One thing Ipswich has is an abundance of is great cafes and no two of them are the same. Here are 20 Ipswich cafes to check out for a cuppa and a bite in and around the heritage city.
Breakfast at Stephanies
Breakfast at Stephanies at Robelle Domain has injected a bright spring garden like feel into this space with movie references on the menu adding a fun element.
Surrounded by a white picket fence and plenty of shade looking out to the Robelle Domain oval and water park area, this cafe is a welcome addition to a family-centred hub.
Open seven days a week, this is a great place to meet the family over pancakes and waffles or big breakfasts, or a burger and a lunchtime coldie.
Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central
Monday to Sunday 8am to 4pm
Phone: (07) 3470 5402
Brookwater Golf Cafe & Bar
Love coffee and golf? Then Brookwater Golf Club is the place for you.
The Brookwater Café & Bar is an idyllic place to relax if you’ve played golf or not. Whether you sit indoors or outside on the terrace, you’ll have an expansive view of the impeccable greens of the 18th hole as well as the greenery of the trees that typically surround the entire course and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a resident kangaroo or two.
Enjoy a Merlo coffee with classic breakfast favourites or light snacks from the bar menu or indulge in a glass of champagne over lunch with some friends. There’s a children’s menu too.
1 Tournament Drive, Brookwater
Breakfast – Mon-Sun 7am to 11am
A-la-carte lunch – Mon-Sun 11am to 3pm
Bar – Sun-Thurs 11am-5pm
Dinner – Fri & Sat 5:30pm-9pm
Phone: (07) 3470 9421
Modern and trendy, Cactus Espresso is not only home to tasty homemade pastries, cakes, savoury snacks and coffee, it is somewhat of an arty hub. You’ll notice local artists’ work on display, you’ll hear funky music playing and you’ll notice a small stage – that’s because Cactus Espresso also hosts regular live music events and speakers.
This is also a favourite with cyclists. If you love your Sunday morning bike ride, Cactus Espresso is the place for a well-earned post-ride coffee with plenty of space outside for you, your bike and your cyclist mates.
173-175 Brisbane Street,
Phone: (07) 3282 8299
Colleges By the River
If the calming effect of looking out over the water is what you need then Colleges by the River is the perfect place to visit. No matter where you sit in this outdoor café, you’ll be able to enjoy the picturesque Brisbane River and the birdlife frolicking around it.
Colleges by the River is very much a family friendly (and dog friendly) location for a simple but delicious breakfast and lunch with an impressive playground right next door for the kids as well as expansive parkland for the kids to run, kick a ball or bike ride on the paths that go around the recreation facility.
When there are times when you’d prefer to escape the crowds and the noise, Colleges by the River is the perfect spot to enjoy good food and the outdoors at the same time.
408-492 Mount Crosby Road, Chuwar
Monday to Sunday 9am to 3pm
Phone: (07) 3281 2011
Dancing Bean Specialty Roasters & Espresso Bar
You’ll get a nice surprise when you stumble upon Dancing Bean because it’s completely unexpected, a hidden gem at the back of the German-theme restaurant Heisenberg Haus where you can enjoy coffee that’s roasted on site as well as a breakfast and lunch menu.
Although tucked away, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun that shines onto the outdoor seating, an outdoor area with a really great vibe. Parents in need of coffee have been well considered, there’s a huge blackboard wall inside the café and a kid’s area to keep them occupied while you get your coffee fix.
If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur this place is unique in that you can see the coffee beans as they’re being roasted at the back of the café, just don’t forget to take some home for yourself.
164 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
Tues to Fri 7am-2.30pm
Phone: 0413 000 979
Where in Ipswich can you enjoy a High Tea? It’s here at Dinmore Cottage.
This workers cottage in Dinmore has been transformed into a quaint little escape, perfect to catch up with a group of friends over tea and cake. There’s a high tea for all budgets and appetites; A Decadent High Tea, Deluxe High Tea, Mini High Tea, Devonshire Tea or light meals if you prefer.
A visit to Dinmore Cottage is like a step back in time; the cottage, the furnishings, the china, and the tradition of high tea, it’s a lovely way to experience some old world charm.
Good to know: Dinmore Cottage even hosts a number of workshops including Pottery Making and Kokedama Workshops. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
1A Dinmore Street, Dinmore
Wed to Sat 10am-4pm
Phone: 0424 968 250
Set in the 88 Limestone precinct, Dovetails restaurant is an elegant light-filled space that brings a fresh contemporary aesthetic to this restored heritage precinct. The restaurant has earned followers for its modern produce-driven lunch and dinner menus but it is equally popular as a morning coffee spot. Enjoy breakfast out on the shady deck that wraps around an historic poinciana tree overlooking manicured lawns. Also good to know: Lord Lamington Suite upstairs is a large function space and next door is the popular Pumpyard Bar & Brewery.
