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“Get lost in a book world with great coffee”

Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Description: Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of great books and delicious coffee.
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27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Get lost in a book world with great coffee”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Lovely place with a unique atmosphere! Stumbled across this place and a few coffees and looking at some books later I noticed I had spent almost 2 hours there! Coffee and service is great too.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank edem1989
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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Getting lost in book world....what a lovely place to be! Thanks so much, we look forward to you getting lost in Whileaway again soon.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“favourite!”
Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

I absolutely love this place! the coffee is simply the best in town, saying that as a barista myself and having tried every other coffeeshop in port douglas...the atmosphere is relaxed and inspiring I usually end up sitting there with my boyfriend for hours...it is a must-go for all coffee and book lovers!

Visited July 2014
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2 Thank florencemarion
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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thankyou so much, praise from another barista is most valued, see you again some day.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great Bookshop”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

This coffee shop is in a book shop. It is definitely coffee and cake, they do sandwiches but that is as much of a meal as you will get. Coffee was the best we had in Port Douglas and the cakes were very scrumptious

Visited June 2014
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2 Thank WildcatNZ
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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
We are totally made up that you loved our coffee and cakes, thankyou so much for sharing your experience.

But what a shame you missed our home-made gluten free vegetable frittatas and our individual egg & bacon quiches, as well as our very yummy thick raisin toast and toasted banana bread, as they are amongst our extremely popular, regular breakfast and lunchtime treats.

Hopefully we will see you again in Port Douglas sometime and you can accompany your coffee with one of our savoury delights.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Books, coffee and great food”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We frequented whileaway for morning coffee which was always excellent. Their cabinet food was also a cut above the norm, and it was great to be able to pick up a book to read while enjoying people watching and good coffee.

Visited June 2014
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3 Thank Gae802
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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thankyou for taking the time to send this very kind review, we are absolutely delighted to hear you had a pleasant visit with us and look forward to seeing you next time you stop and stay in our wonderful tropical paradise.
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Sydney, Australia
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“Oh dear!!”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Don't get me wrong........not all bad. The cakes are scrummy as most reviewers say, and the service is warm and welcoming, the ambience is lovely too...........but the coffee :( ...........maybe we're coffee snobs, but it was weak, weak, weak!!

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Sally S
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DSK797, Owner at Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thankyou so much for visiting us and sharing your impressions of Whileaway.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed our relaxing atmosphere, cakes and our friendly service, but also hoping that you were able to let our dedicated staff know that your coffee was not to your particular needs, in order to give them opportunity to make you another that would satisfy your expectations.

We are committed to making sure that every single Whileaway visitor has their coffee made to their own individual requirements and take great pride in our efforts to create a very personal coffee experience for everyone, that is why the only 'rule' about what we offer our valued customers, is that it should be the absolute best.

We hope next time you are in Port you come and visit us again.
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