Café Latte now has a range of cakes available that you won’t find anywhere else in Orange, thanks to their new pastry chef. David trained for 14 years in France before moving to Orange with his wife, who worked as a barista at Café Latte. The skills he learnt have created a range of delectable delicacies including a peppermint mousse cake, mud cake slice and a lemon meringue pie. Manager Aaron Wright has a love/hate relationship with the new cakes, “they’re naughty, they’re going to make me fat!” Don’t worry Aaron; if we worked there we wouldn’t fit through the door!
Benson’s Café, run by Emma Murphy and her husband, is located on Summer Street in Orange. They are now serving Toby’s Estate coffee and use fresh, quality produce in their recipes. If it’s a sunny day they have a lovely outdoor sitting area complete with large umbrellas for those who like their coffee with a breeze. They have recently created a new menu drawing inspiration from all over the world. Some new additions include Asian pulled pork burrito with red cabbage coleslaw for $13 and Thai green curry chicken soup with noodles for $12. Even better, if you mention that they appeared in Café Chat when you’re next in, you’ll get 10% off your total bill! Like Benson’s Café on Facebook to see the full menu and their blackboard specials.
The Village Coffee Shoppe in Orange’s city centre is one of the oldest cafes in the area. General Manager Peter Ryan says “we’ve been making great coffee for Orange and the surrounding area for over 38 years” and they have certainly stood the test of time. Despite its age, the shop boasts a chic, modern interior which makes you feel suave and successful whilst sipping on your chai latte. Their menu offers a selection of all day meals including breakfasts, burgers, omelettes, focaccias and a rather delicious looking prawn Caesar salad.
If you want a nostalgic trip back into the comfort of your grandmother’s kitchen, visit Simply Homemade on Sale Street in Orange. Owners Therese and Kim have over 30 years’ experience between the two of them. “We got sick of working late nights at restaurants so we opened this place together!” says Therese. The secret is in the name, the friendly staff at Simply Homemade warmly welcome you and invite you to choose which fresh, homemade sugary treat you’d like with your coffee. They also offer a selection of cakes that can be suited to any occasion.
By Rhi Quinn