Take a day to explore the lush hills of the Dandenong Ranges, the home of cozy shops, refreshing attractions and picturesque views. You’ll also find some of Victoria’s finest cafes and restaurants residing in its hills. here’s our guide to the best places to stop and enjoy breakfast or brunch in the Dandenongs.
The General Food Store
Nestled in a leafy corner of Emerald, The General Food Store is a relaxed venue which showcases the works of up and coming artists. There’s a new menu every month designed to cater for the seasons and a delicious selection of homemade cakes and muffins. The venue is committed to eco sustainability and the sourcing of fresh produce.
Café de Beaumarchais
Café de Beaumarchais conjures images of Paris with high black ceilings complete with gold detailing and chandeliers. The food only adds to the Parisian charm of the cafe with the menu consisting of a range of French pastries. The cafe also features an exquisite selection of cakes and desserts, but for total indulgence look no further than the Parisian hot chocolate.
Grunge Cafe is a hip and vibrant nature with recycled furniture and a working record player. You can even bring your own records to relax to as you enjoy what locals dub the best coffee in Belgrave. The food does not disappoint with a simple selection of delicious breakfasts and cakes. Using fresh ingredients, Grunge’s juices and smoothies are a must-try. There’s also a wide selection of vegan and gluten free options. If this cafe is full then try its brother cafe, The Village Idiot, two doors down.
Grunge Cafe, 1696 Burwood Highway, Belgrave VIC, Australia, +61 3 9754 1764
Earthly Pleasures Cafe
From the street, the Earthly Pleasures Cafe looks like a charming cottage with the rolling hills of Belgrave serving as a picturesque backdrop. The menu consists of delicious homemade creations and vegan options too. Earthly Pleasures is also committed to using ethically sourced produce.
Miss Marple’s Tearoom
From the outside Miss Marple’s Tearoom is designed to look like an authentic English cottage inviting customers to escape the bustling street and settle down for a cup of tea. The inside of the cottage is lined with Miss Marple memorabilia and a collection of teapots. Miss Marple’s is the perfect brunch destination with customers coming from far and wide to try their famous scones and to indulge in one of the traditional English deserts that make up the menu.
Ripe is the perfect brunch destination with a fireplace to cozy up to in the winter and a rear deck to laze about on in the summer months. For their menu Ripe goes back to basics serving a selection of Australian favorites including eggs benedict and home made baked beans. However the true hero of their menu is their Lindt hot chocolate. These hot chocolates have quickly made a name for themselves as Ripe grates their own chocolate to create this delicious drink.
Ripe Cafe, 376 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9755 2100
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