I love the Blue Mountains. It’s no secret. I have been writing about them a bit of late and will continue as I discover more. And when I finally move there, I will be able to share even more. Because we eventually want to make the Blue Mountains our home, we visit regularly, and we are slowly making our way around exploring the different villages and what each has to offer.
So far we are looking at Wentworth Falls, Leura and Blackheath, with both of us leaning towards Blackheath at the moment. But because we love a weekend breakfast out, we are creating our list of what we like, basically doing our research before living there.
If you are a visitor to the area, I hope this guide helps in choosing a great place to eat. It can be hard if you are new to an area and faced with a multitude of choices. Unless you jump online and read all the reviews (which can be time-consuming), you could end up with a very average meal. And if you are like me, that's just plain annoying.
There are obviously more cafes to choose from, and I will write another post down the track when I have discovered them, but at this time these are my favourites.
I am writing this in order of succession as you drive up and through the Blue Mountains so the cafes will be listed in order.
I also eat gluten free and have some friends and family who do as well, so I will include that in this article as well. Nothing annoys me more than heading out for the day, stopping for something to eat and finding nothing on the menu that I can enjoy, so if you have dietary intolerances, hopefully, this will help.
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Scharwzes German Bakery, Wentworth Falls
This is a German bakery that also serves coffee, cake and light meals. The staff are friendly and helpful and efficient.
Where to start here, they have tortes and strudels, pastries and pretzels, and cakes both large and small and of course freshly baked bread.
The baked goods look and smell delicious (mmmm warm bread just out of the oven) and the pastries are divine as well. It is always busy in there with locals picking up fresh bread, so that is a good sign. And they have been for 12 years.
The cafe/bakery lacks atmosphere, but it certainly makes up for that with the food. And then there is the coffee! That was amazing.
Gluten Free Options
They only had one gluten free cupcake, but it is sensational. I have eaten it twice, and yes, we can all get a bit sick of orange almond, but trust me and just try it. It seemed lighter than other orange and almond cakes, but with the icing, it was to die for.
If you are coeliac, you will want to give this a miss as the gluten free cupcakes are stored side by side with all the other cakes. A bit of a bummer because it is delicious.
Milk, Soy & Almond
The hero at this place is the coffee. The cakes and pastries are great, but the coffee is really good.
Located at 30 Station Street, Wentworth Falls
Opening Hours: 7.30 am – 5 pm daily
Red Door Café, Leura
The Red Door Café is a favourite of ours for breakfast. Whenever we head to the Blue Mountains for the day, we leave early to avoid the crowds and make this our first stop. It has a rustic appeal and a cosy atmosphere.
I have also eaten lunch here with a group tour I ran, and we have also enjoyed their coffee and cake. What can I say but it is all great. I love it when a café has consistently good food and coffee, and the Red Door Café is.
Their service is quick, and the food is awesome with lots of choices and specials. And they offer a standard of food a bit of a step up from most cafes.
Everything I have eaten here has been delicious, but by far my favourite dish is from their All Day Breakfast Menu – Sauteed Mushrooms on toast. Oh my goodness! This dish is incredible. Naturally sautéed mushrooms but with the addition of hazelnut butter and a generous dollop of sour cream on top. And I order it with gluten free bread, and for me this makes it. Traditionally gluten free bread was about as exciting as eating a piece of cardboard, but this bread is locally made and utterly delicious. We have tried to buy it, but the owners will not give away their source! So even if you do not eat gluten free, I would order this bread. It makes the entire dish amazing.
As mentioned they have gluten free bread available plus quite a few of their dishes are gluten free too. And to top it off they do have one choice of cake. Yep, you guessed it Orange & Almond, but it is good.
Milk, Soy and Almond
The food. Everything I have tried here on numerous visits has been great. It can get very busy, but it is worth the wait for a table.
Located at 134 The Mall, Leura
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 4 pm
Bon Ton, Leura
Just down past the main shopping area in Leura you will find Bon Ton. Once a butcher it is now a lovely bistro with friendly staff and an interesting menu.
Look the food and coffee were good but what we were looking for was a pleasant outdoor dining experience, and that’s exactly what we got. Sitting under the dappled light filtering down through the large oak tree was just what we needed on a warm day. And the service we got was superb.
I will be honest they get mixed reviews, but our experience was fine. I would definitely go again and try something different. We shared the Peppered Rare Seared Kangaroo and finished with a slice of Chocolate Torte (GF) and coffee. The cake and coffee were great, and the main good, but not noteworthy. Next time we will try the Smoky Pulled Pork which looked divine.
They have gluten free bread available and at the time of our visit had the GF Chocolate Torte available. Some of their dishes could be adapted to be gluten-free.
Milk and Soy
The outdoor dining area. Great ambience sitting under the oak trees, a perfect place to relax away from the crowds.
Located at 192 Leura Mall, cnr Megalong Street, Leura
Opening Hours: 7 days for Brunch & Lunch, weekdays from 11 am and weekends from 8.30 am. Dinner Friday – Wednesday from 5.30 pm.
For more information – Bon Ton
This cosy café has a warm rustic ambience and is obviously frequented by locals, which to me is always a good sign. It is located on the highway in Blackheath in the main part of the village and is easily accessible.
I loved the décor. It is so me and I found it inviting. And to top it off the food was excellent. We were with a family group, and everyone loved the coffee and cakes they ordered. I had the house-made gluten free spiced pumpkin loaf with jam and mascarpone which ended up shared around the table because everyone loved it.
I am looking forward to going back and trying more on the menu. They have a seasonal menu which I love, and they also have daily blackboard specials.
Gluten Free Options
Gluten free bread and some cakes were available, but there was a limited choice of Carrot Cake and Chocolate Cake.
Milk and Soy
Most things, the warm, cosy atmosphere, food and coffee were all winners. We were there on a very wet day, and it was such a relief to be out of the rain. The service was very quick and efficient.
Located at 237-238 Great Western Highway, Blackheath
Opening Hours: Monday & Wednesday 7 am – 3 pm, Thursday – Saturday 7 am – 4 pm, Sunday 7.30 am – 3 pm. Closed Tuesdays.
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Megalong Valley Tea Rooms, Megalong Valley
This place is well worth the drive down, albeit on a winding road through pockets of rainforest. If you don’t mind the drive, you will love the scenery! And once down into the Megalong Valley the views are stunning looking back up at the mountains.
The Tea Rooms are something a little different. You can choose to sit inside or like most people take up a spot outside at a bench seat under the gum trees where you can see the cows in the neighbouring paddock, watch the Magpies play and enjoy nature.
The service here is exceptional and friendly. They have an extensive menu, and we shared the Cumberland Sausage Sandwich and finished with a slice of Caramel Slice (GF). The coffee was great too.
They have a few Gluten Free options available mainly including bread and some cakes including the Caramel Slice we had.
Milk and Soy
The location. Hands down. The food is great too, but the atmosphere here is something different and worth experiencing. Stunning natural setting. And the service was exceptional too.
Located on Megalong Road, Megalong Valley
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 5 pm.
For more information – Megalong Valley Tea Rooms
I would love to hear if you have visited the Blue Mountains and what your recommendations would be. I am always looking for new places to try. Pop your comments below and we can share them with our community. Thanks!
Cindy Reid is the founder of Travel Charm. Cindy has travelled extensively both personally and with her groups. She has now combined her love of art, food and travel and hosts Painting Trips to Europe and continues to explore and roam in Australia.