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Petalura – Mount Victoria
A reasonable coffee spot if your headed past at that time – but only opens at 9am on weekends.
(02) 4787 1220 – 26 Station Street
The Ivanhoe – Blackheath
Reasonable food at reasonable prices. The best pub option in Blackheath. It’s claims to be home to best meat pies “in the universe”, but that certainly isn’t everyone’s experience!
(02) 4787 6156 – 231 Great Western Highway
Gardners Inn – Blackheath
Once good but has gone downhill. Food is vastly overpriced. Can be a bit trendy on weekends. Rude wait staff. Only salvation is the lounges in front of the fire on a cold wet day.
(02) 4787 6400 – 255 Great Western Highway
Wattle Cafe – Blackheath
A popular meeting place for bushwalkers for eons, it had friendly staff and reasonable coffee.
(02) 4787 8153 – 240 Great Western Highway
Piedmont Inn Pizza – Blackheath
Possibly the best pizza in the mountains, but the restaurant is small so ring and check there is room if you have a big group. May not like you at your dirtiest.
(02) 4787 7769 – 248 Great Western Highway
Pizza Delish – Blackheath
If a take away pizza is your preference, this is the place to go. Friendly and fast service. Ring ahead with your order and your pizza will be ready to go — usually about five minutes earlier than they estimate! Plenty of parking out front, but no tables, so it is take away only.
(02) 4787 7231 – 121-123 Station St
Bakehouse on Wentworth – Blackheath
Excellent pies and good coffee. Open early on weekends and public holidays. The beef and guinness pies come highly recommended!
(02) 4787 6744 – 105 Wentworth Street
Blackheath Fish and Chips
A popular meeting place for bushwalkers for eons, it has friendly staff and reasonable coffee. Eat across the road in the park. Food quality can vary, but no complaints about filthy canyoners.
222 Great Western Highway
Good sourdough and some good pies. Has gone downhill in recent years due to change of ownership.
(02) 4787 8447 – 6 Govetts Leap Road
Thai Silk Restaurant – Blackheath
A good local Thai place with reasonable prices.
(02) 4787 6968 – 124 Wentworth Street
Anonymous Cafe – Blackheath
Great cafe with good coffee, recreating a trendy inner west vibe in the upper mountains. Small, intimate with a nice selection of fresh dishes, including an awesome veggie burger. They’re waiting for council approval to open a wine bar next door.
237 Great Western Highway
Cafe Memento – Blackheath
Local favourite. Has a sunny open courtyard for nice days. Great for coffee or a nice feed. Only open between 8.30am and 4pm.
0421 582 509 – 38 Govetts Leap Road
Victory Cafe – Blackheath
Great coffee. A cafe during the day, but a restaurant at night. Good if a little pricey.
(02) 4787 6777 – 17-19 Govetts Leap Road
Synonymous – Medlow Bath
Owned by the same people as Blackheath’s Anonymous. Great coffee. Perfect meeting spot for trips to Jugglers.
1 Railway Parade
Gearin Hotel – Katoomba
A little grungy and local-only, but that just adds to the vibe. Food is pretty good, prices are reasonable, and it is one of the few places in the mountains with decent live music.
(02) 4782 4395 – 273 Great Western Highway
Station Bar – Katoomba
With woodfired pizza and a full bar (including a great selection of interesting beers and ciders), what more could you want. The food is a little pricey (about $20 for a pizza), but it is delicious gourmet fare. Despite being targeted at a slightly classier clientele, the staff didn’t bat an eyelid at the smelly, oddly dressed group.
(02) 4782 4782 – 287 Bathurst Road
Arjuna Indian Restaurant – Katoomba
Possibly the best Indian food in the mountains. Positioned just off the highway near Shell Corner. It’s not a fast food Indian place but a proper fancy restaurant. The prices are reasonable at $16-20 for mains. BYO only, so bring your own booze. Ring ahead to check they have room.
(02) 4782 4662 – 16 Valley Road
Chork Dee – Katoomba
The best place for Thai. No MSG. Ring ahead to make sure they have space.
(02) 4782 1913 – 204 Katoomba Street
Sanwiye Korean Cafe – Katoomba
Relatively new restaurant with fantastic, well priced food on the main drag.
