Come to Toowoomba for the flowers and the history, stay for the food! Whether you’re in the Garden City for the September carnival or just happen to be in town, Toowoomba’s food scene is not to be missed. Featuring everything from quaint cafés to wine bars to fine dining, there’s a flavour for every foodie here!
Heading for the city of florals, fun, and food? In need of somewhere to eat? Here are a few of the best restaurants in Toowoomba to satisfy whatever craving you might feel.
Ground Up Espresso Bar
Name a better way to start your morning than with good coffee. What began as a converted storeroom is now a little shop with a warm and rustic atmosphere. Sit outside on Searle’s Walk under the umbrellas, or have your drink inside by the bar. Pair that expertly-brewed coffee with anything off their all-day menu — and you can buy their coffee to bring home, too!
Ground Up Espresso Bar is located along Ruthven St. in Toowoomba, QLD. Visit their Facebook page for more information regarding orders!
The Baker’s Duck
Welcome to the shop that makes the most out of Toowoomba’s flowers. The Baker’s Duck partners with Belmont Botanical for the bespoke florals in their shop. Check out the seasonal arrangements while you enjoy their selection of artisan pastries — quiches, croissants, and more! Or pick up a loaf of their signature sourdough bread to enjoy in the comfort of your home (and feel free not to share)!
You can find The Baker’s Duck along Campbell Street in Toowoomba, QLD. They’re open Wednesday to Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See their website for order details!
Sofra Turkish Cuisine
Get a taste of Istanbul right in the heart of Queensland. Sofra offers a feast of Turkish cuisine, all authentic and all guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. Share mezze (entrée) platters or order all for yourself — or even gather your friends for their signature Ottoman Banquets. All the food here is packed with spice and flavour. Make sure you get a taste of traditional Turkish coffee, and some baklava for dessert!
Sofra Turkish Cuisine is along Margaret Street in Toowoomba, QLD. Opening hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Give the restaurant a call at 07 4638 0044 or visit their website for order info!
Set up in Clifford House, one of Toowoomba’s most historic buildings, Gip’s is a piece of home away from home. The restaurant is named after the beloved pet dog of the house’s historical owner, James Taylor. Take a trip just to see the beautiful garden and surrounding foliage, then stay for the fantastic casual-dining food.
Dine outside in the courtyard, or inside the converted billiards room of the grand old home. Come for a cafe-style lunch and try the pork ribs and gnocchi; or visit for dinner for the Moreton Bay Bug Ravioli and Penang Style Duck Curry.
Stop by Clifford House along Russell Street in Toowoomba, QLD. Restaurant opening hours are from 10:00 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday, and from 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Give them a call at 07 4638 3588 or check their website for schedules and bookings!
There are few comfort foods like a good pizza, something Piccolo Papa has mastered through the years. Their genuine Neapolitan pizzas are baked daily, using high-quality Italian ingredients and traditional recipes. Or try the pasta handcrafted in-house! There’s also a selection of pastries available daily from the patisserie.
But if you can’t pick — and no one will blame you — just say “feed me” to receive a sampler of all starters and a sharing platter! Just pick a pizza, and make sure everyone on the table is on board (but who wouldn’t be?).
Get your pizza fix from Piccolo Papa at Duggan Lane in Toowoomba, QLD. Store hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday, although the kitchen opens at midday. Contact 07 4564 9911 or visit the website for menu and bookings!
Get your remixed Asian street food, Junk Style. Serving a mix of Thai, Vietnamese, Malay and Chinese cuisine, Junk celebrates the casual eating experience. Settle into the kitsch, aesthetic restaurant to enjoy the small plates. If you’re hungry, get one of their bowl meals or the large plate offerings. Pair it up with a cocktail or something off the tap. And don’t forget to snap photos before eating!
Hop on the Junk Boat over at Ruthven Street in Toowoomba, QLD! Opening hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Call 07 4642 1227 or visit their website for table bookings.
4 Brothers Brewing
Cap off the night with a visit to Toowoomba’s first craft brewery! 4 Brothers Brewing offers a selection of seasonal and year-round beers for every palette. From pale ales to IPAs to lager, they have a drink for you. Grab a drink to go in a growler, or sip in the taproom with some good company and a brew. Try one of the signature ‘Brothers’ drinks — to start!
The 4 Brothers Brewing taproom can be found along Brook Street in North Toowoomba, QLD. Brewing hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays; 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Give them a call at 0488 528 049 or check the website for more details!
Need an excuse to eat?
Not that we need any! But if you’re looking for a reason to hit the town for food, schedule your house for cleaning while you’re out! Maid2Match is the number one rated house cleaning service in Toowoomba, with cleaning services on offer to suit your needs. So leave your house in good hands and get your foodie on — then come back to a freshly-cleaned home when you’re done.