Enjoy some caffeine after you pay your respects on ANZAC Day.
For those of you who will be getting up early for the ANZAC day dawn services, a coffee will definitely be needed.
We did the rounds, and here are the cafes that are most certainly ready to help you out with your caffeine requirements – some are even open extra early for you!
But it’s important to remember that ANZAC Day is about remembering the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who served and died in any wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. If you can’t make it to a dawn service, you can donate to the ANZAC appeal here. Also, read more about the day here.
Sweet Adeline Desserts, Newtown
Whether you’re keen to hit the walking track or just stock up on some sweets, Sweet Adeline Desserts is the pop-up you need to swing by.
Serving artistic desserts and delicious beverages out of a vintage caravan bar at an open riverside space courtesy of the fantastic team at Elite Training Centre in Newtown, right on the river, this little gem is giving sweet tooths something to get excited about. Here you will find plenty of outdoor seating, aromatic barista coffee, hot chocolates, milkshakes as well as a selection of their delicious handcrafted desserts and cakes and even delicious pastries from local Ket Baker and toasties, available for both dine-in or takeaway.
They’ll be open from 7:30am to 2:30pm.
63 Degrees, Geelong West
Pakington Street is on to another winner in the mint green façade that is 63 Degrees. With an ever-changing seasonal menu 63 Degrees rotates a huge range of brunch options sure to keep brunch aficionados on their toes. With two full menus, one vegan and one regular 63 Degrees is ensuring there’s more than enough choice for everyone. All their regular menu brunch items, they can do vegan whether it’s a sticky soy pulled pork beno that can be converted to a mushroom and coconut bacon concoction, or their house made crumpets 63 Degrees is making sure nobody misses out at your next brunch. Whether it’s a coffee, a smoothie or a shake you’re after 63 Degrees has you covered.
The team at 63 will be slinging the goods on Anzac Day from 7am until 2pm.
Where: 140 Pakington Street, Geelong West
Parade Espresso Bar, Ocean Grove
Serving Campos Coffee for all your cappuccino and espresso needs, the charm of this coffee stop is that it’s created on the conviction that we need, more than ever, places of community to enjoy expertly brewed coffee. Led by legendary Melbourne-raised barista Eugenio, Parade Espresso Bar is renowned for meticulously providing consistently smooth coffee… and they’ve got the awards to prove it! Open every day, including all public holidays, it’s the perfect excuse to jump in the car and take in those coastal views we’re so lucky to have access to. The only thing left for you to do is to pop in and decide how you like your coffee. Oh and the best part, no PH surcharge!
Open 5:30am-10:30am on Anzac Day for the early risers.
Where: Shop 6/71 The Parade, Ocean Grove
Geelong West Social Club, Geelong West
You know when you find yourself in a bit of a hurry, don’t want to spend a heap of money, but want some good tasty food and smooth hot coffee, where do you go? The Geelong West Social Club, that’s where – especially with their delicious array of bagels.
The G.W.S.C team will be providing the goods on Anzac Day from 7:30am to 1pm.
Where: 1b Yuille Street, Geelong West
King of the Castle, Geelong
KOTC never fails to hit the cravings when it comes to caffeine and all things delicious, especially with their Kings Breakfast, brioche French Toast, banoffee waffles and avocado toast. For those spending the long weekend in Geelong, KOTC will be open on Anzac Day from 7:30am to 2pm. You’ll be able to not only enjoy a cup of coffee at local King of the Castle but also some of their more indulgent treats to go, because why not?
Where: 24 Pakington Street, Geelong
The Wheel Cafe, Geelong
The Wheel Café is a bright pink outpost sitting directly beneath Geelong’s signature attraction, the Giant Sky Wheel. Doughnuts are served warm, so they are fluffy and melt in your mouth with each bite. Lovers of tradition can indulge in these classic vegan-friendly cinnamon rings, with a choice of strawberry, caramel or chocolate sauce expertly drizzled over the top, all served in a compostable tray.
Depending on your mood, you can pair your carbalicious rings with a unique coffee bean blend from Coffee Basics, a small batch roasting business in Central Victoria.
They’ll be open Anzac Day from 10:30am until 8pm.
Where: Beneath the Giant Sky Wheel
Local Geelong, East Geelong
Local Geelong is a well-loved cafe slinging coffee, cake, brunch and pastries by day, and slow dough pizza and local wines by night. With brunch seven days a week and some of the smoothest coffee around town, we’re stoked that the team have decided to stay open all long weekend! Slinging takeaway goods for all, you’ll be able to load up with a range of pastries, bread, hot cross buns and snacks. Open Anzac Day from 7:30am-12pm.
Where: 175 McKillop St, Geelong
9 Grams, Torquay, Newtown, Mount Duneed
Bless those that know the long weekends should not be devoid of caffeine and good food. If you’re looking for a brew to finish off your long weekend destination, these guys are your saving grace and will be slinging takeaways coffees and sweets from these three locations on Anzac Day. Open from 7am to 4pm.
