posted on 18 Dec 20 | by Explore Bendigo

Summer dining is here, and Bendigo is taking outdoor dining to another level.  

We’re talking dining with picturesque views, from great heights, in hidden laneways and at street level amongst the action.  Seriously, is there really any better way to spend summer days and evenings than hanging out with family and friends, sharing a drink or a meal? No way! We’re so lucky to have so many great dining options in some pretty cool spaces throughout Bendigo.

Check out some of our favourite alfresco spaces you can experience this summer, tried and tested by locals in the know. 
 

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Balcony Dining

Bendigo is dotted with heritage buildings adorning beautiful balconies. You’ll find some of the city’s best views of the CBD and most iconic buildings from these balconies. Summer is the best time to take advantage of these views and quite often they’re accompanied with live music on weekends and pink sunset skies.  

Our top picks include the Rifle Brigade Hotel on View Street overlooking Queen Elizabeth Oval and the arts precincts, and Yard Bird upstairs at the iconic Hotel Shamrock. Both locations offer great dining experiences, views, and a fantastic local drinks selection to choose from.

Or if you're looking for a top spot to eat brunch or have a coffee, look no further than local favourite, Cafe Essence, yum!

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Courtyard Dining

Colourful gardens and courtyards are a beautiful option when it comes to alfresco dining and an all-time favourite amongst many. Bendigo has a great variety of restaurants, cafes and eateries offering great outdoor spaces, we’re really spoilt for choice.  

If you’re after brunch, coffee or lunchtime dining in leafy suburban spaces, look no further than local favourites Percy and Percy and Quarry Hill Café & Larder.

For group dates, family catch ups and great food, the Botanical HotelGPO and Lake View Hotel offer plenty of space and classic alfresco dining.
And for those chasing a fresh spin on courtyard alfresco dining, check out Ms Batterhams for a great atmosphere, their all new Spritz Garden and lazy Sunday sessions. 

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Rooftop Dining

Well, rooftop dining is still new to Bendigo’s dining scene, but its popularity is rising and fast. Sitting proudly atop Bendigo’s skyline, Nimbus Rooftop is a unique cocktail bar with mouth watering food and stunning views of Sacred Heart Cathedral, the old Post Office Building and beyond. If you’re looking to impress this is certainly the place to do it and you won’t be disappointed!

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Laneway Dining

Tucked away off the main thoroughfare you’ll find some of Bendigo’s most creative dining experiences in the city’s laneways. Laneway dining in Bendigo offers that inner-city Melbourne feel with trendy urban spaces being used in unique ways with some pretty awesome food options to cap it off.  

One of our most popular and insta-worthy laneways is Chancery Lane, home to paste up art, boutique stores and eateries, El Gordo and The Dispensary Bar & Diner. Both are offer delicious plates of internationally inspired cuisine and some of the best drinks menus going around.     

Just a short walk away you’ll find Victoria Lane with it’s arched walkway and fairy lights down the laneway to where you’ll be greeted by the team at Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar.  This unique space offers not only laneway dining, but also balcony dining, and great food.

And for those of you that are passionate about local, fresh, green foods, look no further than Wholefoods Kitchen who offer a tasty alternative full of flavour and health conscious options in the laneway under the umbrellas or in their lush nursery space.
 

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Alfresco Dining With A View

Dining outdoors with an iconic Bendigo view is always a winner on our list.  It’s also a popular choice amongst not only locals, but visitors too. So where can you find the best views while dining outdoors?

Enjoy lakeside views at The Boardwalk Café for breakfast to lunch dining, plus they’re pet friendly too with a menu exclusively for your furry pooches to order from.

The Gallery Café as per its namesake is not only attached to Bendigo Art Gallery with views iconic art pieces surrounding the café, but it also sits proudly at the top of Rosalind Park with picturesque green leafy views all year round.

Or if you love a cheeky wine and a view of the vines, get along to Balgownie Estate where you can easily spend an afternoon sipping local wines and enjoying a locally crafted menu full of delicious seasonal produce.
 

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Street Dining

Yes, alfresco dining is to simply dine outside. And while many of our restaurants and cafes have already been offering street dining prior to COVID, the meaning of street dining in Bendigo has taken on a whole new meaning. Many are now literally spilling out into the streets offering all new dining experiences. 

In the arts precinct along View Street you’ll find Italian eatery Borchelli Ristorante and Wine Bank on View offering a great social hub, Bendigo’s largest range of local wines and fantastic food.

For mouth-watering Greek cuisine by day visit Bay Leaf Food Store and by night it’s FOS Kitchen & Bar.

If you love tasty fast food that love supporting the local community venture on down to Pall Mall and you’ll find Grill’d and Schnitz offering their popular burgers, wraps and salads.

And for those that love dining outdoors, for breaky through to lunch, café favourites Old Green Bean, The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Café and Sim’R are offering amazing local produce on their menus daily.