Down the end of Katoomba Street, signature sourdoughs grace the shelves of Hominy bakery. This sourdough is made extra flavoursome with the interesting addition of potatoes. Don’t knock it till you try it – adding extra carbs to an already carb-laden loaf sounds like the recipe for comfort food heaven if you ask us. This quaint bakery also has you covered with their delectable range of pastries which are sure to give you a bang for your bakery buck.
The Yellow Deli is the most surreal, fairy-tale experience you will have in the Blue Mountains. It looks like something straight out of Hobbiton, with the Middle Earth décor consisting of tables made from slabs of timber, stone benches and a log fireplace. If you get seated up-stairs, you’ll feel like you’re walking into an actual treehouse, and it’s every bit quirky and cosy. This café is actually run by a religious group called Twelve Tribes who live on a ...
Pins On Lurline
Contemporary cuisine with a local focus, Pins on Lurline creates Modern Australian dishes using regional produce. Located in a Katoomba landmark, a grand heritage listed cottage, Pins is full of historic charm and character and is every bit cosy and intimate. Overlooking traditional English gardens and the surrounding natural beauty, it’s little wonder why couples come here from all over Australia to say their I do’s.
Basil Nut Cafe & Restaurant
Tucked away in a little arcade off Katoomba’s main strip is the humble Basil Nut Asian Kitchen, a fusion eatery that fuses not only their cuisines but also their approach to dining. Mixing relaxed café culture with traditional fine dining, it’s a coffee shop by day but an elegant restaurant by night. Everything from BBQ Korean delicacies to street food styled share plates are on offer.
Little Paris Café
Offering a little slice of Paris in the heart of beautiful Katoomba, this French café nails the comfort food factor, which is exactly what you need in this chilly neck of the woods. Hearty croque monsieurs and quiches make way for sweeter treats like crepes, gâteaux and pastries. Little Paris Café is an accredited Slow Food café (and we don’t mean the food comes out slow – quite the opposite actually!) Their slow food philosophy means they use the French ...
The Elephant Bean
Eclectic and cosy, The Elephant Bean will serve your coffee with a side of friendly service and your toast with a side of handmade jam. This well-known local haunt is best for a morning coffee or a light lunch and is ideal for lingering away rainy days with board games (Monopoly anyone?). The colourful walls are adorned with local art, making this café a hip hangout and an much loved community hub.
The Old City Bank
At the end of the grand driveway leading up to the Carrington Hotel sits the Old City Bank Bar, a local watering hole with the charm of an old English pub. Their jugs of mulled wine will warm you from the inside out, and are the perfect comfort concoction for those winter nights.
Station Bar & Woodfired Pizza
Located on the main street in the heart of the Blue mountains is Station Bar + Woodfired Pizza. This stylish and intimate pizza joint only do pizzas – but we’re not complaining because these are anything but ordinary. They top them with everything from king prawns to kangaroo and salami to saltwater crocodile (yes really). The courtyard is great for when the weather warms up, and the live music creates a casual and buzzy atmosphere.
Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa
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.
Champagne Charlie's, the Carrington
Champagne Charlies Cocktail Bar at The Carrington in Katoomba is the Blue Mountains only cocktail bar. Although they shake up a mean cocktail, their very own brews from Katoomba Brewing Company more than deserves a look in. The art-deco landmark is full of gradeur and charm, and will transport you to eras past.
A modern Australian restaurant that’s been a Leura destination for decades. Elegant and refined, Silk’s sets the benchmark for French inspired fine dining in the region and is a quintessential Blue Mountains restaurant experience. Set in a federation-era building, the space is charming with high ceilings, black and white chequerboard floors and a log fireplace.
The Candy Store
The Candy Store is a must go when visiting the charming town of Leura. Whether you’re with kids or not, make a pit stop at this old-school lolly shop for some sugary nostalgia – remember freckles and sherbet bombs?! So treat yourself (and your inner child) to all the sweet treats from your childhood or branch out and try something new from their selection of American and British lollies.
Bakehouse on Wentworth
Gourmet pies, organic sourdough, cakes and delicious baked goods and are exactly what you feel like noshing on when meandering through Leura Mall. You’re going to need fuel for your day of boutique shopping, and Bakehouse on Wentworth makes for the perfect pastry pit-stop.
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 the meatboards and six-cheese pizza if you dare. 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.
Aptly named for its position atop a cliff top in isolation, is Solitary Restaurant. Perched above the Leura Cascades and overlooking the Jamison Valley, the fine dining restaurant enjoys one of the most scenic views in the Mountains. The heritage listed, weatherboard cottage is light and airy and quietly sophisticated with an equally as thoughtful menu. If the weather permits, sit outside amongst the English style gardens or for something warmer, dine inside and soak up the breathtaking views with ...
Wisteria Place Night
A fireplace, a bottle of red, brie cheese and candles sounds like a winning combo for a cosy night out in Leura. Wisteria Place creates a warm and intimate ambience of romance, with blankets at the ready, perfect for cuddling up with your special someone. The eastern-European-inspired menu brings old-world dishes from Scandanavia, the Balkans and the Czech Republic to the refined palates of Leura.
Leura Gourmet Deli is a mandatory café when in Leura, with incredible views across to Katoomba. The deli at the front, café out the back set up is an excellent idea in our opinion. Start by sampling the locally sourced produce in their seasonal café menu. On your way out – pick up some antipasti, deli meats and other picnic goodies to add a little luxe to your DIY bushwalking lunches.
Josophan's Fine Chocolates
Nestled in the historic village of Leura, this boutique chocolatier fronts onto the beautiful tree-lined main street and tempts anyone who wanders by with their decadent display. Walk into the store and you’ll find exquisite truffles and pralines, all crafted from fair trade cocoa. The staff sport white coats and gloves, and carefully box up your delicacies in glossy white containers with satin bows. The shop also runs a range of hands-on classes and tasting appreciation workshops (where can we ...
Mountain High Pies
The meat pie is as much an icon to Australia as this pie shop is to the Blue Mountains. Big call, we know, but taste one of their steaming hot pies, freshly made on-site daily and you too will be Mountain High Pie preacher too. Whether you prefer subtle slow cooked traditional flavours or some of the bold spicy alternatives, with over thirty varieties on offer, there’s definitely thirty reasons to return.
The Conservation Hut
Offering hearty lunches and soul-warming hot chocolates, Conservation Hut has been a meeting place and a valued rest stop for hikers for over 50 years. The hut is at the track head to many wonderful bushwalks in the area so if you need any more reason to get into nature, just know Conservation Hut will be waiting for you at the end, scones and all. Of course you could just come here instead of a walk all together, cosy up ...
Conditorei Patisserie Schwarz
Schwarz Patisserie located on Station Street in the quaint town of Wentworth Falls is the Mountain’s best kept secret in the way of delicious pastries. This German bakery bakes all their delectable sweets daily and is the ideal spot to curl up on one of the lounges with a German style coffee and a treat. Hikers can also pick up an assortment of pastries in their pre-made picnic packs, read: ultimate track snack.
Wentworth Falls Country Club
The sensational views from the country club make this an ideal venue not just for a round of golf, but for special occasions, dinners and weddings. Located in the heart of the Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls Country Club is a picturesque spot to enjoy hearty brasserie fare while overlooking the endless greenery and gum tree lined mountains.