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Port Douglas – The Coffee and Breakfast Guide

Port Douglas is pretty unique in that we have a lot of the positives of urban culture with only a fraction of the negatives (of which I can’t think of). Cafes come and go but there’s a few that have stood the test of time that we thought deserved listing in Port Douglas – The Coffee and Breakfast Guide. To be a fair, there’s only a few with exceptional coffee but having said that, our last trip to Sydney had us feeling a little more grateful for the choice that we do have, either way all of the cafes listed have something to offer.

The transient population is one of Port Douglas’ biggest challenges. Keeping staff and maintaining consistency is a constant frustration for businesses (and customers). What is a wicked coffee today may be a bowl of mud tomorrow (perhaps a tad harsh), but much of the food on offer is exceptional. You’re not looking at any real variation in prices from cafe to cafe but I’ve marked them low for value as Port Douglas is considered expensive generally.

*If you are feeling adventurous you could head down the road to Palm Cove, click here for some great options.

Whileaway Cafe & Book Shop

Quality coffee & probably the best book store in Far North Queensland. Comfy chairs and a nice place to watch the town wake up, no breakfast just a selection of lovely cakes. You can always go next door to Eco Cafe for breakfast or ask them to bring it over to Whileaway if you prefer the coffee, sounds odd but the guys at Eco are lovely and they don’t seem to mind.

  • Coffee 70%
  • Food 80 - Cakes & Sandwiches Only %
  • View 70 - Good place to watch the town go by %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 90%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 60 - Sells great toys, so not so much %
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 50%

Little Larder

Lovely brew, probably my favourite at the moment although it can be inconsistent. Just across the street from Whileaway Cafe. These guys are known for their quality food, I had a zucchini fritter the other day… plan on doing that again! It’s got a very urban feel with all it’s nooks and crannies and usually busy so getting a seat might be a challenge.

  • Coffee 75%
  • Food 80%
  • View 70 - Good place to watch the town go by %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 40%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 40%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Sparrow Coffee

It’s a bit like coffee ping pong in this part of Macrossan Street. Down from Whileaway and across from Little Larder is Sparrow Coffee – of the Brisbane & Byron Bay chain. This is the only place on the list where we haven’t tried the coffee but locals rave about it. Take away only although there are a few stools about if you don’t mind sipping a brew in the tropical sun ☹️.

Origin

They roast there own here in a facility just outside of town and sell to quite a few other establishments around town. Their cafe, as you would expect, has a talented barista and the place itself is away from the busy main street in a pleasant shaded area. It makes for a nice short cut to and from the marina and Macrossan Street. Paper cups only which is a bummer, no breakfast and limited pastries.

  • Coffee 80%
  • Food 40 - Limited pastries only %
  • View 70 - Quiet Back Street Spot %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 30%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 50%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Cafe Fresq

Good coffee and one of the best breakfast options in town. Located right in the middle of Macrossan Street on the corner of Grant Street. You can fill up and duck down Grant Street to the Marina if you’re heading out to the reef.

  • Coffee 50%
  • Food 80%
  • View 60 - Central location %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 55%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 30%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Cafe Ziva

Opposite the supermarket in a very central location in Macrossan Street. Coffee’s ok, they serve breakfast and the staff are lovely and very attentive, can get busy and loud as there is heaps of seating.

  • Coffee 70%
  • Food 70%
  • View 60 - Central location %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 75%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 20%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Lure

One of the best spots in town – on the boardwalk of the Marina. You can watch the boats being loaded up whilst you grab some breakfast before going out on the reef. Coffee is ok, eggs benny is real, real good. For more, check out our Guide to the Port Douglas Marina here.

  • Coffee 65%
  • Food 75%
  • View 90%
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 75%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 70 - Boardwalk seating available %
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Choo Choo’s, Marina

On the marina by the train station. Does food and coffee in a cool ‘American diner’ type  setting. You can catch the train to the other end of town to it’s sister cafe – Choo Choo’s, St.Crispins, which is even better (20 min ride).

