TBJ TRAVELS CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA 7: Where to Eat in Cairns + Itinerary
Awww, can't believe we're down to our last day in Cairns, Australia! For this post, it's all about food! Let me share with you the best restaurants and dishes I've tried in this coastal city of Queensland!
I discovered Hogsbreath in Sydney and what I loved about it is their huge, tasty, juicy steaks at an affordable price. Food is pretty expensive in Australia and while Hogsbreath is not that affordable for Filipino standards, it will give you more serving for your buck and will fill you for half of the price of most restaurants in Cairns (with the exception of fast food and market buffets).
The first restaurant I spotted when I arrived in Cairns. Villa Romana is a good breakfast spot because it's one of the earliest to open in the city. I love the location of Villa Romana: conveniently located in the middle of the city fronting the Esplanade, giving you a lovely view of the ocean as you enjoy your meal or beverage. I came back for the Lamb and Mushroom breakfast twice in my trip!
O' CHA CHA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Meals can get 'meaty' when in Australia; by this, I meant that you would be eating meat all the time because it's a primary part of their diet. For a little break, try O' Cha Cha Restaurant in Palm Cort; good ol' Japanese dining at a good price. Bonus is one of the staff members is a Filipina with a swell Japanese accent!
Located at Cairns Art Gallery, Perrotta's is another good breakfast and people- watching spot that serves mostly 'wiches and good coffee.
MOOZ GELATO AND JUICE BAR
My most favorite hang out spot in Cairns because they have darn good coffee! Try their Affogato and mushroom risotto!
THE RISING SUN
The Rising Sun's vibrant mediterranean- inspired interior makes their tasty grub even more enjoyable; must- try are the ribs and burgers!
A restaurant up in Kuranda surrounded by a patch of forest.
For cheap eats, I went for the food court at Cairns Central Market. A majority are Chinese restaurants offering buffet starting at 15AUD. What buffet meant for them is you will get your desired plate size and fill it with as much food as you can for one time only. I went for the medium- sized plate at 15AUD and filled it with some Chinese grub. Sorry, but this wasn't a good meal at all: rice was too cold and hard, crackers were very soft, and the sweet and sour pork I got felt like it didn't have any pork at all. Won't recommend; you're better off spending your money on fast food if you want affordable food.
At the airport by 8:30 PM for my departure to Manila via Philippine Airlines
And that concludes our Cairns, Australia diary. I hope you had fun and found this travel series useful; feel free to use this as reference when you're planning your trip to Cairns.
Until the next TBJ Travels series!
Philippine Airlines flies to Cairns, Australia 4x weekly. Please visit PHILIPPINE AIRLINES on Facebook for inquiries.
**Total is based on PHP-AUD exchange rate during my time of visit. It may be cheaper or more expensive depending on your time of visit.
**Incidentals such as shopping, food, transportation, and drinks are not part of the expense breakdown.
*CORRECTION: Our Outer Barrier tour was organized with Reef Magic Cruises.
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