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Cairns food and drink

With so many options to choose from, you’ll never be left wondering where to eat in Cairns. Restaurant precincts in the city and on the waterfront offer a delicious assortment of cuisines, each brimming with local produce. Whether you’re looking for something relaxed like takeaway fish and chips to enjoy by the beach, or you want to taste some amazing local delicacies and specialty dishes while fine-dining, Cairns can accommodate you. Hit up the markets for some fresh produce or take a walk along the Esplanade to find a nearby cafe serving up creamy coffees.

Food markets

For affordable dining, Cairns Night Markets are a great place to start. Among the many food stalls here are Asian-influenced dishes, steak, pasta, kebabs, and fresh fruit stalls, so you can pick up something to eat in or grab and go! Check out the Esplanade markets for fresh local produce and a fresh coffee to start your day. Our pick ...
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Rusty's Market

Restaurant precincts

The Esplanade has become one of the go-to restaurant precincts in Cairns, thanks to the wide array of dining options. If you're searching for fresh Cairns seafood or produce, you'll be sure to find it here. In the city, you can find popular restaurants on Shields Street. Trinity Beach's Vasey Esplanade has also established itself as a popular dining spot. Our pick ...
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Food at Candy Cafe Bar

Bars and nightlife

When visiting Cairns, bars and nightlife are often mixed with a bit of history. The Grand Hotel on McLeod Street is arguably Cairns' most iconic, with a hand-carved crocodile-shaped bar where you can have a drink. There are a number of relaxed bars in Cairns and the Tablelands, perfect for a cold drink after a warm day. Our pick ...
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Partying at nightclub

Cafes and coffee

While it sometimes feels like life moves a little slower in Cairns, the cafe and coffee scene is on par with major cities. Locally produced coffee is available in many cafes, so you won't struggle to find a quality cup. Many Cairns cafes serve up dishes that showcase the local produce in spectacular fashion – the tropical fruit in particular. Our pick ...
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TNQ Food and Shopping Trail - Photoshoot for Tourism and Events Queensland, Cairns, 21 May 2015.