1. Bendigo Wholefoods
Stocked with products from over 100 farmers and producers, Bendigo Wholefoods is the best place to fill up your pantry. Inside the heritage-fronted grocer you’ll also find an edible garden nursery where you can pick up new additions to your veggie patch, as well as a café with a seasonal organic menu.
2. Masons of Bendigo
Masons of Bendigo’s minimalist interior is designed to let the food do the talking – and there’s a lot to talk about. The seasonal menu makes the most of ingredients sourced from local community gardens, with produce used to create jazzed up dishes like Tooborac lamb shoulder, steak tartare and zucchini flowers paired with yeast mayo.
3. Wine Bank On View
Housed inside a heritage-listed 19th-century former bank building, every drop is gold at Wine Bank On View. Touted as Bendigo’s best wine merchant, drop in on Wednesday nights for the weekly free wine tasting or stay a little longer to enjoy the stylish all-day dining menu.
4. Percy and Percy
This former milk bar has found new life as one of Bendigo’s favourite corner cafes. Grab a coffee and a baguette to go, or pull up a coveted seat at the sunny corner bench and dive into Percy and Percy’s globe-trotting menu, featuring Spanish eggs, pumpkin pancakes and chicken Waldorf rolls.
5. Ellis Wines
Rich red Cambrian soil in Colbinabbin have helped Ellis Wines to produce some of the best shiraz in the region. Try their award-winning wines during a visit to the cellar door in the heart of Bendigo's township, where you can also pair your tastings with a cheese platter.