There are countless reasons to visit the Blue Mountains, and our favourite one is: to feast! From Katoomba and Leura, to Blackheath and Blaxland, the Mountains are a foodie mecca. Whatever village you visit, you won’t find chains and major outlets; instead, you’ll fall into food comas at award-winning restaurants, sample fresh produce from local growers, and support small businesses whose goal is to make your foodie getaway a memorable one.
Here’s your guide to the best cafés and restaurants in the Blue Mountains.
Sitting pretty on Herbert Street, Sorensen's Glasshouse & Gardens combines opulence with function. The glasshouse and grounds are stunning, and pair perfectly with their beautiful menu of café delicacies. From ricotta hotcakes to their signature mountain harvest bowl, you'll find yourself sipping and snacking the day away.
8 Herbert Street, Leura
Known for its versatility, Tournament is a café-slash-events space that serves up specialty local coffee and seasonal eats. Industrial and rustic in vibe, you'll feel right at home in the parlour room with a coffee in hand and a kimchi toastie on the way.
1 Railway Parade, Medlow Bath
For fun, style, creativity and deliciousness, look no further than Glenbrook's Kickaboom. This stylish specialty coffee house serves up solid brews and an inventive menu of turned up brunch classics that will have your tastebuds begging for more.
Shop 1/6 Ross Street, Glenbrook
This local café hotspot in Glenbrook serves up delicious brunch classics during the day, and flavoursome, modern Australian dishes at night. Café 2773 boasts a fantastic outdoor area, perfect for Sunday brunching, that has the locals lining up each weekend.
19 Ross Street, Glenbrook
For an unforgettable fine dining experience, book a table at Arrana. This Blue Mountains restaurant serves up beautifully curated degustation menus, with equally decadent wine pairings. From wattleseed and Kakadu plum, to aniseed myrtle and quandong, Arrana pays their respects to the local First Nations communities of Gundungurra and Darug by utilising Australian native ingredients, sourced both locally and from around Australia.
9-12, 125 Macquarie Road, Springwood
The wildly popular Leura Garage is a cafe by day, and buzzing tapas bar by night. The menu features crowd classics and share plates – try one of everything just to be safe. Casual and chic, the mechanic workshop turned restaurant has an eco-focus with everything from their local and organic menu to their award-winning sustainable fit-out.
84 Railway Parade, Leura
When it comes to seasonal and sustainable cuisine, Blaxland's Nook delivers big time. Expect a locally-sourced dining experience, from the entree to the wines, and from brunch to dinner. Their twelve-course degustation does not disappoint. From the hand-dived sea scallops and mandarin-glazed duck breast, to the black opal wagyu sirloin MS 9+ and chocolate delice, you'll be in foodie heaven.
Shop N, 134 Great Western Highway, Blaxland
Over in Springwood, these guys take their coffee seriously. Each cup is made with double ristretto, and there’s always a new single-origin roaster to try. For those with dietary requirements, don't fret! There are plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free options, along with healthy smoothies and raw treats.
212 Macquarie Road, Springwood
Darley’s Restaurant is celebrated for its award-winning contemporary Australian cuisine offered in the old-world ambience of Lilianfels Hotel. The hatted restaurant looks out across lush manicured gardens and soaring mountain views of the Jamison Valley. Take in the scenery from the luxuriously decorated dining room, with it’s ornate fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and plush furnishings. This is the epitome of class and style and is sure to turn up the romance factor.
Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
For the ultimate caffeine fix that meets sky-high coffee snob standards, Cassiopeia over-delivers. This espresso bar roasts its own beans, and you can taste the love and passion for coffee in every sip. Pair your brew with a delectable snack and you have yourself the perfect way to start the day!
With spectacular views over the Megalong Valley, this fine dining restaurant is a must-visit. Its high tea is famous. Nibble on petit sandwiches, pastries and scones, or go for the popular Eastern High Tea.
52-88 Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath
A slice of Surry Hills in Blackheath, this bohemian café’s coffee is no longer an insider’s secret. We recommend pairing your cup with a homemade brownie – they’re to die for.
237-238 Great Western Highway, Blackheath
Relax, because you’re bound to be here for a while. For an exquisite fine dining experience, look no further than Katoomba's Pins on Lurline. The ‘chef’s table’ full degustation menu is superb and combines local ingredients with distinct European flavours.
132 Lurline Street, Katoomba
This Echo Point institution occupies prime real estate overlooking the rugged Mountains. The modern Australian menu uses local produce, herbs and veggies, and is big on flavour and decadence. Whether you're stopping in for a casual lunch or special dinner, you'll be in for a treat!
3 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
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