88 Limestone St, Ipswich
Ph (07) 3819 0264
Ellen & Rod
Ellen & Rod, it’s not the name of this café’s owners but the result of a creative play on the street names this café is situated on – Ellenborough and Roderick Streets. There’s no better place in the Ipswich CBD to enjoy good food and good coffee while soaking up the sun on Ellen & Rod’s sidewalk – dogs invited!
Another Ipswich café known for embracing fresh local produce, Ellen & Rod’s menu is always changing with mouth-watering breakfast & lunch items showcasing the produce in the best way possible. Think avocado, salsa and a poached egg with caramelised balsamic, poached eggs on pumpkin sourdough or a huge classic BLT with chicken.
Housemade cakes and pastries are also a speciality at Ellen & Rod, flaky almond croissants for breakfast anyone? Top it off with a remarkably good coffee or a cup of handmade chai latte and you’re set for the day and very likely to return!
Ellen & Rod
Cnr. Ellenborough and Roderick Streets, Ipswich
Sat to Sun 6.30am-1pm
Phone: 0420 680 251
Evolve Cafe at Market Organics
Evolve Organic is the destination for vegan and vegetarian food in Ipswich. Tasty, fresh and healthy, the creations you’ll find here will make your mouth water even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian.
Who said nachos needed to have meat to be delicious or that a burger needs a meat pattie to be really good? What about a Vegan Bagel with cashew cream cheese, caramelised onion, garlic mushrooms and roasted veggies? Pretty good, huh? Evolve Café are also known for their cold-pressed organic juices, the best way to get a hit of nutrients and leave you feeling energised.
The food at Evolve is not only what will bring you here, it’s the relaxing outdoor garden and the vast organic supermarket – Market Organics – that Evolve is situated within.
53 Downs Street, North Ipswich
Phone: 0448 800 324
Fourthchild Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Bar is a landmark space in the busy Top of Town dining, art and shopping stretch in the heart of the heritage city. The large airy dining area features an impressive large-scale painting stretching along one of the exposed brick walls but it’s also the well-stocked cabinets that catch your eye here. Cakes baked on site and well-made Campos coffee seal the deal.
6/126 Brisbane St, Ipswich
Ph (07) 3281 9934
Journey’s Kitchen & Bar
There’d be very few Springfield locals that don’t know about Journey’s Kitchen and Bar. It’s bright, bold and modern with a warehouse feel, industrial style lights hanging throughout. The kids have been thought of too, there’s a play corner and the lagoon is just a short stroll down the hill for a swim afterwards.
It’s always great to find establishments that cater to everyone and for almost every occasion. Journey’s is a child friendly restaurant and breakfast, lunch is served here with dinner on Friday evenings.
For breakfast think waffles, pumpkin pie pancakes or a tower burger. For lunch perhaps sticky pork belly is your style, Journey’s vegan Buddha bowl or southern style chicken. Friday night dinners are always popular with ribs, tapas and fresh pasta regularly making the dinner menu. There are also kids menus too and don’t forget to ask the staff about free fruit for kids.
51 Barry Alexander Drive, Springfield
Mon to Sun 6am-5pm
Fri 6am-5pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm
Located on the original lake at Springfield Lakes, head to Moselles if you’re looking for a laid back breakfast, lunch or dinner experience.
Specialising in a mix of Vietnamese and Western cuisine, the two best things about Moselles is the view of the lake and that it’s the perfect place for a restaurant-style dinner in the suburbs. There are plenty of tables taking in the view and where you can soak up the sun.
A plus to this restaurant is the fenced kids playground right out the front. It’s a perfect way to entertain kids who can’t sit still while you enjoy your breakfast or lunch.
18 Springfield Lakes Boulevarde, Springfield Lakes
Phone: (07) 3381 9046
Queens Park Cafe
Big, bright and airy is the drawcard for this café, as well as an extensive menu to choose from, this Ipswich café is a local favourite because it ticks so many boxes.
Situated right in the middle of Queens Park, the Queens Park Café is the perfect start (or finish) to a day enjoying all that this vast parkland has to offer – Nerima Gardens, Ipswich Nature Centre, Queens Park Education Centre and the playground.
This cafe has loads of space, perfect for big groups or parents with prams. The open veranda is extremely inviting, opening up the café to lovely soft breezes and natural light. There are colouring books and crayons for the kids to get busy with too.
10a Merle Finimore Avenue, Ipswich
Phone: 3281 5167
Rafter & Rose
Delightfully charming with splashes of greenery, Rafter & Rose is one of the most popular of all Ipswich cafes. Everything you eat here is lovingly baked daily and fresh local produce is the star of every dish. You’ll be hard pressed to find a favourite here because everything is so amazingly delicious. Pumpkin pie (pictured), pistachio & rosewater cake, baked cheesecake, almond croissants, jam donuts, breakfasts with bacon jam…you can see the love that goes into making every piece of food here. There are plenty of vegan and gluten free options.
