The Paragon was where we first staged our Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner and show. It’s a gorgeous place which we were sad to leave… but we out-grew the dining room!
Go and see them, have a coffee, a meal or be tempted by those delicious hand-made chocolates.
A Brief History
The famous Paragon Café (map) at Katoomba is listed on the State Heritage Inventory Form as being ‘…of state significance’. In addition to a café, it includes one of the oldest chocolate making factories in Australia and is still well known for its chocolates.
Originally known as The Paragon Sundae and Candy Store, it was purchased in 1916 by a young Greek immigrant named Zacharias Simos. Over the next few years he extended and upgraded the original premises, in particular the Art Deco restyling in 1925 and addition of the banquet hall (now the Bar), and Blue Room in 1934 and 1936. The Simos family retained ownership until the early part of the 21st Century.
The glamorous Art Deco design was made by architect Henry White, who also designed the State and Capital Theatres in Sydney.
The Paragon remains historically very significant with many of the original features still in use. These include plaster frieze work on the ceilings, timber booth seating with panelled timber walls and plaster of classical figures. It remains as one of the best known Art Deco restaurants in NSW and a popular tourist destination.
The current lessee, Robyn Parker, is passionately committed to the maintenance and conservation of this iconic building.