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Whether you're after a relaxed cafe lunch or a luxurious dinner, you'll find what you're looking for in the Goldfields. With dining experiences that combine fresh regional produce, progressive cuisine and some of the finest wine in the state, you'll be returning again and again.

The good life

The Goldfields region is fast becoming synonymous with quality contemporary dining. In Ballarat, Catfish boasts fresh, modern Thai and The Lane restaurant is becoming a local favourite for its relaxed dining and regional produce.

Bendigo boasts the stylish offerings of Masons of Bendigo and the Dispensary Enoteca, and the grilled goodness of the Woodhouse. Not to be outdone, Castlemaine has become a major player in the dining arena with a host of great options including the European inspired Good Table and the Public Inn.

Cafe culture

Soak up the local village atmosphere in cosy cafes dotted around the region's historic towns. Watch the roasting at work at Bendigo's Brewhouse Coffee Roasters, go Mediterranean at El Gordo and find your favourite corner in Percy and Percy. In Ballarat, get your Axil coffee fix from Yellow Espresso or go retro at Eclectic Tastes. Get serious about small-batch micro-roasted beans at Castlemaine's Coffee Basics or nab a rooftop spot for the best views in town at Togs Cafe.

At the wineries

For a different type of outdoor dining experience enjoy a meal overlooking the vines at a local winery restaurant such as Merindoc, Balgownie Estate and Flynns in the Heathcote region, or Bress Wine Cider and Produce in Harcourt.

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The Miners Tavern

The Miners Tavern is located in the heart of the Ballarat CBD, next door to the central train station. The building itself was built back in the...

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Yellow Espresso

Get your Axil coffee and all-day breakfast staples – pancakes, BLTs, eggs all ways and avo smash – at this popular, bright and airy Sturt Street cafe.

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Blue Pyrenees Estate

Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees wine district, Blue Pyrenees offers a stunning sparkler, Midnight Cuvée, and a piste for pétanque enthusiasts.

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Borchelli Ristorante

Set in the heart of the Arts Precinct opposite the Capital Theatre and Bendigo Art Gallery, Borchelli Ristorante is a small Italian inspired eatery...

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Talbot Provedore and Eatery

The Talbot Provedore and Eatery offers a unique food and wine experience in the heart of the Central Goldfields Region of Victoria. Set in the...

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GPO Kitchen and Bar

GPO offers relaxed dining with attentive service and a cool vibe. The modern Mediterranean menu is filled with delicious food cooked by talented...

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Il Piccolo Gelato

Il Piccolo Gelato is an artisan gelato store located in Ballarat, Victoria. Their gelato is made daily using fresh milk, no artificial ingredients,...

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Fu Man Lou

Sample seven types of handmade dumplings along with classic Chinese dishes at this pink-neon pop-art clad dumpling bar named after a Chinese proverb.

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Greenside Bistro - The Ballarat Golf Club

The Ballarat Golf Club's award winning Greenside Bistro boasts floor to ceiling views across the manicured golf course. The menu has something for...

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Ballarat Provedore

Located just out of Ballarat on the road to Melbourne, there is the Ballarat Provedore. On Friday's and weekends, Ballarat Provedore provide...

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Gallery Restaurant at Craig's Royal Hotel

Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the legendary Australian gold-rush era grand hotel. Opened in...

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Togs Cafe

Stop in for breakfast classics and a seasonal, weekly changing lunch menu with an emphasis on local product. Nab a rooftop spot for great views.

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