The Finch proudly serves casual and modern Australian food for breakfast and lunch and it’s open seven days a week! Their delicious Fonzie Abbott Espresso coffee is a favourite amongst Toowoomba locals, along with their sweet and savoury delights. Pull up a stool and people watch over Ruthven Street or sink into one of the booths for an overdue catch-up.
Super cool, Sweet Talk on Margaret Street is one of the most beautiful cafes in town. We’re talking millennial pink walls, lots of bright sunshine and lush green indoor plants, not to mention excellent coffee and brunch options.
Sage & Butler
Sage & Butler nestled in a little village of shops opposite the Toowoomba Grammar School is a chic and airy local café known for its fresh-baked daily muffins, single- origin coffee, and friendly service.
The Baker's Duck
The Baker’s Duck is a Toowoomba institution serving hand-made croissants, pastries, and artisan sausage rolls. We also love their epic Baker’s Breakfast. A must visit.
For those keen for a beautiful weekend drive, Emeraude, based in Hampton, is a 30-minute leisurely drive from Toowoomba is known for creating innovative food in a friendly country setting. Portion sizes are very generous so bring an appetite or a friend!
Ground Up Espresso
Ground Up Espresso which can be found down a super-cool alleyway off Ruthven Street, is the original cool kids’ hangout in Toowoomba. Offering great single-origin coffee, tasty bacon and egg rolls, and avo toast, it’s always packed to the hilt in the best way.
James Street Grocer
James Street Grocer, which is actually on Mary Street in East Toowoomba, is a beautifully refined deli and café known for its gorgeous cakes, quiches, salads, and chic atmosphere. It also serves up top-quality Cat’s Pyjamas coffee.
Toowoomba dinner favourite, Muller Bros is the meat lovers’ mecca in town. Known for delicious Brazilian Churrasco with all the meat you can eat plus tantalising sides! Bring a healthy appetite and a big group of friends.
Zev’s Bistro on Ruthven Street is Toowoomba’s only hatted restaurant. Zev’s is known for its progressive menu and hero-ing seasonal produce. The best bit? Zev’s top-shelf cocktail and wine selection is off the charts.
Places to Drink
If you’re after drinks, Toowoomba has a lot of things to offer beyond the traditional country pub (though we love those too). A cold craft beer or rooftop cocktail on a Sunday afternoon have to be some of the best things to do in Toowoomba.
If you’ve brought your beloved fur child to the wedding, Bar Wunder, a dog-friendly beer garden in the heart of Toowoomba, is the place for you. Think chilled drinks, great beats and lots of cute doggos and an all-around good time.
Rosalie House is a local boutique winery and vineyard on Lavenders Road Lilyvale. It’s a great place to head to for a chic Sunday sesh replete with the acoustic music courtesy of the town’s best local musicians.
You can’t come to Toowoomba without visiting Toowoomba’s iconic gastropub, Fitzy’s, on Margaret Street. It’s the perfect spot for chatting with friends over a round of cold beers and enjoying a solid seasonal menu.
The Spotted Cow
The Spotted Cow or ‘The Cow’ as it’s known to locals is one of the best steak restaurants in town, showcasing the Darling Downs famous beef. It’s also got a great pub atmosphere from lunch through to dinner and beyond. If your seeking family-friendly options The Cow is a must, with a kids menu and lots of paper and pencils for drawing.
Places to Shop
If you’re hunting for things to do in Toowoomba, look no further than a spot of shop. Yes, Toowoomba Australia is a small country town but it still has a sophisticated selection of homewares and boutique fashion labels to visit at a leisurely country pace.