Top picks in Cairns – Coffee shops

Top picks in Cairns – Coffee shops

by Vanessa Ng 01 Feb 2020

Cairns – a laid back city – is known for being filled to the brim with picturesque views of nature, but there's more to be experienced than just lush scenery. Pronounced “cans”, the city happens to be one of the most popular tourist spots in Australia and also a primo destination for caffeine lovers. Here are some choice spots for that lazy afternoon cuppa:


29 Johnston St, Stratford QLD 4870, Australia


Conveniently located near the airport, this cafe has a relaxing vibe that makes it popular with locals and tourists alike. With creative latte art and daily roasted high altitude beans from Latin America, what is there not to love? Did I mention that they also have sparkling cold brew coffee on tap, which happens to be a Sipping Duck exclusive?


Oceana Walk Arcade, 13/62 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia


The brew here was declared the second best in the country in 2015 by Beanhunter. The secret to its popularity and rich taste lies in the use of local milk – Misty Mountain milk from Millaa Millaa – which carries a natural fat content that adds a tinge if sweetness to the brew. This is one of those places where the hype is truly deserved!


29 Johnston St, Stratford QLD 4870, Australia


This risque (in name only) coffee shop opens early in the morning at 6AM, which is perfect for early risers. Try their Turkish coffee, turmeric lattes, and addictive Frozitos to keep your taste buds guessing. Their service staff are known for being super-friendly too, even by Australian standards! The perfect place for bringing a day’s work to clear while people-watching at the same time.


46 Lake Street,Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia


Sometimes, coffee alone is just not enough. This cafe serves good coffee and offers an arguably better French toast with banana, ice-cream and home-made coconut jam on the menu as well. There is nothing better than having some savoury sweets to complement a hot/cold brew!


5/72-74 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia


Caffiend serves a series of speciality blends for black (Maiden Voyage), white (White Label) and filter coffees, alongside with single-origin roasts for the truly discerning. On top of the regular milk coffees and cold drips, they also serve interesting coconut lattes to keep things fresh.


Wharf Street, On Trinity Wharf, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia


Authentic and down-to-earth are words that describe this coffee shop perfectly. With an affordable selection of coffee and a simple breakfast and lunch menu, it's hard to go wrong with Wharf One Cafe. The owners also work with a local brand, Madella Coffee, to grow, process, and roast coffee on a North Queensland farm located just under 100 kilometres from the cafe.


While most people tend to think of Melbourne when it comes to experiencing Australian coffee culture, Cairns has its fair share of hot spots too. The next time you find yourself craving for a dose of caffeine, give one of these coffee shops a visit!