5 Cairns cafes worth waking up for

February 23, 2015 - 4 min read

Wake up with some delicious coffee and a big breakfast at one of these Cairns cafes. We’ve found some of the local hits that everyone can’t stop talking about.

It doesn’t matter if you value quantity or quality; these Cairns cafes have it all! Full of taste and big enough to make your stomach settle down, here are five breakfasts that will get your body and brain up and running. (And, don’t worry; they all have great coffee to boot!).

Lillipad Cafe

Unofficially titled as a Cairns hangover cure, Lillipad Cafe has breakfasts that can turn even the groggiest of mornings into something to remember. Are you a vegetarian or do you have a strict food restriction? Don’t worry; breakfast here can be customised to suit your specific requirements. Best yet, breakfast portion sizes are HUGE. This could be the home to some of the best big breakfasts in Cairns, with most patrons having enough food left over to take home for lunch (and more cash left in their pocket then you’d think). With a uniquely laid back atmosphere, you might feel overdressed here if you’re stopping by on your way to work. Don’t forget to grab a coffee or a freshly squeezed juice to give you enough energy to start your day right.
Where72 Grafton St, Cairns, QLD.

Pete & Paulz Breaky Bar

With loyal customers that come back time after time, Pete and Paulz Breaky Bar serves generously sized meals with coffee that won’t leave you disappointed. Reopening on March 5 2015, this cafe specialises in everyone’s favourite old-fashion style breakfasts. Mince on toast, omelettes, pancakes, eggs, sausages and all the bacon a meat-eater could ever need, your traditional breaky will be cooked to perfection and on your plate in no time. If you can’t decide on what you want Pete and Paulz also features daily blackboard specials. With specialist coffees and teas, you simply can’t go wrong with this old-school breakfast. This cafe is open bright and early from 5am until 12pm every day except Tuesday.
Where35 Sheridan St, Cairns, QLD.

Ozmosis Cafe Kitchen

Ozmosis Cafe and Kitchen can be described with one simple word – yum. Utilising fresh produce, Ozmosis is able to create innovative meals that won’t ruin your budget. If you need to wake your stomach up gently; try something from the cafe’s ‘Light Start’ range, like their toasted granola panna cotta, 9 seeds, organic yoghurt and goji berries with fresh rainforest honeycomb. Or if your stomach is up and angry, why not indulge in some Byron Bay smoked bacon, wilted spinach, crushed avocado, scrambled eggs, all served on a truffle buttered brioche bun. Once you’ve filled yourself up on this great tasting food the only thing you will be wishing for is a bigger stomach.
Where1/116 Collins Ave, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD.

Re:hab Cafe

Featured on the Sunrise Morning Show, you don’t have to be a Cairns local to know just how great Re:hab Cafe breakfasts can be. Famous for their now nationally known bacon and egg roll, this cafe definitely has more than meets the eyes. From fresh muffins and cakes for those morning risers with a sweet tooth through to freshly squeezed juices and delicious smoothies for the health freaks, it’s all here at Re:hab. But for those of us who need a little more bang to our bite, Re:hab’s breakfast menu is where it’s at. Choose between all of your breakfast favourites and their rehabilitation special (complete with poached eggs, bacon, rocket, garlic mushroom, grilled tomato, avocado all on ciabatta bread), but don’t forget to check out the add-ons to truly make your breakfast unique.
WhereShop 3 Bolands Centre, 46 Lake St, Cairns, QLD.

Ten One Twenty

Known across Cairns for their “kick ass espresso”, Ten One Twenty will help you start your morning the right way – with coffee. Whether you like pourover, filter coffee or cold brew, it’s all here and it’s all good. But, the taste sensation doesn’t stop there. Ten One Twenty has an all day breakfast menu that you will want to take your time working through. Starting off with a traditional Brekky Plate that includes poached eggs, sourdough toast, shaved prosciutto, avocado and a herb salad; your stomach might be full but your mind will want to keep on going. Their most recent breakfast special included Turkish style beans, chorizo, poached eggs served on sourdough. If your mouth isn’t watering now, you may as well stay in bed.
Where10/120 Collins Ave, Cairns, QLD.