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Whileaway Coffeeshop

2/43 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
07-4099-4066
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Ranked #3 of 94 restaurants in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of books and great coffee.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Literally the BEST Cake I have eaten in over a decade. It was a moist pineapple banana cake. Made by a local elderly lady. Seriously you need to travel to Pt Douglas to eat this cake while it is still available!!!!!! The coffee is also better than acceptable. We fortunately had a baggage allowance or I have have purchased even... More

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thankyou very much, we are in total agreement about our delicious pineapple & banana cake made with love by the very talented Jane, whose is very very happy you like it so much. She also makes our delicious lemon slice and the ever popular warm brownies. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again on your next trtp... More

Mont Albert, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I'm not a coffee drinker but my husband grew up on Lygon St, home of great coffee - he said this is the best coffee. Ever. So it must be good. I had a slice of pineapple and banana cake which was light & moist. The best part for me 'tho was to browse in the bookshop which is a... More

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WhileawayBookshop, Manager at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Of course, we're happy to have tickled your husband's coffee fancy. We're especially pleased to share our love of books and bookshops with fellow bibliophiles, and are delighted to hear you enjoyed the whole Whileaway experience. Hopefully your choice of book continued the feeling, poolside and beyond! More

Adelaide
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Thank goodness for Whileaway! A bad coffee can either make or break my morning and i was having trouble finding somewhere to satisfy my needs. My partner's friend recommended Whileaway and with good reason. Great strong coffee, good atmosphere and helpful and friendly service. The food looked great too!

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WhileawayBookshop, Manager at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We're right there with you - that morning coffee can make or break the day, and we're happy to hear ours was on the mark for you. Thank you, too, for mentioning the staff. We're proud of our hard-working team, and love to hear that they looked after you well. More

Port Douglas, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Love the coffee, and we walked every morning to enjoy the atmosphere and caffeine here. Got some terrific books and very friendly service. Enjoyed by locals and newbies alike!

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WhileawayBookshop, Manager at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. See you for coffee again soon! And maybe a new book ;-) More

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I've been coming to the Whileaway for the last 5 years I've been visiting Port Douglas and I love it! The service is friendly, the coffee amazing, the cakes are yummy and they have a great selection of books. It is a gorgeous place and hasn't changed a bit over the years.

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WhileawayBookshop, Manager at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We're thrilled to be your favourite bookshop - thank you! We'll work to continue to earn that title. See you again for coffee, cake and books next time you're in town. More

England
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Went to this bookshop/coffee shop a few times whilst up in the very lovely Port Douglas and it's very nice. Decent coffee, fabulous carrot cake and altogether a pleasant experience, and, you can purchase a new book whilst there. Devra let us use the phone which was extremely kind of her, and Shona is smashing, call in there, you'll like... More

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WhileawayBookshop, Manager at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your time with us, and hope to see you again if you return to Port Douglas! More

Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Ideal coffee shop to while away an afternoon, escape the heat and plan your next reading adventure. Whileaways great newsletter brochure is inspiring for your next book.

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WhileawayBookshop, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

It's great to hear that you found our Reading Guide brochure so entertaining and hope we have helped you with your next book choice. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is my hot favourite at the moment. Hope to see you again. More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Ordered 2 coffees and 2 milkshakes (have 3 children) but my older child didn't want anything. While we were waiting for our order my older child went curiously to investigate books on offer. On her return she noticed her siblings received a marshmallow with their milkshake. Two minutes later my takeaway coffee appeared and sitting on top of the lid... More

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WhileawayBookshop, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We are so pleased to have made you and your family so happy, and we thank you for bringing your love and warmth into our store. We hope to see you again some day, all the best. More

Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Best coffee in Port Douglas!! We followed the locals and found this awesome café and bookstore. Absolutely a must do while you are in Port Douglas.

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WhileawayBookshop, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We're so glad you found us, spending some time enjoying your coffee with our lovely local customers and hope to see you again. More

Copenhagen, Denmark
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Love the fact you are sitting in the book store. It is a great combo. The coffee is really good here.

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WhileawayBookshop, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review, hope to see you again. More

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