Kyneton may be compact but it packs a mighty gourmet punch. Make a day of it along Piper Street and beyond, discovering your next favourite spot for locally roasted coffee, fresh pork pies and picnic supplies, swoon-worthy three-course meals from lauded chefs, and tasting flights of craft spirits or wines. In fact, why not a weekend of it.

1. Midnight Startling

Chef's-hatted fine diner Midnight Starling treats you to a sumptuous French-inspired three- or six-course menu with optional matched wines. There's no better spot for the classic steak tartare, potato gratin dauphinoise or crème caramel.

2. The Town Roaster

Head along to Market Street, where The Town Roaster is ready to pick you up with locally roasted coffee. Watch the roasting process while sipping a house brew, and take a bag of beans home for divine DIY coffee making.

3. Animus Distillery

Join the K'town locals at Animus Distillery for some (g)indulgence. Relax in the boutique distillery's cocktail lounge with a gin martini or a whisky and order a bar snack to keep the good times going.

4. Piper Street Food Co.

Pop into Piper Street Food Co., a charcuterie maker, picnic provisioner, cooking school and creator of traditional home-cooked goods including a famous English pork pie. Perfect for pantry stocking or for lunching on a blanket (ask for tips on where to go).

5. Miss M's Lounge

Intimate Miss M's is a sweet spot on Piper Street for an evening of bespoke cocktails backed up with a menú del día of Spanish tapas. Fittingly, wines are sourced from both local and Spanish vineyards.

6. Hunter-Gatherer Winery

Take a 10-minute drive from the centre of Kyneton to bucolic Piper's Creek, where picturesque Hunter-Gatherer makes the most of the local volcanic soil in their award-winning wines. Do a tasting and add a grazing platter for an ideal afternoon.


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