Is there anything better than spending your Sunday eating a delicious brunch in the sunshine? Fortunately, this is a weekly occurrence in tropical Townsville. Check out our guide to the best places in the city for breakfast and brunch.
The Balcony Restaurant has been trading in its heritage building for over 30 years, and is one of the most popular breakfast options in Townsville. Some of the more unique breakfast dishes served here include bean Benedict, cinnamon poached pear and asparagus gruyere. The Balcony also has vegan, high tea and a children’s menu, so there truly is an option for everyone.
Tide was founded in 2014 and proudly uses locally-sourced ingredients, including award-winning Bounce coffee. The breakfast menu includes vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options. There’s waffles, a rosti stack, savoury mince and eggs Benedict. The mouth-watering vegetarian Tidal Wave dish comes complete with mushrooms, roast tomato, baby spinach, poached eggs and grilled haloumi on sourdough. Start your morning at Tide and walk off your breakfast on The Strand, which is conveniently located at the end of the street.
MJ & Co is a dog-friendly cafe located in the middle of Flinders Mall. It’s next door to the Sugar Shaker — Townsville’s most distinguishable building and the home of Hotel Grand Chancellor. The family-owned and operated business has a menu filled with both gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo alternatives. The MJ’s Favourites breakfast menu includes a paleo breakfast, a veggie stack, Belgian waffles, and a chorizo and goats cheese scramble.
The Cbar is open from breakfast until dinner every day and is located on the headland at The Strand, one of Townsville’s most popular attractions. The Cbar has both a breakfast and a brunch menu, featuring an assortment of eggs Benedict options, mango and buttermilk pancakes and French toast. There’s also kid’s versions of the breakfast staples too. Enjoy your breakfast with a side of Coral Sea and Magnetic Island views at the Cbar.
Live on the wild side and head to Born Wild Wholefoods + Espresso for brunch in Townsville. The extensive brunch menu has several gluten-free and dairy-free options, with delicious dishes including sweet almond and savoury pancakes, a breakfast burger and a paddock-to-plate savoury mince specialty. Born Wild also has bread alternatives as well, which include paleo, gluten-free and rye toast.
That Place on Sturt has a minimalist interior, with modern and mismatched furnishings. Settle in and enjoy a frappe, cold-brewed iced tea or cold drip coffee with your breakfast. There’s ‘nothing fancy’ scrambled egg and avocado options, breakfast burritos and gypsy eggs, which include chorizo and kidney beans in a spicy tomato sauce. That Place on Sturt also has outdoor seating in a rear courtyard where you can enjoy your brunch in the Australian sunshine.
One of the most popular brunch spots in Townsville, there’s often a line out the door at Betty Blue and The Lemon Tart. But a meal at this cafe is always worth the wait. Betty Blue is known for two things: its well-stocked pastry cabinet that’s filled with handmade cakes and treats, and its doorstop toast, which is so thick it could quite literally stop a door from closing. Start your day with a contemporary dish at Betty Blue, including Caesar eggs, coconut pancakes or baklava French toast.
For a more rural brunch alternative, head up to the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms. The heritage-listed building began its life as the Eureka Hotel in 1865. Breakfast items here include staples like their big breakfast, vegetarian breakfast and waffles. They also do high teas and are known for their tempting scones. Follow up your meal with a cup of their infamous Kopi Luwak — also known as cat poo coffee. This so-called ‘rarest beverage on Earth’ is made from the droppings of the Asian Palm Civet, which lives in the Indonesian jungle and eats coffee beans.
Opening in 2010, JAM Restaurant became a quick favourite with both Townsville residents and visitors. This award-winning restaurant specialises in modern North Queensland cuisine and uses seasonal ingredients. Some of the creative breakfast menu highlights include an orange and ginger pancake with chocolate ice cream, smashed pea and quinoa crostini on house-made olive bread, and their infamous Jam-Packed plate.
Odyssey on the Strand is a Mediterranean cafe located on the Townsville foreshore. The breakfast menu here definitely has an international influence, featuring Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit, a Canadian breakfast, a vegetarian Turkish dish and the Mediterranean-influenced Chef’s Favourite. This includes mushrooms, baby spinach, poached eggs and semi-dried tomato pesto served on Turkish toast.