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Whileaway Coffeeshop

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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, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
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
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cool stop for browsing and coffee

Whileaway is one of our favourite spots in Port Douglas; with its unique atmosphere it is just so inviting to have a leisure browse of the books while having a nice cup of coffee. Staff are very friendly. Definitely worth a visit!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Schweiz
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whileaway is one of our favourite spots in Port Douglas; with its unique atmosphere it is just so inviting to have a leisure browse of the books while having a nice cup of coffee. Staff are very friendly. Definitely worth a visit!

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Thank Aitutaki3
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

We really appreciate your kind words, I think it's the people that make the atmosphere what it is, so we look forward to your next visit, cheers. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little cafe with latest books for sale. Delicious light treats for brekky and lunch. Quick service with a smile. Great coffee.

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Thank Annie C
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thanks so much, you have summed up in a nutshell our mission statement exactly, and it's so rewarding to hear you enjoyed it all, all the best from Whileaway. More 

Hampshire
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114 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A coffee shop in an attractive and well stocked book store. The coffee and cakes are also really good and served by friendly and attentive staff.

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Thank alarm_clock
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to send in this lovely review, we really appreciate your comments, it's what we set out to achieve every time we open the doors. Cheers. More 

brisbane australia
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our favourite coffee shop in Port Douglas - we visit it most days every holiday. Coffee is good, great people watching spot plus a very good book shop for browsing and gift purchases. Service is fine but it would be lovely if the staff made an effort to remember regulars - we had coffee there at least 10... More 

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Thank happysue_10
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words about all the things we try so hard to do well. Unfortunately with 5 different baristas working different shifts during our opening hours of 7-6, 7 days a week, although we try our best sometimes we do need some prompting to remember your order, however we will most certainly keep trying to improve... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You cant beat friendly well stocked book shops. This one is great. Nice set up inside with tables to rest, refresh and meander through books. Over a coffee you ponder what to buy. Got some great new releases for the holiday reading. Great cakes. Fresh sandwiches. A daily pit stop. Book lovers never stop at one 😊

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Thank bushflowergirl
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

What a great review, we love it. So glad we could satisfy you in every way during your time with us. And you're so right, books are an addiction, but a healthy one! Thanks very much. More 

North Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

whileaway is just a fun, consistently good, coffee shop. It also has a book store attached which is fabulous. the book store offers a rewards system now for regular purchasers.

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Thank Antoinette9969
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

So lovely to read your comments and to hear that you have fun when you come to see us. Our reward system for books is just that, a reward for our regular readers in return for their support and reading addiction! All the best from Whileaway. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We became regular visitors here during our short Christmas holiday. The staff were always polite and engaging and efficient at translating my NZ trim flat white order into its Ozzie counterpart. I splurged on books and soaked up the special atmosphere each time I called in. This is a lovely spot to enjoy a coffee and a treat, watch the... More 

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Thank SusieCarlucci2015
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thank you for being one of our lovely New Zealand winter birds. We totally speak your language when it comes to coffee, snacks and books....no language barriers here! More 

Australia
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I love coffee shop/ book shops. The owner and staff are very knowledgable about books and will help you to select what you need. I regularly have a macchiato and a fantastic frittata there.

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Thank Aussiebooklover
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thank you, we are very grateful for your comments, we do love what we do, so being able to help with your book choices as well as satisfy your coffee and snack requirements is most satisfying, thanks. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Each morning had a coffee & people watched - loved it. good position. Food choice amazing... all fresh & yummy.

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Thank Bernadette B
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

You've made our day, we love it when what we do get's such an amazing response, thank you so much. More 

Melbourne
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122 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

There's a reason why this is the number 1 place on Trip Advisor - it deserves it! Great coffee, tasty snacks, friendly staff and a bookstore attached. What more would you ask for?

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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Coffeeshop, responded to this review

Thanks so much, we don't mind where we are in the ratings, with customers like you we couldn't ask for anything more! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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

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