Bold Cafe Gallery
On the approach into Castlemaine from Melbourne, look for this quirky cafe adjacent to the Bold Garden and opposite the venue for the Wesley Hill Saturday-morning market. A bakery during the gold-rush era, the building has maintained its historic integrity while integrating courtyard water features, private nooks and plants from its nursery neighbour. With Asian and Western chefs in the kitchen, it truly is an east-meets-west menu. Everything is made on the premises, with special dishes offered on a specific day. For example, Fridays mean gluten-free chocolate roulade; laksa is offered on Sundays; and a traditional vegetarian monk dish is prepared on Fridays and at the weekends. There is always a daily curry and terrific cakes, many gluten-free.
146 Duke St; (03) 5470 6038; open Wed–Sun for lunch