Where to eat in and around Ipswich - Visit Brisbane

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Where to eat in and around Ipswich

As Ipswich continues to grow and expand, so too does its food and drink scene. From fine dining to casual and cafes to bars and breweries – every food lover is sure to be pleased with what they find.

Fine dining

Homage

Overlooking the 12,000 acre working farm from the Spicers’ historic homestead, Homage is the epitome of fine dining combined with great service. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner made from locally sourced, seasonal produce, as well as the onsite market garden, bee hives, pigs and more. Your delectable Sunday lunch will be accompanied by performances from visiting jazz artists. If you're in the centre of town, drop into Dovetails anytime of day to enjoy a Modern Australian menu packed with fresh and local produce.

Pubs and Breweries

Pumpyard

In the Top of Town area, Pumpyard Bar and Brewery is located in the historic former Technical College that opened in 1901. Known as the place to go for top-quality, locally brewed beer in Ipswich, Pumpyard is listed in the Top 50 Beer Venues in Australia by Beer and Brewer Magazine. With chilled, live acoustic music on Sundays, Pumpyard is the perfect spot to enjoy a Sunday session with friends.

Boasting a whopping 72 beers and ciders on tap, Tap’d is the largest craft beer bar in the Southern Hemisphere. There is also an extensive wine list and food options to complement the extensive drinks menu range from pizza to steaks and shared plates. Carrying the beer theme throughout, the highlight of the décor is the brick feature wall adorned with greenery and a beer and cider tap fountain that you can enjoy from the comfort of a leather sofa. 

Casual dining and local bistros

Offering a seasonal menu using produce from Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset areas, the signature restaurant at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International, Harvest Restaurant and Bar, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner right in the heart of Ipswich. Bathed in natural light, enjoy your meal overlooking the gardens and mango trees of Market Square Park.

Boasting floor-to-ceiling glass that allows diners to take in the view overlooking the golf course, The Brookwater Cafe & Bar offers fine food and wine in an unbeatable scenic setting. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Ipswich, this is the perfect venue for an intimate dinner, cocktail party or high tea.

Fouthchild 

Journey’s Kitchen and Bar is a popular meeting place for parents with its kids' play area. For a superb breakfast, lunch or dinner, head to Fourthchild in Top of Town. For meaty goodness and American cuisine, American-style low and slow barbecue restaurant BLVD is essentially a meat-lover’s haven. If you love contemporary pub grub, be sure to try Charlie's Bar & Kitchen. Relax, unwind and enjoy the delicious menu on offer at Char’d Steakhouse created with only the finest paddock-to-plate produce or head along to newly opened Bakehouse Steakhouse for steak frites.

Take a step into the French Quarter at Nu Orleans Burlesque Lounge and sample the Creole and Cajun dishes that capture the flavours of its city’s namesake. Or if burgers are more your style, Ruby Chews puts a modern twist on the classic American Burger Bar and serves delicious, burgers, hot dogs, shakes and fries. 

Ungermann Brothers Ice cream

After you've eaten (or before, we don't judge) make sure to stop into Ungermann Brothers Ice Creamery. Opened by Masterchef runner-up Ben Ungermann, expect crazy, unusual flavours like pumpkin seed oil, lavender and honey, coffee cardamom, and even roasted garlic. Grab a scoop or a tasting plate and soak up the 1950s vibes.

Around the world in Ipswich

A modern Hellenic dining experience in a former 1920s corner store, Arcadia offers up delicious traditional Greek cuisine. Be sure to pair your meal with Greek wine, beer or, if you’re brave, some ouzo. 

Paying homage to German heritage and ancestry in Ipswich, Heisenberg Haus celebrates the city’s German roots and offers great service in a friendly atmosphere. Pride of place is the bar where you can take your pick from a wide selection of German beers. It is hard to go past the pork knuckle and the pretzels, and be sure to try the giant schnitzel if you dare.

Indian Mehfil

Enjoy the delicious, aromatic and authentic flavours of India at Indian Mehfil on Brisbane St or Memories of India just down the road. Not only is the food outstanding, but so is the service — at both venues.

For authentic Italian look no further than Casa Mia. Serving up handmade pizzas and diners’ favourite Scaloppini, Casa Mia caters for all diners, with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available. 

A growing cafe culture

Ipswich’s cafe scene is only getting better. Rafter and Rose is a delightful cafe in the Top of Town and offers up delicious breakfasts, some that feature its famous bacon jam (which you can also purchase for yourself). With eye-popping goodies in the cabinet, visit Cactus Espresso Bar located in the old Adam’s Cake Shop.
Number one on BeanHunter for Best Coffee in Ipswich, Seed Coffee is a humble little cafe that serves up tasty treats, fresh and healthy food and an excellent cup of coffee. Tucked within an antique building on Brisbane St, Urban Pantry is serving up Byron Bay Bun Coffee and classic breakfasts served on paddle boards.

Coffee and brunch lovers are amply catered for at Lotus Cafe, where you can enjoy breakfast, superior coffee and delicious home-cooked meals. Enjoy the fusion of Asian and Australian cuisine from the seasonal menu at Thirty-Seven Café. Milkshake heaven can be found at 116 Laneway Café, where you can also enjoy a coffee or fresh juice.

Beans & Greens

For healthier options, Beans and Greens Organic Café focuses on delicious and nutritious food options, offering up vegan, raw and paleo options. 

Coffee lovers

Urban Pantry

Dancing Bean Espresso Bar is a boutique coffee roaster located on Brisbane St where you can enjoy the coffee made by the baristas or buy beans to take home. A mecca for coffee lovers, Urban Pantry uses Mudlark beans sourced from the Byron Bay Hinterland and boasts a pesticide and herbicide-free flavour. After developing their own tradmark coffee grinds, Ellen and Rod are using True Grit coffee to take over the Ipswich caffeine scene, one bean and fresh pastry at a time.

By Camilla Coaldrake

Brisbane born and bred, Camilla is a passionate westsider who spends her days finding dogs to pat and dishes up hot Brisbane tips via social media. By night find her running around a field, slurping dumplings or ranking Brisbane’s best cocktail bars. Her favourite cheese is triple cream truffle brie, FYI.

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