Wining and Dining
8 Awesome Coffee Spots in Ipswich
If you have your travel priorities in order, finding the best coffee in town should beat the top of your list when exploring a new place. That’s exactly what was first on our agenda during our recent visit to Ipswich.
We went on a coffee crawl around the city, doing all the delicious detective work for you. Here are seven of the best coffee spots we uncovered on our heavily-caffeinated culinary adventure.
“I want to fix you up for six, one for now and five for next week”, the woman in front of us said, handing over her caffeine investment for the coming week at Seed Coffee. A woman after my own heart, I thought and a clear sign of a loyal customer. We took a seat in the warm seating area across the arcade, country wooden tables, modern charcoal walls and ivy hanging from a decorative beam in the middle made it feel cosy and relaxing.
Locals filled the lounge chairs in the walkway, snug with rugs and cradling large steaming cups of java. A frothy cappuccino soon arrived and it certainly hit the spot. Seed is on busy Limestone Street but they offer off street parking.
Rafter and Rose
We slipped into the last available table at this gorgeous little cafe. Customers spilled from the central seating area out onto the footpath. I suspect Rafter and Rose is regularly this busy. It’s a special spot. Partly exposed brick walls had been bagged in white, stable style doors painted black, simple string bulb lights hung from the ceiling over French country tables. Shelves full of books and magazine invite you to settle in for a while with jars of homemade jams ready to be carried home.
We tried the specialty pour over coffee with a sparkling water chaser which was light and less acidic. For those looking to indulge, old school cakes will be calling you from the cabinet alongside cold pressed juices and a range of savoury snacks.
Ellen and Rod
From the moment Jolie started making my homemade sticky chai to finishing off my husband’s piccolo, it was obviously she is a coffee craftsman. Jolie and her partner Pete took over the corner spot on Ellenborough and Rod (hence it’s name), six months ago. The decor at Ellen and Rod is simple with a carefully curated menu of coffees scribbled onto subway tiles covering the wall behind the counter. Cute colourful cushions on milk crates and a handful of tables on the footpath invite you to take your latte al fresco.
The coffee at Ellen and Rod was the best we tasted in Ipswich and for those who don’t partake, the homemade sticky chai, with a touch of turmeric, was one of the best I’ve tried anywhere. This unsuspecting cafe is a must visit while you are in the city.
We stepped into Fourthchild from the Sunday morning chill to find the place already buzzing with locals enjoying breakfast. A loud and beautiful artwork runs the length of the exposed brick wall to one side, large dark wooden tables sit comfortably in the large lofty space. We were happy to see Campos coffee being brewed as it’s one of our favourite brands and the pour was pretty good too. So much so, we stayed for a second cup and a bite to eat.
Large, warm and inviting we grabbed a table by the windows at Nourish. Bathing in morning light we people watched while sipping on a Keto Coffee. Knowing it was fair trade Jasper Coffee almost made it taste that much better. Although I challenge you not to try a piece of raw cake or something from their delicious breakfast menu while you are here. The food is just as satisfying.
Deann’s Coffee House
Walking through the doors of Deann’s Coffee House is like stepping back in time. You feel like you’re in a 1950’s kitchen, enjoying coffee and a catch up. Sitting at a Laminex and chrome kitchen table we sipped on a piccolo and spent most of the visit perusing the memorabilia covering the walls. The coffee was strong, the milk creamy and the atmosphere was warm. A visit to Deann’s is more than a coffee break, it’s an experience.
Beans and Greens
Beans and Greens in the CBD is a surprising nook that serves a cabinet full of delicate, raw treats and strong coffee. The lattes are perfectly extracted and on point, very impressed!
Aptly named the Urban Pantry, this cafe is a cosy addition to Brisbane St. Owner Lynn has just taken over the local favourite and is giving the cafe and its menu a revamp. Serving up a great cup of organic BUN coffee from Byron with their new brunch menu. For those who aren’t coffee fans, they have beautiful Empress organic teas too.