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Best Coffee in Airlie Beach

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Lily Kerley
Updated Tue 21 Nov 2023

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Airlie Beach is brimming with funky cafes and ambient coffee houses that are bound to kick-start your day! Indeed, if you're after the best coffee in town, you may be overwhelmed with choice. However, you needn't fear... our team of coffee-loving, possibly slightly caffeine-hooked team of local foodies are here!

Each cafe has there quirks and charms, be that waterfront views, dog-friendly treats or an eclectic atmosphere, and we know where the best-roasted beans and cleverest baristas hide out. So, follow our guide to the best coffee in Airlie Beach for your favourite coffee, poured to perfection... every time.

Contents

  1. Sidewalk Cafe
  2. Fat Frog Beach Cafe
  3. Paradiso Rooftop Restaurant
  4. The Deck
  5. Le Shack
  6. Airlie Beach Treehouse
  7. Bohemian Raw
  8. La Tabella Trattoria
  9. The Kiosk Cafe
  10. My Rainbow Bakery & Cafe
  11. Garuma Cafe & Bar
  12. Cafe One 3

Sidewalk Cafe

Sidewalk Cafe is undeniably one of our favourite spots in town for a cup of fantastic coffee in a gif! With an eclectic dine-in atmosphere or quick takeaway service with a smile, this local joint is the perfect place to get caffeinated. The chefs at Sidewalk bake up fresh scones and muffins every morning, which are never twice the same, but always bursting with taste sensations.  Located on the Airlie Esplanade, Sidewalk Cafe is right in the middle of town and bustling with god-send baristas who know how to make your morning cup of joe just right!

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Fat Frog Beach Cafe

Slinging cups of delicious Campos coffee on the daily, Fat Frog Cafe is definitely worth the 3-minute drive out of Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. Perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch, or just a takeaway coffee to start your day, the team at Fat Frog are bound to put a smile on your face! Don’t forget to grab your four-legged friend a tasty dog treat at this particularly dog-friendly spot. The beachy vibes, delectable breaky menu and relaxing lull of local chit-chat create an unbeatable atmosphere at this waterfront cafe! 

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Paradiso Rooftop Restaurant 

While mostly known for their divine cocktails and tapas, we just can’t get enough of the coffee from Paradiso! Open from 8 am till late, this chic joint has a warm ambience, making it a brilliant choice for a relaxed catch-up over a fantastic cup of coffee! Paradiso is also a perfect choice for families and kids, as it overlooks the waterfront fairy park playground, so you can enjoy your latte while watching the little critters having fun in a safe environment. 

Paradiso Cafe Bar coffee in a pottery keep cup


The Deck

Located right on Airlie Main Street, The Deck is your one-stop shop for a delectable breakfast, lunch and dinner… not to mention they know how to make a killer brew. With a chic interior, the Deck provides the perfect vibes for any occasion, whether that be a quick coffee catch-up or a three-course meal topped off with a cappuccino, you’ll surely be impressed by this trendy joint! The lovely team at the Deck can also whip you up a fresh, fruity smoothie, a decadent choccie frappe or even a cheeky afternoon cocktail, quenching all kinds of thirsts! 

The Deck Airlie Beach Best Coffee guide WhitsundaysImage source: The Deck


Le Shack

Nestled in between two iconic Airlie pubs, Magnums and Beaches, Le Shack offers a quality, humble selection of coffees, iced beverages and specialised drops like yerba mate and kombucha. A relatively fresh cafe on the Airlie Beach scene, this newly opened joint is absolutely worth checking out! A cosy vibe awaits you inside, with air-conditioning and simple, beachy decor. Or choose to grab and go, ordering from the handy window before embarking on a morning walk along the Airlie Esplanade. Grab a snap with the fun outdoor rope swing as this new local establishment becomes your trusty regular source of every Flat White from here on out!

Two women chatting by a coffee sign


Airlie Beach Treehouse

With their own, unique Airlie Beach Treehouse coffee blend, it’s no wonder that this quirky joint is one of our staple caffeination stations. The Airlie Beach Treehouse blend is created in collaboration with Primal Coffee Roasters, and we just can’t stop sipping on their almond piccolos. The team at Treehouse are huge dog-lovers, and make every effort to provide a pooch-friendly venue, as well as providing your furry pals with lots of love and pats! Hang around for a brunch-time live music set, and let the warm acoustic tones combine with the rich coffee aromas coming from behind the machine.

