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The best restaurants in Cairns

While visiting Cairns I found some great places to eat. Setting aside Australia’s relaxed attitude about pretty much everything, we serve up some pretty good grub.

La Fettucina – Italian

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

She recommended the 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, it complimented the pasta dish perfectly.

La Fettucina make their pasta fresh daily.

Ochre – Australian

Ochre has a unique menu, utilising native Australian bush tucker, they create explosive flavours that complement my mouth perfectly.

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, shown below, was my favourite dish on the menu.

Kanpai – Japanese 

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.

Please note it may look like a massive floppy dildo in my hand, in fact it tasted delicious.

My friend decided it would be funny to request 2 servings rolled into one.

Regardless of the size and girth of my sushi roll it was tasty.

Prawn Star – Seafood

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 the boat, this is the place for you.

Experience typical Aussie dining, find a seat, order your meal and shout when you need another beer. The seafood was good value for money and the novelty of dining on a boat is fun.

Sweets Planet – Desert

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 subtle sweetness.

I loved “The Little Prince” paraphernalia decorating the cafe, if you haven’t read the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, I highly recommend it.

Bali Food Travel

Canggu food and coffee scene

Fresh juices, smoothie bowls, vegan options, as well as traditional Balinese cuisine.

This tiny beach town used to be a calm escape from the craziness of Kuta and Legion. I’ll admit, it can still be very calm, however, there are some main areas that are now bustling.

I have always loved the food in Canggu, it has never let me down. These are a few of my favourite places to eat.

BETELNUT CAFE 

Betelnut Cafe is becoming one of the more popular cafes’ in Bali, known for its Nagabombs and Nagabowls.

It is located fairly central to one of the main areas, and has a rustic cafe scene.

Stop in for breakfast, it’s one of my most favourites.

IN THE RAW BALI

This is where you will find some more delicious build-your-own smoothie bowls.

The options for fresh cold pressed fruit juices, smoothies and snacks are endless.

This is the place to go for your raw food fix.

NUDE CAFE 

Nude is a day-to-night cafe, with quality organic tastes and friendly vibes.

They have delicious breakfast, super salad bowls, wraps, burgers, coffees, juices and smoothies.

It’s the perfect place to catch the first morning light, with a view over the rice paddies.

LA LAGUNA

A magical restaurant to visit, and one of the best locations in Canggu to watch the sun set.

After dinner, take a wonder down to the beach. Or walk through their gardens and have a tarot reading done.

DANDELION

Dandelion is a cafe, restaurant and shop all in one.

They serve a variety of traditional Balinese dishes, and you can choose to eat inside or outside in their beautiful garden.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get to spot some of the pet rabbits hopping around.

Also, check out my post on where to stay in Canggu.

Food Lifestyle Travel

Coffee of the World

I absolutely love coffee, and one of the best parts about travelling is trying all the different coffees of the world.

These are just some of my favourites so far. I know I will continue to add to this post the more I travel. Check back in for updates.

1. Greece

Try a Freddo Cappuccino or Freddo Latte in Thessaloniki, Greece.

2. Thailand

Some sweet treats with a delicious coffee – Chiang Mai, Thailand.

3. Bali

Delicious organic coffee at Nude Cafe in Canggu, Bali.

Get yourself an amazing smoothie bowl, and fresh coffee; at In the RAW, Canggu, Bali.

4. United Kingdom

Find some of the most delicious macaroons, and sweets at Ladurée; Harrods, London, UK.

5. Vietnam

Experience real Vietnamese coffee. One of my favorite places to go is Trâm cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. However, you can find this coffee all over Vietnam.

6. Australia

I absolutely adore the coffee at Besser Kitchen and Brew Bar in Darwin, Australia.

Their food is also ah-mazing!

I had to put these guys on the list, flowers for breakfast and some of the best coffee in Melbourne at The Kettle Black.

7. Japan

This coffee can only be found in Straw Hat cafe in the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Hence the hat decor on the coffee.

This place was cute and a must for the Studio Ghibli fans. Admittedly it was a little over crowded and the wait time is quite excessive.

DIY Tours Food Thailand Travel

4 Quirky cafes in Bangkok

Care to have breakfast with the mad hatter? Or feast with heroes?
 
While I was in Bangkok I found these amazing cafes, with some unique themes. So I decided to make an adventure out of it and infuse my life with a little childhood nostalgia.

1. Perhaps Rabbits’ – “There is no one alive who is you’er than you”

If you couldn’t already tell, this place has a gorgeous Alice in Wonderland theme. Join a Mad Hatter tea party and look around this quaint little cafe.

Perhaps Rabbits’ – Address: 5/1 Ekkamai 10 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Getting there: Take the BTS to Ekkamai station, exit 1, walk to Sukhumvit 63 and then take a taxi ride to Ekkamai soi 10. If you can access google maps on your phone it is very easy to walk from the BTS.
Contact: +66 96 616 3314  Facebook
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 8pm

 

2. Hero Food & Gathering

If you’re a massive superhero fan, then you will love this neat cafe/restaurant.

It is full of Marvel/DC paraphernalia, you can also snap some creative action shots around the place. Even some of the menu comes with a superhero symbol.

Hero Food & Gathering – Address: 71 Sukhumvit 4 Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Getting there: Take the BTS to Nana station, from here it is about a 5 minute walk to Hero Food & Gathering.
Contact: +66 98 940 4434  Facebook
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30am – 9:30pm

 

3. Cabbages and Condoms

This place gives you condoms with every meal. You will find anything and everything made of condoms, except the food. 

It also has a quirky shop attached, to buy your friends a souvenir. It stands for a safe cause and all proceeds go towards The Population & Community Development Association (PDA)Where people can begin to think of condoms as casually as they do cabbages. 

Cabbages and Condoms – Address: 10 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Getting there: Take the BTS to Nana station, from here it is about a 5 minute walk to Cabbages and Condoms.

You can also walk from Hero food and Gathering and Vice Versa while you’re in the area.
Contact: +662 229 4611  Facebook
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 11pm

 

4. Mr Jones’ Orphanage

This enchanting place makes you feel like you’re dining in a toy factory.

With cogs, train lines, teddies, and rocking horses scattered throughout. It’s a magical place to let out your inner child, with some pretty delicious deserts to suit.

Mr Jones’ Orphanage – Address: Various locations at Siam Centre, Empire Tower, Central World, Termial 21, The Mall Bangkapi, Megabangna, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 658 1163 Siam Centre, Empire Tower +66 2 286 1140, Central World +66 2 252 1895  Facebook
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – late

Australia Food Travel

Fresh takes – Melbourne cafe

This cafe was my favourite place to visit, while I was admitted to the Albert Road psychiatric hospital.

The colours, the flavours and the cheerful staff, gave me a bit of light in my darker times.

Their amazing coffee and colourful food is worth the visit, have a look at some of their dishes.

My favourite, chia seed and coconut yogurt.

Polenta porridge

Hotcake. Soooo good!

If you’re starving for colourful goodness and want to visit The Kettle Black, you can click here for their website and details.

Getting there: You can get to The Kettle Black on Albert Road, by catching tram number 16, 72, 8 or 67 from Flinders, heading in the direction of St Kilda.

Get off at stop No. 20 “Domain Interchange” which is right in front of the Shrine of Remembrance.

Otherwise, it’s quite a nice walk from Flinders Station if you’re up for it. Happy eating friends. 🙂