It’s sort of impossible to say you’ve ‘done’ Victoria without having toured the Great Ocean road to sight the
Twelve Nine Apostles, quaffed a few tasty numbers in the Yarra Valley, ventured down a dark alley to a an unsigned restaurant / bar in Melbourne and had your worries blissed away in Daylesford. We recently explored the area to investigate what it has to offer. Want to do the same? Here’s our Must Map for Daylesford…
There’s no denying it, Daylesford is a foodie’s delight.
Breakfast & Beer
Quirky café with fresh and healthy local produce – friendly staff. New menu on the day as chef had broken his hand so all items were the ones he could cook one-handed! Old comics line the booth seating to keep kids amused. Recommended: potato hash brown, beetroot, goats cheese & greens.
Attached to Frangos and Frangos, Jimmy’s Bar is cosmopolitan enough to pass for a city bar, but cozy in the kind of way only a somewhere in the country can be. The perfect spot to start (or finish) your night.
Cold climate vineyard and winery in nearby Musk backed by two generations making wine sine 1974. Award winning pinots (closer to French style than typical Australian pinots due to climate and methods), beautiful unoaked chardonnay and a rather special organic syrah – round off the delicious selection. Don’t forget to say hi to the aptly named vineyard dog called Nillo as in temperanillo.
Hands down the most decadent hot chocolate you’ll ever find, alongside handmade chocolates, all in a cosily inviting coffee shop on cold/wet day.
The Chocolate Lover
Sweet tooth not yet satisfied, or just looking for a delicious something to take home with you? A The Chocolate Lover you’ll find utterly amazing chocolate creations, beautifully presented to wow the lucky recipient (or -ahem- delight yourself).
Picking your favourite part of Daylesford is rather like being asked to select the most exquisite star in the night sky, but if we had to pick one, Sault would very likely win the crown. If you can tear yourself away from the view of a delightfully lit verandah taking in views of the lake, you’ll find Sault sports a Spanish chef, offering a tapas style entrée menu followed by a beautifully presented more traditional mains menu using regional seasonal produce. Not one to overlook a single detail, coffee is served with delectable and unique white chocolate and lavender cookies. Despite the very fine surroundings, Sault is refreshingly child friendly (whilst being carefully sensitive to other diners) supplying high chairs, crayons and books to entertain little minds.
Need a break from all those massages and munchies? Oh, OK.
A former convent which now boasts a series of spaces; chapel, retail, café, gallerys, one penthouse accommodation and museum. Some untouched parts such as the hall next to the bell tower, formerly used as the nuns infirmary, gives you a glimpse of the past. Beautiful windows and atriums throughout flood the convent with light even on a wet and grey day.
Perhaps it’s a case of define intervention, but here we found the lightest and most delicious scones we’ve ever had. The genuinely amazing Morroccan orange cake, coffee and scrumptious teas are also worth a mention.
Of course, there is a major focus on art, with several of the spaces hosting numerous exhibitions as well as consignment pieces throughout the building with an emphasis on emerging artists.
Relaxed home-style accommodation is also available here in a separate house – monastiraki.com.au.
Don’t go home empty-handed! Take a little Daylesford with you.
Collectables antiques, vintage, fashion & industrial as far as the eye can see – sift through the kitsch for finds. Here’s where you’ll discover those treasures you’ll brag about to friends for years (and generations) to come.
An intriguing store selling true retro, collectables, vintage, vinyl and jewellery – not the usual junk you tend to find in many towns.
Stock up here for a delicious weekend in.
Daylesford may just be the world’s capital of gorgeous boutique accommodation options. We’ve narrowed it down to two of the best.
Equal parts quirky and luxurious, this gorgeously boutique hotel is richly decorated in heavy fabrics, perfect for a decadent weekend in. If you’re a fan of interior design, you’ll love the adventurous stylings here… and if you love your first stay you can collect the set – each room is styled differently and all contain Jim Frangos pieces.
It’s famous for a reason folks, not least because you can walk between the hatted restaurant and your room. Come. Stay. Find out why.
Download a large high-quality version of the map to print here – Daylesford – Must Map.