Here’s a list of cafes in the Geelong region open over the Easter long weekend to get your daily caffeine fix
14.04.2022

Here’s a list of cafes in the Geelong region open over the Easter long weekend 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 over the Easter long weekend.

Blank Space, Newtown

Blank Space Newtown (previously Southside Geelong) has become a favourite of ours ever since opening their doors on Geelong’s centre of cosmopolitan lifestyle and multiculturalism, AKA Pakington Street. Providing flavoursome and fresh dishes and exceptional St Ali coffee, supporting local suppliers, and featuring many sweet, savoury, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, it’ll be hard not to find multiple things that tickle your fancy.

With a new menu that deserves to be tasted by every single human, they’ll be opening the doors on Good Friday and Easter Saturday from 8am to 2pm, before taking a well-deserved two-day vacay.

Where: 4/343 Pakington Street, 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 on hot cross buns, they’ll be open from 8am to 11am on Good Friday and Easter Saturday only.

Where: 110b Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont

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 all long weekend from 7:30am to 2:30pm.

 

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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 all Easter long weekend from 7am until 4pm.

Where: 140 Pakington Street, Geelong West

 

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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 7am-1pm all Easter long.

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 Easter long weekend from 7:30am to 1pm, all day erry day!

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 Easter long weekend in Geelong, KOTC will be open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 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. Ran by Geelong locals Brandon Verfurth, Grace Connell, Jack Brugman and Chloe North, the pint-sized doughnut shop is a fitting addition to the stunning foreshore and its calm beaches, parklands, sea baths, restaurants and iconic street art.

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 all Easter from 10:30am until late.

Where: Beneath the Giant Sky Wheel

 

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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 long weekend 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. Kiosk will be open from 9am-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, you’ll be able to load up with a range of pastries, bread, hot cross buns and snacks. Open Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 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 Gilbert Street, Torquay.

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Untitled, Armstrong Creek

Untitled is a café we’ll never fall out of love with, and them opening on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday in Armstrong Creek is why. They’ll be open 8am – 3pm both days. 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 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: 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.

Open from 8am.

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

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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, these guys are open for all your coffee and takeaway needs on Easter Saturday only.

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 Good Friday and Easter Monday 8am-2pm.

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 goods all Easter weekend long and then mosey on down to the beach to watch the Rip Curl Pro.

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 Easter long weekend, they’ll be open Good Friday from 6am-4pm, Easter Saturday from 7am-4pm, Easter Sunday from 8am-4pm and Easter Monday from 6am-4pm.

The Mercer Street store will however be open Good Friday from 7am-1pm, Easter Saturday from 8am-12pm, Easter Sunday from 8am-12pm and Easter Monday from 7am-1pm.

Where: various locations around town

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 2pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

Where: 152 Shannon Avenue, 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 all Easter weekend long from 7am to 1pm for all your coffee and takeaway snacking needs.

Where: 401 Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

 

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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 Easter Saturday only from 8am – 2pm. You might be able to pick up some last minute Hot Cross Buns if you’re lucky.

Where: Shop 2, 364 Pakington St, Newtown.

The following cafes will also be open across the Easter long weekend:

Skinny Dippers Café
Renowned for their Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and vegan/vegetarian whole foods, get your fix on Easter Monday from 8am to 1pm.
Where: 2 Lambert Ave, Geelong

Kyosk Cafe
Kyosk Café is in Ocean Grove and is dedicated to serving up delicious food and coffee from 7am-4pm every day over Easter except Good Friday. Yay!
Where: 91 The Parade, Ocean Grove

Maple Bakery
Canadian Inspired Bakery in the heart of Torquay. Serving coffee supplied by Surf Coast Coffee Roasters with modern or traditional treats. Open all Easter long weekend from 8am – 2pm.
Where: 40/10 Cylinders Drive, Torquay

Darling West
Darling West is the adorable and wholesome new look from the Three Little Figs team! Family vibes, great food and epic coffee. They’re open Good Friday 7am-2pm, Easter Saturday 8am-3pm and Easter Sunday 8am-3pm.
Where: 240 Pakington St, Geelong West

Sodi
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 Easter Monday from 8am – 2pm.
Where: 149 Pakington St, Geelong West

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

Paddington Cafe
Paddington: everyone’s favourite bear, and everyone’s favourite café. They’ll be open 8am-1pm for takeaway across the weekend.
Where: 134B High St, Belmont

Bowlz Torquay 
This little gem is all about Açai, salads, specialty coffee and more! Delicious homemade food and a hub for community events. Open Good Friday 11am-4pm, Easter Saturday from 8am-3pm, Sunday from 9am-3pm and Easter Monday from 9am.
Where: 24 Gilbert St, Torquay

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

Surfside Café
If you feel like hitting the beach or exploring OG, these guys will be open from 8am to 3pm on Easter Monday only.
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 every day except Good Friday.
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 7:30-1pm.
Where: 42 Fellmongers Rd, Breakwater

Winters Café
A local favourite for modern, diverse and creative cuisine, they’ll be open from 9am until 2pm Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday.
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 on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Closed Good Friday.
Where: 4-337 Pakington Street, Newtown

Woodhouse Café
Tucked away on the busy Belmont High Street strip, get your caffeine hit from 8am until 2pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.
Where: 170A High St, Belmont