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As the only Asian grocer in the Blue Mountains and with the most delicious Vietnamese lunch offerings, The Laughing Elephant makes the locals very happy. Sydneysiders don’t know how good they’ve got it with Asian grocers stationed on just about every block in some Sydney suburbs. Here in the Blue Mountains we have only one […]

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When it’s winter in the Blue Mountains, sometimes all you want to do is snuggle up by an open fireplace and drink a hot chocolate or a glass of red. Here are some of the best cafés and pubs where you can do just that. Wisteria Place, Leura Serving Campos coffee, all-day breakfast and now open for […]

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With single origin, cold-drip and batch brews using Campos Coffee beans on offer, The Church has seriously raised the bar for coffee in the lower Blue Mountains. This dedicated ‘brew bar’ is set inside a quaint timber church on the main café strip of Glenbrook. In the morning, two glimmering stained-glass windows filter the sunlight, […]

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We rejoiced when this place opened because it meant we didn’t need to drive an extra 15 minutes up the mountain to Anonymous Café in Blackheath for a hit of Campos coffee. Campos is reliably excellent because the coffee brand trains the baristas at all cafés using its beans to ensure they make consistently good coffee. […]

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When you’re on your own, it’s all about the coffee. With kids, it’s: “How can I keep these rascals – I mean, loves of my life – entertained while I enjoy a moment of peace?” Thankfully a handful of café owners in the Blue Mountains understand this parental plight and cater for both children and adults, […]

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***NOTE: THIS RESTAURANT CLOSED DOWN JUNE 2017*** City fare, Blue Mountains feel… this Blackheath restaurant offers the best of both worlds.  When Vesta opened a few years ago I was so relieved. Here was a restaurant that tasted like we were eating in Sydney but felt like we were eating in the Blue Mountains. There’s that sophistication to […]

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A playful menu and premium coffee give this Blue Mountains café extra spark. “I’ll have the poached eggs and avocado,” I say to the waiter at Kickaboom café in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. I’m half-expecting an eye-roll at the banality of my order when there are so many other interesting things on the menu, but […]

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From specialty grocers to big-name supermarkets, here’s where to stock up on food and essentials when visiting the Blue Mountains. Eating at restaurants and cafes in the Blue Mountains is part of the fun of coming here, but – let’s face it – sometimes there’s nothing better than tucking into a home-cooked meal when you’re travelling. […]

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If I lived any closer to Springwood I’d spend so much time at Dbl Ristretto I’d have to start paying rent. It’s very hard to find fault with the coffee, atmosphere and food here, and while I wish it had wifi I suspect there’s a reason it’s not offered… to deter people like me from lingering too long! The […]

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We were nervous about having High Tea at the refurbished Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath. After years of driving past its fenced-off façade imagining what it would be like inside, the moment had come to find out. Our biggest fear was: what if it wasn’t any good, even after the $35 million restoration? The Blue Mountains has […]

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