Barwon Edge Café: The riverside haven transformed by the ALMA and Felix team is now open

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Barwon Edge Café: The riverside haven transformed by the ALMA and Felix team is now open

Credit: Ryal Sormaz
Credit: Ryal Sormaz
Credit: Ryal Sormaz
Credit: Ryal Sormaz
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Words by Talia Rinaldo

The final stage of the magnificent transformation of the iconic Barwon Edge is now complete.

Nestled along the tranquil banks of the Barwon River, the long-awaited Barwon Edge Café emerges as Geelong’s newest haven for foodies, families and nature lovers alike. Spearheaded by the seasoned team behind ALMA and Felix, this contemporary café space, which recently underwent a stunning transformation, invites guests to immerse themselves in a relaxed yet unparalleled dining experience.

Opening off of the back of a successful new outdoor cinema series at the venue, the cafe officially launched to the public in early March as part of the riverside venue’s extensive transformation. The first part of the transformation saw the opening of a refined and timeless restaurant and events space, which officially opened back in September, delivering on the promise of a distinguished menu, edgy styling, and exceptional service that patrons have come to associate with ALMA and Felix.

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Picture-perfect and inviting, Barwon Edge Café arrives as the second offering, which sees the team expand into new territories, with the venue delivering a more casual and family-friendly alternative.

Taking over a separate section of the iconic destination, Barwon Edge Café offers not just a meal but an escape—a retreat from the frenetic pace of daily life. With its breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and a combination of communal and more intimate cafe seating, it sets the stage for moments of relaxation and indulgence, where every sip and bite is savoured amidst serene surroundings.

In true ALMA and Felix fashion, the café’s ambiance strikes a delicate balance between sophistication and comfort. Overseen by the renowned team at ALMA and Felix and executed to perfection with the help of Flux Interior Design, Pleysier Perkins Architecture, and Coastal Grain (AKA the absolute dream team!), the space exudes understated elegance, with every detail meticulously curated to elevate the blissful dining experience.


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But beyond its aesthetic allure lies the heart and soul of Barwon Edge Café—the food offerings that promise to please even the most discerning palates. The menu showcases a diverse array of mouthwatering dishes, each crafted with locally sourced ingredients, championing sustainable farming practices while ensuring freshness and quality in every bite.

Offering an all-day breakfast menu with a similar contemporary and inventive take on Middle Eastern cuisine as the restaurant, highlights include the smashed avo on sourdough with whipped feta and hazelnut dukkah, the indulgent Big Brekky Flatbread, featuring crispy bacon, fried mushrooms, mozzarella, eggs and spiced hollandaise, and the aromatic Hummus Shakshuka with poached eggs and spiced tomato. There’s also classics like eggs your way, with sides available, Ket Baker pastries, and an egg, bacon and cheese ciabatta roll.

Amidst the eclectic menu offerings at Barwon Edge Café, the pizza selection stands out as a true crowd-pleaser. From the grilled zucchini, adorned with feta and olives, to the marinated chicken with red peppers, mozzarella and harissa mayo, the pizza offerings cater to every palate and preference.

And for the little ones, the Kiddo Cuisine ensures that even the tiniest diners are treated with the likes of scrambled eggs on toast, ham and cheese toastie, chicken nuggets and chips and pizzas.

Of course, the cafe is serving up delicious cups of Cartel Roasters Coffee too.

Proving to be the place to go for relaxed catch-ups with your friends and family or when you’re looking to tick the boxes for kid-friendly dining while providing a pleasant outing for parents too, you’ll even find a custom-built playground for the kids, located in prime viewing area of the outside seating area.

Open seven days a week from 7 am to 3 pm, Barwon Edge Café welcomes guests to embark on a culinary journey unlike any other.

With no bookings required—just walk in and be greeted by the warm embrace of exceptional hospitality and unparalleled experiences – it’s all about great, authentic food with as little fuss as possible.

Barwon Edge is located at 40 Windsor Rd, Geelong. Find out more here