Opened just over a year ago, the bright and modern Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is just off the main street of Katoomba and affords great views out towards the Jamison Valley. Combining the Katoomba library, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition, it also has a well-stocked gallery gift shop, and a busy cafe that’ll keep you cool as a cucumber on hot summer days and warm as toast during winter. I call before visiting to check whether they serve scones and am told that they are serving them at the moment while the vintage exhibition is on, so best to check. The scones are displayed on top of the counter and are described as house made scones served with raspberry coulis and whipped cream. They definitely taste like they are homemade and fresh, although they do arrive without being heated up (even a little). The raspberry coulis is more canned raspberry jam (a reminder of my childhood) and the cream is freshly whipped. Overall, thoroughly enjoyable! Sit in or outdoors.
Tea: Six choices of Blue Mountains loose-leaf tea served in a funky infuser and a small amount of extra hot water.
Overall: Also worth a visit for the gift shop, views and exhibitions.
Location: 30 Parke St, Katoomba NSW 2780 Ph: 02 4780 5410 www.bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2013