Where to get the best breakfast in Townsville
Fuel up for the day at one of these top Townsville cafes, with plenty of kid-friendly, gluten-free, organic and hipster milk options on tap.
Townsville city has lots of cafes but MJ&Co. have all bases covered with paleo, gluten and dairy-free, and portion sizes that give great value for money. The cafe is perched in the middle of the newly redeveloped pedestrian mall, which is a sea of stalls and people when the markets are held every Sunday.
We secured a spot on the shady veranda to people watch and feast on a massive paleo plate of local bacon and Townsville-grown vegetables to give us the energy to make our way through the busy markets.
Local produce? Townsville fruit and veg and local meat.
Milk options? Soy, Zymil, coconut milk smoothie
Menu change? Seasonal, plus rotating specials
High chair? Yes and kids options on the menu
Open: Every day from 6am
Price range: $8-$22
That Place on Sturt
Kitted out with modern Scandinavian furniture and bright decor, patrons are treated with generous helpings of home-style and cafe classic dishes at That Place on Sturt.
If you’re looking for a hearty meal to start the day, try the popular Gypsy Eggs dish that serves up a spicy combination of tomato, chilli, kidney beans and chorizo sauce with a poached egg. It’s the perfect dish if you like a little spice to help charge up your morning.
Local produce? House-grown garnish (micro herbs)
Milk options? Zymil, almond
Menu change? Specials change weekly (but keep customer favourites!)
High chair? Yes, plus free babyccinos
Kids menu? Eggs, waffles, toast, boiled egg with soldiers
Open: Every day and night (and it’s BYO)
Price range: $8-$18
Palmer Street is the dining hub of Townsville so head to Jam Corner for full table service, linen napkins and attentive waiters without the high cost.
This place keeps winning awards for their food, recently picking up a coveted Chef’s Hat from The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide, and seasonal menu changes mean owner and chef Matt Merrin is always coming up with some new amazing dishes.
Their homemade granola, pistachio and cranberry with local Mungalli Creek yoghurt is a sweet and playfully light option. But we can’t go past the Huevos Rancheros with house-made spicy beans and fried egg.
Local produce? Tomatoes from Bowen, Tablelands produce, local Townsville pineapple and mango (depending on time of the year)
Organic? Selected ingredients and coconut yoghurt
Milk options? House-made almond milk, Zymil
Menu change? Seasonally, 3-4 times per year
High chair? Yes
Kids menu? Yes
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (except Sunday night, and all day Monday)
Price range: $9-$19
Take a break from that early morning stroll along the beautiful Strand and stop into Tide cafe on Gregory Street. If you’re after an organic treat, they’ve got you covered with organic milk and organic beans roasted locally in Townsville.
The menu offers simple cafe classics and the chef makes the most of the ingredients in store, like relishes and jams.
The classic big breakfast is hard to beat, especially if you can snare one of the coveted tables outside in the covered seating area with views of Castle Hill.
Local produce? As much as possible
Organic? Organic milk, coffee and sugar
Milk options? Misty Mountain Farms milk (Mungalli Creek), almond, lactose free, soy
Menu change? Changes based on popularity and season
High chair? Yes
Kids menu: Yes
Open: Every day 5:30-2/3pm
Price range: $7-$19