The heritage village of Bangalow has come a long way in the last 20 years. Littered with cafes and stylish gift shops, the sleepy village has preserved its charm considering the region’s rapid rise to tourist mecca. Utopia Cafe Restaurant, housed in a heritage building with high pressed metal ceilings and timber floors, is decked out in mellow whites and shades of yellow. It feels very crisp, clean and spring-like and the kitchen uses the best local ingredients from the Northern Rivers region. The scones are served singularly, so you can order as many or as little as you’d like, and if they are anything like the day I visit you may want to go for the plural as they’re soft and fluffy, the perfect scone texture and taste. The homemade peach jam is not only unusual but doesn’t taste sickly sweet and paired with the freshly whipped slightly sweet cream, is a match made in heaven.
Tea: A few varieties of loose-leaf teas.
Overall: A cool choice in charming Bangalow.
Location: 13 Byron St, Bangalow NSW 2479 Ph: 02 6687 2088 www.utopiacafe.com.au
Reviewed in November, 2013