Ah-Room, Cairns City

CAIRNS | You don’t need to be in the big city to discover those laneway gems. You’d likely miss Ah-Room if it wasn’t for the A Frame on the main street at the start of the laneway.

The business was started by Korean pastry chef El Jin in 2018 as a home cake making business. In August 2020, El Jin’s cakes became so in demand that she opened a bricks and mortar, hole in the wall cafe.

Inside, you’ll find an assortment of cakes and baked treats. Mostly French style deserts with flavours bouncing between traditional French flavours, and Korean and Japanese influences. Think things like Earl Grey, raspberry, yuzu, matcha, and black sesame.

As well as desserts, there’s also flavoured sodas using syrups like yuzu and plum, matcha lattes, and coffee using beans from local roastery Tattoed Sailor Coffee Roasters.

And yes, you can still order whole cakes in advance for special occasions.


11/84 Lake Street 
Cairns City
Queensland 4870

Telephone: 0422 040 343
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Fri: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sat: 11:00am to 4:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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