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Take a foodie trip to Bentleigh, where the cafes are first class and the produce shopping should inspire kitchen glory.

It only takes one and The District Brewer is it. This hot spot is putting Bentleigh on the brunch map, with its pretty spin on early morning classics. Kick back with a cold drip or prana chai while perusing the menu of that includes peach and pear crumble hotcakes with mascarpone and mushroom d’luxe (mushroom medley with white wine, cream, goats cheese and poached eggs).  

Little Tommy Tuckeris a hole-in-the-wall cafe on Centre Road. But while it’s small in stature, there’s a menu offering a great choice. Swift service and quality food — smoked brisket brioche with pickled beetroot and organic quinoa salad are just a couple of the options — are what keep this place buzzing.  

If you dream of Masterchef glory, find inspiration in the many ingredients from a wide variety of nationalities at the grocers along Centre Road. Explore Russian Food, Chen Oriental Grocery, Bentleigh Quality Produce, Aaraya Supermarket (for Indian spices and pastes), and Planet Seafood for fresh fish.  

Australia’s most renowned violinmaker is also located in Bentleigh. As well as crafting his own instruments, Leon Petroff stocks violins, violas and cellos from across the globe, performs restoration work and can even restring that violin that’s been sitting at the back of your cupboard since you gave up childhood lessons. He’s been in the biz for more than 30 years and musicians like Andre Rieu play his instruments, so he really knows what he’s talking about.

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