The Coffee Club has franchises throughout Australia and Cairns has approx 7 shops around this area including one on the Cairns Esplanade which is very popular and at the airport.
I prefer the Coffee Club at Cairns Central shopping center because it is a great place to meet friends for a coffee or a light lunch or breakfast. It is an air con shopping center which makes it ideal during those hot and rainy days.
I really like the two for one coffee deals they have if you are a member or a senior.
They serve the breakfast menu all day.
They also have daily newspapers and magazines to read so you do not have to hurry from your table.
There is plenty of room for wheelchairs and prams as it is an open plan area.
This is only open during the day but the Esplanade Coffee Club is open at night.
Favorite Dish: I love the hot chips (french fries) because they are not greasy with a serve of sour cream and sweet chilly.
The toasted sandwiches are filled with anything you want..toasted wholegrain bread with swiss cheese,smoked salmon and spanish onion is great.
The coffee is pretty good too! comes in 3 sizes,small ,regular and large and you can opt to take away.
I went to Bernie's licensed Jazz & Piano Cafe for the first time on Friday 5th Oct 2012 and was delighted with this venue. Cairns was lacking in this kind of cafe for those who enjoy a good Jazz session,even visiting musicians can sit in.
It is a very small cafe with intimate corners and stools strategically placed around the room,the lights are quite dim but that is what this cafe is all about. The 'loo's' (toilets) are out the back but they are spotlessly clean and have some fun things to read while you are 'sitting' or 'standing'.
Live music is played 6 nights a week from 5pm to 12 midnight featuring guest singers and musicians but Bernie's Trio are a delight to listen to.
Maxwell the Drummer is fantastic and Bernie is great. The trio are from the jazz era but they told me some younger musicians are being taught the fundamentals of jazz so I for one was happy to hear that it is not a dying art. The white baby grand piano is a great feature.
The tapas style food was very nice,you can order small selections of main dishes and they have a beaut desert selection for you sweet tooth's. The bar serves drinks that are inexpensive for example $4 for a glass of red/white wine.They also have a happy hour.
So I suggest Bernie's if you are in Cairns and like jazz,then this jazz club is the only place that is dedicated to this style.
You will soon have your feet tapping. If you want to know more then call Bernard Lee Long who is the manager.
Bernie's also has wheelchair access.
Favorite Dish: The Tapas style food was great,I had Asian spring rolls,chicken wings and Maltese pastry finger food. The menu has a great selection,it is all very good and freshly cooked and prepared.
I have written about the Salt House before but I wanted to share how nice it was sitting with friends sipping on Mango Cocktails in the warm tropical atmosphere in Cairns.
They were simply and freshly made with mango's and served similar to a daiquiri as it had a rum base. They were divine. At $10 a glass they are meant to be sipped slowly.
If you are visiting Cairns and want somewhere that has a view with a tropical setting plus an excellent bar then go no further than the Salt House.
They have an excellent restaurant and tapas bar.
Favorite Dish: I did not eat but had freshly made Mango daiquiri's which were the best of the best.
BAD NEWS....Closed. Might have to find another favourite.
Possibly business dropped after Cyclone Yasi. 2011
"The managing Director Kevin Collins said to keep it open would have crippled his other Fish D'Divine operations in Airlie Beach and Mackay." from tropicrd in Cairns......
By the fifth and last night of our stay in Cairns the staff of fish D'vine did not want to see us leave Cairns. We were regulars. We did not try the rum though. But they sure did have a wild selection of rum as well as fish.
After you are seated look at the menu and then make your way to the display cabinet where you can view the offerings.
I took a liking to the whitebait fritters for entree.
You will find more of these great little eating places in Airlie Beach and Mackay.
Favorite Dish: Our favourite dish which we ordered twice was :
Grilled Wild Barramundi on steamed bok choy with macadamia nut pesto and sweet potato chips.
This cost $25.90 in 2010 and was worth every penny.