Airlie Beach Treehouse coffee espresso machine pouring


Bohemian Raw

Sitting right on the Coral Sea Marina, Bohemian Raw is a dreamy, fresh cafe bursting with friendly service, quality ingredients and most importantly, seriously good coffee. They use Proud Mary Coffee’s ‘Humbler’ blend which features chocolate fudge, caramel and syrupy notes to make for a delicious cup of joe every single time. Not only do the team at Bohemian Raw smash out one scrumptious coffee after the other, but they also blend up some seriously refreshing smoothie bowls, loaded with fresh fruit and healthy toppings! We recommend you stop by and try the fantastic selection of wholesome options available at Bohemian Raw before your next boat tour out to the Whitsunday Islands! 

Bohemian Raw Airlie Beach shop with diners at the tables drinking coffee


La Tabella Trattoria 

For a smooth afternoon brew, wander on down to La Tabella to soak up the waterfront views, chic Italian atmosphere and impeccably extracted cups of coffee! Using the ever-popular Toby’s Estate beans, the baristas at La Tabellas know exactly how to make your favourite coffee to perfection. Tucked away between trendy restaurants on the dreamy Airlie Esplanade, this central and elegant trattoria is a great spot for an afternoon pick-me-up or a post-dinner cafe latte. And, if you are staying for dinner, you won’t want to miss the spanner crab ravioli in lemon buerre blanc sauce… it has us doing literal chef kisses every time!

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The Kiosk Cafe

A hidden gem found at the northern end of the charming Coral Sea Marina, the Kiosk Cafe is a wonderful little joint for a creamy morning coffee! Grab a takeaway to-go, or dine in and gaze out at the array of luxury yachts, sleek catamarans and adventure rafts that dock at the marina! With an array of simple, quality and tasty breakfast options such as smashed avo and eggs benny, the Kiosk Cafe ticks all of the boxes and more. A favourite amongst local boat owners, the Kiosk is home to the so-called “table of knowledge,” and has seen conversations between avid Whitsunday sailors for longer than some of us care to admit! So, head on down to enjoy a lazy Sunday cup of coffee at this vibrant, beachy joint for a dose of caffeine and local vibes.

The Kiosk Cafe Airlie Beach Coral Sea Marina Best Coffee in Airlie Beach WHitsunday boat trips localImage source: The Kiosk Cafe


My Rainbow Bakery & Cafe

A winner amongst those with a sweet tooth, My Rainbow Bakery & Cafe offers incredible coffee, perfectly paired with their array of beautiful homemade cakes and sweets! Dripping with colour, quality and creativity, this waterfront cafe is a wonderful spot to treat yourself and try something new. Renowned for their Mr Bean Cold Brew coffee, My Rainbow Bakery & Cafe has something for every season and occasion! From a relaxed all-day breakfast and long black to a refined, stunning high tea package, you’ll be assured a taste sensation and fantastic service when you stop in at this kitschy and welcoming cafe! 

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Garuma Cafe & Bar

Nestled in the centre of town, Garuma is a brilliant choice for a morning cup of joe while you’re in Airlie Beach! Slinging smooth, delicious and consistent cups of barista-made Piazza D’oro coffee, you can’t go wrong with a visit to this open and atmospheric cafe. Open at 6 am, even early risers can get their mitts on a coffee before the rest of the world wakes up! If you’re hungry, grab a loaded smashed avo on toast for breaky to go alongside your flat white, or hang around for a selection of fabulous lunch options from mid-morning.

Garuma Cafe & Bar Best coffee in Airlie Beach Guide to the WhitsundyasImage source: Garuma Cafe & Bar


Cafe One 3

Parallel to the main street Airlie Beach shops, tucked away but still central, this hidden gem is the local go-to watering hole for delicious coffee made with love! Using awesome all-rounder beans from Byron Bay roastery, caffeinate and rejuvenate your mood! Grab your brew on your way into town from your holiday rental, or sit back and revel in the sunshine that Airlie is renowned for. Not to mention, their food is hearty yet fresh, filling yet healthy and beautifully presented! Whether you're after a fruity bowl, rocket omelette or a selection of dainty sweets, Cafe One 3 has you covered! Their specials rotate often, and each is seriously more delicious than the last!

A coffee in a black mug with a swan latte art


Happy sipping coffee-lovers!


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