There are a number of cafes and restaurants in and around Leura to keep you well fed and happy! If you are attending Everglades' Leura Shakespeare Festival, ask about a hamper to make the theatre experience even more special. We suggest you call ahead for booking the hamper, so telephone numbers are included below.
The Alexandra (The Alex Bistro)
62 Great Western Highway, Leura
02 4782 4422
Hours: Open daily from 12noon, Music on Sunday 1pm–4pm
We love the ambience of ‘The Alex’ and its newly restored look. Under new management, the old gal has been given an interior facelift – a remodel that provides the Blue Mountains with a classy bistro. A pizza oven for that perfect pub-food option was installed adjacent to a newly furnished and family-oriented game room. A petite library in front of the fireplace for relaxing with friends over a glass of wine is a charming surprise of the new reconfiguration. Finally, the ‘Carriages’ function room, an extension to the historic Redfern Bistro opens out to the Beer Garden (terrace)and is perfect for 40 or more guests. The terrace is an incredible setting; you can see the whole of Leura below with the added bonus of watching passengers debark on the Blue Mountains trains. Trains, coming and going entrance our little ones. This is the new Alex. We suggest bookings for weekends -- The Alex does get busy!
Bon Ton Bistro & Wine Bar
192 The Mall, Leura
02 4782 4377
Hours: Open Fri–Tue 11am ‘til late, Sun 9am–3.30pm
Bon Ton Bistro is modelled on the cheery and modern European-style bistro, occupying the entire corner of Megalong Street and The Mall. In summer, leafy trees shade the garden terrace seating – alfresco dining is very special! Some 14 years ago on a lovely summer day, we shared a family lunch at Bon Ton – our first foray into Leura – and we’ve been returning annually for a holiday celebration in the garden. Bon Ton has an upmarket yet casual ambience. A fixed price menu selection – two or three courses – offers a range of choices, from hearty soups and large salads to full mains and delicate desserts. Petite samplings along with wine or beer make Bon Ton a popular hangout for Leura’s literati in the early evening.
The Rooster Restaurant
48 Merriwa Street, Katoomba
02 4782 1206
Hours: Open Fri–Tue Breakfast weekends 8am–10am, Lunch 12noon–2.30pm, Dinner 6pm ‘til late
Views,views, views! Located midway between Leura and Katoomba, The Rooster, built 125 years ago, perhaps offers an unimpeded view of Jamison Valley and the escarpment. Out front, tables and umbrellas offer a casual lunch setting for trekkers and backpackers – or perhaps that celebratory glass of champagne after a day of rock climbing. Inside, windows open out to the escarpment and the warm ambience of the bar, which features gorgeous woods and a sophisticated display of flagons and magnums of favourite malts and scotch whiskeys, creating an impressive reception area.
Formality is reserved for evenings where the traditional French menu is superb: slow cooked veal, duck confit leisurely cooked and served with lentils in potato baskets, grain-fed beef with onion compote and, of course, desserts to die for.
174 The Mall, Leura
02 4784 1973
Hours: Open daily 9am–5pm
Wayzgoose, a café with outdoor seating, occupies an historic building where in 1910, publisher Peter Giles Hart established the Federal Printing Works. This heritage building has an unusual shape – perfect for booths and tables of customers today yet we can imagine the long room filled with presses of the past.
Behind what could have been the printer’s customer counter in 1910, homemade brownies, cupcakes, tarts and flowerless orange and almond cakes beckon. Along with the famous ‘Flower-Pot Scone’, most offerings are made in-house. The espresso machine is constantly in motion as locals stop by in the early morning for a sweet and a shot of caffeine. ‘Huge Mountain Breakfast’ or waffles or Pesto Mushrooms are on the ‘all day’ menu.
90 Cliff Drive, Leura Falls
02 4782 1164
Hours: Open Wed–Sun lunch 11am–4pm, Sat dinner from 6.30 pm
Solitary owns the most stunning escarpment views in all of Leura – we see the weather changing minute by minute in this prime location. In this heritage cottage and garden overlooking Mt Solitary and Jamison Valley, refreshments have been served from the early days of the twentieth century. Since 1913, trekkers have been delighted to come upon the kiosk after a day of walking along the escarpment. Check out the garden menu. Delicious options are available from 11:30am – 3:30pm. French toast served with bacon, maple syrup, ricotta and caramelised pecans is the trekkers’ favourite.