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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 at 120 Lydiard street north, in the heart of the Ballarat CBD next door to the central train station. The building...

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Public Inn

Join the inn crowd for high-end Provincial fare paired with local small-batch wines and craft beers and at one of Castlemaine's oldest public houses.

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Kambei

Get a taste for elegant, authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine and libation at this local treasure tucked away at the foot of Sovereign Hill. Kampai!

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Paleo Cafe Ballarat

Local food with a difference. Beautiful and tasty local and ethically sourced produce all served with a smile. Breakfast and lunch served daily with...

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Brewhouse Coffee Roasters

Watch coffee roasters at work as you linger over your specialty brew, all-day breakfast classics and lunchtime sandwiches and pizzas. Fully licensed.

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Harry Limes Restaurant

Located in Ballarat, relax in the ambience of Harry Limes. Sit down for a quiet drink or a fine meal with friends. With infusions of Australian,...

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El Gordo

Live large with breakfast, lunch and serious coffee at El Gordo (the Fat One), Chancery Lane's Spanish and Southern European inspired cafe and art space.

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The Park Hotel

Situated in the west of Ballarat on the picturesque tree lined Sturt Street, The Park Hotel is easily accessible to tourists and locals alike. This...

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Le Péché Gourmand

Sweet tooths and Francophiles will delight in this French patisserie, located in the village of Creswick and just twenty minutes from Daylesford.

Wineries

Redbank Winery

Sally's Paddock at the Redbank Winery produces the award-winning Sally's Paddock wine, as well and the Sally's Hill and Hundred Tree Hill ranges.

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Moto Bean

Cruise out to Malmsbury to sample one of the local roasts, check out the vintage motorbikes, and take in sweeping views of historic botanic gardens.

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The Lane Restaurant

Get a slice of the good life with wood-fired pizzas and an innovative menu featuring local produce at this restaurant and pizzeria at the George Hotel.

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