Where: 1/343 Pakington Street, Newtown; 101 Unity Drive, Mount Duneed; and 6 Gilbert Street, Torquay.
Untitled, Armstrong Creek
Untitled is a café we’ll never fall out of love with, and them opening on Anzac Day in Armstrong Creek is why. They’ll be open 8am – 3pm for dine-in and takeaway. Geelong venue will be closed.
They might be known for their famous bagels (seriously, so good), but the overarching reason we race down there on the daily is for their piping hot cups of coffee, made with their own special blend ‘Glory Days’ which gets roasted in Melbourne, specifically for them. Even if you’re a milk lover, the smooth espresso here is something everyone needs to try to truly appreciate the quality liquid gold they’re creating.
If coffee is not your thing, opt for a healthy smoothie, cold-pressed juice, Matcha chai latte, or treat yourself to a specialty hot chocolate – we promise you won’t regret it.
Where: Shop T14: 500-540 Torquay Road, Armstrong Creek.
Warralily Cockatoo, Armstrong Creek
If you ever find yourself asking what’s better than a Monday morning sleep in, the answer is a Monday spent with an excellent coffee in one hand and a spoonful of something delicious in the other – and both can be done at Warralily Cockatoo this entire long weekend.
Open from 6:30am for coffee.
Where: Warralily Village Shop 19, 3/33 Central Bvd, Armstrong Creek
Box Office, Geelong West
Box Office might just be the most exciting shipping container in Geelong, serving up a whole host of café classics and international-themed dishes. The menu at Box Office makes it explicitly clear exactly where your ingredients are coming from, which is not only great for local business but better for you, the diner, as you’ll know exactly what you can expect – and you can expect top-tier dishes here!
Serving coffee from Axil Coffee Roasters, these guys are open for all your coffee and takeaway needs on Anzac Day from 6:30am.
Where: 77 Preston St, Geelong West
The Salty Dog Café, Torquay
A café located right on the beach, this one is perfect for your morning coffee after the Torquay Dawn service. There’s nothing like soaking up the view over Fisherman’s beach with a selection of breakfasts, toasties, beverages and cakes. You’ll find a tonne of water bowls scattered around the place as well as puppaccinos and plenty of space for your furry pals to stretch their little legs. Salty dogs are always welcome.
Open from 5am this Anzac Day.
Where: 50 The Esplanade, Torquay
Bean Squeeze, Various locations
These coffee drive-throughs are spotted all over Geelong and they’ve good for much more than just speedy coffees. If you’ve got a furry pal with you, you’ll get some smacko treats with your drink. Perfect for when you’re on the run!
Location will be open on Monday 25th April from 6am – 4pm, except the Mercer Street location will be open on Monday 25th April 7am – 1pm.
Where: various locations around town
Winters Cafe, Newtown
Located at the river end of Pako, Winters has become a mainstay in the Geelong brekky scene.
Their menu comes equipped with a local, seasonal focus meaning you’re always going to get the best locally sourced ingredients Geelong has to offer. Their all-day menu consists of eggs benedict fit out with pulled pork hash, chipotle crema and taco crumb, waffles with panna cotta and seasonal fruits or if you’re after something. A bit bigger perhaps the chilli calamari or crispy chicken burger will take your fancy. Plus, they’ll be serving the best Code Black coffee.
You can get your fix at Winters on Anzac Day.
Where: 330 Pakington St, Newtown.
Mercy Cafe, Geelong
If you’re looking for a new coffee spot in the CBD with simply stunning views, then we’ve found the perfect joint for you.
Operating out of a beautifully renovated shopping container, Mercy serves up some damn fine cups of Mikro Coffee Roasters coffee with a food menu that features a bevvy of sandwiches and baguettes all made on-site. Our picks include the fresh tomato and basil baguette, or the pork and beef meatballs, tomato sugo, cheese, pickled red onion and spinach sandwich. The flavour combinations here are second to none and Mercy are catering to all dietaries, especially with the vibrant chilli tofu, eggplant, tomato, hot mustard, pickled red onion, spinach and Vietnamese mint sandwich. You’ll also find the likes of coconut and cranberry bircher muesli and several sweet treats which will be out on display.
Mercy will be open on Anzac Day from 7am to 1pm for all your takeaway coffee and snacking needs.
Where: 401 Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong
Skinny Dippers Café, Newtown and East Geelong
With a quirky name, this state of the art cafe has been serving up quality, fresh and clean healthy food with award-winning Mikro Coffee Beans for many years now. It was so good that they went on to open another outpost in East Geelong just recently.
Renowned for their Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and vegan/vegetarian whole foods options for breakfast, brunch and lunch, you’ll be able to get your fix on Anzac Day from 8am to 1pm in Newtown and 8am to 2pm in East Geelong.
