Glenn Harvey, Mandy Edwards and Melissa Scilini. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

THE new Bendigo Dining and Shopping Guide is out now, with plenty of ideas for the holiday season.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Terry Karamaloudis said the free pocket-sized guide is a fantastic resource that showcases unique local shopping and dining experiences for both residents and visitors to Bendigo.

“With Christmas and the holiday season fast approaching, the guide is packed with great gift ideas, places to eat and drink and a variety of experiences to explore,” Mr Karamaloudis said.

“The city centre and the surrounding areas have so much to offer and the Bendigo Dining and Shopping Guide features great restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, boutiques, homewares, gift ideas, unique local produce as well as handmade products designed by our many talented artisans.

“The guide is perfect if you’ve got friends and family visiting during the holiday season that are keen to explore and experience Bendigo.

The new guide features Bendigo’s shopping and dining precincts including Bath Lane, Chancery Lane, Hargreaves and Williamson Streets, Lyttleton Terrace and Queen Street, View Street, Mitchell Street, Pall Mall and High Street.

It also promotes other local businesses close by in a Minutes Away section and a Surrounds section for Heathcote.

Information on local calendar events, accessibility and parking, pet friendly cafes, markets, artists’ walks, foodie tours, ultimate selfie spots, maps and a shopping directory are also included in the guide.

“The council recently launched a shop local campaign to encourage more people to support local food and retail businesses and this guide will provide plenty of inspiration as we have so much to offer,” Mr Karamaloudis said.

As part of the council’s shop local campaign, new findings revealed that when shoppers spent $100 in a locally run business nearly $70 stayed in the community, but when people purchased goods from online shops located outside of Greater Bendigo, only $3 remained in the local community.

The Bendigo Dining and Shopping Guide is available from the Bendigo Visitor Centre on Pall Mall or the Heathcote Visitor Centre between 9am and 5pm seven days a week. Alternatively visit www.bendigotourism.com.au for a full guide listing.