There is a warmth along Piper Street, Kyneton.

The businesses love their community and they’re the first to tell you about their next-door neighbours. In a game of ‘Pay It Forward’, we’ve interviewed the locals, collating the best spots to stay, eat and drink along this historic stretch.


Kyneton Old Rectory, 61 Ebden Street Kyneton
0439 867 480;

We start at one of our oldest landmarks, Kyneton Old Rectory. Built in 1850, of local stone with a mix of late Georgian and Victorian colonial architectural features, the building is listed by the National Trust of Victoria and is an Australian treasure. Recent renovations have ensured the heritage features have remained protected and celebrated, and it now provides luxury accommodation for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Located on Piper Street (but within a secret garden), it is within walking distance of all of our suggestions today.

Kyneton Old Rectory → Animus Distillery


Animus Distillery, 1/89a Piper St, Kyneton
03 5403 2431;

‘On a Friday evening, just after you’ve checked in, we recommend a meander down to Animus Distillery and Piper Street Food Co.  This clever combo has opened their doors between their stores, providing cocktails and the best pizzas in town.  Animus are only youngsters along Piper Street, but from the get-go they have shown their support for those around them.  They use local ingredients, they’ve stocked regional wines and in recent times have produced hand sanistiser, providing donations and profits to community groups. Animus provides a great place to experience first-hand the revival in fortunes of Piper Street and Kyneton.’ – Will, Kyneton Old Rectory.

Animus Distillery → My Flippin Kitchen


My Flippin Kitchen, 34 Piper Street Kyneton
03 5422 1129;

‘I’m the first to admit that I’m not much of a breakfast person; it takes me a bit to get started. If you’re on the go and ready to get out and explore, then Monsieur Pierre is a fast-paced spot to grab your takeaway and crispy croissant.  If you’ve got more time, I’d call in along Piper Street to My Flippin KitchenIt’s bustling, warm and at all times, full.  It’s easy to see why; Brendan and team are always welcoming.  They’ve been an inspiration in Kyneton through these COVID times, always helpful, flexible and supportive in the community. Their corn fritters are my go-to dish and I hope they’re still on the menu when you visit, so you can enjoy them too.’  – Rob, Animus Distillery

My Flippin Kitchen → Lauriston Press


Lauriston Press, 37B Piper Street Kyneton
03 5422 1710;

‘You can easily fill a day meandering up and down Piper Street. When visitors ask where to go, one of my favourite places to send them is to Sarah, across the road. Sarah is wholesome, supportive and a lot of fun. When you walk through Lauriston Press you can see her work, and a range art from others in the district and further afield. She has filled her store with a beautiful mix, and it’s become a great place to find gifts. I gifted one of our staff members, who was returning home to France, a print from Sarah. It was very special, with Australian birds and natives. Hopefully when she looks at it, it reminds her of her time in Kyneton.’  – Brendan, My Flippin Kitchen

Lauriston Press → The Reboot Supply

The Reboot Supply, Shop 1/18 Piper Street Kyneton
03 5422 2659;

‘Walking into James’ boot store, Reboot Supply, is like stepping back in time. The bespoke talent of making and fixing shoes is a rare trade, especially in a world where bulk manufacturers churn out generic product. As you enter his workspace, you’ll find yourself surrounded by tools, materials, designs, boots and machinery. It’s not only a store; it’s also an experience to witness exquisite craftmanship. Hand over your favourite shoes for a little love and attention, or commission a tailor-made piece that will fit like a glove. James caters for both men and women and also has a handmade range in-store.’ – Sarah, Lauriston Press

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Narenna Bloomfield
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Narenna is a country girl at heart, growing up on a dairy farm north of Bendigo. Now living in Kyneton, (her husband’s hometown) she is a busy mum of three littlies. She loves gardening, baking, photography and getting out and about in the area. A favourite day in the region would be a weekly shop at a farmers’ market, meandering through an open garden and finishing with a dinner in one of the acclaimed restaurants along Piper Street, Kyneton.

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Photographer and videographer of lovers, those they love, self love and authentic small businesses. I capture the magic often missed in everyday moments. I’m passionate about real connections and genuine relationships.

We moved here with our blended family and found a place which is not just now home; but our community, countless adventures, good wine and even better friends.