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26 Station Street, Mount Victoria — (02) 4787 1220
A reasonable coffee spot if your headed past, but it doesn’t open until 9am on weekends.
The Ivanhoe: (6/10)
231 Great Western Highway, Blackheath — (02) 4787 6156
Reasonable food at reasonable prices. The best pub option in Blackheath. It claims to be home to best meat pies “in the universe”, but that certainly isn’t everyone’s experience!
Gardners Inn: (4/10)
255 Great Western Highway, Blackheath — (02) 4787 6400
Once great but has gone downhill. Food is vastly overpriced. Can be a bit trendy on weekends. The only salvation is the lounges in front of the fire on a cold wet day.
Wattle Cafe: (6/10)
240 Great Western Highway, Blackheath — (02) 4787 8153
A popular meeting place for bushwalkers for aeons, it has friendly staff and reasonable coffee.
Piedmont Inn Pizza: (8/10)
248 Great Western Highway, Blackheath — (02) 4787 7769
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.
Pizza Delish: (7/10)
121-123 Station Street, Blackheath — (02) 4787 7231
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.
Bakehouse on Wentworth: (7/10)
105 Wentworth Street, Blackheath — (02) 4787 6744
Excellent pies and good coffee. Open early on weekends and public holidays.
Blackheath Fish and Chips: (6/10)
222 Great Western Highway, Blackheath
Food quality can vary, but no complaints about filthy canyoners. Eat your meal across the road in the park.
Blackheath Patisserie: (5/10)
6 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath — (02) 4787 8447
Good sourdough and some good pies, but has gone downhill in recent years.
Thai Silk Restaurant: (7/10)
124 Wentworth Street, Blackheath — (02) 4787 6968
A good local Thai place with reasonable prices.
Anonymous Cafe: (6/10)
237 Great Western Highway, Blackheath
Great coffee. A recreation of a trendy inner west cafe in the upper mountains. Small, intimate with a nice selection of fresh dishes, including an awesome veggie burger. Can get pretty crowded on the weekend.
Cafe Memento: (6/10)
38 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath — 0421 582 509
A local favourite. Has a sunny open courtyard for nice days. Great for coffee or a nice feed. Only open between 8.30am and 4pm.
1 Railway Parade, Medlow Bath
Owned by the same people as Blackheath’s Anonymous. Great coffee. Perfect meeting spot for trips to Jugglers / Grand Canyons
Gearin Hotel: (7/10)
273 Great Western Highway, Katoomba — (02) 4782 4395
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.
Station Bar: (8/10)
287 Bathurst Road, Katoomba — (02) 4782 4782
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.
Blackburn’s Family Hotel: (7/10)
15 Parke Street, Katoomba — (02) 4782 1106
This pub focuses on the local crowd rather than tourists. Good food, big serves and interesting atmosphere.
Arjuna Indian Restaurant: (8/10)
16 Valley Road, Katoomba — (02) 4782 4662
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 restaurant. The prices are reasonable at $16-20 for mains. BYO only, so bring your own booze. Ring ahead to check they have room.
Pho Moi: (8/10)
Corner of Katoomba and Waratah Streets, Katoomba — (02) 4782 2905
Delicious Vietnamese with quick service. Reasonably priced, including $15 pho, which is hard to beat as a warm up after a wet day. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, but annoyingly closed in the afternoons from 3-5.30pm. Also does takeaway.
Chork Dee: (7/10)
204 Katoomba Street, Katoomba — (02) 4782 1913
The best place for Thai in Katoomba. No MSG. Ring ahead to make sure they have space.
Sanwiye Korean: (8/10)
172 Katoomba Street, Katoomba — 0405 402 130
Fantastic, well priced food on the main drag.
Hominy Bakery: (7/10)
185 Katoomba Street, Katoomba — (02) 4782 9816
Offers a great selection of pies, cakes and pastries. Specialising in sourdough bread. It also has great vegetarian pie options.
Common Ground Cafe: (7/10)
214 Katoomba Street, Katoomba — (02) 4782 9744
Run by an obscure religious sect (enjoy the beards and long dresses), this place serves great food which is very well priced. Their Amazon energy drink comes highly recommended to keep you awake for drive home. Closed Friday night and all day Saturday.
Swiss Cottage: (5/10)
132 Lurline Street, Katoomba — (02) 4782 2281
Good food including traditional Swiss fare, along with an open fire. But you’ll need a clean change of clothes and dry shoes. And you have to book.
Old City Bank Bar (Carrington Hotel): (7/10)
15 Katoomba Street, Katoomba — (02) 4782 1111
Located on the main drag street, in front of the historic Carrington Hotel. The old-style bar is accommodating to bushwalkers and has a nice but pricey bistro upstairs. It can be crowded on Friday and Saturday nights.
Blue Mountains Chocolate: (7/10)
176 Lurline Street, Katoomba — (02) 4782 7071
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.
Alexandra Hotel (The Alex): (7/10)
62 Great Western Highway, Leura — (02) 4782 4422
Beer, good food, and a nice sunny beer garden for the warmer days. Plus several fires for the colder months. Open on public holidays when most other places are shut.
Hana Japanese Restaurant: (7/10)
121 The Mall, Leura — (02) 4784 1345
Good food, BYO alcohol or you can get sake there. Open late. Try the green tea ice-cream.
Leura Fish & Chips: (6/10)
141 The Mall, 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.
Thai Square: (7/10)
130 Megalong Street, Leura — (02) 4784 2477
Great Thai that comes highly recommended by the locals (better than the Katoomba Thai places). BYO with reasonably priced food. Open 7 days.
Red Door Cafe: (7/10)
134 Leura Mall, Leura — (02) 4784 1328
A popular cafe in Leura for good reason. Great coffee and food. And cold drip if that’s your thing. Trendy and often full.
Lily’s Pad Cafe and Takeaway: (7/10)
19 Grose Street, Leura (enter from Woolies carpark) — (02) 4784 1033
If you happened to have gone for a walk with your dog and are in need of a good coffee or lunch, Lily’s Pad welcomes dogs to it’s outside courtyard area. Open 7 days.
Conservation Hut: (7/10)
Fletcher Street, Wentworth Falls — (02) 4757 3827
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.
Schwarzs Patissierie: (6/10)
30 Station Street, Wentworth Falls — (02) 4757 3300
A bit pricey and can often have a big queue, but very good quiches, pretzels, pies and rolls.
Il Postino’s: (7/10)
13 Station Street, Wentworth Falls — (02) 4757 1615
Superb morning coffee, brilliant cakes and excellent breakfasts.
Grand View Hotel: (6/10)
174 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls — (02) 4757 1001
Fairly standard pub fare. Reasonably accommodating of bushwalkers seeking a cold beer or an open fire in winter. Right on the highway and close to the station.
Blue Mist Cafe: (7/10)
8 Station Street, Wentworth Falls — (02) 4757 4841
Good breakfast menu, lots of vegetarian options, huge servings, and the scones are great. It also has a huge book collection upstairs. Opens at 8am.
Blue Mountain Hotel: (7/10)
286 Great Western Highway, Lawson — (02) 4759 1023
Good food, reasonable prices, in a nicely restored old pub. 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.
20 Mile Hollow: (8/10)
68 Great Western Highway, Woodford — (02) 4758 8058
Good cafe with easy road access if heading down the mountains. Plenty of space to stretch out both outside on the verandah and inside with tables and couches. Friendly staff with no issues with dress code. Open 8am to 4pm.
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