A trip to Daylesford would hardly be complete without sampling the local breakfast offerings. While Melbourne might get all the attention with its trendy hipster cafes, Daylesford didn’t get its reputation as a foodie hub for nothing. The region has a surprising number of fantastic cafes, restaurants and eateries, offering high quality and seriously delicious dishes, many using local produce and specialties. Here are six of my favourites Daylesford breakfast offerings, rest assured they’re just the beginning of what's out there ...
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
To say that Larder is passionate about local produce in Daylesford would be something of an understatement. Their menu bears the words “Every plate, dish and bowl at Larder is a dedicated and reverent showcase to the bountiful local produce of this region”, and they deliver on this promise enthusiastically in their breakfast menu. Bold, bright and colourful, the folks at Larder pair breakfast classics with a few modern and Daylesford twists. Popular for a reason, Larder is one spot you’ll be happy you stopped in when searching for the best brekkie in town.
Wombat Hill House
There’s something magical about the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, and that magic has certainly spread to Wombat Hill House, nestled right in the centre of the Botanic Gardens in a caretaker’s cottage. Choose to sit in the café by the open fire, under a heater pergola, or out in their ‘garden within a garden’ if the sun is out. Serving up simple and delicious seasonal food, from local sources as much as possible, the Wombat Hill House menu isn’t published because it changes from day to day. That means it’s always a surprise and there’s always something new!