Tempt your tastebuds in Ballarat’s gastronomic core

Ballarat is a mecca of exceptional chefs, fine food and an electric atmosphere. You just need to know where to find them.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s most central eateries to help you on your journey of culinary discovery.

Armstrong Street

It doesn’t get much better than wood-fired pizza, so head into The Forge to quash those cravings. For those sweet tooths, we highly recommend the Nutella and strawberry pizza.

Right next door is 1816 Bakehouse. Grab some lunch and local coffee at this artisan bakery/patisserie/cafe or take home a little bit of Ballarat with you. From sourdough to baguettes and French croissants, your biggest decision will be deciding what not to take home. 

There are two things the larrikins at Griffin Burger are renowned for among locals. The first is they sure know how to put a smile on the faces of those who pop into their Armstrong Street eatery. And the second? They sure know how to make good burgers!

Enjoy a modern twist on Vietnamese at Saigon Allee. We can confirm they also put a Vietnamese twist on their popular cocktails and they are delicious!

Who doesn’t enjoy Korean fried chicken? The good news is you’ll find it, spicy wings and more at Winner Winner. It’s a feast you’ll need both hands for. 

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Sit down with your favourite cocktail and snack on traditional South American cuisine long into the evening at Pancho. From traditional Mexican fish tacos to some of the best guac in town, you’ll want to taste the whole menu here.

If Spanish cuisine is more your thing, then grab the crew together for a night of tapas and sangria at Meigas.
With someone who can’t decide what to eat? No problem, just ask for the "feed me" option and the team at Meigas will serve up a selection of their favourite dishes.

Be entertained at Tokyo Grill House as you watch the chefs cook up a Japanese feast right before your eyes.

Feel like a night in with your own cheese platter and local wine? Then you’re going to want to chat with the team at Campana's. They been providing locals with advice on all things wine and delicatessen since 1976.

If Armstrong Street is Ballarat’s foodie core, then it’s the surrounding network of streets lined with phenomenal food experiences that completes it.

Head down McKenzie Lane and you could be enjoying a charcuterie board for two in the renovated heritage warehouse that is Hydrant Food Hall.

You’ll find a menu of a different sort at Hop Temple. Located in Hop Lane, you will find yourself spoilt for choice with more than 220 craft beer and cider varieties to choose from.

Mair Street

Just around the corner you’ll see Moon and Mountain, a modern Asian eatery with an Australian twist. But it’s their seasonal citrus and floral note cocktails that make this experience one of a kind.

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Head west on Mair Street and you’ll pass The Comfort of Strangers (a good place to stop for a quick drop) before coming across Ragazzone, Ballarat’s new modern Italian pasta and vino restaurant.

Doveton Street

It’s here you will find Underbar chef Derek Boath serving up a tasting menu inspired by the season and the region’s highest quality produce. 
Each season, Derek also hosts a vegetarian tasting showcasing the wonderful natural ingredients foraged from Ballarat and surrounding areas.

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For good coffee, you can’t go pass Fika. Always bustling, you’ll appreciate the attention to detail you get with every coffee. Their brunch menu is also worth returning for. From Nan’s hotcakes (with streaky bacon and Canadian maple) to Nonna’s vegemite toast (with avocado, burnt tomatoes, feta and a hint of chilli), they sure know how to put the right twist on our all-time favs.

For wine, you need to stop by Mitchell Harris Wines. Winemaker John Harris works with growers in Pyrenees, Macedon, Ballarat and Henty to craft wines that reflect the cool-climate characters of the nearby regions.

Lydiard Street 

Step back in time as you wander Lydiard Street, one of the city’s oldest thoroughfares. Sit down for high tea at Craig’s Royal Hotel or grab a croissant and coffee from The Lane at The George Hotel.

Head towards the train station and you’ll discover Lola at The Provincial Hotel, where the menu is seasonally driven from the region’s best locally-sourced produce. 
It’s also the perfect place to pick up a St Ali Coffee or Grounded Pleasures hot chocolate before you head back home. 

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