For lovers of fine coffee & quality food

Ballarista Cafe in Lydiard Street South, Central Ballarat is a welcome entrant in the 2017 Golden Plate Awards, and has been a pioneer in the local Coffee culture.

The Finalists for the Golden Plate Awards in the SW VictoriaTerritory will be announced in October. The Winners and Highly Commended for the 2017 Victorian State Awards will be announced in November. Follow these announcements here and on Facebook.

2017 Judges Comments

Ballarista is a funky, friendly and comfortable café serving great coffee and simple rustic foods in CBD Ballarat.  If you want a burger for breakfast you get it and its a generous serving. The coffee here is particularly good, packed with flavour and served at a good temperature. Bacon-lovers, beat a path to the door of Ballarista. There are plenty of options here for you, including a sweet bacon dish (no less), and the chips were particularly delicious. With great coffee, fun atmosphere and customer service the value for money here is excellent.

Special Strengths

Central city location. Funky atmosphere. Friendly service. Excellent coffee. Rustic foods. Good value for money.  

2016 State Awards

  • WINNER Harwood Andrews People’s Choice Award sponsored by Harwood Andrews

2016 Regional Awards

  • WINNER Harwood Andrews People’s Choice Award sponsored by Harwood Andrews
  • FINALIST Best Unlicensed Cafes sponsored by Harwood Andrews


Previous Awards

  • WINNER Best Value for Money (2015)
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED Best Unlicensed Cafe (2015)

Lydiard Street South 2
Ballarat 3350 VIC AU
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Unlicensed Cafe / Coffee House Contemporary Australian cuisine Gluten free available $ Cards accepted: Visa and mastercard Mondays to Friday: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Sunday 9.00 am to 2.30 pm Saturdays closed Street parking