Naked City Guide


Govs Espresso

Many moons ago (ok, it was last year) Gov’s v.1.0 opened and our jaws collectively dropped. It wasn’t just a coffee shop, it was a labyrinthine enclave devoted to everything we love about Mermaid – community gatherings, sunny backyard spaces and salvaged collectibles within a stone’s throw from the beach. But why stop there? In August this father/son duo reopened Gov’s with live music Sundays, snazzy new signage by homegrown creatives [db] collective and everything else tweaked to perfection. Behind the roomy new recycled counter there’s now locally-roasted, direct trade beans by Deluxe Boutique Coffee Roasters and the beloved sand pit is still outside for wee whippersnappers to sink their grubby paws into. That makes it our #1 hotspot for parents escaping the nuggets and fries humdrum, but rest assured there’s plenty of room for happily childless twenty-somethings and solace-seeking wifi addicts too.

A: 2459 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Qld, 4214  
H: 7-3 (Every day)  
P: 07 5526 5510         W: