Coffee, cakes, chocolate, cookies and lots, lots more. Then of course, there are the books.
A lot of small "villages" around the Dandenongs and the foothills become well known in their local communities for a number of things; they have a great little choice of shops and the people are friendly.
There are many coffee shops around the hills, and one that is a great favourite locally is The Chocolate Dragonfly, located at 1317 Mountain Highway, The Basin, 3154. They sell quality products, they make great coffee, and their menus cover almost every taste, including selections for children.
People travel great distances to meet here on a regular basis - some coming from inner Melbourne. Conversely many people who live further up in the hills travel down to The Basin to satisfy their need for their Chocolate Dragonfly coffee. The Chocolate Dragonfly is a family-friendly coffee shop and this is obvious by many customers who come as family groups.
But there's a lot more to the Chocolate Dragonfly than just coffee, cake cookies and chocolates. Breakfast at the Chocolate Dragonfly is always a busy time, and it's often hard to find a seat on Saturday mornings. Their breakfasts are served until 3.30 p.m.and there is a nice choice to select from. Even the kids have a choice - Baked Beans or Spaghetti on Toast as well as the usual Bacon and Egg selections. For a more 'adult' taste, Eggs Benedict or French Toast served with ice cream and maple syrup - how could you better that?
Morning and afternoon teas and lunches are provided by willing and pleasant staff who are always eager to make you welcome and know many of their customers by name. Other than sandwiches, baguettes and wraps, their Devonshire teas are exceptional - two scones (how many coffee shops do you find now give you two lovely sized scones?), tasty locally made jam and fresh cream. Yum!
Snacks and lunches are served with salads. Try the Thai Fish Balls or the Pumpkin Risotto Ball for something different. The Chocolate Dragonfly provides a catering service and their catering menu includes gourmet sandwiches; gourmet filled baguettes; and various platters including antipasto, dips and fruit. They will also supply Hot Food Platters upon request.
Also for sale at the Chocolate Dragonfly are home made cookies, special coffees, and special jams and spreads.
It's a relaxing place to sit and sip your favourite coffee or tea. Oh yes, they serve a selection of teas too. Sparkling white crockery including small teapots offset the beverage chosen. You're always made to feel "special". There are many coffee shops around Melbourne and suburbs. You simply must try the Chocolate Dragonfly, and add this to your list of "favourites".
While you're in the Basin, take time to stroll further down the hill and browse in the Rainy Day Bookshop (the best little Bookshop in the Hills) at 1301 Mountain Highway (right at the roundabout), Telephone Number: 9762 1180.