Where to eat in Cairns: My top picks!



Where: 5/78 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Caffiend really reminds me of the ultra cool cafés down in Melbourne (it’s definitely the graffiti that does it) only it’s a Cairns’ local delight. They serve up all your typical café style meals (open for breaky and lunch) with a variety of cabinet slices -both savoury and sweet. The café could easily be bypassed due to it’s slightly out if the way location, it’s the graffiti sprayed along alleyway walls outside the café that will grab your attention. I also love that all of their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced.

What to try: Pancakes & honey chai pot of tea

Website: http://www.caffiend.com.au/



Salt House

Where: Marina Point, 6/2 Pierpoint Road, Cairns City QLD 4870

The Salt House is one of my personal favourites. Although pricier, the food is exceptional in quality and taste and the location is right by the esplanade providing beautiful sunset and water views. Come here for happy hour (bewtween 6-7pm) for cheaper drinks or Wednesday nights they do 2 for 1 meals which can save you some serious dollars!

What to try: Espresso Martini’s & their crispy duck (entrée)

Website: http://www.salthouse.com.au/

photo cred: www.salthouse.com.au

photo cred: www.salthouse.com.au


Corea Corea

Where: Orchid Plaza, 32/58 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4878

For authentic Korean cuisine, you cannot go past Corea Corea, especially if you love Asian food! Head here for a quick lunch or dinner for some serious delicious hot pots, bimaps, Korean pancakes and much, much more. It’s a busy little place, which is always a good sign!

What to try: The hot pots are always a winner!



Night Markets

Where: 54/60 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

The night markets come alive after dusk and whether you are looking to shop (there are retail outlets) or grab a quick bite, the Night Markets have you covered. If you’re looking for a sweat treat after dinner, you’ll love the choice of street style desserts here. You’ve got freshly made churros with sipping sauces (chocolate, caramel, custard), Japanese crepes, bubble tea and other goodies to tickle your fancy. For savory, head to the other side of the Markets where you will find Asian cuisine.

What to try: Japanese crepes – so many varieties of flavours!

Website: http://www.cairnsattractions.com.au/



Bang Grind

Where: 14 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870

For those looking for a hangover cure or a decent breakfast that is fresh and reasonably priced, look no further than Bang and Grind. While the locals love the coffee (and the coffee is good) the food is equally as worthy of a mention. There is something that caters for everywhere off the menu and for a modern style café in the heart of Cairns, Bang and Grind really tick all the boxes.

What to try: Smashed Avocado


Rusty’s Market

Where: 57-89 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Who doesn’t love a good farmers market?! I love the variety of fresh locally grown produce available and locals serving up their homemade goodies. Nothing beats local, authentic and fresh amiright?! Rusty’s is only open Fridays through to Sundays, so make sure you visit on one of those days to avoid disappointment.

What to try: Annie’s Vietnamese iced coffee or chai tea is a MUST!




Where: Main Arcade 82 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Snoogies specialise in Vegan and Vegetarian food but you don’t have to be either to enjoy it here. Let your eyes to the talking while you look at the array of fresh, flavorsome and colourful food while on the other side they do smoothies and juices. Snoogies is the perfect place to indulge in all things wholesome and healthy and not feel guilty about it. Note: they are only open Monday to Fridays.

What to try: One of the fresh salads





Where: Main Arcade 82 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Ozomosis are a healthy and wholesome café who really pride themselves on serving up nutritiously dense dishes using all fresh produce. They do an all day breakfast with plenty of egg options, smoothie bowls, salads and speciality cocowhip. ALL the food looks amazing here, and I really loved the menu selection. If only I lived in Cairns, I would be here all the time!

What to try: Coco whip is MUST



The Flying Monkey Cafe

Where: 154 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD

If rustic and hip cafes are your kinda hangout, you’ll love Flying Monkey. They have used recycled décor throughout the café as well as an old magazines, books and a chess board for customers to play! While there isn’t a great deal of food selection to pick from at Flying Monkey, what they do have is wonderful!

What to try: Caramel Slice & coffee or the sweet potato, spinach and coconut dhall




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