Here’s a list of cafes in the Geelong region open on the public holiday to get your daily caffeine fix

Here’s a list of cafes in the Geelong region open on the public holiday to get your daily caffeine fix

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Another day, another cup of coffee.

A good coffee is more than just a necessary morning routine – it’s an art. An art that has evolved over time to become one of man’s most beloved rituals, and there’s some damn fine coffee shops around the region renowned for producing some of the best coffee in the world. A good morning coffee is an experience that really shouldn’t be interrupted, whether it’s a public holiday or not.

Here’s a list of some of the best places where you can get your fix on this week’s public holiday.

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 (if it’s within your 10km) 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!

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 for the Grand Final Public Holiday from 7am to 1pm, takeaway only obvs.

Where: 1b Yuille Street, Geelong West


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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. Luckily for those spending the long weekend in Geelong, KOTC will be open on Friday, from 7:30am to 1pm for takeaway goods, as we’re still in lockdown and all. 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

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, and the restaurant will be open from 12pm.

Where: 1A Jetty Road, Barwon Heads


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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 (not pizza though, sorry), you’ll be able to load up with a range of pastries, bread, hot cross buns and snacks. Open 7:30am-12pm.

Where: 175 McKillop St, Geelong


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9 Grams, Torquay, Newtown, Mount Duneed and Geelong

Bless those that know the Grand Final should not be devoid of caffeine. If you’re looking for a brew en route to your long weekend destination, these guys are your saving grace and will be slinging takeaways coffees and sweets from two of their four locations all weekend. We’ll be asking for a double shot…

Where: 1/343 Pakington Street, Newtown; 101 Unity Drive, Mount Duneed; 1 Malop Street, Geelong; and 6 Gilbery Street, Torquay.


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Untitled, South Geelong & Armstrong Creek

Untitled is a café we’ll never fall out of love with – especially when they tell us they’re open on the public holiday from 8am to 2pm at both locations!

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 specialty 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 coffees 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: 197 Yarra Street South Geelong and Shop T14: 500-540 Torquay Road, Armstrong Creek.

Warralily Cockatoo, Armstrong Creek

If you ever find yourself asking what’s better than a Sunday morning sleep in, the answer is a Sunday 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.

They’ll be open 8am to 1:30pm, then 4pm to 8pm for takeaway dinner options.

Where: Warralily Village Shop 19, 3/33 Central Bvd, Armstrong Creek


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Kilgour Street Grocer, Geelong

Kilgour Street Grocer is so much more than your average corner store. With everything you can expect from a grocer, including local preserves, fresh bread, sweets and essentials like toilet paper and milk, Kilgour Street Grocer is steadily becoming a one-stop shop for locals. You can also snag a coffee or choose something from their selection of sandwiches, rolls, and sweet goodies.

For the public holiday they’ll be open 7am to 3pm and will also have on a special Roast Chicken Roll! Made with Roast Bannockburn chook with onion, butter, sage and thyme, crispy stuffing, simple slaw and mayonnaise in a La Madre Bakery baguette and gravy on the side for dipping, this is the best way to celebrate an Aussie GF.

Where: 164 Kilgour Street, Geelong.


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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, the best news is they’re open for all your coffee and takeaway needs from 6:30am. They’re also doing a pretty tidy grand final box with bao, pork belly, fried cauliflower, chicken wings and more if you feel like stocking up.

Where: 77 Preston St, Geelong West


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Cool Cool Cool Café, South Geelong

Nestled in a tiny hole in the wall location, Cool Cool Cool Cafe has become an institution for locals and a destination for visitors since opening back in March last year, just prior to the Victorian lockdowns. The South Geelong cafe is an unpretentious hideaway to enjoy great coffee, good vibes and even better plant-based bagels, with owner Cohen Johnston creating a lively yet intimate setting for his ever-changing customer base of lovers of a quick brekky fix. Open 7:30am-2:30pm.

Where: 223 Yarra Street, South Geelong


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The Salty Dog Café, Torquay

A café located right on the beach, this one is perfect for you and your pup’s morning coffee. 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 to stretch their little legs. Salty dogs are always welcome.

Bring your doggo by from 6am to pick up your takeaway goods on the Grand Final public holiday and then mosey on down to the beach.

Where: 50 The Esplanade, Torquay

Bean Squeeze

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!

For the PH, they’ll be open 5:30am to 5:30pm.

Where: various locations around town

Soul Geelong, Newcomb

Soul Geelong is a grocer and café ready to make every foodies dream come true. Think fresh bread, restaurant-quality meats and a range of pasta, sauces, preserves and any other canned good your heart desires, Soul Geelong is the place to go for quality goods in Geelong.  The perfect place for your mid-morning caffeine hit courtesy of Cartel Coffee Roasters, the part café offers an array of mouth-watering sandwiches and rolls, as well as soups and homemade sweet treats like muffins and cakes.

With take-home meals available, you can take the incredible flavours or Souls kitchen to your very own home. Plus, Soul is all about being sustainable and supporting local business, stocking 95 per cent of the store with Victorian products that will make cooking a dream.

For the grand final, you can get all this and more from 7am to 3pm.

Where: 58 Charles Street, Newcomb


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FUNK by Botanical Brew, Geelong West

Nestled within an intimate brick building on Shannon Avenue in Geelong West, FUNK has quickly become a crowning jewel for locals, providing access to Botanical Brew’s fermented drinks and sauerkraut, as well as coffee, small goods and local produce from small businesses in the region.

