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Whileaway Coffeeshop

2/43 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
07-4099-4066
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Ranked #2 of 95 restaurants in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Bulli, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Stopped in for a takeaway coffee. Friendly staff, nice atmosphere. Loved browsing the bookstore while I waiting for my coffee. A little pricey but nice coffee :)

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BrizVegas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A little local gem. Great just to daydream, catchup with friends. I tried a few coffee houses and thought this was the best coffee in town. The food is basic and really not inspiring but that was ok because I just came for a good coffee and sit amongst the lovely feel of the bookstore. Wonderful books and great children's... More

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Sydney
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Very simple cafe but lovely service. Enjoyed a gluten-free Rhubarb and Almond Friand which was delicious. Fantastically curated selection of books and very well presented. Worth a look when in Port Douglas.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

With bookshops becoming a thing of the past, it was wonderful to find such a well stocked shop and have the luxury of having a coffee while perusing the wondrous shelves. Wish there was something like this on the Gold Coast!

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We often hear from our customers that they miss not having a local bookshop any more which is very sad. So It makes us very happy to be able to fulfil a great need for bricks and mortar bookshops, where you can immerse yourself in the wonderful experience of handling and browsing 'real' books and at the same time help... More

Bangor, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This cafe/bookstore was a fantastic find in that I love books and book stores and it was great to find somewhere you could loiter at your own leisure flicking through books, the store also does some great recommendations. A lovely surprise in Port Douglas.

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

As a bookseller it's so rewarding to hear that you liked our recommendations. Quite a few of the staff and I manage to update our shelf talkers and reviews regularly as we really love to share good books with you, thankyou very much. More

Sydney
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14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A week stretched ahead without the promise of our daily ‘fix’. That was, until we discovered Whileaway. We were bereft no more. From the friendly service to the excellent coffee, from the delicious citrus tart to the endless possibilities for reading matter in the bookshop, this café became an important part of our holiday ritual.

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We are so delighted that you found us and that we became part of your holiday coffee and relaxation ritual. We very much hope you can visit us again sometime soon. More

Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A perfect combination - a thoughtfully-stocked independent bookshop and a wonderful coffee-shop serving great coffee and tea with a good but small menu of sweet and savoury treats. They are open from early morning until early evening. One of the tables out front on Macrossan Street is perfect for people-watching. Friendly service, with a delightful French accent, led me to... More

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

A thoughtfully-stocked independent bookshop and a wonderful coffee-shop...... this is exactly the combination we strive for at Whileaway, so thank you very much for your kind comments. And yes, those gorgeous French accents are icing on the cake for all of us! More

Perth, Australia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Love this coffee shop on the main strip in Port Douglas. Great friendly vibe, and the all important thing: they do a great coffee. Also sell a few sweet items like slices and muffins, if you fancy a snack with your java. It really is a great independent bookstore, with a high quality selection of titles. Everything from cookbooks, children's... More

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We love being able to provide a varied and personalised, quality selection of titles to our local community and for all our wonderful visitors, so your praise for our proudly independent bookstore is very much appreciated. See you on your next northerly browse! More

Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Call me old fashioned, but there's still something magical to me about a bookshop/cafe, especially when you're on holidays - and Whileaway is one of the very best. I loved the layout of the shop that catered for a wide variety of readers (including young and very young readers). I loved the way you could browse the books without being... More

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We all thank you for your kind wishes for the future and I would also like to personally thank you for your glowing comments about my gorgeous staff, they are truly wonderful people. All the best from Whileaway. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The best thing about this little place is that it opens early and closes around 8:00pm every night...perfect for satisfying your coffee cravings!! The service was great for coffee and the variety of books for sale would satisfy every need! A great place to sit and while away the day!!

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We are so pleased you had a great time on your visits with us, and enjoyed our books, coffee and opening hours. We love opening early to catch all you early risers, but our usual hours are every day 7.00am to 6.00pm. We wish we could stay open until 8.00pm every day but we are only able to do this... More

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