There's something to tickle every taste bud up here; you'll find top-notch grub in the pubs, an overwhelming variety of chowhouses along the Esplanade, refined restaurants along the marina and an eclectic sprinkling of city eateries, particularly along Grafton St. Plenty for vegetarians and vegans too.


For fresh fruit, veg and other local treats, hit Rusty’s Markets on the weekend; for groceries, try Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairrns has several large supermarkets, including the central Woolworths.