A bakery, cafe, cellar door and cheese room in one, Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander has a trendy, industrial feel that provides the setting for a multitude of gourmet experiences. Just off Healesville’s main road, this modern complex is a large, light-filled space with steel and large windows. The artisan bakery displays breads, cakes and pastries (including delicious Portuguese tarts) that you can take away or enjoy in the central seating area overlooking the wine barrels. If you are interested in a more substantial meal, the kitchen produces terrific wood-fired pizza, salads and ‘pots’ with the likes of cinnamon-baked chicken with tomato, air-dried chorizo and couscous. Wine and cheese tastings offer further indulgences.
336 Maroondah Hwy; (03) 5962 6111 or 1800 661 624; open weekends for breakfast and daily for lunch and dinner