Cairns can be a very expensive place to eat but there are some options for backpackers getting their stomach filled without emptying your wallet. •Food Court at the night market- there are many self serve Asian shops with prices from about $12. •The food stalls at Rusty’s Markets (Frid-Sat-Sun only). Of special mention is the Saigon Hut Vietnamese stall which has the yummiest vietnamese dishes in Cairns for less than $10.•The food court on the top floor of Cairns Central. •The Eatz - a collection of 4 or 5 Asian food stalls on Lake Street, south of the Spence st. intersection with most dishes around $10.•Orchid Plaza- a number of Asian cafes with very reasonably priced food. Korea Korea is a standout with exceptional food.•PJ Obriens-pub on Shield st. Ask at your backpackers for a food voucher-$9 will get you a great pub meal and a drink. Gilligans (the nightmarket) has a similar deal. •Ganbaranba- a Japanese noodle shop with prices from about $10.•Civic shopping centre (especially Combo Yummy noodle shop) on the corner of Mcleod st and Florence st has dishes fro $5.•Dominoes Pizza- get on their website and order it online for a very cheap pizza. Tuesdays is even cheaper. Pick up your pizza at their shop at the Civic shopping Centre•Go to Rusty’s fresh fruit and veg market (Fri/Sat/Sun) and get lots of fruit cheaply. If you go on a Sunday around 1-2 pm when the stalls are getting ready to close up for the weekend you can get a large bag of your favourite fruit for next to nothing.