  • Coffee 65%
  • Food 65%
  • View 75%
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 55%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 40%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

High Tide

Does breakfast and coffee, it gets a mention as it is only one of two cafes where you can see the beach – breakfast is ok, there’s better coffee options though.

  • Coffee 55%
  • Food 65%
  • View 90 - Four Mile Beach %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 65%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 60%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Lighthouse Cafe

One of the best baristas in town (when she’s in town), food’s good as well and the setting is nice and chilled. It’s the other place in Port where you can see the beach – right by the life saver hut – so can get very full of crimson skinned tourists from around lunch time.

  • Coffee 70%
  • Food 70%
  • View 90 - Four Mile Beach %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 65%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 60%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Surf Club

This was a coffee nook tucked away by the roadside – opposite the lighthouse Cafe but the opening hours were a bit erratic. Looks like they are serving breakfast now in the main dining area, which is in a great spot and serves a good lunch menu as well. Will be checking it out soon.. location is too good to ignore.

The Tin Shed

Does an average “pub fare” breakfast and a bad coffee but the setting is spectacular – perhaps best saved for a memorable sunset drink.

  • Coffee 30%
  • Food 30%
  • View 100%
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 75%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 60 - Can be loud %
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 65%

Arabella’s

This is a new restaurant that started giving away coffee to promote their opening and now just sort of half opens in the mornings for coffee only. It’s a good spot on the perch looking across to St.Stephen’s church.

  • Coffee 60%
  • Food n/a%
  • View 70%
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 75%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 60%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

Choo Choo’s, St. Crispin’s

Hard to beat this place for location, beautiful setting. They do coffee, breakfast and lunch – looks out over the golf course and the hinterlands (Mossman Gorge in the distance). Can get really busy on weekends due to the train and boat service (you can do a loop from the Marina, one-way Boat – other-way Train), opens at 6.30am which is great in the summer.

  • Coffee 70%
  • Food 60%
  • View 90 - Inland across to Mossman Gorge %
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 70%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 60%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 55%

OTZ

The only other option for breakfast and coffee in Four Mile apart from Choo Choo’s. Good food, they do a very tasty Spanish eggs, happy to miss the coffee. Is a popular spot for locals to dine in the evenings… country kitchen meets Melbourne’s Albert Park kind’a feel.

  • Coffee 55%
  • Food 80%
  • View n/a%
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 40%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 70%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 40%

Wheelie Good Coffee

A coffee stand outside the IGA Supermarket. Take away (there’s a few chairs around), last chance for a decent coffee before you leave town.

  • Coffee 75%
  • Food n/a%
  • View n/a%
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability n/a%
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast n/a%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 60%

Junction Cafe, Mossman

We’ll make the 15km trip out just for the coffee, food is good too. There’s lots of seating options inside and out and a farmers market across the road on Saturdays (closed on Sundays), check out our Complete Guide to Markets of Far North Queensland post for more.

  • Coffee 75%
  • Food 70%
  • View n/a%
  • Seating – Comfort & Availability 70 - Good outdoor areas %
  • Chance of having a peaceful coffee/breakfast 50%
  • $ – Value & Relative to Competitors 50%

Google Map – Port Douglas Coffee & Breakfast Guide

Getting to Port Douglas

We’ve written a post about this click here and you’ll be covered.

Where to Stay in Port Douglas

Port has it all when it comes to accommodation, it’s really just down to where you want to be situated (and of course how much you want to spend). There are quite a few bigger resorts lining the road on the way into the centre of town, Port Douglas is tiny by most standards so you’re never more than a 40/50 minute walk away from most things at worst. There is plenty of accommodation options in the centre of town but remember it will be buzzing with night life. Most of the locals live out at Four Mile, which is the other end of town. We use Airbnb whenever the opportunity pops up and Port has plenty of options there also. We run our own place in Port Douglas so know the system pretty well and for us it’s the most user-friendly of the private holiday rental apps. It’s a bit tricky to find places under 3 nights but if you are planning a holiday for longer click here to set up an Airbnb account, you’ll get way more bang for your buck.
If you prefer the hotel/resort thing, the search engine below is set for Port Douglas so give that a whirl for a comprehensive list of options or have a look at the Agoda banner under that.

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