Tropic guide: The Cairns cafes that are open for Sunday brunch

Here at Tropic, we love a good Sunday brunch ... so you can understand our angst when we rock up to one of our fave cafes on a Sunday morning, to find it closed.

We get it: Cairns is all about the lifestyle and cafe owners should also be entitled to a slice of that pie.

If you're in a tourist spot, like the Northern Beaches, it won't be a problem.

But in the city, which caters mostly to weekday workers, the number of cafes open on weekends definitely drops.

So we've done the work (not entirely altruistically) to find out what's open when you're craving that Sunday morning coffee and cuisine hit.

Let us know if we've missed something here, and for best breakfasts regardless of the day of the week, click here.

Tropic tip: bookmark this page for future reference!


Perrotta’s at the Gallery

A long-time stomping ground for locals, you can work off your breaky with a stroll through the free art gallery.

GO THERE: 38 Abbott St, Cairns City

Sunday trading | 7am - 3pm


Delectable dining and coffee, run by the roasters of Tattooed Sailor (which doesn’t open on Sundays).

GO THERE: 2 Smith Street, Cairns North

Sunday trading | 8am - 1pm


Talk about chilled, plus you can get your Sunday gardening sorted, too!

GO THERE: 300 Severin St, Parramatta Park

Sunday trading | 8am - 2pm


Great if you have kids in tow, 'cause let’s face it: children don’t really like cafes ... but they love playgrounds like the one next door!

GO THERE: 174 Esplanade, Cairns City

Sunday trading | 6am - 7.30pm

Pete and Paulz

Big portions, excellent eggs benny (particularly the Hollandaise sauce!)

GO THERE: 35 Sheridan Street, Cairns City

Sunday trading | 6am - 12.30pm

Blackbird Laneway

In the heart of the city with speciality coffee and freshly-baked pastries.

GO THERE: Oceania Walk, 62 Grafton St, Cairns City

Sunday trading | 7.30am - 1pm


You won’t regret trying their blueberry cheesecake pancakes.

GO THERE: 72 Grafton St, Cairns City

Sunday trading | 8am - 2pm

Annee’s Caphe Sua Da

Vietnamese cold-brewed coffee is the highlight here, plus you grab your weekly fruit and veg in Rusty's Markets just behind.

GO THERE: 57/89 Grafton Street, Cairns City

Sunday trading | 7am - 3pm

Envy Espresso

Nice vibes, great coffee and drool-worthy ham and cheese croissants.

GO THERE: 111-115 Grafton St, Cairns City

Sunday trading | 8am - 12.30pm


A favourite local haunt for every meal of the day. Try their breakfast boards for a variety of bites.

GO THERE: Corner of Pyne St & Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Sunday trading | 6am - till late


Keep an eye out for their breakfast specials, especially if they go rustic Italian – it’s what they do best!

GO THERE: 532 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville

Sunday trading | 7am - 10pm

The Nest

$8.50 bacon and egg rolls on focaccia. You can’t go wrong.

GO THERE: 180 McManus Street, Whitfield

Sunday trading | 7am - 2pm

Woodward St Bakery

Absolute pastry heaven.

GO THERE: 216 Woodward Street, Whitfield

Sunday trading | 7am - 12.30pm

Brother Jenkins

A gorgeous garden setting plus vegan options that could make a meat-eater turn.

GO THERE: 117 Martyn Street, Manunda

Sunday trading | 7am - 3pm

High Tide

More of a breakfast than lunch but the danishes are worth the trip.

GO THERE: 1/8 Carnation Dr, Mooroobool

Sunday trading | 7am - 11am

Botanic Gardens Restaurant & Cafe

If you’re super hungry, you can’t go past the FNQ big breakfast. It’s got everything, including rib-fillet steak.

GO THERE: Lot 400 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Sunday trading | 7am - 4.30pm


Don't go past the BART for breaky: bacon, avo, rocket, tomato, aioli on woodfired ciabatta.

GO THERE: 1/116 Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Sunday trading | 7am - 9pm

The Petit Cafe

French is the flavour, so breakfast crepes are the go!

GO THERE: The Original Rainforest Markets, Therwine Street, Kuranda

Sunday trading | 8am - 3pm

Elva’s Cafe

Bike and dog friendly, perfect for a neighbourhood stroll for speciality blends.

GO THERE: Cool Waters Holiday Park, Brinsmead

Sunday trading | 7am - 12pm


The keto berry crumble is a must!

GO THERE: 2 Chelsea Lane, Redlynch

Sunday trading | 6am - 1pm


Nicely shaded in a pleasant fernery setting, artisan cakes and slices are all freshly baked in house.

GO THERE: Limberlost Nursery, 113 Old Smithfield Road, Freshwater

Sunday trading | 8am - 5pm

Stratford Deli

The menu caters for all day, so you’ve got your fish and chips and burgers mixed in with your pancakes and eggs.

GO THERE: 7 Kamerunga Road, Stratford

Sunday trading | 6.15am - 9pm

Le Crouton

It’s all about the artisanal breads and pastries.

GO THERE: 227 Kamerunga Road Freshwater

Sunday trading | 7am - 1pm