Back in the 1950s, Cliffy Hauser’s general store in Daylesford was famous for an extraordinary range of produce, groceries and farm supplies crammed into a rustic timber and corrugated iron building.

Fast forward more than 60 years, and the heart and soul of this legendary store have been lovingly preserved. Farmers still drop into Cliffy’s Emporium with fresh fruit and vegetables, the old timber shelves are full of local produce, mineral water and preserves, while specialty groceries are chosen from near and far.

Cliffy’s has also become one of the region’s best-known cafes. Locals sometimes drop in two or three times a day for exceptional coffee, while visitors love pulling up a stool at one of the original long timber counters or sitting outdoors under the shade of the verandah and grapevines. The old bike shop next door has become part of Cliffy’s café, with comfortable seating and tables and a really cosy fireplace.

Local produce including cheese, meat, eggs, oil, honey and preserves star on the menu – think eggs with sides including roasted sumac tomatoes and marinated roast mushrooms, or the go-to charcuterie plate featuring local cured meats, cheese, olives and pickled vegetables. Baskets of freshly picked fruit and vegetables on the counter will quickly inspire you for your own dinner that evening – grab a pack of Italian pasta, some fresh produce, paté, cheese, a bottle of regional wine and a loaf of locally baked bread. What more could you want?

Cliffys Emporium 1 uai

30 Raglan Street
Daylesford, VIC


+61 3 5348 3279