Take an international holiday in Maitland with global treasures to explore.
Connect with culture through culinary delights with just about every continent covered. One of my favourite places is Muse Kitchen Lorn featuring French inspired dishes from the bistros of Paris. An elegant eatery with a menu that continues to surprise, not to mention a wine selection that highlights the wonderful flavours of their dishes. With only the best locally sourced ingredients their meals are bursting with freshness.
For something with a bit more of a kick say ‘hola’ to El’ Chapos. This Mexican Taqueria is a must for anyone who loves a good cocktail. Did someone say mojitos? This restaurant’s interior is just like their food, a twist on the Mexican cantina with a contemporary edge. For something truly indulgent I recommend a mouth-watering chimichanga and a tequila board. Delicioso! If food challenges are your thing, see if you can tackle the El Pad Rino, free if you can eat it in 45 minutes!
Just across the road you’ll find another flavour contender at Sudania Café and Restaurant. Blending, African and Middle Eastern flavours it’s an adventure of the senses, but mostly the tastebuds. I recommend their unique house made veggie spring rolls. Plus the fermented bread kisra is the perfect accompaniment to the wide array of dishes on the menu.
Your round the world escapade doesn’t have to stop there. Ometto Pizza Bar, Spanish tapas at CJ’s On The Levee or Japanese and Korean cuisine at Beud are worth checking out, as are Thai at Maneeya and Hong Kong style food at Mellow Bistro. A world of taste is waiting to be discovered.
Then there’s Maitland’s art and cultural scene which is a worldly mix of creativity, community and shopping. Maitland’s lifestyle precinct The Levee, regularly hosts pop up performances and school holiday art making activities. These are a great window a variety of global experiences.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery never disappoints with culturally diverse artist and programming. With free entry, visit to find a lively blend of engaging exhibitions, art workshops, shopping and an amazing café, Seraphine.
Also on High Street you’ll find Studio Amsterdam. This part gallery part artist studio showcases the work of Patricia Van Lubeck. Her beautiful bright paintings pop from the windows and spill onto the footpath. Van Lubeck is also responsible for The New One a massive mural at the Bourke Street Link that welcomes visitors to The Levee. This painting represents Maitland community’s friendliness by capturing the moment a newcomer arrives, something this Dutch artist has experienced firsthand.
Have you ever been to a South African grocer? Old Mates Kitchen offers South African products, as well as takeaway and home-made desserts that are the ultimate in unique treats.
For those with a sweet tooth, pop next door to Jubilo Gelato serving Maitland made Italian inspired gelato. Their huge selection with flavours like Belgian chocolate with an extra scoop of salted butterscotch are truly wonderful. I challenge you not to keep coming back to try the countless choices they have to offer.
Maitland is your global destination this spring. Make the journey and stay for the community, fantastic food, shopping, and art.