You don’t need to face the crowds for a good meal. Forget waiting at the bar for an empty seat or starving at your table and wishing every waiter was heading towards you. Here are six small restaurants in Cairns that you’ll wish you had known about sooner.
Limmy Malaysian Restaurant

Limmy Malaysian Restaurant – Cairns

Serving up authentic South East Asian, Chinese and Malaysian cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Limmy’s. Popular with locals in the know, this is a relatively small restaurant off the main tourist strip. At Limmy’s, you can enjoy traditional cuisine at reasonable prices seven days a week. Whether you want to make a night of it and have a sit-down meal with your loved ones or pick up some take-away for a rainy night in, this is one food choice you will not regret making.
Where80 Sheridan St, Cairns, QLD.
Mother India
Mother India – Cairns

If you are in the mood for a genuine Indian feast, look no further. Mother India is a small restaurant that is open from Tuesday through to Sunday. Taste exotic flavours in innovative dishes while you are surrounded by the culture of India. If you have specific tastes or diet requirements, simply ask for your meal to be prepared just the way you like it. This family-owned and run business is filled with friendly staff that are more than willing to cater to your needs. With some of best butter chicken around, what are you waiting for? Book your table at Mother India now!
Where2/80 Sheridan St, Cairns, QLD.
Bel Paese Pizzeria
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Bel Paese Pizzeria – Cairns

This traditional Italian restaurant is named after Cairns itself – “Beautiful Place”. Whether you want to dine-in or take-away, locals can’t seem to stop raving about some of the best pizza in Cairns. Bel Paese is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday with a menu filled with all of your Italian favourites. Vegetarians are also catered for, with a variety of menu items available in a vegetarian option. Its warm and friendly atmosphere is only beaten by the authentic Italian flavours infused into their meals. Bel Paese is fully licensed, so sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while you immerse yourself in the scents of Italy.
Where:  45 Spence St, Cairns, QLD.
Tokyo Dumpling
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Tokyo Dumpling – Cairns

Fresh, quick and homemade, Tokyo Dumpling has become a staple addition to Cairns Asian food lovers lives. Their dumpling menu includes all of the favourites; prawn, pork, chicken and vegetable, but they don’t stop there. Once you’ve finished with savouries, get your hands (or chop sticks) onto their Choc Banana dumplings and enjoy the taste explosion. Tokyo Dumpling also serves up noodles that most university students could only ever dream of. If you’re having a hard time deciding between dumplings, the ramen, Tokyo Dumpling’s udon and rice bowels will leave your stomach rumbling and your brain indecisive.
Where46 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD.
Thai Coins
Thai Coins – Cairns

Experience amazing food, generous portion sizes and a genuine taste of Thailand at Thai Coins. Send your tastebuds straight back to your last Thai holiday by indulging in authentic fishcakes or everyone’s favourite – Pad Thai. Customise meals to your preference of spice by making any dish mild, hot or (for those brave enough to try it) Thai hot. Special dietary requirements? No problem! Ask the friendly staff about their vegetarian and vegan meal options. If you want to eat your Thai in the comfort of your own home, Thai Coins has an amazing takeaway menu for your convenience.
Where371 Mulgrave Road, Bungalow, Cairns, QLD.
O’ Cha Cha
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O’ Cha Cha – Cairns

This tiny but terrific Cairns restaurant serves up authentic and modern Japanese cuisine made by experienced Japanese chefs. Discovering this hidden gem will introduce you to a world of real Japanese dining. The restaurant is less small as it is comfortable, decorated by Japanese decor and run by a friendly team of Japanese staff. Sit at one of the low-set tables for the complete experience while you enjoy Japanese food at its finest.
WhereShop F7-F8 (Upstairs) Palm Court, 34 Lake St, Cairns, QLD.
These are just a few Cairns restaurants that come highly recommended by locals. If we have left any of your favourites off the list, please let us know in the comments below.