Where: 2 Lambert Ave, Geelong and 261 Myers Street, East Geelong.
Jetty Road Kiosk At The Heads, Barwon Heads
Located at the river mouth in Barwon Heads, At The Heads is arguably one of the Bellarine’s most unique dining experiences with its magnificent views, friendly and efficient staff, and of course a great menu. Whether you’re out enjoying the sun or taking the doggo for a scenic walk, the crew have your caffeine needs sorted this public holiday with their takeaway kiosk – Jetty Road. Serving Ocean Grind, the calibre of coffee – regardless of if you’re after something milky or a filter – will keep you appeased for the day ahead. Open from 8:30am until 12pm for coffee.
Where: 1A Jetty Road, Barwon Heads
Kyosk Cafe, Ocean Grove
Kyosk Café is in Ocean Grove and is dedicated to serving up delicious food and coffee every day. Dine-in for a hearty brunch or grab a coffee to go from the walk-up coffee window. Kyosk serves up several healthy, fresh brunch options including an Asian style brekkie bowl, okonomiyaki and black rice porridge for the cooler months. You can also grab something off their extensive lunch menu from 12 featuring middle eastern nourish bowls, marinated tofu bao buns or a grilled chicken banh mi. Kyosk also offers a whole heap of vego and vegan options to ensure no one misses out on a cheeky brunch sesh.
For Anzac Day, the team are opening from 6:30am ensuring coffee is ready for those leaving the dawn service.
Where: 91 The Parade, Ocean Grove
Pickers Union, North Geelong
Serving delicious food every day, The Pickers Union are a favourite amongst the crew at Forte, and they’ve got a decent brekky and lunch menu sure to get the taste buds dancing feverishly! The reason they’re on this list though is for their coffee. Consistently nailing the perfect coffee, with Cartel Coffee roasters drummer boy blend and rotating single origin on all black coffee, it’s no surprise they’ve earned themselves a solid reputation amongst locals for their java – and with the vibe they have going on, you’ll want to sip on your latte for hours and hours. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the long weekend if you ask us.
They’ll be open Anzac Day from 10am to 3:30pm.
Where: 3 Mackey Street, Geelong.
Maple Bakery, Torquay
Canadian Inspired Bakery in the heart of Torquay. Since opening its doors last year, this joint has become renowned for bringing all the iconic sweets of Canada to Torquay. From the Nanaimo Bar (no-bake dessert) and Beaver Tails (hand-stretched fried dough topped with cinnamon sugar), to maple tarts and pecan danishes, you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of Canada – minus the travel fare.
Serving coffee supplied by Surf Coast Coffee Roasters with modern or traditional treats they’ll be open Anzac Day from 8am – 2pm.
Where: 40/10 Cylinders Drive, Torquay
Sodi, Geelong West
Sodi on Pakington Street is the dog friendly café that serves up brunch options for humans and their four-legged friends.
You can enjoy a myriad of sweet and savory brunch options, think everything from panacotta French toast and smashed avo to sticky pork salad all in the company of man’s best friend.
Boasting some of the best coffee in the region, Sodi is a spot that those who enjoy brunch (and of course dogs) should suss. Get yours on Anzac Day from 8am to 2pm.
Where: 149 Pakington St, Geelong West
Paper Cup Co., Geelong
With à la mode milk proudly on display and more gluten-free options than you can shake a stick at, Paper Cup & Co. is certainly bringing Pakington like foodie sensibilities to the Geelong CBD.
Located in Westfield, being in a shopping centre gives the space a relaxed, welcoming feel, due to the lack of a door, Paper Cup & Co. invites you to take a seat and take a break from whatever it is you found yourself doing. Here you’ll find a variety of brunch and lunch style meals with café classics like eggs your way on a bread of your choice, or perhaps some buttermilk pancakes with berries and ice cream, or a Southern-style crispy chicken burger if you’re down for something bigger.
Where: 217/95 Malop Street, Geelong
Paddington Cafe, Belmont
When talking about the great service at a cafe people often mention how great it is when the staff knows them by name. But how often do you find a place where the staff knows the names of the canine regulars as well? Paddington Café is the kind of friendly cafe that prides itself on doing both since first arriving in Belmont in September of 2020, opening right in the height of the COVID pandemic.
With high ceilings, elegant timber, polished concrete, forest green and bright white tiles, unpretentious pendant lights, a dedicated kitchen area, a rich clay feature wall, mint topped bar stools and tonnes of natural light, Paddington Cafe could convince you you’re having coffee in your best friend’s home, rather than Belmont.
Offering Clark St Coffee (a brand renowned for its sustainable ethos and emphasis on environmentally-friendly packaging), Paddington Café is the go-to for when you need a buzz that both does the job and is rich in delicious flavours. They’ll be open 8am-1pm for takeaway on Anzac Day.
Where: 134B High St, Belmont