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Top Choice Market in Cairns

Rusty's Markets

No weekend in Cairns is complete without a visit to this fresh produce market where stall holders have mangoes, bananas, pineapples and all manner of tropical fruits piled high, plus farm-fresh honey, hot chips, cur…
Top Choice Pub in Cairns


The Jack is a kick-ass pub by any standards, housed in an unmissable heritage Queenslander with an enormous shaded beer garden. There are nightly events, including live music and DJs, killer pub grub, and an adjacen…
Top Choice Waterfront in Cairns

Cairns Esplanade, Boardwalk & Lagoon

Sun- and fun-lovers flock to Cairns’ Esplanade's spectacular swimming lagoon on the city’s reclaimed foreshore. The artificial, sandy-edged, 4800m² chlorinated saltwater pool is lifeguard patrolled and illuminated n…
Top Choice Interpretive Centre in Cairns

Reef Teach

Take your knowledge to new depths at this fun, informative centre, where marine experts explain how to identify specific species of fish and coral, and how to approach the reef respectfully.
Top Choice Bar in Cairns

Salt House

By the yacht club, Cairns' coolest and classiest bar caters to a twenty-to-thirty-something crowd. Killer cocktails are paired with occasional live music and DJs. The restaurant serves up excellent modern Australian…
Top Choice Japanese in Cairns

Tokyo Dumpling

Come to this spotless little takeaway for the best tantanmen (a kind of spicy sesame ramen) outside Japan and some seriously drool-worthy gyoza (dumplings): the cheese and potato variety are to die for. We predict y…
Top Choice Steak in Cairns

Waterbar & Grill

Cairns' award-winning steakhouse shouldn't fail to deliver on it's promise of succulent, juicy steaks, tender burgers and pricey sides. In the unlikely event that you do leave a crabby carnivore, be sure to let them…
Top Choice Cafe in Cairns


This quirky, licensed cafe has some seriously sweet treats on it's more-than-tempting menu: eggs Benedict with light, fluffy hollandaise; caramelised French toast with poached pears and mascarpone; and the infamous …
Cafe in Cairns

Fusion Organics

In the courtyard of a 1921 redbrick former ambulance station, Indian chefs spice up Fusion’s organic, allergy-free fare, including quiches, frittata, filled breads and ‘detox’ juices.
Cafe in Cairns


With humongous feasts, from crepes to wraps and a truckload of vegetarian options, this is one of the best-value options in town. It's a little bit hippy, and a whole lot busy: you'll probably have to wait a while. …