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Explore restaurants and cafes in the Dandenong Ranges - perfect places to enjoy a meal on your day out on Puffing Billy!







A bustling hang out, both locals and visitors love The General Food Store! Since 2011, this cafe has lead the way with its refreshing monthly menus, championing the use of seasonal ingredients, which are ethically and sustainably sourced from the Dandenong Ranges and greater Victorian regions. Serving well-crafted rustic food, you will enjoy anything from waffles, eggs and sides, hearty salads, braises, tasty burgers, and fresh baguettes. Additionally, the cafe boasts a separate vegan menu and easily provides for dietary requirements. You’ll find Coffee Supreme on the grind, along with guest blends from many of Melbourne's bespoke roasters. This family-friendly cafe provides children's books and their own activity sheets for little people to enjoy too! The space features a heated/cooled courtyard and welcomes your furry friends with open arms. Victorian produce and house-made goodies adorn their shelves, and you can’t leave without some treats from their house-made cake selection!

Monday - Saturday

Open Public Holidays 8 am - 3 pm
Closed Christmas Day


Incy Wincy is a seasonal grab-and-go cafe hatch, featuring coffee, smoothies, fresh juices, sandwiches, salad bowls, pies and sausage rolls, as well as house-made popsicles for those warm days in the Dandenong Ranges. Located within the contemporary lifestyle store, Behind the Trees in Emerald, Incy Wincy is only a short walk from Puffing Billy's Emerald station. You can order ahead using the Skip app and simply collect it from the hatch on your arrival. Outdoor and (limited) indoor seating is available, or enjoy your goodies back at the Puffing Billy playground. Incy Wincy also stocks coffee making products and a number of specialty beans for home use.

Monday - Friday
Saturday - Sunday

Check social media for opening hours on public holidays


Zest Café is a place for people who love their great food and quality coffee served with a side of sustainability. We are locals who love Emerald and are dedicated to supporting our local producers. Zest’s seasonal menu is kept fresh and evolving by the quality and variety of our local produce - and by the creativity of the team in our vibrant kitchen. Two light-filled rooms provide ample space for small or large groups to gather in a warm and friendly environment. Our focus is always on providing a cafe experience that you remember for all the right reasons. Since we opened in 2013 we have been overwhelmed with support from our community and would like to say THANK YOU.

Monday - Saturday

Kitchen closing at 3pm.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Walking through the heritage town of Gembrook, smell the Italian aroma wafting through the air. Which leads you to our award winning restaurant The Station House Pizzeria. Awarded AGFG Readers choice WINNER 2019, we pride ourselves on our thin based, fluffy crust pizzas. Offering a newly refurbished, fully licensed, 30 seat restaurant. Sitting opposite Puffing Billy. Which can be viewed arriving from our beautiful beer garden which sits under our dazzling festoon lighting. You can't go past our Carnivore for the meat lovers. Topped with a tomato base, gooey mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, ham, chorizo and spicy sausage. Or if you're more of a veggie lover we have our Spud Firrito, béchamel base, gorgonzola cheese, potato, caramelised onion, pear, walnut & rocket.

GEMBROOK | 66a Main Street

Monday - Tuesday
Wednesday - Sunday


Modern Asian Fusion Cuisine in exquisite garden surrounds.
At Olinda Tea House, we push the boundaries of what it means to be a Chinese restaurant. Taking a modern spin on Chinese cuisine, we offer unique high-quality dishes and exquisite desserts and high teas. We are also surrounded by the tranquillity of the Dandenong Ranges which can be enjoyed by our fire or outside in one of our swinging chairs. Olinda Tea House is a modern yet incredibly relaxing Asian fusion restaurant, specialising in Devonshire tea, lunch and dinner al a carte menu, banquet menus, functions of all kinds, exquisite desserts and authentic oriental high teas. Our menu is incredibly unique, from its presentation to its flavour combinations and we pride ourselves on serving high-quality meals that offer a sensory experience never to forget.

Wednesday - Thursday
Monday - Sunday

More places to eat coming soon - watch this space! 

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