Restaurants

Top Choice Indian in Cairns

Spicy Bite

Cairns has plenty of good Indian restaurants, but none are quite as innovative as this unassuming place, where fusion food has been turned into a write-home-about-it experience: where else on earth could you try cro…
Top Choice Balinese in Cairns

Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

One of Cairns' best restaurants isn't along the waterfront or in the lobby of a flash hotel, but rather, attached to a midrange apartment complex. Completely unexceptional from the outside, the Balinese food that is…
Top Choice Seafood in Cairns

Prawn Star

Trawler restaurant Prawn Star is tropical dining perfection: clamber aboard and fill yourself with prawns, mud crabs, oysters and whatever else was caught that day, while taking in equally delicious harbour views. I…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Cairns

Perrotta's at the Gallery

This unmissable eatery connected to the Cairns Regional Gallery tempts you onto its covered deck with splendid gourmet breakfasts (until 3pm!), fresh juices, barista coffees and an inventive Mediterranean-inspired l…
Top Choice Japanese in Cairns

Ganbaranba

You'll recognise this tiny place by the queues outside, and the beatific faces of the customers inside. This is a cult joint, and without a doubt the best place for ramen in Cairns. Slurpers can watch the chefs maki…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Cairns

Ochre

The menu at this innovative waterfront restaurant utilises native Aussie fauna (such as croc with native pepper, or roo with quandong-chilli glaze) and flora (try wattle-seed damper loaf or Davidson plum mousse). It…
Swedish in Cairns

Cafe Fika

From meatballs with lingonberry jam to toast topped with skagen (prawn, dill and sour cream), this little Euro-haven serves up Swedish classics to hungry hordes of homesick Scandinavians and locals looking for somet…
Steak in Cairns

Bushfire Flame Grill

Carnivores, sharpen your fangs. This superb steakhouse offers beef (and token lamb, fish and chicken dishes) by the bucket load. The steaks are splendid, of course, but it's the all-you-can-eat 'Churrasco Experience…
Bakery in Cairns

Meldrum's Pies in Paradise

Multi-award-winning Meldrum’s deserves the accolades bestowed upon its seemingly innumerable renditions of the humble Aussie pie; it's been at it since 1972, an achievement that speaks volumes in a transient tourist…
Health Food in Cairns

Pineapple Cafe

Healthy, fresh and creative cuisine is dished up by the ladleful at this adorable cafe; think acai and smoothie bowls, super-food salads, grass-fed beef burgers and all-day breakfasts that are actually good for you.…