There are several cafes and pubs that serve food in Lilydale so I don't know why I hove to at Max's Pies. I suppose because I knew it would be cheap and I hoped it would be cheerful.
It was both of those things.
I liked the woman serving me very much, she was most amiable, the other customers in the shop formed an orderly queue, and I enjoyed eavesdropping on the young mothers of the district as I imbibed and ate.
It was the same as any other bakery you would find anywhere in Australia. Pies and rolls and brightly coloured cakes.
It seemed as clean as most and cleaner than many.
And you can ask for a map at any of the shops showing all the others.
Oh, the thrill of the chase.
The Mustard Tree in John Street near the station.
Second Time Around in Hutchison Street around the corner.
The Treasure Chest in Clarke Street three minutes walk away.
The Salvos in Main Street at the top of the town.
Vinnies one minute's walk away.
What to buy: As always with thrift shops you gotta be lucky. I wasn't lucky on my trip and found a buttercup yellow cotton frock by Country Road - that was too small for me!!!!
I did notice that maybe lots of people out this way do pottery for a hobby because there was lots of handmade pottery on offer.