With Easter fast approaching, why not celebrate the holiday season at your local cafe, restaurant or bakery. Here are a few of the best places to do just that.
Located in the quaint Highton Village, Darriwill Farm Highton is a relaxing space to enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or a tasting plate with a glass of wine or craft beer. All cakes and sweets are made in house with a focus on providing plenty of gluten free options, and you can enjoy these inside or out.
The new look retail space adjoining the café stocks an exciting array of gourmet food, wine, homewares and hampers for those difficult to buy for. The store also stocks an increasing range of locally made products and a dedicated gluten free section.
Where: 11/65-67 Barrabool Rd, Highton
When: Kitchen open daily from 7.30am – 2.30pm, cafe closes at 5pm.
Phone: 03 5241 9311
Café Bear and Scoobs
Don’t have any Mothers Day plans yet? Café Bear and Scoobs have a special Mother’s Day High Tea on 14th May from 2pm.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious afternoon of cakes and delights, with four savoury pieces, four sweet and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, red or white wine, beer or soft drink and coffee or tea.
Where: 1/18 Thompson Rd, North Geelong
When: Monday to Friday 7am – 3pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 3pm
Phone: (03) 4208 1130
Kyosk is the lush wholefoods cafe delivering Ocean Grove the fresh, wholesome, and even decadent dishes they deserve. The cafe, which shares a home with a yoga studio and and natural therapy rooms, is as calming as it is humble. The menu boasts a range of organic and raw ingredients, especially with their vegan Japanese quinoa brekky bowl – complete with avocado, tahini, miso, raw veg and locally made kimchi, along with weekly changing fresh juices.
With a tropical-style garden complete with exotic décor and a Moroccan water feature, relaxing by the fire or lounge on the big deck is a real treat. Ocean Grove’s answer to a real oasis.
Where: 91 The Parade, Ocean Grove
When: Monday to Friday 7:30am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 4pm
Phone: 0403 811 273
Mule Coffee Shed
Mule Coffee Shed on Separation street is a warehouse café, and Geelong’s first supplier of Proud Mary Coffee. If you haven’t been there yet, why not make this Easter period your first visit? The Mule gang are taking funky milkshakes to a whole other level, and they are heavily Easter infused. Think choc-a-block full of Easter eggs, sprinkles, marbled with fun flavours, crowned with a delicious brownie AND a chocolaty Easter bunny – the kids will be flocking for this amazing Easter treat. Mule are even doing DIY shake making parties and classes for kids and wanna be kids – it’s really the cherry on top.
If you aren’t much of a sweet tooth, they also do an amazing take on southern fried chicken and their burgers are WOW with house ground beef and home made tomato chilli jam.
Where: 64 Separation St, North Geelong
When: Monday to Friday 7am – 4pm, Saturday 8am – 3pm
Phone: 0401 100 096
Café Narana is one of Geelong’s hidden gems, with a new breakfast and lunch menu featuring dishes inspired by native ingredients and Indigenous flavours currently in the works. There will be plenty of the old favourites but some brand new ones on the way. Using Seven Seeds Coffee, Cafe Narana have just introduced a brand new selection of freshly baked housemade Indigenous inspired cakes, it’s ‘coffee n cake’ with a twist. Think wattleseed scones with wild rosella jam and finger lime whipped cream, finger lime cakes, finger lime white chocolate lamingtons and syrupy Quongdong puffs – and that’s not even half of them.
The dining area in its unique native garden setting, is just a small part of the total Narana experience. Sit outside on the sunny deck or venture indoors where the fireplace becomes prime position during the cooler months.
Where: 410 Surf Coast Highway, Grovedale
When: Tues to Fri 9am – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm
Phone: (03) 5241 5700
Surfcoast Wholefoods is a regional institution for everything health and well-being, inspiring the community to get creative in their own kitchen, and explore healthier ways of eating flavoursome all natural foods. The fully stocked organic supermarket has all the organic and fairtrade chocolates and sweets one could dream of, including raw, vegan and paleo options (online shopping is also available). The cafe in-store is like a dream for the sweet tooth healthy conscious eater. From raw cheezecakes (nut based and dairy free) to paleo banana bread, gluten free muffins and moorish raw chocolate treats.
Where: 41 Bristol Rd, Torquay
When: 8am-6pm Monday to Saturday, 8am – 5pm Sunday.
Phone: (03) 5261 5555
The Deck has had a major make over. This means longer opening hours, crazy good Thursday Uni Night deals, the addition of a Friday RnB Night, cheap deals for Footy matches (hello $5 Coronas) and with their ‘Slickback Sunday’ complete with beer pong, there’s no excuse to ever miss a Sunday session ever again. The food is hot (and well-priced), the drinks are cold and these boys are certainly giving the people what they want!
Where: 2 Gheringhap St, Geelong
When: Mon 11am – 7pm, Tues 11am – 10pm, Wed 11am – 10pm, Thurs 11am – 3am, Fri & Sat 11am – 3am, Sunday 11am – 9pm
Phone: (03) 5229 5504
The already much loved Uncle Donut have just released their new menu, and it’s a doozy. The list includes, Rocky Road, Apple Pie Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue, Popcorn, Strawbella, and Crème Brulee. There is also the classic mini Cinnamon donut which comes with your choice of ever changing dipping sauces, including Nutella, lime curd, dulce de leche and salty caramel, but only available Saturdays. Absolutely dribble-worthy.
You can also find these delicious creations on the coast – the full range are available at Uncle Jacks in Ocean Grove most days of the week.
Where: 100 Little Malop St, Geelong
When: Wednesday & Thurday 10am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm (or until sold out)
Phone: (03) 5229 4929
Inspired by Melbourne’s cafe and bar scene, this one brings the city to the coast, with a unique twist. With a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, it is perfect for a coffee date, a sit-down meal or an afternoon drink. With a new autumn and winter menu, breakfast is made easy with an avo smash – complete with egg, dukkah and beetroot hummus, and the flourless banana bread with confit blueberries, mascarpone, sesame praline, peanut shards and maple syrup – YUM. Lunch calls for a filling Jack’s Burger or the chicken and brown rice teriyaki bowl.
To top it all off, they also stock a full range of Uncle Donut’s delicious, doughy treats.
Where: 2/82 The Terrace, Ocean Grove
When: Mon & Tues 7am – Noon, Wed & Thurs 7am – 3pm, Friday 7am – late, Sat 8am – late, Sun 8am – 3pm
Phone: 03 5256 3735
The Wool Exchange High Tea
The Wool Exchange hosts High Tea every Friday – a nod to the building’s bygone era. Dozens of people each week pack the restaurant for a glass of bubbly, tea or coffee, homemade sandwiches and favourite treats from scones to lamingtons and hedgehog slice. People flock from as far as Bendigo and Ballarat for the high tea sessions, so booking is a must, but it isn’t an experience to miss.
Where: 44 Corio St, Geelong
When: Every Friday from 2.30pm
Phone: (03) 5222 2322