They’ll be open with all the usual goods from 7:30am to 5pm on for the public holiday.

Where: 152 Shannon Avenue, Geelong West

Bottles and Barrels, Geelong West

Bottles & Barrels have long been a favourite of ours. If not for their coffee and delicious brunch options, then for their carefully curated selection of boutique wine and craft brews. Thankfully, we can still get both to takeaway on the public holiday. The cafe will be open from 7:30am until 3pm, while the bottle shop will be open from 9am to 7pm. Time to stock up for the granny!

Where: 132 Aberdeen St, Geelong West

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 for the public holiday from 7am to 3pm for all your coffee and takeaway snacking needs.

Where: 401 Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong


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Butter and Co, Newtown 

Since popping up on Pakington Street two years ago, Butter & Co have been the place to go when looking to treat yourself. With a custom pink coffee machine, a bright industrial space and a pastry chef with years of experience, the patisserie is loved by locals for its mouth-watering treats, including picture-perfect tarts, cakes, eclairs, croissants and of course, delicious hot coffee.

They’ll be open on the public holiday for all your coffee and pastry needs from 9am – 2pm.

Where: 316 Pakington Street, Newtown


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Born and Bread Bakehouse, Newtown 

Located just off Pakington Street, this family-owned business is all about making delicious treats and baked goods. Stocking various loaves of bread, you can pick up croissants, baked treats and some smoothy and delicious coffee.

B&B will be open on Friday from 7:30am to 2pm.

Where: Shop 2, 364 Pakington St, Newtown.

That Place Patisserie, Belmont 

If you’re looking to teleport yourself to the streets of Paris on this public holiday, there’s no better place to start than at That Place Patisserie in Belmont. What once started as a friendly neighbourhood café has quickly become Geelong’s top destination for classically produced French pastries and French-inspired sweet treats. Croissants are the star of the show at That Place, being prepared fresh in-house by Ashlea Allen, a French-trained pastry chef (at L’ecole Gregoire-Ferrandi followed by work at two of the city’s finest bakeries, La Patisserie des Reves and Le Grenier a Pain). Allen says she crafted the menu using her training as a foundation but applied rustic Australian café ideas to give the range a homey twist.

Stock up, they’ll be open from 8am to 2pm on the public holiday.

Where: 110b Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont

The following cafes will also be open for the Grand Final public holiday:

Skinny Dippers Café
Renowned for their Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and vegan/vegetarian whole foods, get your fix from 7:30am to 1pm.
Where: 2 Lambert Ave, Geelong

Cafe Palat
Located in Breakwater, this industrial gem is the perfect place to immerse yourself in rich aromas and fulsome flavours as the team tempt your taste buds with their delicious fresh menu of wholesome, seasonal food that’s presented with flair, colour and texture. They’ll be open from 7am to 3pm.
Where: Factory 20, 6-10 Apparel Close Breakwater, Geelong

Kyosk Cafe
Kyosk Café is in Ocean Grove and is dedicated to serving up delicious food and coffee from 7am-4pm every day, including public holidays! Yay!
Where: 91 The Parade, Ocean Grove

Sodi on Pakington Street is the dog friendly café that serves up brunch options for humans and their four-legged friends. Get yours to go on the PH from 8am to 2pm.
Where: 149 Pakington St, Geelong West

Little Things Big Things
Ethical, wholesome and downright neighbourly, Little Things Big Things bring guilt-free indulgences to the Coast. They’ll be open 7:30am to 3:30pm.
Where: 4/19 Gilbert Street, Torquay

Paper Cup Co.
Located in Westfield, they’ll be open 9am to 2pm to fuel that public holiday chilling at home.
Where: 217/95 Malop Street, Geelong

Woodhouse Café
Tucked away on the busy Belmont High Street strip, get your caffeine hit from 8am until 1pm.
Where: 170A High St, Belmont

Van Loons Café
Van Loons Café serves delicious house-made meals and cakes and they’ll be open from 9am to 4:30pm.
Where: 405 Grubb Rd, Wallington

The Village Door Café
Renowned for their huge breakfast platters (with all Dutch pancakes), prepare to indulge in a takeaway breaky feast from 8am to 2pm.
Where: 156 Pakington St, Geelong West

Surfside Café
If you feel like hitting the beach or exploring OG, these guys will be open from 8am to 2pm.
Where: 65/70 Shell Rd, Ocean Grove

Ollie’s Café Bar
A cafe at the heart of Leopold serving organic coffee and foodie fanatic worthy dishes, the team will be open 8am until 4pm.
Where: 641/659 Bellarine Hwy, Leopold

Wild Goat Coffee Co
Whether it’s a flat white, cappuccino, long black, a latte on ice or even a mocha choc you’re after, Wild Goat’s friendly but speedy baristas have you sorted, churning out high quality coffees at an impressive rate. Drive on through and grab a coffee to go from 5:30am until 1pm.
Where: 42 Fellmongers Rd, Breakwater

Winters Café
A local favourite for modern, diverse and creative cuisine, they’ll be open from 8am.
Where: 330 Pakington Street, Newtown

Sticks and Grace Café
Coffee is first rate, as are the freshly pressed juices, and there are changeable sweets such as rich chocolate and hazelnut cake. Get your fix from 8am-2pm.
Where: 4-337 Pakington Street, Newtown