A cafe with a difference, The Little Paris Cafe injects some colour into the usual cafe scene on offer in Katoomba. Compared to the Coffee Shot who occupied the digs previously, this cafe is an inviting splash of colour in the drab concrete clad plaza. Bright, warm and inviting the cake cabinet is laden with good quality goodies and I can’t keep my eyes off the caramel tarts. The menu of course is French; croissants, croque monsieur, you get the picture. Surprisingly then is to see scones on the menu. These are fresh from the oven, crispy on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside. The jam is quite tart, but I like it as it softens the sweetness of the Chantilly cream, which as you know, is a bit light for me. I don’t like having puddles of liquid on my scones and jam. The Princess Pantry jam, La vie en Rose, is a mix of strawberries, raspberries and rose water and is made in nearby Leura. It’s delightful, but quite tart for those with a sweet tooth. Shame about the short trading hours – 8.30am to 2.30pm, as the scone-witching hour is definitely in the afternoon for me. Note at the time of visiting the cafe was closed on Sundays, but the owner says she is looking to change that.
Tea: A mish mash of loose-leaf teas served in a too small pot.
Overall: A tiny slice of Paris.
Location: Shop 4, 81 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780 Ph: 02 4782 1767
Reviewed June, 2014