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The Best Places to Eat in Cairns

Are you looking for the best places to eat in Cairns? You’re in luck! Cairns is a true culinary paradise full of unique restaurants, cafes and eateries serving up some of the best local, fresh and delicious cuisine from around the world. From traditional seafood dishes to innovative street food creations, there is something for everyone’s taste buds. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best places to eat in Cairns. So, keep reading to discover the top spots to enjoy a delightful meal in this beautiful city.

La Fettucina – Italian

La Fettuccina best place to eat in Cairns

This place was by far my favourite places to eat in Cairns. I decided to put my faith in the waiter, and ask for what she thought was the best dish on the menu, I was not disappointed.

The recommendation: Amatriciana, a delicious combination of tomato, bacon, onion and chilli.

It was the most amazing pasta dish I’ve ever eaten in my life. Paired with the Nero red wine, which complimented the dish perfectly. La Fettucina make their pasta fresh daily.

Location: 41 Shields St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Ochre – Australian

Ochre Restuarant

Ochre has a unique menu, utilising native Australian bush tucker, they create explosive flavours that complemented every dish perfectly.

Although it is a little on the pricey side. With the atmosphere and unique dishes, this was a worthwhile experience.

Their tasting platter is the best way to try multiple dishes on their menu without paying a fortune.

The Davidson plum mousse, macadamia pacoca, lemon myrtle and coconut ice-cream, was my favourite dish on the menu.

Location: Harbour Lights Boardwalk, 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns City QLD 4870

Kanpai – Japanese 

Kan Pai Japanese Food

This is a gorgeous sushi restaurant with a tranquil theme.

If you’d like an evening out undisturbed, Kanpai have a self-service system for both food and drinks.

The service was prompt and they were willing to make changes on request. Their sushi dishes are delish.

Location: 64 Shields Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Prawn Star – Seafood

Prawn Star best place to eat in Cairns

This unique restaurant is located right on the water at Marina Point.

If you’re willing to leave your table manners behind when you step on board the trawler restuarant this is the place for you.

Experience typical Aussie dining, find a seat, order your meal and shout when you need another beer.

With its fresh seafood selection of prawns, mud crabs, and oysters, this place is a must-see for seafood aficionados.

Location: Marlin Marina, E31 Berth, Pier Point Road, Cairns City, QLD 4870

Yum Sing – Chinese

Yum Sing Chinese Food

We ordered food from Yum Sing out of convenience, because it was close to our accomodation and we were pleasantly surprised. Try the yum cha at Yum Sing Restaurant Cairns, which is on Lake Street and conveniently close to most central Cairns hotels. Yum sing means Cheers in Cantonese.

Yum Cha is often a mix of small plates with tea, however, you can also order full dishes here as well. . The pork buns and spring rolls are absolutely delicious.

Location: 183 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

The Roti Shack

The Roti Shack best lunch to eat in Cairns

We stumbled upon this one by chance. A mild Trinidad curry is encased inside a beautifully soft homemade flatbread known as a roti.

Roti are a typical take-out food in the West Indian region and are offered by roadside vendors. This authenticity comes to Cairns thanks to The Roti Shack. Customers consider the rotis to be a distinctive homemade substitute for other cuisines available in Cairns.

They are delicious and cooked fresh each order. If you’re in the Cairns CBD, these make for a delicious lunch.

Location: Shop 4/93 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Tokyo Dumpling – Japanese

Tokyo Dumpling Japanese Food

If you are looking for some delicious dumplings and springrolls, this is the place.

My wife and I have made it a habit to find at least one dumpling place everywhere we go.

We stopped in at Tokyo Dumpling for lunch and had an amazing meal.

Location: 46 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Gormand China – Chinese

Gormand China

This restaurant is well known for serving Chinese cuisine. Tasty crispy beef, Peking duck and wontons will impress you at the first bite.

This place hit the spot for our chinese food craving. We ordered the mongolian beef, chicken cashew and some fried rice.

Location: 69 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Sweets Planet – Dessert

Sweets Planet

This is a cute little Korean sweets cafe in the middle of town.

This was my first time trying Bing Su and it was refreshing, with a very subtle sweetness.

I loved “The Little Prince” theme decorating the cafe, if you haven’t read the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, I highly recommend it. It is by far my most favourite book.

Location: 46 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Jackley’s Bakehouse – Sweet Treats

@serendipitous_wanderlust hands down the best cupcake I’ve had in such a long time. If you are in Cairns check out Jackley’s Bakehouse. #cupcake #cake #decorativecakea #delicious #deliciouscakes #fyp #follow #followforfollow #travel #travelfood #traveling #travellife #traveltiktok #cupcaketravel #jackleysbakehouse ♬ Please Don’t Go(Snap Your Life) – Joel Adams

Now this place isn’t in Cairns central but if you have a car it is only about a 20 minute drive away.

I couldn’t leave this one off the list, because the cupcake were amazing!

The fluffiest and most delicious cupcake I’ve ever eaten in my life. With all the creative cakes on displace the bakery was also fun to visit and take a few photos.

Shop 60, Mount Sheridan Plaza

Location: 106 Barnard Drive, Mount Sheridan QLD 4868

HAVE YOU VISITED ANY OF THESE PLACES? TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS.

Don’t forget to check out my post on things to do around Cairns.

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