For Leura-based explorations of the Blue Mountains, these seven cafes will top up your caffeine levels and fortify your day with delicious food.
It’s easy to while away a day cafe-hopping in lovely Leura. Go from latte to lunch at these eateries that serve beautiful, locally focused fare with laidback mountain vibes. From a long-time favourite tucked behind a red door, to a deli counter loaded with incredible cheeses and meats, there are plenty of Leura cafes to fuel a day hiking, shopping or simply relaxing in town.
1. Red Door Café
Best for: Relaxed sipping and snacking.
On a cherry blossom-lined street sits Red Door Cafe, a Leura local favourite. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or just to cradle a latte and have a chat in the courtyard. It’s not fancy or fussy, but you’ll find all the classics made well, from eggs however you like them to salads and sandwiches. Bigger meals may include bistro-style plates the likes of Tuscan-style sausages or a confit duck Maryland. Cosy and much adored in the community, a visit here offers a wedge of mountain life.
Stop by for brunch at Red Door Cafe. (Image: James Horan; Destination NSW)
Address: 134 Leura Mall, Leura
2. Leura Gourmet Cafe and Deli
Best for: Gathering provisions for your Leura staycation.
Swing by Leura Gourmet Cafe and Deli for smoothies and juices, coffee and a range of tempting morsels under the deli counter, from salads and sambos to pasta and sugar-dusted cannoli. It’s hard not to shop with your stomach here with a range of beautiful condiments and pickles that promise to level up the excitement in your pantry and everything you could ever need to build the ultimate antipasto platter. If you’re planning a picnic out in the national park, Leura Gourmet is an obligatory stop to gather provisions.
Address: 159 Leura Mall, Leura
3. Sorensen’s Glasshouse
Best for: The stunning, sun-lit location.
This beautifully designed, glass-walled cafe lets you feel as though you’re dining under the trees. Bright and light-filled, it’s a stunning spot for breakfast or lunch any time of the year, but autumn is particularly magical with the orange-hued leaves providing a vibrant backdrop.
This beautiful glass-walled cafe immerses you in nature.
There is Devonshire tea as well as more substantial eats of mushroom fettuccine for lunch or a garden breakfast to help push the day into gear. Wander the enclosed gardens where little ones can freely roam and pick up a bunch of blooms or a new plant while you’re here.
You’ll find vibrant plants on display at Sorensen’s Glasshouse.
Address: 8 Herbert Street, Leura
4. The Laneway
Best for: Coffee lovers.
Drop into the cosy Laneway coffee shop that has local Cassiopeia beans running through the candy-pink coffee machine from 6.30am through to 2pm on weekdays, and 7am–11am on Saturdays. You’ll have plenty of baked and fresh toasted delights to tempt you into a side order of a little something, such as the roasted pumpkin and gorgonzola toastie or a lemon and blueberry syrup cake.
Address: 146–148 Leura Mall, Leura
5. The Wayzgoose Diner
Best for: Big, diner-style dining.
Meals are made from scratch using locally sourced produce wherever possible at the bright-hued Wayzgoose Diner set in the oldest commercial building in Leura (once home to a printing press). It’s all about big, comforting favourites here, from hot cakes to waffles and hot dogs to burgers.
Breakfast is served until 11.30, but the all-day menu means you can indulge your fish and chip craving at breakfast, too. It’s also home to the original flowerpot scone, which has remained unchanged since the 1980s when it was invented by a former owner.
The Wayzgoose Diner is home to the original flowerpot scone.
Address: 174 Leura Mall, Leura
6. The Bunker
Best for: All-day grazing and afternoon drinks.
The Leura outpost of The Bunker can be found in Leura Mall, where burgers are flipped, tea is poured and cocktails are shaken from breakfast to dinner on Friday to Sunday, and lunch to dinner Monday to Thursday.
Make a pitstop for breakfast or lunch at The Bunker.
It’s cafe classics and relaxed ambience that draws diners in for everything from snacks of Cajun cauliflower to plates piled with smoky ribs and spritzy, boozy drinks. The Leura Bunker also has its own drawcard of a private, outdoor Dining Dome, where you can take in the stunning views while you eat and gaze through the transparent walls for a special event or high tea.
Take in the breathtaking views from the Dining Dome.
Address: 117-121 Leura Mall, Leura
7. Lily’s Pad
Best for: Sweet treats to share.
Humble and homely, Lily’s Pad cafe is an adorable spot for a sweet treat come morning or afternoon tea. If you can overlook the ceramic frogs and the pun and turn your eye to the selection of beautifully baked goods, you’ll be very quickly taken in with this charming spot. Think sugar-crusted doughnuts, mini cheesecakes and all manner of muffins. There is a more savoury side to things, too, with breakfasts of eggs and lunches of salads, sandwiches, and even rice paper rolls.
Address: 19 Grose Street, Leura