Ipswich is on the verge of a renaissance. With its well-preserved heritage buildings and gracious parks, a new wave of cafes and boutiques, tapas and wine bars, an award-winning museum and art gallery, it has more than enough attractions to make it high on the must-visit list.
The funky little precinct of cafes, boutiques, hotels and wine bars known as Top of Town occupies two blocks of Ipswich’s oldest and best maintained heritage buildings, just on the west side of the city centre along Brisbane Street.
Within Top of Town are a bevy of character-filled cafes and coffee nooks. You’ll find Byron Byron Bay style coffee bars and gourmet providores that serve delicious sweet treats and gluten free meals, cheese from the Gold Coast hinterlands, and coffee brewed to perfection. Head around the corner to Ellenborough Street and you’ll find charming laneway espresso nooks which mirror those found in Melbourne and Sydney, with the inviting aroma of espresso to tease your senses along with delicious sandwiches and refreshments to satisfy your palate.
For an old-fashioned taste of 1950’s Ipswich, Top of Town also houses vintage stores which will take you back to your childhood – cafes which are a vision of nanna’s kitchen, with retro formica tables and vinyl chairs, accompanied by vintage window displays and home-made food. For the best eclectic shopping stick to the Top of Town precinct – you’ll find quirky homewares and collectables, gorgeous eclectic emporiums of unique fashion, furniture and gifts, home wares and accessories.
If the in-crowd is your thing, you can find rustic artsy bistros and tapas bars, boutique beers, and wine bars – Top of Town has it all.