Food and Wine
The tropical environment of Cairns means that the food and drink scene is unrivalled in Australia.
On the Waterfront
Waterfront bars and restaurants make for postcard-perfect experiences while on holiday.
Options range from relaxed to summery sophistication and from light bites to multi-course meals.
With views of the marina and the inlet, these venues are also popular for lunch, especially in the late afternoon, as the sun begins to set and the happy hours begin.
A few blocks back from the Esplanade, you will also find some of the locals’ favourite eateries and restaurants in the city streets.
Contemporary Australian cuisine is prevalent, using the vibrant flavours of tropical produce and cooking methods suitable to the tropical environment.
You can also savour a spectacular range of Asian specialties, including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Indonesian, reflecting the region’s Asia-Pacific location and multicultural population. Fabulous Greek and Italian restaurants honour the city’s European heritage and serve amazing food matched with warm service.
And then there is the seafood, oh the seafood! We think it is the best in the country. You can’t get any better or fresher produce as it comes off the boats daily—barramundi, reef fish, bugs, prawns, crab, calamari.
The list is so enticing that the best option is often to go for a seafood platter! With the expert skills of local chef’s, the city’s restaurants will serve divine seafood extravaganzas that you won’t forget and that will leave your Instagram followers filled with envy!
The dining options are so amazing that a bevy of tours will take you on food trails to sample award-winning products. Food and Wine that you cannot find elsewhere in the world.
Famous foods like tropical fruits and seafood, native Australian produce like the kangaroo, emu, crocodile.
Then lesser-known, equally impressive locally grown dairy, nuts, coffee, tea, and native spices find their way onto tropical menus.
Get a taste of some of the best cuisines that Queensland has to offer at these local Cairns restaurants.