There's definitely not a shortage of great places to eat in and around Ipswich - but one area has an incredible collections of restaurants and cafes.

Although technically two streets, St Nicholas Street and St Peter's Street form one long stretch of road that is brimming with exciting eateries.

Here are just seven of the great places that you need to visit.

1. Tavernetta

Ipswich Star: Arancini starter at TavernettaArancini starter at Tavernetta (Image: Contributed)

Perfect for anything from date night to a family celebration, Tavernetta is a charming Italian restaurant that brings an authentic taste of the Mediterranean to Ipswich.

With very attentive staff, hearty portions and an intriguing menu, it is a no-brainer for foodies in the area.

2. Applaud

Ipswich Star: The staff at Applaud in December 2022The staff at Applaud in December 2022 (Image: Charlotte Bond, Newsquest)

Applaud is one of the most popular cafes in Ipswich - and for good reason.

Whether you want to fill up with a hearty meal or just pop by for a coffee, it's hard to find a cooler place to visit.

3. Takayama

Ipswich Star: Inside the new Takayama restaurantInside the new Takayama restaurant (Image: Newsquest)

Earlier this year, Takayama moved into the vacant La Cueva site and has made great use of the space.

The highly-popular Japanese and Korean restaurant has been serving Ipswich for many years now and its menu holds something for everyone.

4. Kwan Thai

Ipswich Star: Kwan Thai in IpswichKwan Thai in Ipswich (Image: Newsquest)

This cosy restaurant is the go-to for Thai food in the town.

It's can get very busy in the evenings, but Kwan Thai's handy takeaway service is a great idea for anyone looking to grab some tasty food while passing through Ipswich.

5. St Nicholas Sandwich Shop

Opening in early 2023, St Nicholas Sandwich Shop has brought some mouth-watering creations to Ipswich.

'Home of the focaccia sandwich', anyone wandering through town in search of the perfect lunch should look no further than here.

6. Hullabaloo

Ipswich Star: Hullabaloo owners Jon Halls and Jennie DebenhamHullabaloo owners Jon Halls and Jennie Debenham (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Hullabaloo is Ipswich's go-to for plant-based meals and the cafe uses sustainably and ethically source ingredients primarily from local producers and organic growers. 

After thriving at the St Peter's Street site since 2019, Hullabaloo has grown an excellent reputation.

7. The Grill at Twenty5

The Grill At Twenty5's steaks and burgers have made it a very popular destination for foodies in need of full stomach.

On top of the hearty food, this restaurant often does a lot of work for the community and in December provided free Christmas breakfasts for the homeless.

But that's not all there is to sample in St Nicholas Street and St Peter's Street.

Stop by the likes of Zaika, Cafe Myra and The Blitz 1940s Tea Room for more amazing experiences.