Cairns not only has great beaches and attractions but also mouth-watering food spots making it such a famous Queensland destination! When you go hungry from exploring, you can count on these 10 restaurants:

Waffle On


If you’re craving for waffles, Waffle On is your best bet. You can choose from a wide array of flavours, both sweet and savoury. Good news for vegans, as they also offer options for you! Paired with a cup of coffee, their waffles will definitely give you a hearty meal.

Drop by at 64 Shields St, Cairns.

NOA Eat Drink Share


NOA’s concept is - community and people sharing, so all of their dishes and drinks are made to be shared by a couple or group. The large deck is perfect for al fresco dining. Combined with their good food, it creates a good atmosphere for everyone.

Experience it for yourself at 1 Pyne St, Edge Hill, Cairns.

Rusty’s Markets


If you want to buy fresh produce and enjoy good food at the same time, Rusty’s Market is the place to be. There are different stalls offering different types of food—from coffee to desserts. This is a good weekly experience!

Rusty’s Market is located at Sheridan & Grafton St, Cairns.

Waterbar and Grill Steak House


Experience dining with the ambience of the sea at Waterbar. Try out their Pork Ribs—cooked to perfection and the meat just slides off the bone.

Visit them at 1 Pier Point Rd, Cairns.

Dundees Restaurant on the Waterfront


If you seek seafood, Dundees have it for you. They offer dishes made with the freshest seafood Cairns has to offer—especially their seafood platter. Paired with a good wine, your dining experience will prove to be very luxurious.

1 Marlin Parade Cairns, Harbour Lights, Cairns.

Woodward St Bakery


This new bakery offers great coffee, delicious pastries and cakes for everyone. They also make artisan bread. If you want to get good bread, this bakery in Woodward St. has got your back.

Get that bread at 216 Woodward St, Whitfield.

Mayhem At Machans


Dining here is definitely an experience with their bright decor, exceptional food, and cool ambience. Mayhem at Machans can give you a good welcome on your first day in Cairns.

Find this quirky cafe at 10 Machans St, Machans Beach.

Bang & Grind


If you want to have an early breakfast before you explore the city, you can have it at Bang & Grind. The laidback, beachy atmosphere and their awesome breakfast menu will make you more excited and pumped up for the activities you’ll have for the day.

Visit Bang & Grind at 8/14 Spence St, Cairns.

Kewarra Beach Resort’s The Beach Shack


Feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the fantastic food at Kewarra Resort’s The Beach Shack. Perfect for couples who want a romantic day together or families with kids who want to enjoy the day at the beach.

Drop by at 80 Kewarra St, Cairns.

Fusion Art Bar & Tapas


For you artsy folks, Fusion Art Bar & Tapas is the place to be. You can choose from various food dishes plus the awesome artwork around the restaurant, your eyes and stomach are in for a feast.

Fusion Art Bar & Tapas is located at 12 Spence St, Cairns.

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