Best things to do in Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise is the glitzy party strip that put the Gold Coast on the worldwide tourist map, but there is so much more than high rises, noisy novelty arcades and long white beaches on offer. From beachfront markets and culture hubs to foodie havens and theme parks - here are some of the best things to do in Surfers Paradise.

The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are an iconic shopping and cultural experience
HOTA (Home of the Arts) is the Gold Coast's stunning arts precinct and cultural hub
One of the Gold Coast's most vibrant community markets in the iconic HOTA precinct
Delve below surface and discover a whole new world of fun and adventure at Sea World
Cali Beach Club in the heart of Surfers paradise is credited as the first Vegas-style pool party of its kind in the country
Bazaar is a highlight of any visit to Surfers Paradise – a contemporary dining room inside a traditional food market, serving dishes from around the world.
Adjoining venues – a modern cafe and bright bar – sharing the Soul Boardwalk
Paradox Coffee Roasters Cafe - superb coffee and delicious handcrafted food
Specialty coffee and artisan bakery - awesome brews with ocean views
The art of tapas - unwind as the sunlight glistens over the shoreline
Lively gastropub serving American fare such as finger foods & burgers, plus cocktails & craft beer
A hole-in-the-wall coffee shop in the heart of Surfers Paradise, specialising in espresso and cold-brew
Enduring institution serving up traditional pub fare, wine & beer in a relaxed setting
Quirky venue on Budds Beach offering modern Australian eats with bright decor
Ascend the stairs to The Island Rooftop, a retro-style alfresco bar overlooking the Surfers Paradise skyline
Blue House at Budds Beach is a charming cottage cafe and restaurant, attached to the iconic Bumbles Cafe
COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen is an expansive bar & restaurant boasting a glamorous interior, mouthwatering fare and oceanfront views
Located directly opposite Surfers Paradise beach, Alma is a Mexican restaurant serving delicious eats all day, tasty tipples and ocean views
Edgewater Dining is a waterfront fine diner boasting a modern Australian menu and stunning views
Madam Fu is an Asian fusion eatery, located on the waters of Isle of Capri, that showcases a share-style menu with Modern Asian flair
Fu Manchu Oriental is an Asian Fusion restaurant, cocktail and wine bar that dishes up traditional south-east Asian flavours with a European twist
Isla Cantina is a Cal-Mex restaurant and bar perched on the waters of Isle of Capri, dishing up authentic Mexican sips and snacks with a Cali-twist
La Playa is a Mediterranean restaurant dishing up delicious bites and beachside vibes on Cavill Avenue
This restaurant and microbrewery, located a stone’s throw from Surfers Paradise Beach, is dishing up delicious brews and bites
Step inside a reflective wonderland at Mirror Bar Surfers Paradise, a world-first concept which is made entirely of mirrors
Dipcro Pastry is a patisserie specialising in perfectly puffy pastries and top-tier coffee
Shiraz Persian Restaurant + Bar has been dishing up delicious authentic Persian food in the heart of the Gold Coast since 2011

Top Things To Do On The Gold Coast This Weekend

Pack some doggy treats in your favourite tote and head to this free dog-centric community market
Sip, Savour & Soirée is a fabulous long brunch event
Witness Alice Cooper, Blondie and more live on stage at this new rock festival
Romeo and Juliet will come to life on stage in this breathtaking ballet
An unforgettable, immersive 'Fire to Table' dining experience
ARC will bring one of the greatest rock albums of all time to life
A magnificent tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll
An unmissable concert experience that will transport you back
Elvis: A Musical Revolution coming to HOTA in June!