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Leura Streetscapes & Landscapes

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Leura is renowned for its shops - you can spend an entire day browsing and buying. Many shops have multiple rooms - they have been converted from turn-of-the century cottages. An old church, St David's Presbyterian, is home to elegant home wares and gifts.

As you step out of your car or hop off the tour bus, you will find a number of shops located around the periphery of the carpark. So many choices ... check out the village map for locations.

Leura Toy Store

Address: 167 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 2094
Hours: Open 7 days 10am-5pm

Under new management, but still under a 'starry, starry, sky', the petite toy shop is so filled with toys that visiting children are left speechless - for a moment only, then shrieks of excitement explode throughout.

The new owner, 'Papa' to two young ones, stocks fun while serious educational toys. Toys and puzzles that help develop motor skills of pre-schoolers are now in stock. Always available are the loveable plush animals. Often 10 to 12 year olds get bypassed by the toy industry, but we found fascinating and colourful construction sets that will certainly challenge this age group.

This is a wonderland - a labyrinth of trucks and china tea sets, dolls and prams and enormous toy cars. There are toys from floor to ceiling - some hanging from the stars above keep the imagination afloat! Childhood dreams come true in the Toy Shop - the Blue Mountains' only toy source!

Megalong Books

Address: 183 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 1302
Hours: Open 7 days; Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

We are drawn to Megalong Books for several reasons: walls and walls of books line shelves from floor to ceiling, along with DVDs of favourite flicks and great classical music CDs. The shop is a Leura 'institution,' a long-time mainstay on The Mall and a book version of comfort food for bibliophiles - calm, reassuring and so many titles.

Staff are knowledgeable readers, capable in making suggestions for fact or fiction. Service is personal and prompt and if you adore books, well, having 15,000 titles in stock is an impressive reason to hang around and browse.

Tucked away on the quirky shelves are some must-reads: fiction and non-fiction, geography and history. Travel and specialty books about the Blue Mountains are in large supply, if you're seeking a memento of your visit. Don't overlook Megalong's outstanding titles on walks and trails around Leura and elsewhere in the mountains.

Grandparents: the selection of children's books (in the back room) is quite extraordinary. You'll find the perfect book for that little one expecting a gift back home. This is one remarkable bookstore!

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Bijou Jewel of Leura

Address: 185 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 0411 087 507
Hours: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

Bijou Jewel is relatively new on the Leura scene and the setting is a petite shop, home to beautiful and playful jewellery. We love the special lighting effects and the sparing display of various designs - in Bijou, less is more!

For first time visitors to Leura or to Australia, Bijou specialises in distinctive Australian opals. Settings are made specifically for the organic shape of each stone. Our favourite: the range of fire opals.

The designs of French and Italian artists are displayed and for those shoppers specialising in 'lots of bling', the fabulous and colourful work of Jaky Brazil is a feature - the bracelets are smashing.

At Bijou, local Blue Mountains designers are often invited to launch their designs - a Mount Tomah artist who works specifically in sterling was on display at our visit. And for a touch of the witty and clever, stainless steel pieces - these French pieces are flexible and moveable: you are the designer.


Address: Shop 2, The Strand Arcade, 176-178 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 1213

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Circus has new digs in The Strand!

A riot of colour along with a fusion of textiles, metals, furs and leathers come together in a shop so aptly named - Circus! Women of all ages and sizes have selected garments from these hangers and shelves for decades, creating a personal fashion statement.

This year, Circus has developed its own label: Piccadilly Circus - designed and made in Australia and we recently browsed through this label with its beautiful colours and exquisite materials. In July, the darker colours were often complemented by bright and muted shades. In October, bright colours, patterns and terrific summer styles go from mountains to sea - so flexible.

If you are looking for those fantastic imports by Italian and Spanish designers - all are still in stock. We fell for an Italian line - stunning appliqué, unusual buttons - all exquisite handwork and amazingly soft fabric. Coats and svelte trousers; feminine, lusciously romantic shirts and skirts - what's not to like? You'll find casual or dressy gear here, but always classy!

Boots and shoes - heels or flats - Circus' durable and stylish selections are well-made, from fine leather. They should walk us through a number of years though we are hard on shoes. This remarkable collection changes with each season and keeps us returning and yes, shopping, year-round.


Address: 134a The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 3832
Hours: Open 7 days 10am-5pm

Of the numerous shops along the Mall, Gifts-n-Things has stayed true to the Edwardian-look of Leura. From its front verandah through the multiple rooms (with open fire), this is the ultimate gift shop. You'll need browsing time, as each room has its surprises - remarkable gifts and homewares line the shelves of this turn-of-the-century building and will charm their way into your heart and home.

Great fashion is one of Gifts' trademarks - strappy colourful sundresses in summer and trendy autumn dresses once weather turns. From beautiful scarves and wraps to Threadz, Clarity and Orientique fashion, you'll find something special for every season. Check out the accessories - so many choices.