We really loved this little cafe which was right next to our hotel. We found a couch...we love to sit on a couch to enjoy our coffee..
The Sweet Bistrot is open : Mon to Friday 7am to 2.30pm
Saturday 7am to 11.30am.
Closed Sunday and public holidays.
It better still be there when we go back
Favorite Dish: Well there is some yummy homemade food...and the biscuits are not too sweet. The first day we had a lovely fresh salad sandwich for lunch.
We even had breakfast there a couple of times.
Went with 10 friends for a birthday celebration, partner ordered the "signature" dish which was supposed to be seafood pasta, dish presented was 95% spaghetti with a couple of skinny crab legs and some shell fish which were so overcooked that the meat inside was shriveled up to almost nothing, pasta dish ordered by myself was entree size at best and for the $25 charged a complete rip off, waiter had an issue with supplying us with cold drinking water was told that they had a shortage of bottles and couldn't supply us with water until some became available, PLEASE! the restaurant was only half full. Do yourself a favor and spend your hard earned cash at another Italian restaurant in Cairns
We always come here to celebrate special occasions and have never been disappointed.
The food is always fresh and beautifully cooked,the service is excellent without being intrusive.
The wine list is very good.
It is only a small restaurant but this makes it intimate for those who wish to be romantic or you can have a veranda table which has wet weather blinds to protect you whilst you are eating.The tables are well set with simple yet elegant crockery and wine glasses on white table cloths.The white crockery displays the food perfectly.
The restaurant is off the main tourist area which makes it an ideal place for locals to bring their guests.
Favorite Dish: I have tried most of the dishes at C'est Bon and have liked them all,so am unable to choose a favourite.
Mondos is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch or dinner.
It has an ambience that is hard to beat because it is right on the boardwalk with water views on Trinity Inlet and across to the unpoilt slopes of East Trinity.
You can sit under the raintrees and umbrellas and enjoy the water side breeze as you enjoy the freshly cooked food and a cold drink (you can also have freshly brewed coffee and tea if you wish) it is basically outdoor dining but they do have tables undercover if necessary.
Favorite Dish: I have had many dishes at Mondos so am unable to pick a favourite,the seafood is popular with most people because it is local and fresh off the boats.But I loved the thick juicy steaks and the apple pir to die for.They change their menu so you may not get the same as this,you won't be disappointed with any of the food.It's really great.
An old pub dining room with character.
The food is good homecooked style pub food and plenty of it to fill a hungry man or woman.
It is nor silver service and the locals don't want it to change and I agree with them because the food was really cooked well,fresh and plentiful.
You can also order from the bar and enjoy your meal there,in the dining room or outside.It's up to you.
Meals are served from 12 to 2pm and 5.30 to 8pm.
Remember this is a pub nor a restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The $10 steaks were great and what a bargain..I asked for rare and I got it.
Coast Roast Coffee is a favourite place of ours to stop and have a coffee or a light meal after we do our shopping in the Cairns Central Mall.It is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike.
Besides the drinks and yummy food you can also purchase paintings by local artists,they are on display throughout the cafe.
Graham the proprietor and the staff will make you very welcome and the service is excellent.
You can sit outside in the tropical courtyard which also has a smokers area.
Or you can sit inside in one of the comfy and private booths or sit at the tables in the main part of the shopping mall.
They have daily newspapers and magazines for you to read while you enjoy a cuppa or one of the the specials of the day.
So if you are in Cairns and wandering around the shopping centre,I recommend stopping at the Coast Roast for morning tea,lunch or arvo tea,it is worth it.
Favorite Dish: The coffee is always great and served in nice big cups (their standard size) not any small,medium or large that other places have.
The raisin toast is toasted to perfection and you get two thick slices (not one thin slice) and served with plenty of butter or margerine if you prefer.
Tea is served in pots with tea leaves.
The daily lunch specials are all good so unable to say what is my favourite--it is all good food whatever you order.
