The General Food Store

Restaurant and Cafe

The General Food Store welcomes customers back to beautiful Emerald with their famous friendly service and a delicious, dietary friendly menu. Committed to an ever-evolving menu using seasonal ingredients sourced from the amazing growers and producers in the local and greater Victorian food regions, they endeavour to operate as ethically and sustainably as possible, whilst reducing their environmental impact.

Enjoy their famous Arabesque, waffles, hearty salads, tasty burgers and fresh baguettes, and treats from their house-made cake selection. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and kids are not only welcome but encouraged, and the team take great pride in catering for varied dietary requirements. Find Coffee Supreme on the grind, along with guest blends from Melbourne’s bespoke roasters, and a providore full of locally and house-made condiments and treats.

Seating is both indoors, or outdoors in their cooled/heated courtyard, or enjoy dog-friendly dining out front under their striped umbrellas. Their takeaway menu and providore items can be contactlessly pre-ordered during business hours via the website.

Close to Emerald’s great attractions including Emerald Lake Park, Nobelius Heritage Park, Puffing Billy, Aura Vale Lake, Cardinia Reservoir, and the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail.

Open Monday to Saturday 7.30am–4pm, and Sunday 8am–4pm. To view the menu, head to the website.

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


Alfresco/Outdoor Dining Carpark Family Friendly Free Wifi Non Smoking Online Orders Pet Friendly Shop / Gift Shop Takeaway Available

Meal Types

Breakfast Lunch

Cuisine Types

Australian Bistro/Cafe/Deli Brunch Gluten Free Available Light Meals Modern Australian Vegan Vegetarian


Fully licensed, No BYO

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available

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