Port Douglas is famous for many things. World renowned as the premium stepping off point for both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Insta-famous for its beautiful beaches and abundant natural beauty and envied for the relaxed tropical lifestyle on offer.
But what few people know is that this town runs on Caffeine. And lots of it.
And whilst good Cafes are abundant, the truly great coffee experience is sublime. To help you plan your next trip, we have compiled the Port Douglas Apartments guide to the best coffee in Port Douglas.
Whileaway Bookshop and Café
Location: 43 MACROSSAN Street, PORT DOUGLAS QLD 4877
Hours: Mon-Sun 6:00am – 5:00pm.
Near to me: 4 minutes to coffee, 250m wander.
Air-conditioned for your summer joy, Whileaway Book Shop and Cafe is a haven for coffee drinkers and book lovers alike. Nestle into a comfy chair, browse their impressively eclectic range of books and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere. Coffees are carefully crafted and full of flavour. We particularly enjoy the Long Black, served North Italian style, with a shot of icy acqua frizzante on the side.
Sparrow – Coffee on the Fly
Address: 39 MACROSSAN Street, PORT DOUGLAS QLD 4877
Hours: Mon-Sun 6:00am – 3:00pm.
Near to me: 4 minutes ETA to Coffee joy,300 as the Sparrow flies.
Perched in the centre of Macrossan Street, Sparrow has pared back the coffee experience to the bare essentials. Rich, hand crafted coffee joyfully served in the takeaway style. If you are on the fly and forget your Keep Cup, simply borrow one from their eclectic selection. Limited seating is also available. Hardcore fans can join locals and pre-order their fix direct on the ‘Hey You’ App (available on Apple and Android)
Lighthouse Café Port Douglas
Location: 23 Esplanade, PORT DOUGLAS QLD
Hours: Mon-Sun 6:30am – 3:00pm
Near to me: 5 minutes ETA to beachside coffee, 300m stroll.
One of the only Cafes with views of Four Mile Beach, Lighthouse Café Port Douglas serves up some seriously good coffee. With beans from Cairns Coffee Roastery Sipping Duck and a prime Esplanade location, this is the goto Cafe for beach bums and Coffee aficionados alike.
Location: 21 Warner street, PORT DOUGLAS QLD 4877
Hours: Mon-Sun 8:00am – 3:00pm.
Near to me: 7 minutes ETA to Coffee nirvana, 500m stroll.
Port Douglas is way too chill to tolerate Coffee snobs, but if it did they would surely flock to Origin Espresso Port Douglas. A local favourite, their Four Mile coffee is exactingly roasted in-house, so their brews stay rich and smooth to the last drop. Located just off the main street, the cool and shaded location maintains a relaxed vibe, except perhaps for weekends when the venue pumps.
Lure Restaurant and Bar
Location: Crystalbrook Super Yacht Marina
Hours: Mon-Sun 7.30am to 5pm
ETA to coffee fix: 10 minutes, 700m walk, downhill all the way.
Take a seat on the Port Douglas Marina Boardwalk and watch the passing parade of fishers, boaties and tourists get set for a day on the Coral Sea. Whether you’re relaxing over a latte or grabbing a double shot Mac to go the crew at Lure Restaurant and Bar will look after you with a smile.
Robin says: The only thing better than a good coffee, is a good coffee with a doughnut. Keep an eye out for Dukes Doughnuts! They are locally made and appear in select Cafes from Wednesday to Sunday only. These treats are light, sweet and delicious. Donations of Original Glazed can be made daily at Reception.