The Hatters, Licensed Cafe, Katoomba

hatters cafe, katoomba

Blue Mountains Coffee Roaster Coffee. 197 Katoomba St, Katoomba. This place was referred by an old work colleague, who gave me his list of picks from around Sydney – this was an add-on, and it’s taken me a while to get around to it. I didn’t have much hope for a cafe that shares office space with a hat shop, but this is a misconception.

There is only a small break in the wall that lets customers walk from one space to the other. The cafe itself is an upmarket space – my favourite artwork on the wall was a photo from decades ago – a picture taken of the audience at a sporting event where (almost) everyone is wearing hats.

The food appears to be taken very seriously here: I didn’t get a chance to try it this visit, but the takeaway decaf latte was really good – worth a repeat visit, and a contender for best coffee in Katoomba.

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Nirvana coffee. Katoomba st, Katoomba. Wooden floors, dark-painted wooden furniture; a sleepy vibe, friendly service, but not rushed. Paintings for sale line the walls, soft music is playing. High ceilings, with standard-issue office panels and air-conditioning vents, yet there’s a sense of space. The scent of coffee drifts across the room when a cup is made.

Coffee, when it comes out after about ten minutes, is okay. It has the taste of a chemical decaf: some kind of additive, but it’s a drinkable temperature and has a good texture.

A good spot to stop and do some writing.