside the border of Burleigh in the town of Miami, but it’s within walking distance and too unique and cool not to include.

Miami Marketta is an outdoor live music and events venue. Every Friday and Saturday evening they have a night food market experience showcasing cuisine from around the world. There are also a couple of bars and live music and is family friendly.

Our pick is vegetarian nachos with cashew cream from The Hungry Belly!


  • Fri: 5pm-10pm
  • Sat 4pm- 10pm

Location:  23 Hillcrest, Parade Miami QLD, 4221

3. Ze Pickle

food and drinks on a table
Photo: Ze Pickle Facebook

Ze Pickle is a groovy small bar in the centre of Burleigh town showcasing some of the best craft brews in the country. They are also well known for their American-style burgers. Come early to grab yourself a candlelit table on the leafy sidewalk – in Burleigh style, they’re communal!

We cannot go past recommending a beer from Bridge Road Brewery. We also recommend the Pablo Escoburger, a Mexican style burger!


  • Tuesday to Friday from 5pm
  • Saturday & Sunday from midday

Location: Connor Street Burleigh Heads Queensland 4220

4. BSKT Cafe

BSKT cafe, Gold Coast, Queensland

Again, just a thirty minute walk up the road from Burleigh, BSKT Cafe is one of the best family-friendly cafes on the Gold Coast. There’s a spacious fenced in play area in the outside seating area filled with toys and dolls for the kids.

Our girls love it. They can play while we work, relax with a coffee, or meet with friends or clients.

BSKT is also known for its modern, organic Australian cuisine that caters to a variety of dietary requirements. They even have a yoga studio upstairs if you want to attend a class before you eat a healthy meal.

Our pick is the Bskt Breakky Salad!


  • Mon- Thurs 7am – 4pm
  • Fri- Sat 7am – 10pm
  • Sun 7am – 5pm

Location: 4 Lavarack Rd, Gold Coast QLD 4218

5. Burleigh Heads Brewery

a sign

Looking for some local brew? The Burleigh Brewing Company, the only brewer on the Gold Coast, is where it’s at.

The Burleigh Brewing Company likes to give their beer time to perfect its own flavours. They don’t use additives, preservatives or chemicals – no mass production tricks here, which is why we love them. They’re authentic and real just like our beautiful Burleigh.

Quiet and relaxing beer tasting happens on a Friday 5 pm – 8:30 pm with a local food truck to fill your belly and a local emerging artist to listen to.

Or, their infamous Brewhouse Bash happens on the first Friday of the month. Music, beers and sausages and a little more up tempo.

We recommend the 28 Pale Ale and Hef. (But you can’t go past some of their quirky named beer like My Wife’s Bitter)

Location: 17A Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

6. North Burleigh Surf Club

people sitting on tables outside

Queensland rocks the surf club world!

We love that we’re a short walk to North Burleigh Surf Club. It has ocean views and a large area grassed area outside, or the beach, where the kids can play. Inside the club is a covered outside seating area. We’re looking forward to summer afternoons, where we can chill here with a glass of wine,live music, and a gorgeous view after a day at the beach.

The food here is pretty good – decent serves and variety with daily specials.

For kids, we recommend the Cheeky Monkey Picky Platter (a healthy kids meal with veg sticks, fruit, grilled chicken, cheese, and meats.) I love the Thai beef salad and Craig loves the chicken schnitzel.


  • Monday to Friday 10am-late
  • Saturday & Sunday 7am-late

Location: 293 The Esplanade Miami Qld 4220

7. Burleigh Markets

The Village Markets

One of my favourite things to do is my weekly visit to the Burleigh Farmers Market.

It’s held every Saturday morning from 7-12pm at the Burleigh State School. It’s my time-out to grab an organic coconut milk coffee and then slowly wander the fresh produce store. I stock up on my organic fruit and veg and sometimes buy a plant or a new crystal.

Then, on the first and third Sunday of every month The Village Markets are held at the same place. This one is more focused on local art – jewellery, clothes, homeware + a few food trucks. They have live acoustic music on the grass and I generally sit for a couple of hours with my coconut milk coffee listening to amazing home-grown talent while the girls play in the playground.

It has such a chilled Sunday vibe for me and the moment I really feel like a Burleigh local!

8. Zuma Health

Zuma health (800 x 588)

We love the team at Zuma Health! We visit 2-3 times a week so know them well and feel part of their family.

Chiropractor Dr Matt discovered my wonky back at the local farmer’s market. He had a great introductory offer and we’ve been visiting as a family for six months now and have seen HUGE improvements with our well-being.

Matt really cares about helping your body heal itself. He’s very patient and provides us with lots of advice on how we can holistically continue to heal ourselves through diet, exercise and stress relief. He’s also a lot of fun and Kalyra and Savannah adore him.

Matt and his team also offer kinesiology, massage and yoga services.

Location: 112 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

Go where the locals go!

One of our biggest tips for having an awesome travel experience is to go where the locals go! It’s how you can find those hidden gems and dive deeper into the local culture. It gives you way better stories to share.

The American Express Shop Small movement is committed to supporting those small businesses that help build community and add vibrancy to our local areas.

You can find more on the American Express Shop Small website as well as our own rich, interactive digital map showcasing our Best of Burleigh finds. 

At participating small businesses across the country throughout November, American Express Card Members will also receive $10 credit when they spend $20 or more, up to ten times during the month.

This content has been created as part of my involvement in the American Express Shop Small program

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