Bendigo is brimming with enterprising local artisans who love to share their talents. Seek out the city’s makers to get a taste of their passion and take home a unique souvenir of your visit.

Say hi to Hayley at Indulge Chocolates; Bendigo’s only artisan chocolatier prides herself on the Taste of Bendigo range, which combines Belgian chocolate with local honey, Shiraz, famous Castlemaine Rock and Pyramid Hill salt. Sweet tooths will also love Bendigo Brittle. This handmade peanut product features at several boutiques and cafes, or meet the maker herself at a local market.

Bendigo Indulge Chocolate

Shop for Bendigo made beauties at the quirky Bob Boutique, home of local designer Sonia Brit. Sonia’s shop features handmade softies, fashion, homewares and artworks, created in-house. She also supports a host of fellow local artisans, and the range is forever changing.

bob boutique

Bendigo artist Gail Tavener extends a warm welcome to visitors at her home studio and gallery, where Bendigo scenes are a favourite subject. Another great place to shop for locally made products is the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre. Its Uniquely Bendigo shop features jewellery, pottery and preserves, knitwear, bags and books, all made by locals.

Perhaps the city’s most iconic brand is the Bendigo Pottery. It’s been producing Australian made wares, made in Bendigo since 1858. Find everyday crockery and artisan pieces, or roll up your sleeves and create your own pottery piece. The wheel throwing lessons are popular with all ages, and you get to keep your creations.

Bendigo Pottery Artisans

Further afield take home a little terroir from a local vineyard – that’s the region’s clean air, sunshine, sweet earth and hard work distilled into a bottle. What better way is there to remember Bendigo!