While visiting the sunshine state for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, take the opportunity to brighten up your Instagram feed at a range of beautiful cafes, restaurants and markets.
From healthy acai bowls covered in edible flowers on the Gold Coast to extreme desserts in Brisbane and epic burgers in Townsville, you’ll not only be able to get your sports fix in the Games' host cities, you’ll also be spoilt for choice when hunger strikes. We’ve compiled the most aesthetically pleasing and delicious bites for your bucket list.
Most instagrammable food in Queensland
Food with an ocean view at Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads
Having just been awarded One Hat at the Good Food Guide Awards 2018, Rick Shores serves up some of the best Pan-Asian flavours in one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic locations right on the beach at Burleigh Heads. Take advantage of the natural sunlight spilling into the restaurant and a perfect backdrop of miles of pristine beaches to capture a killer food shot that all of your followers will envy.
Poke Bowls at Sandbar, Surfers Paradise
Visit this sassy beachside venue and you will be pulling in your Instagram followers hook, line and sinker. With three variations of deliciously fresh poke bowls (pronounced po-kay), choose either fresh tuna, salmon or kingfish served with sushi rice, edamame, avocado, cucumber, radish and red cabbage for a healthy and picture-perfect bowl of colour.
The ‘Widow Maker’ Bloody Mary at Sabotage Social, Fortitude Valley
Catch the shooting events of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and get shooting for Instagram! This dark, funky bar just a stroll from the city centre serves an insane Bloody Mary that is as much about the toppings as what’s in the glass. Decorated with essential hangover food such as a Krispy Kreme donut, cheeseburger slider, fried pickle, jalapeno poppers and arancini balls, this is not for the light-hearted.
‘The Real Lot Burger’ at The Real Burger Co, Townsville
While in Townsville to catch a preliminary basketball game, order the mammoth burger that was voted the city’s best and let the photo shoot begin. This full-bodied beauty boasts a beef patty, rib fillet, bacon, fried egg, tomato, cheese, pineapple, beetroot, caramelised onion, a bunch of salads and a signature special sauce and comes oozing on a wooden board.
Rainbow delights at Piggy Back Café, Jindalee
Treat yourself (and your followers) to the most colourful brunch just half an hour from Brisbane. Piggy Back Café is home to the famous rainbow lattes that have caused a stir all over the internet. Order a vibrant breakfast pannacotta scattered with berries and edible flowers and a fruit and blossom-filled acai bowl for the ultimate foodie flat-lay.
‘Unicorn Cronut Cone’ at Chocolate Komberry Co, Eat Street Markets, Northshore
Unicorn treats and cronuts are both popular insta-trends, so you can only imagine what happens when you mix the two. Take a snap of your rainbow soft serve layered in a cronut cone, covered in sprinkles and topped with an edible unicorn horn to watch your feed explode. While at Eat Street Markets, just twenty minutes from Brisbane city, discover dozens of other photographable treats including decadent funnel cakes, watermelon granita and epic donuts.
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