0405 402 130 – 172 Katoomba St
Hominy Bakery – Katoomba
Next door to Michels Patisserie, offers a great selection of pies, cakes and pastries. Specialised in sourdough bread and also has two great vegetarian pie options.
(02) 4782 9816 – 185 Katoomba St
Common Ground Cafe – Katoomba
Run by an obscure religious sect, this place serves great food which is well priced. Their Amazon energy drink comes highly recommended to keep you awake for drive home. Closed Friday night and all day Saturday.
(02) 4782 9744 – 214 Katoomba Street
Swiss Cottage – Katoomba
Really good food including traditional Swiss fare. Have an open fire. Need a clean change of clothes and dry shoes. Need to book. 4782 2281
(02) 4782 2281 – 132 Lurline Street
Old City Bank Bar (Carrington Hotel) – Katoomba
Located on the street, next to the historic Carrington Hotel, the old-style bar is accommodating to bushwalkers and has a pricey bistro upstairs. But it can be crowded on Friday and Saturday nights!
(02) 4782 1111 – 15 Katoomba Street
Blue Mountains Chocolate – Katoomba
Hot chocolate is served with a candle, milk and chocolate bits so you can take you time to enjoy chit chat while you make your own hot drink. There is a good selection of handmade chocolates to choose from and a selection of ice cream for hot weather.
(02) 4782 7071 – 176 Lurline Street
Alexandra Hotel (The Alex) – Leura
Cheep beer, reasonable food, nice sunny beer garden for the warmer days. – and fires for colder days. Open on Public Holidays, when most other places are closed. Good Japanese place next door if you want to source your food and drink separately!
(02) 4782 4422 – 62 Great Western Highway
Hana Japanese Restaurant – Leura
Good food, BYO alcohol or you can get sake there. Open late. Try the green tea ice-cream.
(02) 4784 1345 – 121 The Mall
Leura fish & chips – Leura
The most run down looking shop in the mall, but good prices and generous servings of grease. You can scandalise the visiting bourgeoisie by sitting on the grassy median strip to eat. Usually open after the other shops.
141 The Mall
Thai Square – Leura
Great Thai that comes highly recommended by the locals (better than the Katoomba Thai places). BYO with reasonably priced food. Open 7 days.
(02) 4784 2477 – 130 Megalong Street
Red Door Cafe – Leura
A popular cafe in Leura for good reason. Great coffee and food. And cold drip if that’s your thing.
(02) 4784 1328 – 134 Leura Mall
The Conservation Hut – Wentworth Falls
Perfectly positioned above the Valley of the Waters (at the finish point for Empress Canyon). The food, while a tad pricy, is generally great. An open fire makes it very cosy in winter.
(02) 4757 3827 – Fletcher Street
Schwarzs Patissierie – Wentworth Falls
A bit trendy and pricey, and can often have a big queue, but very good quiches, pretzels and rolls. Staff can be a bit rude, but usually only when it is busy.
(02) 4757 3300 – 30 Station Street
Il Postino’s – Wentworth Falls
Superb morning coffee, brilliant cakes and excellent breakfasts.
(02) 4757 1615 – 13 Station Street
Grand View Hotel – Wentworth Falls
Fairly standard pub fare, and prices. Reasonably accommodating of bushwalkers after a cold beer or an open fire in winter. Right on the highway and close to the station.
(02) 4757 1001 – 174 Great Western Highway
Blue Mist Cafe – Wentworth Falls
Good breakfast menu, lots of vegetarian options, servings are huge, and the scones are great. It also has a huge book collection upstairs. Opens at 8am.
(02) 4757 4841 – 8 Station Street
Blue Mountain Hotel – Lawson
Good food, reasonable prices, nicely restored historic building. In winter the fire is going and there is a good selection of beers on tap. Friendly service, comfy lounges and no issues with dress code.
(02) 4759 1023 – 286 Great Western Highway
20 Mile Hollow – Woodford
Good cafe with easy road access if headed east. Plenty of space to stretch out both outside on the verandah and inside with tables and couches. Friendly with no issues with dress code. Open 8 – 4pm.
(02) 4758 8058 – 68 Great Western Hwy
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