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Why Bendigo is a Vegetarian’s Heaven

Experience a cafe culture that embodies a love of wholesome green goodness, and invigorate your taste buds with menus (and views) you’ll yearn to return to!

1. Spring is the perfect time to sip a smoothie or munch on a super salad in the sunny outdoor edible garden of Bendigo Wholefoods & Kitchen. Or discover the dollops and crunches that contribute to the flavoursome experience that are their Wholebowls or their Brekky Bruschetta. Inspired to take the wholefoods experience home? Explore their provedore, greengrocer, delicatessen and edible nursery!

Wholefoods 2

2. How about lunch at the Stupa View Cafe, part of the largest Stupa in the Western world! Showcasing locally sourced and vegan lunches, cakes and coffees; their menu compliments your time spent exploring and reflecting.

3. The relaxing vibe at Hoo-Gah is only enhanced by their epic coffees and free-range menu. Think daily vegetarian and vegan specials with a focus on local produce, and you’ll understand why visitors and locals alike love this green patch of goodness. We recommend the Buddah Bowl with a freshly squeezed juice.

4. Now, sweet lovers, set aside some serious choosing time at Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates  before settling on a selection of chocolates to indulge on in-store (or in the car on the way home!) Decadent and dairy free (and vegan friendly) hot chocolates will pair perfectly.


5. Whether a super salad (order a Buck’s Fizz) or an epic cake slice beckons, you’ll discover dining with a view always enhances the taste buds at The Boardwalk. Vegetarian and vegan options will delight those seeking healthy choices, as will a walk around the lake!

6. Masons of Bendigo’s popular Lunch Roaming Menu brings seven seasonal vegetarian tastes to your table for $35.50. Designed to be shared with a friend, good conversation, and to delight your palate.

7. Let the tastes, textures and flavours of Mediterranean inspired vegetarian dishes ignite you! FOS Kitchen and Bar will guide you through their Greek feast of a menu. Take a lap of the Conservatory Gardens opposite to make room for more.

8. Ask any local about The Good Loaf and they will all tell you about the infamous Pumpkin Bloomer or Corn Tin. You’ll visit for the amazing choice of in-house baked breads and you’ll stay for the menu. Picture homemade granolas, vegetable calzones, fresh chai, and homemade cakes you’ll remember long after leaving.

The GoodLoaf

9. Friendly food for your dietary requirements is what the Crooked Kitchen are known for. Forever changing, healthy and house-made. Their Vego Frittata and Roast Pumpkin Arrancini will make your tummy smile.

10. PepperGreen Farm's kitchen incorporates local produce straight from their garden wherever possible.   

For more awesome places to eat, check out the latest edition of our Bendigo Dining & Shopping Guide or visit @BendigoEatDrinkShop on Instagram


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