Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Luckily, we’re spoiled for choice for great cafes in Orange, whether it’s for a full-on big breakfast or a quick morning heart-starter. Here are a few of our favourite coffee shops and brunch spots around town.
The amazing ‘hole-in-the wall’ café in Lords Place pumps out coffee like nobody else in Orange. Fast-paced, with friendly staff serving up great coffee, this is the perfect way to start your day. Best of all, for early birds, it’s open from 5am on weekdays and 6am Saturday and Sunday.
This is the popular café outlet for Orange-based coffee roasters Bills Beans. Located in leafy East Orange on the corner of MacLachlan Street, it not only serves premium coffee, but has some great sandwiches and sweet treats. Our recommendation? Don’t miss the raspberry brownies – they’re not only delicious, but they’re gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy them.
Open weekdays from 7am till 5pm, and from 7am till 3pm on the weekend, Byng Street Local Store has put the ‘top area of town’ on the map with its excellent coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. There’s a nice, sunny little courtyard to sit in, or you can hang out on the wraparound verandah and watch the world go by. For brunch, we can’t go past the ‘Morecroft croissant’ with local produced bacon, although the warm sourdough fruit bread pudding with spiced rum raisins and poached quince comes a very close second…
Opened in 2016, Groundstone is part of the award-winning Orange Regional Museum Building. Open from 7.30am till 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am till 2pm weekends, Groundstone serves up breakfast, brunch and lunch. Chef Scott Want’s menus are all built around local, seasonal produce, and there’s also a Swinging Bridge Tempinot on the wine list! Our must-try breakfast here is the corn fritters with Mexican salsa, smashed avo and bacon.
We’re big fans of Racine restaurant, as you can read in our ‘best of Orange’ restaurant round-up. It’s not only a fabulous spot for dinner, but Racine’s sourdough bakery in town offers coffee, pastries, pies and bread from 7am till 4pm on weekdays, and on Saturdays from 7am till 3pm. Our takeaway tip: this is the place to pick up the best croissants in town.
Tucked into one of the most beautiful stores in Orange, The Sonic (formerly a Masonic hall in Sale Street), Nimrods offers a small but perfectly formed selection of cakes, breads and sandwiches, as well as fantastic coffee. It’s open weekdays 10am–5.30pm (Thursday till 6pm) and Saturdays 10am–4pm, but no matter what time you visit, don’t miss the ‘cake of the day’. Trust us, it’s always worth it.
Based in a cool retail hub in Lords Place called The Collective, which also includes Belle Armoire boutique and Botanica Flora, Good Eddy is owned and run by the lovely Toby and Maddy. These hospitality industry professionals are originally from Melbourne, but luckily for us, they now call Orange home. Toby’s a coffee roaster, so you can expect amazing coffee alongside a compact menu that punches well above its weight. The ham toastie is our go-to – made with local Trunkey Creek ham, a three-cheese combo and tomato relish. Good Eddy is open from 7.30am to 3.30pm Tuesday to Friday, and Saturday from 8am till 1pm.
As you’d expect from a café offshoot of local Orange coffee roasters Academy Coffee, the coffee here is great, and the people serving it are passionate about what they do. This Woodward Street gem is open from 7am till 2pm weekdays, and 8am to 12.30pm on Saturday. If it’s on the menu, do not miss the ultra-gooey three-cheese garlic bread toastie.
It’s a little out of town along Molong Road (Mitchell Highway), but The Agrestic Grocer is hands-down worth the short drive. This rustic grocer/café/live music venue is all about showcasing fresh local produce, including coffee by Orange Roasting Co and ‘single-origin’ milk from Little Big Dairy Co. Open for breakfast and lunch (Monday to Sunday, 8.30am till 3pm), most Saturdays and Sundays feature live music – the perfect accompaniment to a long brunch. Best of all, many of the ingredients on the menu are also available at the in-house store. So once you’ve polished off a breakfast of poached eggs with creamed leeks, mushrooms, Second Mouse Double Cream Brie and truffle oil on sourdough toast, you can pick up some Second Mouse cheese to take home with you.
For some great ideas on where to eat for lunch and dinner, click here for our pick of the best restaurants in Orange.