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Best Asian restaurant in Cairns

The tastes of Asia with a playful spin, Paper Crane offers a modern Asian fusion experience like no other. Making the most of tropical north Queensland’s fresh produce, our sweet, spicy and sometimes unexpected zing transports you to the bustling streets of afar.

Highlighting Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese inspired dishes the aromatic flavours will leave you wanting more. Signature proteins and local produce feature heavily, with abundance of fresh options from the region.

Thirsty? We thought you’d never ask! Our signature cocktails are a mix of sweet or spicy, and a varied global wine list will keep you hydrated.

What they said

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What our guests are saying

“Amazing Thai food served here! Had the Massaman beef brisket it was so tender and full of flavour. 10/10 dining experience ”

Hao Dao, Google

What our guests are saying

“Sensational - amazing Asian fusion restaurant. Plenty of choices including Japanese, Thai and Korean dishes. I had the Thai Panang curry was absolutely mouth watering ”

Philip Hodgson, Facebook

What our guests are saying

“Delicious Asian fusion plates, so very tasty and lots of GF options”

Adrienne Hayton, Facebook

What our guests are saying

“Great atmosphere and beautiful setting, lovely Asian food and outstanding service. A must whilst in Cairns.”

Belinda Jean Feher, Facebook

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Paper Crane, Ground Floor, 131-141 Esplanade, Cairns QLD

Located on The Cairns Esplanade, a 2.5km stretch of beautiful foreshore with playgrounds and parklands. Paper Crane is a Cairns restaurant that combines Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese food flavours. Look no further for a unique eating experience.


Breakfast Daily from 7:00am - 10:30am
Bar service Daily from 10:00am - late
Dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30pm

We're Cash Free.

Please note Paper Crane does not accept cash. Debit cards and all major credit cards are welcome. 1% surcharge applies on credit cards. 15% surcharge applies on public holidays.

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+61 7 4252 7777

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Paper Crane 131 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia 0.03