Some Places We Love Around Katoomba and Leura
Hominy Organic Sourdough Bakery, 185 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, for true and traditional sourdoughs and bakers’ cakes.
Blue Mountains Food Co-Op, Hapenny Lane, Katoomba (near post office). THE place to buy good food in bulk that doesn’t cost the earth Lots of local produce too. While there, also visit the Co-op’s LITTLE SHOP directly opposite for quality, sustainable homewares and locally-made items. Great as gifts and mementos of your stay!
Uplift Fair Trade Shop, 81-83 Town Centre Arcade, Katoomba.
Omnia, 44 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. A little bit of everywhere! Clothing from local artisans and also far and wide. Nothing mass-produced here.
Paragon Café, Katoomba Street, Katoomba, near Wollemi Gems ( and a great place to buy raw local honey). The Paragon is Australia’s oldest and longest-running café. Still making chocolates upstairs. Original box/packaging designs in use.
Carrington Cellars and Deli, Parke Street Katoomba (behind Katoomba Street). An Aladdin’s Cave of deli items, including extensive regional and local fare, small winemakers especially from the Western region. Unofficial ‘Wines of the West Embassy’!
The Granny Square, 55-57 Waratah Street Katoomba. Knitting, crochet and needlecraft supplies and classes.
The Stitching Post, 100 Lurline Street, Katoomba. One of Austalia’s largest patchwork and needlework stores.
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, 176 Lurline Street Katoomba, just up from the Three Sisters. Sinful hot chocolates and a myriad of handmade chocolates to choose from here.
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre & City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition – entry from alongside The Carrington Hotel
The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Street, Katoomba – Pop in for a cocktail on the Piazza or dine in style in the elegant Dining Room
Katoomba Art Galleries not to miss: Rex Livingston Art and Objects – 182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba; Gallery One88 – 186-188 Katoomba Street; Platform Gallery, 194 Katoomba Street; and Lost Bear Gallery, 208 Katoomba Street.
Katoomba Street Art Walk, 38 Waratah Street katoomba, featuring work from local, national and international artists.
Gifts N Things, 134A The Mall, Leura, particularly for scarves in natural fibres, plus a variety of gift items.
Leura Vintage, Shop 9 The Strand Arcade Leura. Men’s and women’s vintage fashion.
Max and Me, the Mall Leura. Strong focus on Australian artisans and designers. Upcycling and recycling evident in mix of products available.
The Nook, Upstairs, top end of Leura at 133 leura Mall. Promting local creatives. Wide variety of clothing, textile, and fibre art and more.
Mrs Peel, 166 The Mall , Leura. Vintage clothing for men and women, quirky jewellery and accessories.
Australian Alpaca Centre, Shop 201 The Mall Leura.
Picklemouse Corner, 1/152 Megalong Street Leura. Quilting supplies and also famous for the owner’s homemade fudge.
Josophans Chocolates, The Mall Leura. The finest and freshest handmade chocolates .
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapots 20-22 Grose Street Leura. Antique Emporium and Tearoom housing the world’s largest private collection of teapots.
Some ‘Village Secrets’ From Elsewhere:
Mount Vic Flicks, Harley Avenue, Mt Victoria ph 4787577, or go online for program. Set in an old hall and exuding character, this much-loved Mountains’ institution shows a variety of quality films including Met Opera screenings for opera buffs. Candy Bar has a loyal following, with home-made soup, cakes and slices, as well as their famous choc top icecreams. Must not miss!
Woodford Academy, 90 Great Western Highway, Woodford. National-Trust classified, oldest set of buildings in the Blue Mountains. Ghost Tours and exciting exhibitions.
Lyttleton Stores, 1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson. Sell own produce/Australian/local fare as well as dry goods, oils, vinegars and local honey.
Conditorei Patisserie Schwarz, 30 Station Street, Wentworth Falls. Traditional German Bakery. Wide Variety of cakes, pastries and German bread. Delightful Christmas fare.
Blackheath General Store and Café, 249 Great Western Highway, Blackheath
Victory Theatre, Govets leap Road, Blackheath. Variety of market-style stalls set in old theatre. Café at front. Great for a creative forage.
High Tea in the Mountains - We recommend The Carrington Hotel Katoomba, Bygone Beautys Leura, and the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath.