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Top 15 Independent Cafes in Toowoomba

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Published January 30th 2023
Fuel your caffeine craving in Toowoomba: 15 must-visit cafes
Whether you're looking for the best brew, friendliest service, or chillest ambience, you're in safe hands with this list of Toowoomba's best independent cafes. From an online group of more than 36,000 Toowoomba residents, the most dedicated coffee lovers stepped up to vote for the city's top cafes.

Of course, chain stores like Pump and Zaraffas are popular local caffeine dealers. But let's highlight those smaller establishments that don't have the mega-sized marketing budgets.So from a long list of great Toowoomba caffeine dealers, here are the top 15 independent cafes - plus what makes them special.

1. Park House Cafe

Across the road from the wonderful Queens Park with its multiple playgrounds and stunning garden beds, Park House Cafe is a lovely spot for a ladies' lunch, especially outdoors under the umbrellas.

park house cafe; dessert with berries
Image: Park House Cafe

2. In a Dash

The recently opened In a Dash is in the heart of the CBD. A nice quiet spot for a coffee after escaping the bustling Grand Central shopping centre nearby.

3. Six of One

Get closer to your coffee by seeing how it's roasted. Located in the trendy Mills Precinct (historically, the flour mill), Six of one has 25 coffees to try, including a bunch of coffee flights (smaller serves of several varieties).

4. Cafe Valetta

A few steps away from Park House Cafe, Cafe Valetta also capitalises on the Queens Park foot traffic. Their high tea is a bit fancy and perfectly complemented by the stunning heritage building.

cafe valetta; pancakes
Image: Cafe Valetta

5. Copper Bench

When you've got a 4.8 star Google maps rating from hundreds of reviews, you know you're doing something right - no doubt the delicious food and heartfelt service. Copper Bench is a short walk from The Strand Cinema downtown.

6. Urth Cafe & Co

If you're looking to pull over for a breather on the way through town, you'll barely have to leave the A21 highway to pull into Urth Cafe & Co. Popular for its brekkies and brunches, including smoothie bowls and vegetarian breakfast options.

7. Wendland Fine Foods

So Wendland is actually a deli with all the cheeses, bread, olives, and speciality pantry ingredients your taste buds desire. But it's also an eatery and cafe that does fantastic classic breakfasts (think ham and cheese croissants).

bread; wendland fine foods; deli
Image: Wendland Fine Foods

8. Sage Butler Neighbourhood Cafe

This East Toowoomba joint is well known to the locals who love the top-notch service. As well as single-origin coffee they offer freshly baked treats and office catering. Dogs welcome!

9. Burrow

Another East Toowoomba fave, Burrow has amazing meals - not just the same-old on every menu - so don't be surprised if there's a queue! A small area of indoor seating leads through to a mezzanine outdoor seating area.

Image: Burrow

10. Hammerich's coffee drive thru

Hammerich's has four Queensland locations but is still a family-run business.

You can get your brew without even getting out of your car. As well as Di Bella coffee, there are frappes for a hot day and food options if you're hungry. And save the planet plus 50c every time you bring a reusable cup.

11. Nourish

Easy parking here, just down the road from the hospital, underneath BCF and The Fit Lab. Always busy (for good reason), yet the service at Nourish is always unfailingly helpful and cheerful, and there are quiet tables down the back.

The chocolate peanut butter protein balls are a delicious treat.

12. Ruby Lane Flower Co
Another popular cafe that's not a cafe - this one is a florist. Ruby Lane Flower Co has all the beautiful things - vibrant posies, fresh coffee, and gifts.

Find it downtown, not far from Grand Central off Victoria St.

ruby lane flower co
Image - Ruby Lane Flower Co.

13. Ground Up Espresso Bar

Consistently amazing coffee, friendly service, and beautifully fresh baked goodies. Treat your eyes to some of the city's fantastic mural art while you wait for your Ground Up takeaway, or stay and dine outdoors in the laneway (there are a few tables inside too).

ground up espresso bar
Image: Ground Up

14. Sleepless City Roasters

For those who know their Colombian beans from their Ethiopian, you can pick up a bag of coffee just right for you. Sleepless City Roasters look for seasonality, sustainability and taste when selecting beans to roast. As well as dining at the cafe, in a humble Harristown group of shops, you have the drive through for those times you really need a boost on the go.

15. Another Life Coffee and Wares

Do some good in the world while treating yourself to coffee and cake or lunch. Another Life Coffee and Wares gives job skills and confidence to staff with disabilities or illnesses.

It's on the north side of town over the railway line from Bunnings.

Extra special mentions go to:

Framed Espresso Bar

Got some shopping to do at the homemaker centre? Or just want to visit that amazing cafe that noone else knows about?

Framed Espresso Bar is the relaxing hideaway you're looking for. Great coffee too!

Framed Espresso Bar

Second Shot

Another social enterprise, 2nd Shot provides training and employment to people experiencing homelessness.

Located in the heart of the CBD, within walking distance from everything downtown, and open until 1pm.

2nd shot cafe
Image: 2nd Shot

No doubt there are dozens of other amazing Toowoomba cafes that didn't make the list.

Add it to the comments - which one should have been mentioned here?

Mural at Ground Up Espresso Bar
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Toowoomba has really come of age in recent years as a cafe hub alongside some fantastic public art.
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