The General Food Store

Reopening Wednesday 28 October for it down form 7.30 am. New menu. Takeaway still available. We also have a fully stocked providore store, featuring our famous Ready Made Meals and pantry staples, available through online ordering. Come and say hello, and try ordering ahead using the Skip app for a contactless experience.

A bustling hang out, both locals and visitors love The General Food Store! Since 2011, this cafe has lead the way with it’s refreshing monthly menus, championing the use of seasonal ingredients, which are ethically and sustainably sourced from the Dandenong Ranges and greater Victorian regions.

Serving well-crafted rustic food, you will enjoy anything from waffles, eggs and sides, hearty salads, braises, tasty burgers and fresh baguettes. Additionally, the cafe boasts a separate vegan menu and easily provides for dietary requirements.

You’ll find Coffee Supreme on the grind, along with guest blends from many of Melbourne's bespoke roasters.

This family friendly cafe provides children's books, and their own activity sheets for little people to enjoy too! The space features a fully enclosed heated/cooled courtyard, and welcomes your furry friends with open arms.

Victorian produce and house-made goodies adorn their shelves, and you can’t leave without some treats from their house-made cake selection!

Close to all of Emerald's great attractions: Puffing Billy, Emerald Lake Park, Nobelius Heritage Park, and the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday 7.30am–4pm; Sunday 8am–4pm
Open Public Holidays 8am–3pm (except Christmas Day)

377 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald VIC 3782


Kitchen closes at 3pm, open for coffee and snacks from the cake cabinet between 3-4pm.

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