after arriving in daylesford i was in need of some good tucker. i saw the local supermarket and decided to have a quick look! i where greeted by some of the of the best customer service i have seen in my 50 years! not only did they support a variety of local produce, but they where fast and friendly with easy parking!
What to buy: the local produce... YUMMY!
WE visited Daylesford recently and where delighted to find a Jeans fashion store offering great service and excellent prices when compared to Melbourne !! The range of jeans was better than the metro stores we visit and being in Vincent St made it easy to find. Highly Recommend !!
What to buy: LTB jeans half cost of G Star and Diesel look and fit is fantastic.
Check out sale rack one off t shirts ben sherman and many more bargains to be had.
What to pay: I spent 250 for Jeans and a great T shirt!
During our walk down the streets of Daylesford, we came across a very large selection of books, comics, audio CDs and movies in the Avant Garden bookstore. It was facinating to me to walk through this bookstore where there were hundreds of books on sports history in Australia, and I had a thought to myself... I would not know a single person in any of those books! Then to look through all the novelists, poets, and other entertainers throughout the entire place it was a very surreal experience!
I would highly recommend taking a look through here, as there were tons of things to keep your interest. The other nice thing is that you can send your kids roaming to the second story which is filled to the roof with old comics! (Don't worry, the expensive ones are behind glass).
What to buy: I did not end up buying anything, as I can not actually read!
What to pay: $5-20AUD would be the average I would assume.
One of the little galleries located in the heart of Daylesford was open while we were there so we took a look around. There were several different types of art on display, from photography and painting down to sculpture and metalwork.
It was an enjoyable portion of an hour to see the art of the Victorian countryside, and there was some pretty good work on display. I am not an art critic, so I am sure we could get a better rendition of how good the art was from someone else, but it was worth the time to look around.
What to pay: $5 AUD for some artistic postcard size pictures up to $1000's for a wall-covering painting.
If you want a little taste of everything that Daylesford has to offer all in one shop, then the Convent Gallery retail shop is the place for you to go. There are local food stuffs, art, crafts, and faux antiques. There was also an extensive number of different jewellry types.
While we were there, we were actually shopping for gifts for Christmas, and there were plenty of ideas. I ended up getting my mother a couple of plate holders in the shape of ducks for her home in Waskom. We also tried the coffee there which was nice.
With more time or more people to shop for, we probably could have purchased a little more!
What to pay: There were gifts from a couple AU Dollars up to thousands for some of the jewelry.
Village on Vincent is where you can see small wooden stores.
They are painted in bright colours.
You can find leather belts, art work, fashion and lots more.
Village on Vincent is open each weekend and holidays.
What to pay: From a couple of dollars to $100
This is a great shop to browse in.
Lots of African Art, clothes,jewellery and much more.
What to buy: What to buy? Something that has caught your eye.
I love the chunky/ colourful Jewellery.
What to pay: You can buy something for just a couple of dollars to Sculptures worth a few hundred.
This Gallery was opened a number of years ago after the owner totally refurbished an old Garage. It was transformed into one of the first Galleries in this area.
The sparse area is filled with work from local artists as well as art that is sourced from other areas.
You can find Jewellery, pottery, glassware, iron and of course paintings and sketches.
Before a garage this building was a grain and animal store. The leadlight windows above the front door give a hint at the building past.
What to buy: Whatever your wallet can afford:)
There are some small pieces of art that are quite reasonably priced.
Then there are some very expensive pieces.
They will wrap and ship for you.
Thursday to Monday 10am to 6pm
Other times by appointment.
I am totally biased when it comes to this shop. I was the owner for 7 years and it is still as popular now as it was then.
Kay and Alan have moved the cafe/chocolate shop to another area in the Main St. It is wonderful.
Inside they have kept the old world look with style plus.
All the chocolates and chocolate novelty items are made on the premises.
You can stand in front of the wonderful old glass counter and decide which chocolate you will choose out of the 25 plus varieties.
You can also buy the other chocolate novelties items, clown faces, very large freckles, ginger logs and so much more.
There is also a menu of snacks and drinks.
Open Daily from 930am to 5pm
Breakfast and Lunch
Bring your own wine if you feel like a glass or two with lunch.
What to buy: Chocolates is what this shop is all about!!
My favourite chocies are Pecan, Milkshake, Brandied Apricot, hazlenut stick and all of the other 24!
Then it's the food and drinks:)
What to pay: You can start at a couple of dollars to as much as you need to spend to help that chocolate craving:)
This shop has been in Daylesford for many years.
The sign is a little warn but it's still a fun place to browse.
There is an assortment of things to buy. Jewellery, unusual gifts, crystals and clothes.
A great place for kids to browse as well.
What to buy: My grand daughter will not go anywhere esle for her presents. It takes her a very long time to decide!
I think the jewellery is rather nice.
Izrael would say the crystals and funny little battery toys that they have throughout the shop.
What to pay: You will find something for a few dollars.
Things like the solid silver items can be as expensive as $200 plus dollars.
This shop is tucked away off the main drag. You will find lots of colourful puppets and other fun things for kids to play with.
They also have puppet making for the kids. You have to book for this.
What to buy: I am sure the kids will tell you what they would like to buy:)
What to pay: From a few dollars to $40,00 upwards. Very reasonable prices for that something fun for the kids.
I really like old style architecture - so the Daylesford Post Office had to get a mention and a photograph.
What can you buy in a post office - stamps of course. Most post offices sell just about everything now, from stamps and envelopes to printers and faxes, and everthing in between.
This is a nice old building and it deserves to be placed on my pages as a classic, older style building, probably built during the gold rush era of the 1800s but I could be wrong. If anyone has the date that it was built I would like to hear from them.
Magical is one of the best words I could use to explain Dragons and Dreaming - from the moment you enter it feels this way. First there is the huge dragon mounted at roof height in front of you, then all the pretty things, and more in glass display cases, and then you walk through a doorway like an entryway into another world - the walls sparkle purple, there is a fountain, a little bridge with a stream running underneath it and it's all just so beautiful. This room is the jewellery room and everything in its glass cases is displayed to maximum advantage. Jewellery ranges from Celtic to silver and gold, precious stones, crystals and more.
My favorite gift shop in Australia. I never tire of visiting it, even just browse and drink in the atmosphere.
Dragons and Dreaming is a little hard to describe as a shop because it has so many things, but to generalise, what you will find most of is jewellery, things like pewter goblets, velvet mediaevel dresses, Indian clothing, and much in the way of international giftware - even handcrafts from Tibet from time to time - always something pretty and new. I haven't actually ever bought much here - for the reason that I like just about everything and have trouble choosing any one thing!
What to buy: A good place for velvet clothing and that 'new age' clothing style. Also great for jewellery with precious and semi precious stones, and crystals.
What to pay: You get what you pay for - some stuff may seem expensive, but when I consider you just can't find most of it anywhere else, it's better.
This little cluster of brightly painted shops are what I like to call the 'funky shops'.
They may be only very small inside, but each one is very special and individual. Last time I was there, they'd just introduced a North American indian crafts shop, another one was selling an entire range of different teas (at least 50 different types, all in little boxes and bags and set out beautifully), there was one selling clothing, another ice cream - you'll need to check them all out to see the range.
Check for opening hours, as I believe they don't open till later in the morning than most shops, and probably not open Mon-Tues.
What to buy: Here and all through the Daylesford shopping township - ranges from anything new age - crystals, crystal, celtic and other jewellery, Indian and other rayon clothing, souvenirs, wooden arts, furniture and crafts, clothing, books, music, giftware and so much more in the range of specialist goods.