Over the years, we've observed that owner Jo Davidson is always charming and treats every customer as a special guest, rare in today's hustle and bustle. Gifts 'n' Things is an appointed stockist of Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries and fragrances. 'The little shop with the inviting verandah on Leura Mall' is open seven days.

Aspects of Leura

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Address: 166 The Mall, Leura

We've been around Leura for a number of years now and it is our observation that the Aspects of Leura has, in 2015, found a great combination of shops. The Aspects arcade offers delightful surprises, specialty shops and so many colourful window fronts. Don't be timid: walk into this mini-mall of shops!

There are two entrances - either from Leura Mall between Mrs Peel and Leura Whisk, or, from the carpark through the glass door entrance. Enjoy browsing in the shops and cafes on ground level and first floor.

Mrs Peel Modern Vintage

Address: Shop 7, Aspects of Leura Arcade, 166 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 3065
Hours: Open 7 days 10am-5pm

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Vintage in this decade is the rage and carries so many meanings and such varied styles or looks for the vintage shopper. Typical of a curated exhibition in a museum, Mrs Peel offers us a modern vintage collection.

Sunglasses, jewellery - particularly the colourful bracelets - go so well with chic hats: red or black is stylish this year. Belts and other accessories are stocked in plentiful supply and are reasonably priced. One of a kind (really a pair) boots or shoes fly off the shelves of this popular shop but you must drop in frequently - shoes go quickly. Fine trendy wools for the cooler seasons and snazzy colourful dresses for spring and summer, line the racks with each change of the seasons.

Mrs Peel has been on the Leura scene for a number of years - each year the collection expands and develops - a good vintage shop must follow trends. The classic knit is always in fashion, but in order to appeal across multiple generations, the collection must be relevant and wearable. If you want the latest, this is your shop.

The French Shoppe

Address: Shop 6, Aspects of Leura Arcade, 166 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 2383
Hours: Open 7 days 9.30am-5pm

'Je parle francaise' isn't needed in this charming shop in the Arcade - only an appropriate appreciation for French culture and style. Along with the generous help of Lana and Peter, your native language will get you by very well.

Beautifully decorated French umbrellas - think Eiffel Tower in the rain - hang resolutely from the ceiling and line window fronts. Step inside: luscious fragrances waft through the air. Arty displays of delicately scented soaps load centre tables and these are definitely not your ordinary soaps. Cooked in cauldrons by 'master' French soap makers, these must be a luxury fitting for royalty!

On tall shelves along the walls, lavender or rose imbued sachet packets peek out. The Shoppe has a Blue Mountains exclusive with L'Occitane hand and body products famous for emollients of shea butter, honey, and sweet almond extract - yummy for the skin.

Browse through leather gloves and bags or swish hats - these are regularly available. Among the home wares you will find swish pillows - decorated with famous and familiar icons of Paris.

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The Shirt Lady

Address: Shop 2&3, Aspects of Leura Arcade, 166 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 1389
Hours: Open 7 days 9.30am-5pm

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An eruption of pastels, a burst of reds, blues and greens rush forth as we enter this sizeable shop down the Aspects of Leura Arcade. Shirts of every hue, sweaters, coats, jackets and scarves - fine knitwear for men and women fill this shop from top to bottom. We all know that fashion is mercurial and likely to change without warning. But here the style is classic and casual - this fashion enduring - never losing its stylishness.

We discover the season's temperatures may change, but The Shirt Lady doesn't let winter's black overtake our lives. Alpaca, possum, merino, lamb's wool, angora and flawless, delicious cashmere - all arrive in many colours. Of course, the greys, charcoals, blacks and browns that will always occupy a sizeable portion of our wardrobe can be found here as well.

For those new to Leura, the Shirt Lady has built a sterling reputation around her shirts - long sleeved, short sleeve, three-quarter sleeve. If you can't find your shirt here, in all probability you won't find it anywhere. The Shirt Lady's 'know-how' in shirts and jumpers is a well-known secret among the locals.

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Serai Living

Address: Shop 4, Aspects of Leura Arcade, 166 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 0403 524 679
Hours: Open 7 days 9am-5pm

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Serai Living is a recent addition to the Leura Arcade. For the home: antiques, art, tribal artefacts, glass, copper and brass - stunning pieces you will want to take home. This is a high-end collection.

Quilts and colourful linens from Nepal, India and the Middle East are currently for sale along with traditional jewellery from those areas of the globe. Clocks from old abandoned ships, hand crafted lamps and handmade rugs - many in gorgeous muted colours - stand along the wall. A 100 year-old mirror - once a window in an old house - provides the wow factor in this beautiful selection of rare artefacts and objects d'art for the home.

Large copper pots - perfect for large plants - caught our attention momentarily, but a beautiful pearl vase shimmering luminous and white in the special effects lighting moved to the top of our shopping list. So many choices!

