Surfers Paradise often caters to a relatively affluent crowd and there are some fine five-star dining options. Although often it seems that in some of the cafés you are paying for the location and the view in lieu of quality fare, there are some hidden gems. The Surf Life Saving Clubs are one of the best deals in town for cheap meals and beer. Pubs also sometimes have incredible deals on dinner with a beer for the price you would pay for one beer alone later in the night at a club. Food courts abound as well with some good healthy options and juice bars. There are also loads of cheap, late-night kebab joints in town plus a plethora of fast food restaurants that stay open late to cater to the all-night party crowd.
If you are cooking your own food, there is a Woolworths supermarket in the basement of Paradise Centre and a Coles in the Chevron Renaissance Centre, both in the centre of Surfers Paradise.
Drinking in Surfers Paradise is a big business and there are several organised club crawls that are a good value way to party at Surfers’ top clubs; these include Plan B and the cheaper Wicked Club Crawl. Another is the Big Night Out, which is a club crawl run by seven hostels. Club crawls cost between $30 and $55 for the night and include drinks and nightclub entry in the ticket price. It is usually a great time and a great bargain, at least until the free drinks run out.