Explore the Piper Street Precinct
Zig-zagging between Piper Street, Mollison Street and High Street in Kyneton, you can easily fill a day or weekend enjoying everything the Piper Street Precinct has to offer.
Located in the historic heart of Kyneton, Piper Street stretches from Mollison Street right down to the Campaspe River.
At the top end of Piper Street, you’ll discover the likes of Duck Duck Goose & Larder Cafe, housed inside a building constructed in 1878 as an enclosed market. This is just one of many wonderful cafes and restaurants you can enjoy along Piper Street, along with vintage bric-a-brac stores, homewares and fashion.
Grist Bakery is also worth a visit if you are a fan of pies and pastries. Originally a steam mill, you can get a sense of Kyneton’s history the minute you step inside, while enjoying their artisan sourdough fare and sweet treats.
A tad further up the street is the famous Royal George Hotel, home to Botanik. This is the place to go for amazing cocktails, local wine and light antipasti platters, served with a big dose of ambiance and style.
Down the far end, on the corner of Piper and Powlett Street, you’ll discover another hidden treasure. Piper Street Food Co is well known for its traditional pork pies. They also sell amazing terrines and picnic goodies and run extremely popular cooking classes – everything from pie-making to charcuterie. You’ll also find the fantastic Animus Distillery Cocktail Bar and Lounge right next door, serving up their signature cocktails and award-winning artisan gins.
There are a number of boutique, independent art galleries dotting the length of Piper Street – from Lauriston Press Gallery to Stockroom. And you’ll be spoilt for choice with an abundance of quality shops selling homewares, gifts, vintage collectibles, fashion and accessories.
In between all the shopping, eating and drinking, you can enjoy a sublime massage or holistic spa treatment at Maiaveda Holistic Health Retreat & Spa. Make sure to book in advance!
There are a few treasures not to be missed along Mollison Street. If you are looking for some of the best coffee in town, make sure to drop into Monsieur Pierre’s. For art and locally made crafts, pay a visit to the Old Auction House Gallery Art Precinct, located down the far end of Mollison Street (heading in the direction of Kyneton’s Botanic Gardens and train station).
There are a couple of great cafes that locals rate on this street too, including Ruby Cafe and the Social Foundry. If you are into Op Shops, there are several along Mollison Street (and down Market Street) worth checking out.
Hot Tip: Many visitors make a point of stopping at Watts Fresh on their return home, to pick up amazing produce and specialty goods.
You’ll be surprised what you can find tucked away on High Street.
Squishy Minnie is an independent children’s bookstore that visitors flock to from miles away for its amazing array of books. Further up High Street (across from the local high school) is the fantastic, character-filled Aesops Attic Bookstore, which sells new and second-hand adult and children’s books.
Sweet Satisfaction is an old-school sweet shop the kids will love. While Donkey is a must-do for kids and adults looking for American-style fried chicken, great burgers and mouthwatering ice-cream sundaes.
And to top off the High Street experience? Tucked down an alleyway between High and Market Street is one of Kyneton’s best kept secrets – Musk Lane Wine. This cellar door and bar is the place to go in summer or winter, with a grassy outdoor area on blue sky days and a cosy bar with fireplace on chilly Kyneton days.
The perfect finish to the day
And at the end of a wonderful day of retail therapy along these charming, historic streets? Head along the Campaspe River Walk for a tranquil stroll that leads through the Kyneton Botanic Garden.