The thing people love about Rafter & Rose is that it’s completely unique; this family business is like no other café in Ipswich. From the lovingly curated garden in the laneway with plants in old saucepans and trailing out of lanterns to the fresh pumpkins for sale, homemade chutneys, jams and locally sourced honey, it’s easy to feel completely at home here.
1/17 Ellenborough Street, Ipswich
Phone: 0401 073 644
Raw Energy Springfield
It’s all about fresh and healthy food at Raw Energy Springfield. It’s where you can visit for a smoothie or juice after a splash around at the Orion Lagoon or where you can visit for a healthy and wholesome lunch.
Raw Energy is about fresh and healthy food that caters to everyone. From bacon and eggs and wagyu beef burgers to spiced chickpea bowls and quinoa, sweet potato & kale burgers, come here if you’re conscious of what food you eat.
Raw Energy is bright and colourful, the food is healthy and delicious and it’s likely you’ll definitely feel energised both physically and mentally, after a visit here. It’s certainly a welcome addition for the health and lifestyle conscious and those wanting to improve on their food choices.
Ground Level, GE Tower 6 Yoga Way. Springfield Central
Monday to Sunday 7am to 3pm
(07) 3413 1021
Rustic Vintage Charm
A welcome addition to the ever-growing list of Ipswich cafes is Rustic Vintage Charm which is, as the name suggests, filled with rustic, vintage goods. Old world charm goes into the mix from the old building which this café/gift shop now occupies.
You can grab a coffee and a piece of cake here while you sit and admire the trinkets, artwork, second hand pieces and décor that line every wall and corner of this shop, many pieces by local artists. This is also a hub for creativity, hosting crochet and other workshops, a great activity to do with friends over coffee.
39 Downs Street, North Ipswich
Tuesday to Friday 7am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 3pm
Sunday 8am to noon
Special Branch Collective
Do yourself a favour and take the quick trip down the highway to Marburg where you’ll find the Special Branch Collective, a little gem of a place that sells premium potted plants, quality garden gifts and vintage finds. While you’re there you can enjoy a cup of Dancing Bean coffee or if tea’s more your thing, they have plenty on offer.
Special Branch Collective is heaven for gardeners, antique treasure hunters and people seeking homewares and art pieces with a difference. It’s also home to pieces by local artists.
It’s somewhat of a family affair bringing this treasure trove together. The owner of Special Branch Collective Emily Birnie sources the plants from her sister and brother-in-law’s nursery, Green Cloud Nursery. Emily’s father also owns the adjoining Scotland Yard Antiques where you’ll likely score a unique find.
64-66 Edmond Street, Marburg
The Girls’ Coffee Bar
The Girls’ Coffee Bar on the Warrego Highway at Marburg is a popular stopping point for those heading from Brisbane to Toowoomba. There’s plenty of space for the whole family and it is open seven days a week. Short on time? You can text your coffee order in to 0488ORDERS so it’s ready when you get there. Be sure to check out what’s on the shelves too – there is always a tasty selection of condiments and sweet treats to buy. Oh and there’s a sister cafe with the same name at Fernvale too!
Shop 1, 207 Edmund St, Marburg
Ph (07) 5464 4465
The Yard on Glebe
A hidden gem in the suburbs, The Yard on Glebe has a homely vibe and amazing fresh food options.
It’s not your typical classics here – everything has a unique spin. Think Moroccan Eggs with beautiful golden pumpkin hummus or Black Forest waffles with macerated berries, chocolate ganache, berry coulis and Chantilly cream. The avo smash comes with beetroot feta, dukkah and whipped feta. The Yard on Glebe offers an all-day breakfast, light lunches, homemade cakes, artisan pastries, fresh juices and specialty coffee. It is worth the detour if you’re after food with a twist.
Shop 1/176 Glebe Rd, Booval
Who would have thought that a shipping container come café servery in an Ipswich City laneway could be transformed into something so funky and eclectic?
Laneway 116 is the perfect place to inhale some happy vibes; it’s dotted with colour and greenery everywhere you look. Tucked away from the main street, this café and bar is the perfect place to escape for a quiet cuppa, beer, wine or…decadent milkshake.
Most famous in Ipswich for its indulgent milkshakes including the Candy Shop, Salted Caramel and
the Nutella Tim Tam milkshake, if you’re having a diet free day, 116 Laneway is the place to visit. There are plenty of healthy options too including breakfasts, smoothies, fresh salads, bagels, burgers, wraps, kids meals and more. Right next to the Ipswich Art Gallery and Indian Mehfil, it’s perfect for pre or post show and dinner drinks!
116 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
Want more? For more coffee and dining options across the region check out this list of Ipswich cafes and restaurants.