10 Best Cairns Restaurants Near Our CBD Cairns Holiday Apartments

Visit These Restaurants with Koala Court Cairns Family Accommodation

Our central Cairns resort puts the Cairns CBD in the palm of your hand – the home of Cairns Esplanade, popular shopping centres such as Cairns Central, Orchid Plaza and The Pier, and a whole host of unmissable Cairns restaurants that are easy to reach within minutes from our family-friendly Cairns holiday apartments.

As well as being the top destination to discover the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns offers a world of dining with fantastic restaurants to discover scattered around Cairns Esplanade, The Pier Shopping Centre and more. Book with us at Koala Court Cairns for your next getaway, then make sure to visit these nearby restaurants to complement your time in tropical Cairns Queensland.

Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

Just a 10-minute walk from our Cairns apartments, Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant serves the best in Balinese cuisine at the heart of Cairns. Lead by Balinese Head Chef I Made Upadana, this multi-award-winning international restaurant near Cairns Esplanade won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a taste of the exotic, where bumbu – the signature spice mix from Bali – brings a whole new level of flavour to each signature Bayleaf dish.

Little Ricardo’s

Little Ricardo’s is a 5-minute walk away from our central location at Koala Court, offering traditional Italian and Mediterranean à la carte cuisine in a relaxed private setting where you can dine indoors or al fresco. This authentic trattoria and pizzeria has more than enough pizza styles and toppings to match all moods, along with a wide choice of pasta and meat dishes, pesce seafood and sides to complement.

Indian Brothers

If you’re craving Indian cuisine, Indian Brothers in Lake Street – next to Orchid Plaza Shopping Centre – offers an exotic Indian menu prepared with all the right flavours. Start with one of Indian Brothers’ samosas, tuck into your choice of hot or mild lamb, beef or chicken curry then finish off with a traditional Indian dessert such as gulab jamun or kheer – a must if you’re looking to get the full taste of India.

Cairns Burger Cafe

Cairns Burger Cafe is located just around the corner from Cairns Performing Arts Centre and isn’t to be missed if you’re looking for the best burger in Cairns. Sourcing all their ingredients locally, Cairns Burger Cafe won’t disappoint with their fresh, juicy-tasting burgers that can be enjoyed inside or for takeout. Each burger comes with your choice of unique sauce along with a wide selection of sides, rounding off this must-try burger experience in Cairns.

Bagus Cafe

Located on Cairns Esplanade, Bagus Cafe is worth stopping by for its traditional Indonesian menu, which includes fried rice and noodle dishes alongside curries, skewer combinations and a choice of vegetarian options. Visit for a tasty lunch or dinner on your Esplanade walk, or make a quick stop to enjoy one of Bagus Cafe’s refreshing coffees, milkshakes or smoothies before setting off to explore more of the Esplanade.

Grill’d Cairns

If you find yourself near Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, make sure to visit Grill’d Cairns – a trendy burger joint that prides itself on its natural, locally sourced ingredients. With a selection that encompasses low carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan and low-sugar, there is a burger for everyone that Grill’d, with full-flavoured beef, chicken, lamb and veggie options to choose from.

The Raw Prawn

Also near Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, The Raw Prawn is a must-visit Cairns restaurant if you’re into good seafood. Choose from an assortment of mouthwatering seafood entrées and mains, then complement your chosen dish with a cold house beer or with The Raw Prawn’s handpicked selection of local and imported wine.

Ochre Restaurant

Ochre is a renowned award-winning restaurant on the Cairns waterfront at Marlin Parade, and it isn’t to be missed if you enjoy dining with a view. With its exquisite menu showcasing the best in native food and regional produce, Ochre Restaurant is a memorable Cairns dining experience fit for a romantic date or social meal with eye-catching tapas dishes, shared lunch platters and lots more to choose from – it’s a waterfront dining experience that will complete your tour of Cairns’ best restaurants.

Tha Fish

Another great place to dine with a view is Tha Fish, located at The Pier next to The Pier Shopping Centre. Boasting relaxing views next to the harbour in one of the most popular dining precincts in Cairns, this award-winning Cairns restaurant offers seafood of the highest quality – all sourced locally and from around Australia and topped with a fine wine selection and excellent customer service that’s second to none.

Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

For over a decade, Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse has consistently delivered the ultimate steakhouse experience in Cairns. Offering high-quality meat and a scenic waterfront location at The Pier, Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse is one restaurant to keep in mind if you’re a fan of big steaks and juicy burgers. Fish, salads and entrée dishes are also on Waterbar’s extensive menu, along with a decadent dessert selection that includes cheese plates, crème brulée, salted caramel parfait and tropical gelato and sorbet.

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Enjoy the perfect stay near these exciting Cairns restaurants with us at Koala Court Holiday Apartments, where we provide stunning Cairns accommodation apartments and studio units for couples, families and large groups looking to absorb the best that Cairns has to offer.

All of our Cairns accommodation is self-contained, spacious and modern with inviting open-plan living areas, air-conditioning and private balconies that overlook our tropical resort pool and gardens. Enjoy free WiFi access during your stay, and take advantage of an excellent range of facilities located onsite which include a family-friendly outdoor swimming pool, heated spa, gym and an undercover poolside barbecue area.

View our Cairns resort accommodation and book your holiday directly with us today by just visiting Koala Court Serviced Apartments Cairns