Owner Jaivrat Rathore (Jai), who is quite the traveller, has collected legends and fables about every item. "Every piece here has a story", he says.

Leura Vintage

Address: Shop 9, The Strand Arcade, 178 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 3333
Hours: Open 7 days 10am-5pm

Leura Vintage is easily reached - just steps from your car in the carpark. Don't let The Strand Arcade address trip you up. However, if you make your way from within The Strand, walk past The Lolly Shop and up to the carpark level.

Amidst a group of small shops facing the carpark, Leura Vintage is light, cheery and filled with cherished true-vintage items and many items of vintage-style for men and women. Think '50's colours and pizzazz - a touch of mink, a flounce of tulle, or a drape of satin - a Bogart hat or vest; perhaps or Bacall tailored trousers. Time stands still!

Hats of a '40's vintage for men and women are so fashionable - we search the shelves for dainty white gloves to replicate 'that look'.

Take in the full shop and you'll find retro men's clothing you won't see elsewhere. From the U.S., original garage shirts are in stock. We could not believe our eyes!

Charming collectibles fill the shelves - we could browse here for hours!


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Leura Gifts & Homewares

Address: 187-197 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 3288
Hours: Open daily 10am - 5pm

Bring your wish list - a prayer book isn't needed - to this splendid gifts and homeware store, formerly St David's Presbyterian. While each person has his or her specific and unique taste in interiors and design, we covet the traditional furniture and gifts found here - characteristic of our childhood.

Here you'll find a tasteful array of local and international items: gorgeous and elegant wall hangings, ageless lamps and Australian sourced and made custom sofas. The wing and occasional chairs are classic and classy with lovely fabrics. Large tallboys and chests of amazing wood are perfect for the spacious home. If you need advice, the owners offer a wide range of design services.

Haus, The Art of Fine Living

Address: Shop 6, 152-160 The Mall, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 2628
Hours: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

We are a tad jaded when shopping is the topic, but Robyn Sewell's Haus knocks off our socks and leaves us a bit speechless. Exceptional large home items (such as lounge, chairs and coffee tables) and striking carpets first grabbed our attention. Then we caught sight of the jewellery and luscious Jenny Key scarves; gumboots are charming and humorous and art, by local Jane Canfield, captures perfectly the Blue Mountains scene. The list goes on and on and on....

Leura modern

Address: Shop 5, The Strand Arcade, 178 The Mall, Leura (alternately: 132 Megalong Street)
Phone: 0400 507 157
Hours: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

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A lovely shop around the corner on Megalong Street is filled to the brim with modern and vintage items - you will want to browse. From delicate English china to tea or coffee sets, jewellery or clothing, Leura Antiques is a treasure trove.

If you are ever the sophisticate, the shop's Art Deco collections will catch your eye - we found two beautiful dancer figurines alongside a display case of gorgeous Edwardian necklaces.

And pop culture lovers will delight in the movie memorabilia - great posters. It's all here in one shop - you just need time, a long afternoon among the antiques - and the modern.

Birches of Leura

Address: 2/156 Megalong Street, Leura
Phone: 02 4784 3146
Hours: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

Outside in this nursery we get the distinct impression of a ready-made garden: herbs, cottage plants, seedlings and trees - including a flowering Japanese maple in the centre. Handsome gurgling waterworks strategically spaced throughout give us a sense of tranquillity - noise from the carpark is dimmed. Owner, Christine Cuneo is an experienced horticulturist and in a few short years, together with business partner and husband, Piercarlo, has built the nursery into a Leura icon. Inside the gift shop you'll find decorative home items, some sophisticated others homey. In town for the Leura Gardens Festival? Stop by and purchase an unusual plant.

Gallery Lane

Address: 87 Railway Parade, Leura
Phone: 0417 824 618
Hours: Open Fri - Sun 10am - 4pm and all public holidays

From the Leura carpark and through a picturesque garden, Gallery Lane - a hidden treasure - is tucked away in a Leura cottage - perhaps built in the early 1900s. Small but beautiful, this is your ideal Blue Mountains gallery. From Railway Parade, down a small lane and set back from the street, the gallery is just steps from the Quidditas Creative Art & Gallery. Combined, the two make for great stops on your Sunday afternoon stroll in Leura.

The styles of exhibiting artists Loraine Droga and Sherrie Ehrlich are distinctive - watercolour landscapes, whimsical graphite drawings, mixed media and collage. The artwork here suits all tastes and budgets.

Segway Blue Mountains - Guided Tours

Address: Fairmont Resort, Lower Carpark, 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura
Phone: 0418 119 539
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This is a great way to see the varied terrain around The Fairmont Resort which is adjacent to the World Heritage-listed National Blue Mountains. Guides will take you through forests, up and down hills, but on the effort of a Segway. 1 hour or 1.5 hour tours run every day. Sound like fun and require some skills? Yes, but with practice you are off on an adventure.