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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Yellow Deli: The Best Café in Australia

(Previously "The Common Grounds Café" and is located in Katoomba NSW Australia, but has many other locations in the United States and also Canada)

So this is my sequel to my roadtrip post, which is entirely dedicated to, you guessed it, "The Yellow Deli" or as my friends call it "The Harry Potter Café" (because it's reminiscent to the Leaky Cauldron and other Potter related places)

This café has been raved about by many over the years, and I know two such ravers, my best friends Jenieka and Bella. They'd tell me, "It's like being on a set in Harry Potter!" or "It's made entirely out of wood". So far, I had this idea in my mind of minimalist Swedish wood interiors with cutesy details and maybe a chalkboard with some darling phrases written on it. I mean, as far as trendy cafés go, what more could there be to a café that was supposedly so out of the ordinary?

You really have to see it for yourself.

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 The most magical part of the café, in my opinion, is the fact that despite it's placement on a main road, surrounded by modern reminders of our whereabouts – The cars, the signs, the crossings, the shops, the supermarket – As soon as you enter through its doorway, you feel transported to a completely different world. It's somewhat, whimsical and ethereal, reminiscent of a sort of pixie forest hideaway. The kind you read about in fairytales and children's stories.
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Each table or seating area is special and different in its own unique way. Some are like little alcoves, tucked away and private. Others are like rustic booths, and some are just sets of tables and chairs that look like they've come out of every fantasy film ever made.
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© Margot Alais
 Along with the menus on each table, a laminated brochure explains the ideology behind the café and its story (which ties around a religious belief started in the 1970s). Each person running the cafe and working in it belongs to this religion and the ingredients of the food and produce they sell are all derived from their farm(s).
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They have a range of different foods available to order, from classic burgers to the soup of the day. It's worth mentioning that their smoothies are delectable, and I recommend you try the blueberry.
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© Margot Alais
Every part of the café is built from discarded or used materials that are given a new purpose or "a new life", which is what gives the café its "Harry Potter" or "Hobbit" type feel.
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Whether all you want is breakfast or lunch, or just a coffee, The Yellow Deli is an experience for the foodie, the hipster and the child within us all.

If you would like to learn more about the café and its origins, you can check out their website, by clicking here.



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