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Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe

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Shops&3, 2 43 Macrossan St | Port Douglas, Qld, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
+61 7 4099 4066
07:00 - 18:00
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Cairns, Australia
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Books and coffee! What is not to love about this combo? Fantastic service and great coffee would be sufficient to get me coming back regularly but add in a bookshop and I am yours for life!

Thank 8500959
Ulverstone, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great takeaway coffee. Took a while as they were busy but that's because the coffee is great and there were loads of customers. The local police were in too, if anyone knows where to get a good coffee they do. So unlike most coffee shops where you just wait around doing nothing this one has books, and a great selection... More 

Thank MrRabbit P
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped into this place for lunch whilst on holiday in Port Douglas and didn't leave for a couple of hours! The food was delicious but I couldn't really concentrate on that because of the amazing shop! The staff were really knowledgeable about their stock, and gave recommendations of other things we might enjoy. A really good place to spend... More 

Thank efhap31
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly staff and the food was lovely. I had the Mediterranean Frittata and pineapple and banana cake. Great selection of books and staff all up for a chat about their favourite reads. Could spend all day in here quite happily 😊

Thank Daniel R
Port Douglas, Australia
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped in after going to the post office to see if they had any botanical books like Daintree...nothing saw they had coffee & cake but didn't try

Thank 713Deva
Shepparton, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Customer service was terrible. No smiles and actually to the point of being rude. Muffin was over priced considering it was doughy and lacked flavour.

Thank LolaVola
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

A beautiful selection of books, passionate staff and great selection of cafe items to compliment your while-away time in this book lovers bookshop, complete with chairs and stools amongst the shelves to sit and browse comfortably.

Thank Adrienne H
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I cant believe it took till the end of our trip to visit this place! I love books and coffee, but we always seemed to go out for a hearty breakfast or lunch. We finally made it in there for a delicious afternoon tea of double chocolate brownie and banana bread. I never wanted to leave and felt right at... More 

Thank EDimmick
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Best coffee in port. Friendly staff. Books for the kids to look at while you drink your coffee. Love coming here.

Thank c-ellen-blake
Durban, South Africa
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

In this wonderfully sleepy and relaxing town, Whileaway was a saviour for the early-risers and coffee junkies!!! A quaint bookstore offering amazing coffees and divine cakes; you can relax for hours at this great cafe! Awesome service; fabulous books and gifts too!!! All this situated right in the heart of precious P.D. Love it!!!

Thank Roz M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shops&3, 2 43 Macrossan St | Port Douglas, Qld, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Port Douglas
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4099 4066
Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of great books and delicious coffee.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?