Pack your appetite when you head for the hills. With a sumptuous array of farmers markets, food festivals, cafes and restaurants, the Blue Mountains knows all about the art of living and eating well.
The Hydro Majestic is one of the icons of the Blue Mountains, a sprawling art deco hotel built as a European-style spa retreat more than a century ago. Now restored to its former glory, dining options include the handsome Salon Du The with its refined Asian-inspired menu and afternoon tea in the Wintergarden, one of the essential experiences of the Blue Mountains, with sensational views across the Megalong Valley.
At the top end of town, Leura Garage is a funky café/bar/restaurant that has been making big waves on the local food scene with stone-baked pizzas, a locavore menu and Mediterranean-inspired tasting plates. Perfect for all times, whether it’s recovering from a bushwalk, casual coffee or dinner just for two.
A fixture on the Blue Mountains calendar, the Summer Harvest Festival is a treat for the taste buds. Held in and around Katoomba at the end of January, the festival features an all-embracing program of workshops, long lunches, tastings, demonstrations from celebrity chefs and the famous Chooks Tour as the grand finale.
Farmers markets are a regular weekend fixture at towns and villages throughout the Blue Mountains. Springwood, Blackheath and Lithgow are just a few of the markets where you can buy produce fresh from the grower, with organic, chemical-free fruit and vegetables as a specialty. Also a great range of preserves, herbs and plants for the garden.
A long-standing fixture in Leura’s heritage-listed Mall, Silk’s Brasserie is the perfect choice for a long and leisurely lunch or dinner with its warm, intimate and polished atmosphere. The menu is refined and sophisticated, taking its cues from the Mediterranean cookbook with a fashionable nod to the Levant.