Thinking of planning a trip far north when the borders open? A $28 million redevelopment of the popular Cairns waterside strip has created more pedestrian walkways and space for dining.
It includes a contemporary alfresco setting with awnings for weather protection and areas that bring the Esplanade Parklands closer to the outdoor venues.
It is a perfect mix of urban city, and a tropical, laidback feel. Here are some great spots to eat and drink by the water.
For those Dream Views
Get high and mighty and head upstairs to rooftop bar Oak & Vine to enjoy stunning views of the Esplanade, lagoon and beyond.
Head to Whiskey & Wine at the playful and modern Crystalbrook Flynn hotel and enjoy a side of Coral Sea views.
To catch up with mates
Those looking for a pub vibe with a tropical edge can find it at Rattle n Hum.
Take your tastebuds on a culinary trip to the Bavarian Beerhouse and enjoy traditional Bavarian food with a stein of German beer.
For a more casual dining option with a slightly dressier vibe, Boardwalk Social by Crystalbrook offers gourmet food and live music.
For the taste of Italy
The newly opened Flynn’s Italian by Crystalbrook offers signature Italian dishes that wouldn’t feel out of place on Nonna’s kitchen table.
If a pizza your heart is craving something doughy, look no further than the aptly-named La Pizza, which has been locally owned and operated for 25 years.
For something quick and easy
Head to Grill’d for a burger that is hearty and healthy in equal measure.
Pop next door to Schnitz for a spectrum of schnitzel options.
For something sweet
Make your way to the night markets to Churro Time for a scrumptious churro with your choice of topping, washed down with a bubble tea.
For Asian flavour
Combine gourmet Northern Thai food with some of the best views of the newly-refurbished Esplanade at Iyara by Sakare
If you’re in more of a grab and go mood, head to the Night Markets for street-style Asian food.
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