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A winter of waffles and pancakes in Ballarat

Visit Ballarat

13 Jul 2021

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Move over smashed avo and acai bowls – pancakes and waffles now reign supreme when it comes to Insta-worthy breakfasts in Ballarat this winter.

Here’s our pick of the crop…

Check out the rainbow pancakes at Hydrant Food Hall. Image: Matt Dunne.

Griller’s Mark

While it might be making its name as a burger bar and grill, Griller’s Mark also makes damn good waffles!

Its picture-perfect red velvet and white chocolate waffles are served with fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream and a warm white chocolate pouring sauce.

Boatshed Restaurant

Head lakeside for Waffle Wednesdays at the Boatshed Restaurant.

As the name suggests, the Lake Wendouree restaurant is serving up waffles and coffee for $22 every Wednesday right now, with a different flavour sensation each week.

Who could resist waffles topped with housemade berry coulis, mascarpone chocolate, meringue crumble and vanilla bean ice cream?


A former service station turned cafe, Drive has put its own twist on the breakfast classic that is eggs benedict.

Order the Benny Waffle and you’ll get your choice of ham hock or smoked salmon on a housemade potato and chive waffle with poached eggs and hollandaise.

Hydrant Food Hall. Image: Matt Dunne.

Hydrant Food Hall

Since its opening, Hydrant Food Hall‘s youngest patrons have been well and truly won over by the laneway cafe’s rainbow pancakes with fresh fruit, mini marshmallows and maple syrup.

But now, there’s a new addition to the Little Firefighters menu – a fluffy hotcake with vanilla ice cream, maple Syrup and sprinkles. Decisions, decisions!

While the kids are busy filling their bellies, the grown-ups can dig into their own fluffy pancake with pistachio ice cream, chopped pistachio, citrus compote, dehydrated mandarin, citrus zest, crumb and micro herbs.

There’s also two savoury waffle options on the menu at the popular hangout – a potato and chive waffle with either confit duck, fried egg and chilli onion jam; or pulled pork, two poached eggs, house hollandaise, paprika and crackle.

Higher Society

Made for Instagram, Higher Society‘s strawberry ricotta hotcake comes served with vanilla bean ice cream, pistachio crumb and persian floss.

Higher Society. Image: Matt Dunne.

Craig’s Royal Hotel

New owners mean a new breakfast menu at Lydiard Street’s historic Craig’s Royal Hotel.

And what could be sweeter than pancakes with mascarpone, berry compote and lemon curd.

Johnny Alloo

“This s*** is bananas” is how Johnny Alloo describes its Stefani hotcake – a tribute to the hit 2004 track Hollaback Girl.

Think banana brûlée, chocolate soil, passionfruit curd, pistachio, vanilla ice cream and maple syrup.

Yellow Espresso

Down the bottom end of Sturt Street, you’ll find a little ray of sunshine in Yellow Espresso.

It’s scrumptious all-day breakfast menu includes:

  • matcha pancakes with poached pear, strawberries, cacoa nibs and salted caramel coconut ice cream
  • a blueberry pancake stack with maple syrup, seeds and mascarpone
  • chocolate waffles with strawberries, salted caramel ice cream, chocolate coconut sauce, pistachio crumb and maple syrup
Yellow Espresso

The Pancake Kitchen

Just around the corner from Yellow Espresso is The Pancake Kitchen, a Ballarat institution for more than 40 years.

Here, at this old school diner, you’ll find pancakes served for breakfast, lunch and dinner – basically, whenever you please.

The sweet and savoury pancakes and crepes include gluten-free and vegan options.


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.