Toowoomba may be best known for its graceful public gardens and heritage buildings, but beneath the provincial city’s genteel exterior churns plenty of youthful energy.
One of the young voics making her ark in the Garden City is lifestyle blogger, Lynda Crawford.
Via her website, Toowoomba Living, Lynda curates the city’s newest and best boutique businesses and experiences.
Food is a recurring theme – everything from breakfast pastries to late night cocktails.
One of Lynda’s favourite foodie venues is The Bungalow and Basket, a corner café-come-homewares store owned by effervescent cousins, Jodi and Sally. The pair bring very different talents to their Ruthven Street business: Jodi is a whiz with décor and design … and Sally is a brilliant baker.
From the footpath, follow the aroma of oven-fresh cakes and cookies into a den of stylish objet d’art and gifts. Keep browsing (and buying) your way towards the rear of the store where you’ll find Sally making cake magic in the cheerful, open kitchen.
There are daily specials: Friday is all about scones and on Wednesdays, Sally tries a new recipe.
But for the legion of salted caramel fans out there, Thursday is the day to darken the doorstep of The Bungalow and Basket. Delectable treats, like 3 Milk Salted Caramel Cake, are served up with freshly brewed coffee.
After an indulgent morning tea, redeem yourself with a virtuous and utterly delicious lunch at Little Seed Restaurant.
Chef, Asher Andrews, has created an innovative, entirely plant-based menu – featuring freshly plucked produce from his kitchen garden and house-made ‘cheeses’ and condiments.
The vegan vibe has resonated strongly with Toowoomba diners. So much so, Asher has launched cooking classes after receiving plenty of requests to recreate some of his healthy recipes at home.
If your definition of ‘good food’ involves chocolate, ice cream and all manner of sweet treats – then The Moose, squirrelled away in Toowoomba’s Walton Stores precinct, will blow your mind. This dimly lit palace to decadence is a dessert parlour by day and moody, dimly-lit cocktail bar by night.
For those with a Nutella obsession (Lynda Crawford is a self-confessed card carrying member), The Moose is the only place in town with the gooey, hazelnut and chocolate confection ‘on tap’! Add house-made gelato and a dessert-themed cocktail list to the menu – and The Moose is a must for those with a discerning sweet tooth.
With new bars, restaurants and cafes opening in Toowoomba all the time, why not make a weekend (or longer) of your visit and try them all?
Quest Apartments have re-opened in Margaret Street after major refurbishment. With its historic church façade, Quest Toowoomba blends heritage style with modern, home-away-from-home comfort. Self-contained studios and apartments are stylishly appointed and some have sweeping views across Toowoomba’s evergreen Queens Park.
The Bungalow and Basket
Little Seed Restaurant