Seafood is of course the big eat and there are simply dozens of fantastic beachfront seafood cafés and restaurants. The fish comes in fresh and goes from snapper to barramundi, while steakhouses are also popular here.
In addition you will find a large number of Asian eateries, particularly Japanese, and all types of food courts in the main malls of Surfers Paradise and Southport. Surfers is the main place to eat, while the beaches either side, Broadbeach and Main Beach, are also overrun with eating options.
Downtown Surfers Paradise
Along with shopping, downtown Surfers Paradise is the best place to find a bite to eat, with innumerable places to find fast food (Hungry Jacks, KFC, McDonalds), and plenty of high-end eateries along the Esplanade. Japanese food is also popular and every mall has a food court with Asian tastes.
This is the main shopping area in Surfers a large traffic-free thoroughfare near the beachfront that is also loaded up with cafés, restaurants and bars. Although gastronomes may find it somewhat plastic and forced, it is perfect for on-the-go eating.
Broadbeach is at the southern end of Surfers Paradise and is much more laid-back on the tourist front. On the whole there is better eating here than in Surfers, with bags of pubs and cafés, as well as popular BYO eateries, and seafood restaurants on the beachfront.
Southport and Main Beach
These areas are north of Surfers and are on par with Broadbeach for the extent of the eating. Scarborough Street in Southport is particularly good for eating, while just to the north is Biggera Waters, known for the Harbour Town mall.