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Blue Mountain Restaurants and Nightlife

In keeping with Australia's increasingly sophisticated image of offering innovative and reasonably-priced cuisine, restaurants in the Blue Mountains are many and varied. The trendy and award-winning ones are concentrated in Leura, but there are good restaurants of all ethnic varieties, price ranges and style all over the mountains, while cafés are numerous and well-priced.

Keep an eye out for country coffee/tea shops that serve stupendous Devonshire teas. And don't overlook the country hotels, which often have restaurants offering hearty fare. Some restaurants have wonderful views, but tend to be more expensive. The beautiful art nouveau hotels established a the end of the nineteenth century by sophisticates escaping from Sydney's heat are still functioning. Their bars and restaurants are open to the public and they sometimes have live music.

For nightclubs, bars and live music, Katoomba is the place to be. As this is where the backpacker accommodation is, the music tends to be oriented towards the younger age group. However, there's also jazz, blues and folk music, particularly at the Blue Mountains Music Festival, held annually in March www.bmff.org.au.

If you're after a film, there's The Edge cinema ((02) 4782 8900), which has a six-storey high screen; the quaint Mt Vic Flicks ((02) 4787 1577) in the old village hall at Mt Victoria, as well as more usual cinemas in Katoomba.

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