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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Locally Loved Eats in Port Douglas – Delectable Dining in Queensland

The charming town of Port Douglas in Queensland is not only a great place for a laidback holiday but is ideal for some foodie adventures as well. Here are some dining hotspots worth visiting.


The Little Larder

A great place to begin one's day, The Little Larder is well known amongst locals for its delectable breakfasts infused with Spanish influences. Easily accessible for those finding Port Douglas apartments accommodation in and around the town centre, this charming dining venue also has a delicious lunch menu to sample as well. Amongst the dishes one can try are the Louisiana Chicken, Pulled Pork, Crab Claw and Middle Eastern Lamb. While Smashed Chats served with smoked paprika salt makes a great treat, one can also consider salad options like the Brown Rice Raw Bowl and the Ocean Trout.


The Beach Shack

Fondly referred to as "The Shack", this venue is known not only for its scrumptious meals but laidback ambience where you can chill out and enjoy great food and great company. Located around a 10-minute walk from Oaks Lagoons, this popular restaurant is an ideal place to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some delicious pizzas, cool beers and yummy tapas. Salads and pasta are also on offer, while the Beach Shack has a convenient delivery service in case you want to eat in the comfort of your resort or home.


Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe

Here is a great spot to combine two pleasures in life that are for most, irreplaceable; coffee and reading! The Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe combines these two elements to offer a cosy spot in which to find some super reads that will keep you well occupied as well as delicious coffees that offer a yummy caffeine hit. Baked goodies including cakes are served here as well as options for patrons in search of gluten, nut or dairy free options. They even host a book club meeting for those both serious on reading and their coffee.


Salsa Bar & Grill

Gourmet delights and exquisite dishes await at the Salsa Bar & Grill that is a must visit for serious foodies. Well known for its delectable dinners, this restaurant is where you can try such specialities as Za'atar Dusted Barramundi, Chermoula Chicken Supreme, Black Angus Eye Fillet and Paperbark Smoked Kangaroo Loin. Those with a sweet tooth also have much to look forward to with Deconstructed Blackforest Gateau, Tableland Mango Gazpacho and some Affogato Coffee among the sweet treats available for you to try.


Nautilus Restaurant

Located at Island Point Hill, this restaurant has been around for around 60 years and is well known in Port Douglas. A great place for fine dining, the Nautilus Restaurant has three distinctive dining areas and is set amidst a unique rainforest backdrop. Among the dishes one can try here are Lamb Cutlet, Pork Belly & Scallops, Cold Smoked Mackerel and Jungle Curry which features squid, tiger prawns and Moreton Bay bug. There are five and seven course degustation menus on offer as well along with a fine selection of wines, cocktails and beers.