A Foodie’s Getaway Guide to the Blue Mountains
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 really, really good food in the Mountains.
Held on the second Sunday of every month, this bustling market has 60 stalls selling the best produce the region has to offer: think fruits, veggies, free-range eggs, meats, bread, cheeses, olive oils and wine.
Cnr of Great Western Highway & Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath
For nearly 20 years, locals have stocked up on fresh produce, honey, jams and preserves, and coffee beans at Leura’s markets. They’re held on the first Sunday of the month.
Cnr of Mount Hay Road & Willow Park Avenue, Leura
Tucked in a heritage-listed cottage, Solitary is the perfect spot for a long lunch. The sweeping views of the Jamison Valley will win you over, and the inventive menu will seal the deal.
90 Cliff Drive, Leura Falls
A hippie-hipster hangout with a regional focus, Leura Garage is a café by day, and a buzzing tapas bar by night. The most popular item on the menu: a six-cheese pizza.
84 Railway Parade, Leura
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
This Echo Point institution occupies prime real estate overlooking the rugged Mountains. The modern Australian menu uses local produce, herbs and veggies grown in Parklands’ – its sister property – gardens.
3 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
The jewel of the fine dining foodie scene, Darley’s is the only hatted restaurant in the Upper Blue Mountains. Located at Lilianfels, it’s famous for its five-course degustation, so be sure to arrive hungry!
Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
Back in Leura, the menu here is modern Australian with French and Moroccan twists. Housed in a 100-year-old building, Silk’s is warm and cosy and has been serving hungry diners for two decades.
128 Leura Mall, Leura
Relax, because you’re bound to be here for a while. The ‘chef’s table’ full degustation menu is superb and combines local ingredients with Chef Grant’s experience of cooking across Europe.
134 Great Western Highway, Blaxland
Open only on weekends, the star attraction at Fumo is the 120-year-old woodfired oven, which was reignited in 1993 after it was discovered behind a false wall. Chef Joe Campbell whips up Australian-Japanese fusion fare, and it’s incredible.
33 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
Sitting in an Art Deco building, this Katoomba stalwart is a sustainability star. The ingredients are grown in the garden out back or sourced from local farmers.
92 Bathurst Road, Katoomba
The piles of cheese, fresh fruit, olives and cakes in the window display will make your mouth water, and inside, the shelves are stocked with gourmet goodies from local farmers and growers. You can try some of them in the café dishes.
159 Leura Mall, Leura
In Lawson, this complex houses PanTree Produce, an organic grocery store selling fresh produce as well as an array of organic, gluten-free and dairy-free treats.
1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson
Owned and run by local members, this Katoomba shop sells fruits, veggies, dairy, condiments, flours, nuts, seeds and baked goods at low prices. Almost everything is organic and biodynamic.
Ha'Penny Lane, Katoomba
Along with classic deli items, this store has an excellent selection of imported foods, as well as local wines, spirits and ciders. It often hosts wine tastings.
15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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
Over in Springwood, these guys take their coffee seriously. Each cup is made with double ristretto, and there’s a new single origin roaster featured every week.
This Leura gem is known for its strong coffee, homemade jams and chutneys, and breakfast classics. If you can, score a seat in the cute courtyard.
19 Grose Street, Leura
There’s no need to rise and shine to rush to this charming café. It serves gourmet brekkie dishes all day, along with wholesome smoothies, tea and coffee.
134 Leura Mall, Leura
For a caffeine fix that meets a Sydneysider’s sky-high standards, this espresso bar roasts its beans on-site. Coffee snobs aren’t just welcome – they’re the regulars.
Katoomba and Springwood
Set aside an afternoon for this English-style high tea. Sip on champagne or coffee as you work your way through the triple-tiered plates laden with scones, finger sandwiches and petit fours.
5/19 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
Bakehouse is famous for its handmade organic sourdough (try the olive and rosemary), but people travel far and wide for the gourmet pies, tarts and pastries, too. With locations dotted around the Mountains, your fix is never too far.
Blackheath, Leura, Spingwood and Glenbrook
This bakery’s potato sourdough is legendary, and it usually sells out so we suggest calling ahead to reserve a loaf. When you arrive, you may as well treat yourself to the chunky beef pie…
185 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Blackheath Bakery Patisserie
Since the 80s, this German bakery has been whipping up bread as well as pretzels, jam doughnuts, brot and crumbles. The only hint of its Australian location: sausage rolls!
6 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
SWEETS & PRESERVES
Stock up on handcrafted sweets at this institution, where the staff sport white coats and gloves, and carefully box up your chocolates with a bow. The store also runs truffle-making workshops.
132 Leura Mall, Leura
For a hit of sugary nostalgia, head to this lolly shop. The shelves are piled high with freckles, sherbet bombs, and colourful confectionary from around the world.
Shop 6, 178 Leura Mall, Leura
At this chocolate shop you’ll find handmade Belgian chocolates dotted with local ingredients. Treat yourself to decadent delights at the café, then burn them off with a short stroll to the Three Sisters.
176 Lurline Street, Katoomba
In the 20s and 30s, the Megalong Valley was home to nine tearooms. Today, there’s just one left, and it’s well-worth of visit. As you look over the rugged mountains, you’ll be served Devonshire tea and scones with clotted cream.
824 Megalong Road, Megalong Valley
This boutique vineyard is the only licensed producer of local mountain wine. Cheers to that! While you’re sipping, tuck into a cheese platter and soak up the valley views.
226 Aspinall Road, Megalong Valley
Each May, this foodie festival lights up Leura Village, with up to 90 stalls selling seasonal, regional food. It also features a chook show, and jam-making and chocolate cake competitions.
Part of the Roaring 20s Festival, this annual event showcases the food and wine of the region (and the skills of Hydro Majestic’s culinary team). Don a fabulous frock, because lunch involves a fashion parade of 1920s clothing.
52-88 Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath
During this festival, more than 30 edible gardens fling open their doors to visitors, offering the public a peek at the gardening process.