The Gingerbread House Cafe and Store in Katoomba is found in a converted church (stained glass windows still intact) with large toy soldiers guarding the doors. The cafe and store has a really welcoming, old-fashioned feel to.
The Gingerbread House Café
56 Waratah Street (Cnr Lurline Street), Katoomba, Blue Mountains
by Melanie Ball
We went to the Gingerbread House Cafe for afternoon tea however they serve breakfast and lunch too, all with many locally sourced ingredients. The emphasis seems to be on Australian products, fair trade ingredients and on-site baked food.
Their coffee is locally roasted (and delicious!) and their chocolate is from a Blue Mountains chocolatier.
As well as tucking into our ice creams and coffees we ordered our 3 year old a gingerbread man kit which consisted of a gingerbread man and gingerbread heart with a piping bag full of icing and a bag of lollies to decorate with.
She happily spent ages squeezing out oodles of icing (some of which even hit its target!) and carefully positioning all the lollies.
The lovely staff made a point of admiring her work and telling her how beautiful it was!
Next time we are in Katoomba we plan to go back for lunch, it is the perfect place to relax with the kids in the middle of a busy day’s sight-seeing.
As well as seating indoors there is a fenced outdoor area with seating and play equipment that young children will enjoy.
As well as a café the Gingerbread House is a store selling all things ginger. For sale are a large variety of lollies, locally sourced preserves and honey and a small range of really sweet housewares like biscuit tins and cookie cutters.
Children’s Menu: As this is a café specialising in home-made sweet treats the menu is really child-friendly without needing a specific children’s menu.
Enclosed: Yes, the outdoor area complete with outdoor play equipment is completely fenced, the only route of escape for little runners would be through the café itself.
Shade: Yes, outdoor tables have umbrellas although some play equipment is in the sun.
Mum’s report: I loved this café, the gingerbread house in the centre of this converted church is so pretty and decorated in such a fun way, my kids were captivated as soon as we stepped inside.
The staff were so friendly and clearly loved kids so it was easy to relax and enjoy its charms.
Extra: There are a range of children’s party packages available as well as other regular activities such as cookie decorating and book readings, details on their website.
Here’s to family-friendly weekends away!
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