Holidays are the best. If you’re a bit of a health-nut fittie, you definitely want to know all the best places to eat and move while you’re away so you don’t come home feeling worse than when you left!
When I go away, I loosen up my routine a little. And my recent family trip to beautiful Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland here in Australia was no exception.
A lot of ice cream was consumed! And pizza. And wine. Because #balance. And because #icecream 😉
Thankfully, I also managed to hunt down some deliciously fresh and healthy places to eat (hallelujah) which my body was, frankly, craving after all that sugar and dairy.
So, if you’re heading up north any time soon, here’s my handy little guide on where to eat and what to do. Wish I’d had this at the beginning of the holiday, I kissed a couple of culinary frogs until I found these whole foods princes.
My Top 4 Healthy Places to Eat in Port Douglas
This little gem of a café was our favourite discovery. A great range of super delicious bowls, rice paper rolls and more.
My fave was the Asian Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups. So so good. Ingredients are fresh, flavours authentic and you feel brilliant just eating it.
My son had the Satay Chicken Bowl and has never been more enthusiastic about a salad in his life! You can also get some coconut kefir if you think your gut health might do with a bit of a boost after all those holiday cocktails.
Literally, a MUST visit, love this place.
Our only visit was on our last day! If we’d visited on our first day, I expect we’d have been there every day!
Cannot tell you how good our brunch was here. I had the Macro Bowl (and added a poached egg) and I have been craving it ever since. Hubby had the Kasundi Eggs – AMAAAAAAZING! We shared our two dishes and couldn’t get enough, the flavours and textures were all perfect.
The Kids Eggs and the Acai Bowl were also fab. Definitely grab a table here and fill your tummy with goodness, it’s another must-visit café.
Such a cute café in a picturesque location. If you’re staying in the town centre, catch the little steam train there. Go for breakfast, the coffee is good.
And the Samoan Porridge, oh the Samoan Porridge is the most delicious way to get low GI oats in to your belly to start your day right. Hubby had the Vegetarian Breakfast Stack and my stepdaughter had the Huevos Rancheros, both super yum.
Our little boy had the kids’ pancakes and maple syrup haha, not necessarily the healthiest but seriously tasty, like, SERIOUSLY! And the Chia Lattes are to die for.
A freshly squeezed juice and a super yummy mango smoothie were great with our Buddha Bowls. The lunch menu is good real food. If I were to visit again, I’d go for breakfast or maybe morning tea to enjoy a raw treat that I was eyeing off in the fridge by the counter!
Best Coffee in Port Douglas
Us Aussies (or Brit expats spoilt by the great coffee culture Down Under!) are such coffee snobs, aren’t we?! Wherever we travel, we’re on a mission to find the best coffee.
My husband drinks a double shot Macchiato, and I have a full fat Latte – often our opinions of the best coffee are different, so I’m going to tell you BOTH our favourites, and you can at least narrow down your search!
Hubs’ fave double mac – Choo Choo’s
Move Your Body on Four Mile Beach
Whilst there are a few gyms and yoga studios in Port Douglas, you really can’t go past a beach workout.
Four Mile Beach is a great loooooong flat beach for getting active on. Perfect for a long walk or soft sand run.
Or hire a bike and ride down it like the locals, so much fun! You’ll also find Windswell, if you want to try your hand at kitesurfing. Or why not write up your own workout and do your own little burpee beach bootcamp?
And finally, who could resist a beach yoga session? A daily yoga class is run by Prema Shanti yoga (who also have a yoga and meditation retreat in the Daintree) and it’s a great class of solid yoga poses and stretches with plenty of encouragement for newbies too.
We also loved…
Not necessarily health-related, but while you’re there, you must:
- Do a snorkelling trip on the Great Barrier Reef (we went with Silversonic and it was EPIC)
- Have a fancy dinner at Zinc or 2 Fish
- Grab an ice cream cone at Wicked, possibly every single day
- Go for pizza at The Beach Shack (also order a Chocolate Slab for dessert, but maybe share it!) – great menu for kids
- Wander the Sunday morning markets
- Enjoy dinner and watch the boats go by at On The Inlet
- Release your inner child on Trippo World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide
If you’re off to Port Douglas, happy holidays. We’ll be back soon. x