posted on 28 Jul 21 | by Explore Bendigo

Hands up everyone who loves a great brunch?

We love nothing better than getting together with family or friends and heading out for a mid-morning brunch in one of our favourite cafes. Not to mention the fact that we think Bendigo does a mean brunch. And there’s plenty of awesome options from the traditional to the twist on a classic. Check it out…

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Bay Leaf Food Store

An all-day breakfast menu with an international cuisine twist is exactly what you’ll love about a brunch date at Bay Leaf Food Store. Amongst crowd favourites you’ll find some Greek goodness in their spetsofai – Greek pork sausage in a rich ragu and their kolokithokeftedes – zucchini fritters, both served with poached eggs and sides – yum! Not to mention their great coffee and an awesome range of takeaway options made fresh and with a whole lotta love.   

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The Boardwalk Bendigo

Sitting on the water edge of Lake Weeroona, The Boardwalk Bendigo is an icon brunch venue with gorgeous views and so much more. But it might just be their menu that will have you more occupied with brunch dishes including the Mona Lisa Stack, Eggstraodinary Eggs, and the Swinging Safari to name a few. Plus, they’re one of Bendigo’s most pet-friendly cafes so furry friends are most welcome and even have their own brunch menu!   

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Café Essence

Brunch on the balcony overlooking Bull Street and Bendigo’s majestic Town Hall is exactly what you’ll find at Café Essence. Along with all the yummy brunch options, there’s another that might just tickle your fancy as an alternative brunch option. A high tea! Tuesday to Saturday, Café Essence offer to mouth watering high tea. Choose from a traditional English tea complete with a selection of their finest handcrafted petite sweets, freshly made scones with jam and cream, plus finger sandwiches. Or maybe a French style charcuterie high tea with fine cured meats, local cheese with fresh fruit, marinated and chargrilled vegetables, petite savouries and more. 

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Edwards Providore

The name says it all, Edwards Providore offers a beautiful range of brunch dishes, 7 days a week, made daily with fresh local and regional produce. Plus, they have an ever-changing specials board with delicious seasonal produce – yum! If you love your local produce be sure to grab a basket and browse the providore.  You’ll find lots of goodies, homewares, take home meals, sweet treats and so much more you can enjoy at home. 

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El Gordo

Laneway vibes make El Gordo an uber cool brunch setting in the popular Chancery Lane. Their desayuno (breakfast) menu is full of Spanish flavours from a classic Madrid style baked eggs, a breakfast burrito, 15th century eggs and tortillas. Owners, Chad and Hayley, are also known for their window coffees if you’re after brunch on the run.

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Gallery Café

Nestled in the heart of Bendigo’s arts precinct, behind Bendigo Art Gallery, Gallery Café offers a picturesque experience overlooking Rosalind Park. Brunch is their thing! They have a great seasonal menu and don’t mind serving coffee, tea or cheeky glass of bubbles with your brunch. And why not! Bonus, you’re walking distance to so many of Bendigo’s iconic attractions, arts and shopping precincts. Enjoy!

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The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Café

Café meets award-winning bakery is a great combo when considering the perfect spot for a brunch outing. The Good Loaf has a great range of items made in-house, these wholesome dishes will make you feel warm and yummy inside. Our top pick is their sensational house made crumpets served with butter and their very own rooftop honey – yum! 
And if you’re looking for something to take home, what’s even better is their delicious sourdough bread that will have you coming back for more.   

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Hoo-Gah

Set in the heart of the CBD, Hoo-Gah has a cool urban edge café vibe going for it. Known for their inclusive eats, owner and chef Gina, loves exploring vegetarian and vegan options amongst their usual menu dishes. You’ll find an all-day menu and evolving specials menu with the best of fresh free range produce and a lot of love. Keep an eye out for more news on their Vegan Bakery coming soon! 

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Lakeside Hotel

Did you know Lakeside Hotel offer breakfast to the public seven days a week? That's right! Dine in or enjoy their gorgeous alfresco area overlooking Lake Weeroona. Order straight from the menu where you'll find a great range of traditional brunch items with a gourmet touch. Yum! Plus, they've even got a kids breaky menu. Enjoy!

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Old Green Bean

If you’re chasing a quirky café with a cosy setting surrounded by talented local artwork, Old Green Bean is your best bet. They’re a micro roaster serving some of the best coffee going around, but they also offer a yummy menu of sweet treats and brunch dishes. Their granola is an OGB classic and highly recommended. Plus, everything is available for takeaway when you just need a little more.

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Quarry Hill Café & Larder

On the edge on the CBD you’ll find a little gorgeous cottage transformed into a beautiful café and alfresco space, Quarry Hill Café & Larder. Open 7 days a week, locals love their coffee, baked goods and all the classic breakfast dishes you’ve come to know and love. What’s more, It’s the perfect spot for an outdoor brunch with family and friends on sunny Bendigo day.  

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Percy and Percy

Tucked away in the leafy suburbs just on the edge of the CBD is where you’ll find the passionate team of Percy and Percy. Once a grocery store and milk bar, owners Elisha and Dan, have revitalised this gorgeous space into a local favourite. Their menu proudly supports local producers with traditional café fare ad modern on-trend dishes. They love a good brunch as much as anyone with their all day breaky. You can’t go wrong. 

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SimR

Another all-day breakfast menu says it all, SimR love serving up brunch! What’s even better is their freshly baked Wild and Tamed sourdough bread – yum! Yep, they love their fresh produce and in-house baking, plus it’s available to eat in or takeaway. You can hit them up on Hargreaves Street opposite Bendigo Library, for all your yummy classic brunch dishes. 

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Wholefoods Kitchen

Their name says it all. Bendigo Wholefoods Kitchen is all about offering beautiful fresh produce sourced locally where possible and it’s all inclusive. They fossick for local and organic produce and put it on a plate – yum! From the moment you reach Wholefoods you’ll be immersed in this ethos whether you are indulging in a yummy brunch, picking up produce in the greengrocers or deli, or buying seedlings from their nursery to start your own edible garden. A brunch at Wholefoods Kitchen is all about the experience!