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Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe

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Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free
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Shops 2 & 3, 43 Macrossan Street | Port Douglas, Qld, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
61740994066
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7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Paraparaumu
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Great atmosphere and lovely coffee. If they had healthy bran muffins it would have been absolutely perfect. Nice food all the same

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Thank CoastGirlParaparaumu
IJsselmuiden, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a shop to my heart... Great coffee and good atmosphere. This small bookstore is a great location to sit back and enjoy. Nice collection of books!

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Thank ArnoldTuinman
Los Angeles, California
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235 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The concept of having a coffee shop connected to a bookstore isn't a new idea but Whileaway does it better. The tables are in and among the books so cafe and bookshop are intermingled. It's a great place to get a coffee and the relax looking at a few books. The shop itself tends to focus on books that are... More 

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Thank StationToStation
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have a coffee and cake whilst the kids and other family members browse for good holiday reading. Good food, good coffee always busy, very convenient

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Thank Jon L
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks, just loving that everyone gets to have fun, win-win! See you again soon. More 

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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only is the service, coffee and variety of cakes really good the service is really quick too. There is space inside and out to sit and watch the world go buy. It's always busy and the reason can be attributed to the quality of food, service, drinks and the unique experience sitting amongst a good range of books. Well... More 

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Thank Anna-Lise B
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review

It was lovely to read your review this morning, thanks for appreciating all we have to offer and recommending us in this wonderful way. All the best from the Whileaway team. More 

Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cafe in a bookshops excellent with very pleasant seating outside. The coffee is good as is the food and there is an excellent range of books and children's toys.

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Thank sydcitystar
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review

We are very happy you enjoyed our selection of coffee, food, books and toys. We have a lot of fun catering to everyone's needs and added outdoor fans a few months ago to make sure sitting outside was even more comfortable. We really appreciate you taking time to write. More 

Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice atmosphere with books everywhere which is very welcoming. Staff very friendly and the food is yum, I ordered eggs with mayo which is basic but also yummy.

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Thank Lama D
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you, so glad you liked the egg mayo sandwich, we have just added a delicious smoked salmon, cream cheese and caper sandwich to our lunch offer, so hopefully you will get a chance to try that next time you visit. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Melbourne
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely spot with cool and quiet setting, a wonderful choice of books and coffee. I really enjoyed spending time here especially in the day-time when it got too hot for the beach!

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Thank marknorth_1
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for writing, our fans and air-cons do seem to provide a lot of relief for all our visitors, and even though it's cooling down now, we still have the odd day when it's definitely more comfortable inside. Hope to see you again soon. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had 4 coffees and they were at 5 levels of bad. Bitter almost undrinkable. Chilled chocolate was good. Atmosphere was fine but we were there for coffee if that's what you call it.

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Thank Lawrence R
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review

Lawrence, thanks to your photo our staff remembered your visit and I must say we are more than confused. They clearly remember you cheerily ordering your coffee, lingering happily while you relaxed with your pals, and then saying cheerio to the staff on leaving 4 very empty coffee cups on your table. Not sure what happened after you wandered down... More 

Ballarat, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must for any trip to Port Douglas and the coffee's pretty good too! I've always managed to find a book that is quite unique during my browsings.

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Thank Desmondo55
DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We love the idea od being unique all round and hope you come back soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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: 61740994066
Description
Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of great books and delicious coffee.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?