If you’re the kind of person who salivates while watching Master Chef and thrives off the smell of baked goods, you’re going to love Marysville. It’s a small town nestled in the Yarra Valley, just two hours’ drive from Melbourne. Well known for its picturesque scenery and outdoor pursuits, it has another ace up its sleeve: exceptional food.
There’s no better place for breakfast than Fraga’s Café which serves up all the usual favourites as well as some more creative plates. The freshly baked croissant topped with locally smoked trout and scrambled eggs is a particular stand out, best washed down with a cup of the café’s smooth, strong coffee. If you feel like lingering a little longer, we highly recommend saving room for a slice of one of their homemade cakes or a scone, fresh from the oven and slathered with jam and cream.
Just down the road you’ll find the Marysville Country Bakery, well loved (and with good reason) by the locals. There’s often a queue out the door here but any wait is well worth it for an award winning pie and a piece of the jelly slice. It’s simple, honest food done well.
If you’re still craving sweet things, make a beeline to Chocolate in Marysville where you’ll be met with an enticing array of handmade chocolates, fudges and other sweet treats. Depending on the day, you might also find a flowing chocolate fountain surrounded by various dipping options. Sample some of the creations in store and pick out your favourites to take home for later.
Sugar fix out of the way, it’s time to head into savoury territory. In the centre of town, try out Radius Bar and Grill or Elevation 423. The former boasts a menu that sources its produce from a tight 100km radius. The 12 hour roasted lamb shoulder with sumac yoghurt is melt in your mouth perfection and the Buxton salmon fillet with coriander salsa comes a very close second. The latter, Elevation 423, boasts a selection of wood fired pizzas even nonna would approve of, with their perfect bases and thoughtfully restrained toppings.
For something a little different, take the 10 minute drive to Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm where you’re guaranteed to make a catch. After hauling in your meal, let the on-site team do the dirty work of gutting, cleaning and filleting your fish. You can then make use of one of the BBQs around the farm and enjoy your catch by the water’s edge or, if that feels like too much effort, head 500 metres up the road to the Buxton Hotel where friendly staff will cook your fillets and serve them to you alongside crispy chips and fresh salad.
Dinner in the Upper Room Restaurant at El Kanah is the best way to end any food focused day in Marysville. Try the beef and burgundy open pie or the local golden trout, follow it up with a serve of the warm apple crumble and make the most of the BYO and no corkage policy.