The General Food Store Emerald

Today was a perfect day for coffee at one of my favourite cafes, The General Food Store Emerald.

The sun was shining, the breeze was fresh, the scent of Spring was in the air. I knew that a drive through those hills would inspire me.


The General Food Store Emerald

The General Food Store has had a make over of sorts.

The General Food Store Emerald

A few things that I love.

  • Their monthly newsletter on the wall with announcement of local events, seasonal produce etc.
  • Regularly changing art work in the cafe, featuring local artists. Today I was struck by the beauty of a photo of Emerald Lake Park at night. So stunning.
  • A reliably great cup of coffee.
  • Small but excellent menu.
  • Engaging staff.

The General Food Store Emerald

Cafes are our modern-day watering holes. Slurp, slurp, tsk, tsk.

The General Food Store seems to be the go-to place for a lot of Emerald locals and it is always busy.

I ordered eggs on toast $10. The lovely, chewy, crunchy sourdough made me very happy.

eggs on toast

There was also a cabinet full of delicious looking cakes and slices. Some were gluten-free, some were low sugar, some were just the way Grandma made them.

cakesThe General Food Store menu still offers two different styles of baguette $11.50, French lentil soup $10, house-made granola $11.50 and more. Check out the full menu, which changes with the Seasons, here. 


I think that the General Food Store could be one of your favourite cafes too, even if you are not local.

Take a drive through the sweeping Dandenong Ranges, feel your cares slip away as the road climbs higher, let the gorgeous green spaces sing you a lullaby and the majestic trees, whisper their secret.

Keep an eye on the General Food Store Facebook page if you would like to be notified of special events or night time dining options. While you are there, please visit the Eat My Street Facebook page too, and say hello. I’d love to see you stop by and I appreciate your support.

Happy Eating.

Dani B



Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 7.30am – 4pm
Sunday 8am – 4pm


377 Belgrave Gembrook Road, Emerald.
Phone: 03 5968 3580

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