The Avalon Café occupies the top floor of the old Savoy picture theatre in Katoomba, the main town in the Blue Mountains. The Art Deco designed theatre (or picture show as Australians called cinemas in the early days) opened in December 1936.
Over the decades the premises, across the road from the fabulous Carrington Hotel, has been many things including a Turkish bath, a dance hall, billiard parlour and even a chocolate factory.
Today the top floor is taken over by the quirky and fun Avalon Restaurant, which has an attached 1930s-style cocktail bar. Apart from the décor, the restaurant’s big drawcard is the fabulous view over the rooftops of Katoomba, down to the mountains.
For a slice of old-style life, complete with mis-matched crockery and kitchen implements doubling as light fittings (but with a modern menu), pop in for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, or lunch on weekends.