When in Geelong, you might like to head downtown and discover a thriving food industry that the locals covet and the visitors marvel. You can shop at the Geelong Shopping Mall, visit historical buildings like the old Geelong Theatre while taking in the majesty of the beautiful old churches and of course grab a fantastic lunch at one of the fine local restaurants and coffee shops. You’ll find best coffee and dining is at the heart of what makes Geelong such a pleasure to visit.
Kick off your stay with a Brunswick breakfast in downtown Geelong. Bacon and Eggs is great but sometimes you might be after something a little more creative and inspired. The kinds of places you’ll discover are reminiscent of the great alleyway restaurants that Melbourne is known for and the coffee is just as good.
Little Malop Street in the CBD has a furious competition, the best cafe’s all trying to outdo each other with quirky shop front design and increasingly creative menu’s. The smell of freshly brewed coffee is a fleeting hint when exploring the areas near Geelong’s Waterfront, there’s never a place far away.
In the CBD, Pistol Pete’s is well known for its touch of American south as is Freckleduck for it’s breezy open space and the five-star pin on its cafe menu. Coffee Cartel comes highly recommended as well, always roasting fresh coffee and leaving a tantalising scent in the air. You might have to wait in line at Fuel Cafe if you go at certain times, but that’s only because the coffee is so good, they’re located on a bluestone paved laneway behind the TAC building. Bistrot St Jean might make you feel like you’ve taken a turn down an alleyway in Paris and it comes highly recommended as a local favourite.
The Pakington strip in Geelong West is also a great place to explore some of the cafe’s and deli’s of Geelong. Make sure you try King of the Castle with its warehouse charm and Mr Miller Coffee Co.’s cute window store (and great pastries!). 63 Degrees is also popular for it’s healthy choices as is the intimate French Corner Café.
For finer dining you could try Tulip with it’s lovely airy feel and Scandinavian vibe. Zigfrids puts seafood on the plate with flair and the Telegraph Hotel is great with its take on pub classics in an art deco interior. Le Parisien is perfect for French-centric seafood and waterfront views. La Vista Authentic Italian Restaurant is wildly popular for its great pastas and coffee.