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Shops 2 & 3, 43 Macrossan Street | Port Douglas, Qld, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
07-4099-4066
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Description: Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of books and great...
Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of books and great coffee.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Satisfaction of the brain's fuel requirements; coffee and books.

Excellent atmosphere for either a coffee shop or a book store let alone both! Top of Macrossan St. just out of the throng.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Port Douglas, Australia
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Port Douglas, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent atmosphere for either a coffee shop or a book store let alone both! Top of Macrossan St. just out of the throng.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent coffee and lovely cakes. The bookshop has a great range of cards and gifts and an eclectic mix of books.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I haven't checked out the bookstore - we came for their good coffees and excellent banana bread. staff is really friendly and every food we tried was delicious, both sweet and savoury.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Top place to chill, grab a coffee & delicious muffin. Plenty of tables inside and out. Large selection of books for a bit of holiday reading. Happy to order in a book for you if they don't have it. Great spot to start the day

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

For us, coffee snobs from Melbourne, this was our best coffee in Port Douglas so far. Not only was the coffee great, but also the muffins were scrumptious! Both of us are avid readers and to have both our 'loves' combined in the one place, well....... Highly recommended for coffee lovers!

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thanks so much for letting us know you loved our combo style of coffee and books, and we totally agree, our home made muffins are indeed scrumptious......only problem you might have is deciding which flavour to try! Hope to see you again next time you are in Port. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great place to rest our feet and browse through some books over a coffee. Coffee was good and service was great. Will go back before we leave. Might even buy a book!

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

It can get very hot and tiring on the feet, walking around our beautiful town all day, so we are very happy you decided to come in out of the heat, and into Whileaway to rest and enjoy a coffee and a browse. I hope we managed to find a good read for you, so you could maybe put your... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Strange place at times in Port Douglas. You can't get a coffee after 9pm but in the morning you can't get a seat in a coffee shop. When you see people hovering waiting for a table it's a fair indication they are doing something right. That's the case with Whileaway. The BEST coffee in Port Douglas and a really nice... More 

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

You are so right, Port is a place of early to rise and early to sleep, as so many visitors like to be up and out on the reef, on tours, at the beach or exercising or walking in the cool of the day. Likewise many of us who live here have lives that revolve around that kind of day.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I always love going in here to get a book, a wonderful selection for gifts! But I ordered a chai latte one time.. it was awful. Luke warm and tasted like water and honey. However apparently the coffee is great!

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We are so pleased you are a regular customer and that we have lots of books and gifts you like so much. We are just a little disappointed that you didn't feel you could tell us at the time that you weren't happy with your chai, as it is an authentic loose leaf chai we can make it as strong... More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is THE place to have a quiet afternoon coffee when you have finished with the beach for the day, and their cabinet cakes are fabulous and very tempting!

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments, we do seem to have a wonderful wave of coffee and book lovers coming in every afternoon, to round off their day relaxing and catching up after all the activities on offer here in our tropical paradise. See you again next time you're here. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

If you like great coffee and enjoy homemade quality treats this is the place. We have been coming here for years when escaping the winter and it has never failed to appeal. I like a strong espresso double shot which I get served in a proper glass matching anything I have had anywhere including Italy. The apple and rhubarb friend... More 

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Port is certainly the place to escape to from those freezing cold New Zealand winters and we feel very honoured that you always come to see us when you are in town, thankyou so much. Our team very often remember visitors from one year to the next and I am so pleased that this was your experience. Here's hoping you... More 

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  • Address: Shops 2 & 3, 43 Macrossan Street | Port Douglas, Qld, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Port Douglas
  • Phone Number: 07-4099-4066

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  • Cuisine: Cafe

Description

Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of books and great coffee.

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