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HOT: Cortille Café, Bendigo

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Cortille Café is a popular Bendigo CBD cafe – just look out for the queues in front of the colourful restored caravan jammed inside to become a coffee cart.

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

The cafe is split into several areas. The main dining room is bright and light and overlooked by a giant trumpet-toting monkey mural. The space with the retro caravan is strictly for takeaway, as it’s narrow and small.

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

There’s a tiny reading nook under the stairs, a large upstairs area mostly for functions and finally, a funky courtyard timber panelled courtyard which gives the cafe its (Spanish) name.

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

The all day breakfast and lunch menu veers from super-healthy scrambled tofu with braised kale ($18.50) to I-Don’t-Quit-Sugar ricotta hotcakes with berries and mascarpone ($19).

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

 Although I normally have a sweet tooth of these two dishes I actually prefered the tofu as I liked the umami flavours of soy used to stir fry the mushrooms, tofu and kale. The nine-grain gluten-free toast was unexpectedly good too given I’m not normally much of a fan of gluten-free bread.

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

The kids menu has simple items from fruit and yoghurt ($6.50) to jaffles ($7) though we mostly let them attack the decadent Canadian waffles ($17.50).

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

In fact, the menu has a special section devoted to waffles with the cheeky ‘we dare you’! Well, these waffles are worth taking up the dare – American style crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and heaped with all sort of indulgent toppings. In our case, maple, thick shortcut bacon, caramel ice cream, banana, caramel popcorn.

The coffee is the best we’ve had in Bendigo (so far) thanks to the beans from Melbourne’s Axil Coffee. However, I thought my Bondi Chai was too sweet and not spicy enough.  

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

Make Cortille Café a must-do on your next visit to Bendigo. It can get busy during peak times so it’s worth noting that they take reservations. Also there’s only one waffle machine so if you order at a busy time you could be waiting a while for your waffle.

Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

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Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Terrace 03 5444 3082

Mon-Fri 7am-4pm

Sat-Sun 8am-3pm

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Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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