A guide to dining in Cairns...

 

As locals that live in Cairns, we are very lucky to have the widest range of restaurant cuisines in a regional country area of Australia, yes that’s right, there are over 38 different types of cuisine here so whether you want a big steak grown locally or you want Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese or Vietnamese it’s all here plus more. The reason is that the Cairns community attracts many creative and artistic groups and with that over many years, we seem to have had lots of small boutique cafes and restaurants start up. What’s even better is that due to our backpacker visitors that Cairns, restaurants range widely in price from very good value to too expensive.

So as locals that live here, we’re happy to recommend this list below of Cairns Restaurants that we have eaten at many times. There is fine dining, breakfast, cafes and a spread of different nationality cuisines, so we hope you enjoy eating where we eat.

  • Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee, Vegetarian, Vegan. Caffiend is great food an great service in a unique atmosphere with events such as barista courses, coffee appreciation courses, live music and art features. Open for coffee, cakes, all day brekky and lunch. A funky little cafe…

  • Breakfast/Brunch, Diner, Organic. Serving coffee, cakes, sandwiches, pies and seasonal foods. They sell wholesale cakes, snacks and boutique food. Owned by a brother and sister, this Cairns cafe offers friendly and helpful service as well as great food and coffee. Located at 4/…

  • Marinades restaurant serves authentic Indian cuisine and is very popular with Cairns locals as well as visitors. Open for lunch and dinner with a contemporary and pleasant atmosphere with reasonable prices. Many people have said this is the best Indian restaurant in Australia.…

  • Two blocks only from Cairns markets, this new restaurant has the reputation of having the best seafood and best chinese chefs in town. On entering check out the live seafood tanks with pricing written in both English and Chinese. These must be the biggest lobsters and mud crabs…

  • Healthy Burgers, Modern Australian, Vegetarian. Grill'd restaurant strives to use the finest freshest ingredients, have the friendliest staff and the most delicious, healthy burgers. They offer gluten free options and thick cut chips. Located at 77 Esplanade, Cairns. Ph: (07)…

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