No surprise I love food. I love sampling it, buying it, cooking it and I also love sourcing food like local organic fruit and vegetables, local wines and cheeses and raw honey.
Food is something Dan and I have very much in common. I wouldn’t say I am a good cook at all, but I do love cooking good, wholesome, “from scratch”, rustic food.
Since living here in the Blue Mountains we have harvested vegetables from the already established vegetable garden and we have added to it quite substantially. We are currently growing broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet, cabbage, tomatoes, cos lettuce, onions, fennel and a huge range of herbs.
The rhubarb continually gets harvested which I stew and freeze and then use in fruit crumbles, cakes and muffins and we are eagerly watching the tree outside our kitchen window which we believe is an apple tree but are waiting to see whether they are edible apples or crab apples. Fingers crossed.
The Blue Mountains has been a food mecca for us.
And there are no major fast food outlets! Well except for McDonald’s in Blaxland that’s it! Isn’t that fantastic?
We have discovered so much, with more to still find and taste but for now we have found our “go to” places that suit us and have loved the experiences and the connection with the people behind them.
This is not a guide to fine dining. We like fine dining, but for us, good food is a part of our everyday. And it is that everyday food that we are most interested in.
But food, and everything that goes with that, growing, preparing, cooking, sharing a meal – nourishes our souls on a different level, and that is what we strive to find.
As a couple, some of our happiest times are when we are together in the kitchen cooking up a storm, or preserving, stewing and freezing our homegrown produce. It really is a big part of our lives that we enjoy.
This article shares with you the places that we have found, and come to love, here in the Blue Mountains. I will keep updating it as we continue to explore.
Whether you are visiting for a day or staying for a week and self-catering, this guide will assist you in finding those places that will leave you wanting to visit again and again.
And hopefully, make life a little easier when choosing what to eat when you are visiting the Blue Mountains.
I suffer from food intolerances, like a lot of people, so I am always on the lookout for healthy, fresh food that not only can I tolerate but enjoy.
You can also find out more about where to eat in 5 Cafes you should visit in the Blue Mountains, Australia (and others we like too).
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Healthy, Organic & Fresh Food
Lyttleton Stores, Lawson
A selection of stores – PanTree Produce, Atelier and Preserve are all housed in the beautiful, historical Lyttleton Stores, located in the small town of Lawson.
PanTree Produce is an organic grocery store selling fresh produce from their garden, homemade treats as well as an array of organic, gluten free and dairy free food and treats.
There is an excellent selection of food, and household products as well, that would suit someone visiting the mountains in self-catering accommodation. Whether you just want to eat healthier produce or have particular dietary needs, you would have no problem stocking your pantry here.
As well as Atelier which sells artisan jewellery, ceramics, furniture and more you will thoroughly enjoy your shopping experience here.
And if you are here for a bit longer then maybe one of the Preserve Workshops would be of interest.
For me, the highlight of the Lyttleton Stores is their organic produce. The choice was good and to me value for money. I also like that I could buy most of the items I needed from one stop instead of having to go to a number of shops. Perfect for a weekend away.
Lyttleton Stores are located at 1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson
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Logan Brae Orchard
During February to September, we buy our apples fresh at Logan Brae Orchard in Blackheath. We love the apples and buy a couple of boxes of seconds every couple of weeks to use in juices, cooking and for eating.
Keep them in the fridge and they stay crisp and taste like lemonade. Seriously! We nearly cried when the season came to a close. Well not really, but we do really love these apples.
Boxes of apples are available along with boxes of seconds (perfectly fine just not as pretty), apple juice, apple jelly, chutney, homemade jams, muffins and toffee apples as well as their own Free Range. Their hot spiced apple juice is a treat on a cold winters day.
And if you get there early enough you can grab yourself a homemade apple pie. But be quick because they do sell out quickly.
Logan Brae Orchard is the only remaining orchard and was originally planted in 1919. They grow a variety of apples including Gravensteins, Pink Ladies, Granny Smith and Royal Galas.
Logan Brae is located at 139 Shipley Road, Blackheath and only sell apples in season from February to the beginning of September on certain days from 10 am – 4 pm. They will, however, be open on some Sundays out of season from 10 am – 1 pm selling their other products.
Please note – the Orchard Store is Cash Only.
Buying fresh produce from the Orchard itself. We love the experience and the interaction when buying our apples. The apples are great and the views from the orchard aren’t bad either!
Not bad for seconds!
Muffins & Toffee Apples
Hot Apple Pies
Great views from Logan Brae
The Blue Mountains Food Co-Op, Katoomba
The Blue Mountains Food Co-Op has become our place to shop. Friday mornings we drive over to Katoomba and instead of doing all our shopping at the supermarket we now come here.
We buy the majority of our fruit and vegetables here (what we don’t already grow in our garden) and only visit the supermarket for a few additional items.
