With summer around the corner and Christmas and New Year holidays creeping up quickly, you’re no doubt keen to start researching your next holiday to somewhere tropical, like beautiful Port Douglas. For many Aussies, the perfect holiday consists of time spent enjoying white beaches, pool-side cocktails and magnificent sunsets. However, you probably also don’t want to go without your favourite caffeine hit each day while you’re away. If you’re getting ready to arrange a hotel in Port Douglas for your next holiday and want to ensure you can find a good cup of coffee while you’re there, read on for five top spots in Port Douglas.
Lure Restaurant and Bar
With a beautiful waterside setting and a light-filled design, Lure Restaurant and Bar certainly lives up to its name. Located on the Boardwalk at the Port Douglas Marina, this restaurant has views to die for and has been a favourite with locals and tourists alike for many years. Diners can enjoy sipping their morning coffee out on the boardwalk while watching the boats in the marina bob peacefully, with the mountains and rainforest in the background. Alternatively, travellers can calm their coffee cravings of an afternoon with a quality hit of caffeine and some people-watching, or some quiet time reading. Lure is open seven days a week and can start off your weekend with a bang with its creative collection of coffee cocktails. If you want to feel like you’re holidaying in a tropical location then start your day off with an affogato martini (think espresso coffee combined with ice cream and liqueur), a chilli kiss (coffee, chocolate, milk and mild chilli) or a cappuccino martini (espresso, ice, sugar syrup and milk, sprinkled with chocolate). Tea lovers are also catered to with the blooming tea menu option – a tea setting for two people involving a fusion of herbal flowers and whole white tea leaves.
Ospreys Restaurant at Thala Beach Lodge
Although there are a number of restaurants in Port Douglas, none have a better view and more spectacular surrounds than Ospreys at Thala Beach Lodge. The panoramic views showcase the coast from Double Island to Cape Tribulation, plus the nearby World Heritage–listed rainforests and the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Open daily, Ospreys provides customers with the perfect opportunity to sip quality coffee in stunning surrounds while listening to the birds in the surrounding treetops. Being an eco-friendly resort, the restaurant focuses on local, seasonal and organic ingredients in its food, meaning those who want to stay for a meal will not be disappointed. Ospreys is renowned not only for its amazing views but also its friendly, five-star level of service and the relaxed ambience of the décor.
If you need an espresso to kick start your engine of a morning, head to Origin Espresso in Port Douglas and you’ll soon feel wide awake. A boutique micro-roaster that specialises in single-origin coffee, this café is conveniently located in the middle of town, a short stroll from many accommodation providers. Origin grows their own beans as well as ordering in micro-batches of the world’s best coffee, and they roast fresh beans each day, so you know you’re only ever going to get the freshest coffee here.
Serving up quality Grinders Coffee in a tucked away set of shops in Four Mile Village is relative newcomer Otz Food. Run by sisters Elizabeth and Karen Fines (who have transferred their home-style baking from Sydney’s Pool Caffe to Port Douglas), Otz is popular for their divine-baked goodies as well as their coffee — and is one of the worst-kept secrets in Port Douglas. If you’re looking to do some shopping after your coffee fix then stay on and browse the range of picnic-friendly options available at Otz. The range includes organic bread, bio-dynamic cheeses and homemade dips.
Whileaway Book and Coffee Shop
Enjoy a latte with your literature as this combination bookshop and café located on the main strip of Macrossan Street. Whileaway Book and Coffee Shop consistently serves up some of the best java in Port Douglas. It’s the perfect spot for some relaxed time spent searching for your next favourite author. Whileaway offers free Wi-Fi for customers and is a particularly popular Port Douglas haunt on rainy days.
About the Author: Jasmine Reynolds is a foodie, blogger and travel writer.