Parlour X muse, style maker & mother of two, Katherine Sergi, shares her unique guide to her hometown Griffith NSW. With information only a local would know, Katherine highlights her ideal day in Griffith exploring all its hidden treasures, the places to eat & see & when to visit this idyllic NSW town.
Describe your Griffith experience and what makes this place so special to you.
Griffith life is very simple everything you need and everyone is close by. It’s where I’ve lived my whole life - my family and friends are here, this is where I grew up, met my husband and started my own family.
How would you explain the lifestyle, culture and essence of Griffith?
The lifestyle is very laid back and leisurely. Griffith is a multicultural town, the Italian culture is very strong as the farming, wineries and restaurants are mostly founded by the Italian families who migrated here. The essence of Griffith revolves around great food and wine.
What sites in Griffith are your favourites that you recommend to other visitors?
Yarran Wines – it’s a boutique winery overlooking the vineyards, they offer amazing cheese platters & wine tastings, it is perfect for a balmy spring afternoon with a group of friends.
Spring Festival of Gardens – Griffith gardeners open up their homes to showcase their gardens to locals and visitors over this period. The main street of Griffith (Banna Avenue) is lined with citrus sculptures featuring iconic Griffith businesses.
What are Griffith’s best locations to stay; boutique hotels, or resorts private residence?
There are many places to stay in Griffith, Quest Apartments, Centrepoint Apartments and the Grand Hotel are just to name a few, however if you’re looking for a more unique farmland experience 30 mins from the town is Corynnia Station. Corynnia Station is a stunning outback homestead oasis it features a 1930s homestead suite and farm tours.
List your top 5 coffee/breakfast/lunch locations.
- Amanti di caffe – hands down if you’re looking for the best almond latte and raw treats in town.
- Max & Co. – amazing spot for breakfast, they do great overnight oats, smashed avo and smoothies.
- Little Italy – we are spoilt for choice when it comes to Italian cuisine, however Little Italy does a great lunch spread.
- Zecca – handmade pasta, antipasto platters with locally sourced cured meats, all their ingredients are seasonally sourced locally from our farmers…. need I say more?
- Bertoldo’s – is the most iconic bakery in town and offers everything you need from homemade bread, pastries & gelato.
Left image: Zecca Restaurant. Right image: Coolamon Cheese
For those interested in a luxury retreat or pampering – what are your favourite spa’s, nail salons, hairdressers or massage locations?
This is hard to pick because we are very spoilt with so much local talent in hair & beauty. All the hair and beauty salons in Griffith boast unique experiences and they are all top quality, you will rarely walk out of any salon in Griffith feeling unsatisfied.
Allure is a boutique salon, their skincare products and treatments are amazing and they are well known for their tanning.
If you’re looking for a day spa, Eclipse is definitely your one stop shop.
Parlour Skin & Body do the best lash extensions and Riverina Skin Specialists have highly skilled dermatologist and dermal skin therapists for the latest medical grade skin care treatments.
If you’re looking for a makeup artist while on your visit Lucinda Panarello Makeup is exceptional.
For my hair colours and styling, I must mention La Perla – my hairdresser is a super talented second generation hairstylist and happens to be my sister in law.
Where are the top 5 dinner dining locations?
- Limone – is well known for locally sourced ingredients, wine pairing, fine dining, the ambience is gorgeous and it also features an open kitchen – it is definitely a foodie’s heaven.
- Zecca – it needs to be mentioned twice, as it is one of my favourite local restaurants to visit lunch or dinner.
- La Scala – this is a hidden gem and an iconic part of Griffith heritage and culture. Visitors have come back to La Scala for years and years, the great food has always been consistent, the pizza is the best in town and you can’t say no to their home made gelato.
- Romeo & Giulietta’s – this is a great local pizzeria especially to bring the family on a Friday night, it is our go-to for my family, their take-away wood fire pizzas always deliver, literally….
- 99 Spices – I have to make mention of the strong Indian culture in Griffith as well and 99 Spices is always bustling with customers, it is a top quality restaurant in town.
Are there any neighbouring locations or must-see spots you can suggest?
Altina Wildlife Park – this is a unique zoo for a regional area, they exhibit native and exotic animals, especially for families this is an exciting place to visit.
Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory – a 2 hour drive from Griffith, you’ll find this heritage flour-mill which now is home to the liquorice & chocolate factory, you can make your own chocolate
What is your ideal day in Griffith?
My day usually starts at about 5:30am, I go to F45, our studio is massive and overlooks the town centre. I go past Amanti and grab my morning latte then I get back home and mum life begins. If I’m not taking the kids to the park or the play centre my kids also love spending time with their grandparents on the farm that I grew up on. For a kid free day, I usually meet up with my girlfriends for lunch at Zecca. I normally like to treat myself on these days to a facial at Allure or a manicure at Parlour Skin & Body.
Left image: Allure Boutique Salon. Right image: Parlour Skin & Body
What is your dress code when in Griffith.
Usually I’m in active wear, between F45 and mum life, this is my most common outfit. I love my Balenciaga denim jacket from Parlour X it’s the best item to throw on and add a bit of a luxe to any outfit even my active wear. A cool printed tee like my Jacquemus Le t-shirt paired with denim or a basic pair of white/ black shorts are perfect for every day.
How long should you stay in Griffith when planning a visit.
It is a great place to escape city life and a weekend away is all you need.
When is the best time to travel to Griffith?
Definitely during Easter with the Griffith Vintage Festival, the local restaurants and wineries set up stalls, it is a great time to catch up with friends, eat, drink and enjoy the Easter long weekend. The Salami Festival is a sell out event each year and is always a hit with visitors. The Spring Festival of Gardens is also a great time to come for the weekend, the weather is beautiful and the overall vibe in the town with the citrus sculptures, winery afternoon sessions, al fresco lunches makes it one of the best times to visit.
Keep up with Katherine Sergi on instagram @katherinesergi. Images via: Katherine Sergi & Hemax Caravan