[Main Image} If you find yourself in the Ballarat district this Easter, make sure you pop into Yellow Espresso for their delicious Axil coffee and their Butterbing Cookie Sandwiches! These cookies travel down from Melbourne and are made of two dark chocolate brownie cookies joined by a delectable buttercream- making it the ultimate dessert companion for your coffee! Make sure you take a moment to lounge amongst their timber bench tops and hanging plants, and don’t forget to get out your phone for that perfect instagram shot of your yellow mug and cookie! #winning
Where: 13 Sturt St, Ballarat
When: Tues-Fri 8am-4pm & Sat-Sun 8:30am-4pm
Ph: 5332 3050
Located in the historic Webster Street in Ballarat is Webster’s Market & Cafe! Moonlighting as the neighbourhood’s go to cafe and corner store, it offers specialty coffee’s and teas and this divine house baked treat: A chocolate and burnt orange caramel tart. Topped with fresh autumn fruits, caramel almonds and pistachios and freeze dried raspberries this is the ultimate autumn Easter dessert. Cafe owner Jane says they like to work with seasonal produce and fresh fruits – which creates a perfect balance with the richness of the smooth chocolate tart and salted caramel! Pair this with the drinking chocolate from Mork or the uh-mazing chocolate from Monsieur Truffe – both pictured!
Where: 61 Webster St, Ballarat
When: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat and Sun 8am-4pm
Ph: 5331 2498
There’s a reason why every time you drive past Two Sugars it is always packed with people overflowing out the door into their street front areas. Nick and the gang who now have two locations, one in Highton and one of Pako have solidified Two Sugars as one of Geelong’s best cafe experiences.
Drawing on a wealth of experience cultured both locally and internationally, Two Sugar’s management have brought the aromas, textures and flavours of Italy to Highton and Newtown without neglecting modern Australian dining. With a menu offering a variety of both savoury and sweet cuisine, Two Sugars Cafe and Pizza Bar is certain to please even the most discerning of dinners.
Both locations in Highton and on Pakington street have large, viewable fridges that are jam packed with a great range of cakes and biscuits to enjoy with your beautiful coffee.
Where: 7/65-71 Barrabool Rd, Highton
Ph: 03 5244 5711
Where: 146 Pakington St, Geelong West
Ph: 03 5221 0377
There is nothing awkward about the Awkward Coffee Lounge on Malop St, in Geelong. Indulge this Easter with a gorgeous chai latte and their crowd favourite homemade lemon curd (made with fresh lemons) cake topped with springy meringue and served warm with fresh cream. Lounge amongst the textured fake grass walls and distressed wood accents and feel cool as a cucumber in this cozy abode! If you’re feeling a bit more cake-y this break, then make sure you try their strawberry mixed berry delight cake aka. Heaven in a bite!
Where: 45 Malop St, Geelong
When: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Ph:0422 935 036
The Cheesecake Shop has been a staple for birthday parties, special events and now Easter! What’s more decadent than a chocolate cake by the cake masters at the Belmont Cheesecake shop! They have Easter specials like the Black Forest Torte (a layered chocolate sponge masterpiece, with sour cherries, vanilla cream and Belgian chocolate,) the Belgian Double Choc aka. The ultimate mud-chocolate mudcake recipe, topped with a glazing of chocolate and finished with a Belgian chocolate collar and their Double Choc Strawberry Torte, which is a three layered chocolate sponge, chocolate cream, strawberry topped, chocolate glazed concoction, ready to be devoured by those with a sweet tooth! Open all Easter, if you’re hosting family, friends, or just want to treat yourself pop in an order! You can even get a personalised message.
Where: 112A Mount Pleasant Rd, Belmont
When: Mon-Sat 8am – 7pm; Sun 9am-5pm
Ph: 5244 0300
Mule Coffee Shed, located in the industrial hub of North Geelong, is everything their coffee boasts: Kick. Ass. Noticeable by the vibrant blocks of colour that are splashed across their shop front, this warehouse style cafe prides itself on it’s kid friendliness with foose-ball tables and fake grass! To give yourself or your kids a sugar high, Mule offer an extensive array of yum-yum-get-in-my-tum pastries and hot cross buns! Don’t forget to try out one of their ultimate Mule Shakes, like their Nutella, marshmallow, banana and donut shake. This place captures the ultimate Melbourne hipster vibe, so make it a must stop this Easter!
Where: 64 Separation St, North Geelong
When: Mon-Fri 5-4:30 and Saturday from 8-3
Ph: 0401 100 096
Dolly’s Sister Vegan Cafe & Bar has made quite a splash in the Tastes of Central Geelong Dessert Wars, with their award winning Fruit Flan! Originated out of a last minute dash, the recipe was created in just two days and won “The People’s Choice” award for the Dessert Wars. If you’re looking for something extremely tasty, without the guilt – this flan is the perfect dessert this Easter! With a simple base of mixed cashews, dates, maple syrup and chia seeds, the flan has a delicious filling of macadamias, lemons, maple syrup and more! To finish, it’s then topped with gorgeous fresh seasonal fruits, and comes served with a dreamy caramel sauce that has people from all over Melbourne and Victoria flocking to try it! So if you’re looking to experience a culinary delight this Easter break, make sure you try Dolly’s!
Where: 221 Moorabool St, Geelong
Open Mon-Wed 10.30-4pm, Thurs-Sat 10.30-10pm
Ph: 03 4245 1013
Renowned for its American BBQ and slow cooked meats, The Workers Club Geelong also has a couple of tasty desserts if you still have room.
They are also becoming known for their ice-cream sandwiches. Pictured is the Brownie cookie sandwich with peanut buttercup ice-cream. The snickers sandwich, as its affectionately known, is the new edition to the already popular Chocolate chip and bacon, maple ice-cream sandwich.
Where: 90-92 Little Malop St, Geelong
Ph: 03 5222 8331