The co-op is great for anyone staying in Katoomba or surrounding areas who are conscious of the food they eat and where it comes from. All the food here is, where possible, locally sourced, organic, biodynamic and chemical free.
The Blue Mountains Food Co-Op is run and owned by its members and provides fresh food at good prices. I know a lot of people who don’t buy organic fruit and vegetables because it can be expensive, but the produce at the co-op is reasonably priced and they have a good selection of food – fruit and vegetable, dairy, non-dairy, baked goods plus staples like condiments, flours, nuts and seeds and more.
Their motto is “Good Food that Doesn’t Cost the Earth”.
Apart from our usual groceries Dan always seems to find a freshly made sweet treat, like a gluten-free biscuit or slice that he sneaks into the bag. You can’t take him anywhere!
We love it here. The people are friendly and helpful, the produce fantastic and we are excited to have finally found a place like this to shop at regularly. I
i is a great place to shop when you are trying to cut down on unnecessary waste. You will need to bring your own bags and/or jars, or you can purchase them at the store. But don’t worry the staff will walk you through it the first time.
The Blue Mountains Food Co-Op is located at Ha’Penny Lane, Katoomba and is Monday – Friday from 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday 8.30 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4.30 pm.
We love buying fresh organic produce in this well-run store. It makes us feel like part of a community and the overall experience every week is enjoyable. Much better than a supermarket experience.
Blackheath Growers Market
The Blackheath Growers Market is held on the second Sunday of each month except January.
It has an abundance of stalls selling a variety of products ranging from bread, cheeses, meat, wines, fruit and vegetables (both organic and pesticide free), plants, herbs and so much more I can’t list them all.
We have found gluten-free treats, organic dairy products, free-range meat, raw honey and organic wines.
If you are a visitor to the area and happen to be here when the market is running it worth a visit. Not only can you buy your fresh food here you can buy a delicious breakfast and enjoy it whilst listening to live music.
Located at Blackheath Community Centre, Corner of Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway, Blackheath
Open from 8 am to 12 pm on the second Sunday of each month (except January)
The community atmosphere at the markets is great. And the range of stalls provides us with a unique shopping experience. Each time we try something new.
For a little Indulgence
Most of the time we like to eat healthily. But when we indulge, we indulge!
I would like to say that it is on the rare occasion we indulge but better to not say how often we actually do.
The places mentioned are favourites because of the delicious foods and choices they offer, but also for the quality of their products.
Because for us, if we are going to be “naughty” then we want to make sure it’s good.
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
You know those chocolates that look delicious but when you bite into them you are left disappointed by the lack of flavour?
Well, these are not those!
The Blue Mountains Chocolate Company has become a favourite place of ours to stop in for a coffee and a sweet indulgence. The chocolate coated marshmallows on a stick are our “go to” treat. Yum! Who knew the humble old marshmallow could taste so good?
But when we are in the mood for something really special we order a few of the other chocolates. We are slowly making our way through the selection but I have to say I don’t have any favourites because so far they have all been lovely. They really get their flavours right and there is nothing bland about these chocolates.
If you are visiting the Blue Mountains and want to treat yourself, this is the place.
And if you need to pick up a gift for someone (or take home one for yourself) then the gift boxes are a perfect choice. We plan on buying ourselves a lovely box as a treat for Christmas.
All their chocolates are made on the premises. They also make a great coffee and offer a good variety of cakes.
The Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is located at 176 Lurline Street, Katoomba and is open from 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week.
The quality and flavour of the chocolate are incredible. And it is the perfect indulgence when paired with a good cup of coffee.
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Carrington Cellars and Deli, Katoomba
How do I describe the Carrington Cellars? Uuummm. Food Heaven maybe?
Well maybe a little over the top, but not far from it.
The Carrington Cellars & Deli stock not only a great array of imported foods, but they also have a great selection of spirits and ciders. AND they have a fantastic range of international wines along with a good selection of local wines from the Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee areas.
Since living in the mountains I have had a lovely time trying out the local wines, particularly the organic wines that come from these areas.
The Carrington Cellars & Deli is located in the old Katoomba Power Station. Make sure you put some time aside for a visit here because you will want to take your time looking at everything it has to offer. And then even more time trying to decide what you are going to buy.
It is the perfect place to stock up on picnic supplies for your stay in Katoomba.
The Carrington Cellar & Deli is located on Parke Street, Katoomba. You can find car parking next door.
I love choosing a different wine to try each time. And Dan loves walking through the food section looking for something we haven’t tried before. Always a pleasurable experience.
Imported Beer & Wine
Do you have any good food recommendations for the Blue Mountains?
As much as I would like to I’m not sure that I can physically try every food store in the Blue Mountains.
But if you have somewhere that provides above average quality food for everyday cooking then I would love to hear about it.
Some suggestions I would like to know – Artisan Cheeses, Long lunches, wineries (I have a few on my list to try) and organic produce. I will endeavour to try them all out.