I’m always on the lookout for bargains when it comes to food. Yes and I also want great food and service too – tall order? No, not if you’re prepared to hunt around and maybe dine a bit earlier than normal. Spicy Bite is just off the main restaurant strip of The Esplanade and offers a meal and drink deal of 20% off the food bill IF you are prepared to get the order in for main course before 6.30pm – which we did.
Service was friendly and the Indian food as spicy as you like it all at very reasonable prices, while people watching as you dine on the footpath.
Looking for a cheap and cheerful meal? The Cairns Night Market is THE place to head to for a variety of foods at very reasonable prices. There are 11 different individually owned businesses that are all competing for your money. I choose the Chinese and Seafood self service café and I had the X-large plate for $14.50. I then spent 10 minutes very carefully constructing a pyramid of tasty hot food and managed to sneak in a few of the cold options too. Perhaps I suffered from the “my-eyes-were-bigger-than-my-tummy” as I had trouble eating all I had chosen – self inflicted wounds.
I also received a 10% off discount coupon for the next door New Zealand Natural Icecream franchise. So for less than $20 I had a great meal while sitting in the noisy and reasonably clean food court dining area.
After our meal we explored the almost 100 stalls, where plenty of Australian souvenirs, gifts, clothing and much more were available. There was also a wide range of Asian massages.
The Night Market is situated along the very popular The Esplanade and across the road from The Lagoon, which is a man made and safe from crocs and stingers swimming area.
The 4th photo shows a glass artisan creating a work of art for sale - lots more great gift stalls as well.
Ebony & Ivory licensed Restaurant & Bar is right on the O'shea Esplanade at Machans Beach,the first beach north of Cairns and only a 10 minute drive from the airport turn off or 15 minutes from the CBD.
This is a great place to have lunch or dinner with daily blackboard specials and live entertainment on certain nights.
The food is variable but fresh and cooked very nicely.
The views are to die for as you look over the Coral sea and Trinity Inlet.
The evenings are really special because you can watch the moon rise over the water which adds a romantic aspect to your meal.
The decor is rustic so don't expect silver service and during the day dogs are welcome on the veranda if you want to have a laid back lunch or a drink. The owner Christopher Seed and his staff will make you very welcome.Most of the locals eat here and they reckon it is a hidden gem..I agree with them.
Favorite Dish: I am unable to tell you what my favourite dish is because it is all very nice--and fresh.
I have not been disappointed in anything and I do eat here on a regular basis.
Charlie's has been an established seafood buffet for many years serving local fresh prawns,fish and oysters.
They serve a hot and cold food help yourself buffet with plenty of options for the non seafood eaters.
You can sit poolside or indoors.
You need to book a table as it is very popular.
It can get a bit noisy and crowded at the buffet but it is still value for money and you won't leave feeling hungry.
Favorite Dish: The fresh cooked local prawns and oysters are the draw card.
The Cock & Bull is a restaurant type of english pub where you can get pots and pints of beer and ale and good pub food.
The decor is English with dark lamplit nooks and crannies to be alone or with others.
There logo states they serve Fine ales and delicious food and of course good company.
The verandah is tropical with hanging ferns yet still retains the olde type pub feel with lots of bench type wooden tables and long forms/stools.
Even though it has a pub atmosphere with a billiard table and darts it is a relaxing place to have a drink or a meal.
The poker/slot machines have their own room so you are not disturbed by the bright lights,sounds of people playing them.
I recommend you go there if you are a 'tad' homesick or to sample the fine ales and food.
Favorite Dish: I had local fresh mackeral,chips and salad which was very good.
The serving was plenty with two pieces of fish.
The condiment bar has everything you could possibly want --the tartare sauce is amazing.
I had a glass of Wolf Blass Eaglehawk Shiraz and my husband had a pint of ale.
I recommend you try a cafe latte served in giant cups/mugs.
Excellent service,food and atmosphere.
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