Where to eat and shop for homewares in Orange, NSW
There’s nothing like a visit to Orange, New South Wales to get you inspired on the home front. One-off homeware stores, award-winning restaurants and the beautiful Cook Park will keep you busy during your weekend break.
Firstly the shopping! Now, if you want some true interior inspiration you’ve got to head straight to Parigi, at the Homemakers Centre on the Bathurst Road. If you’d prefer a wander through the streets of Orange, you’ll find plenty of variety within a few blocks – like Jumbled (202 Anson Street), The White Place (100 Byng Street), and The Essential Ingredient (145 Summer Street). With not much in the budget allocated this trip, I managed to have a successful window shop and snap a few cool finds that I have every intention to recreate myself (we’ll see if that transpires!):
Moving on to the food and you’re not short on options in Orange! We had breakfast at Factory Espresso – the once mechanic shed turned industrial/New York-style coffee stop and cafe is a buzz of energy on a Saturday morning, so get in early (say, before 9am) if you want a table! It’s relatively new on the scene (about 4 months old) and located at 135 Kite Street. Like most places in Orange, Factory Espresso prides itself on its local produce focus.
Moving on to lunch, and if you’re blessed with a beautiful day while in Orange you justhave to head to Cook Park. Beautiful in any season, but I find it particularly spectacular during Autumn! Grab a picnic basket from A Slice of Orange or a takeaway sandwich from one of the multitude of cafes and find yourself a spot among the century-plus old trees.
And finally, dinner time in Orange. The most difficult decision of the day. There’s so many quality places to eat, like Lolli Redini and Bistro Ceello, but this time we went for the vineyard-based Racine Resturant at La Colline. It’s about 9km out of Orange on the Canowindra Road and you might want to get a taxi if you’re staying in town, as there a a bazillion different local wines you’ll want to try! I got so excited that I forgot to take a photo of my entree (sorry!) – Seared Venison with beetroot and anchovy. For $65 you’ll get two courses, or three for $75. It’s tremendous value! Each dish has a suggested wine match, and apart from the food and wine, the service is second-to-none. Again, Racine prides itself on featuring local produce – just as some cafes highlight their gluten-free, dairy-free dishes, this retaurant’s menu actually denotes whether the meals are made up from ingredients sourced from within a 100 mile radius of Orange!
Has anyone else ever been to Orange and found some great food and homewares places they’d like to share? I plan on going back very soon!