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 Good Friday.
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 all Easter, from Good Friday to Easter Monday, 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!
Where: Shop 6/71 The Parade, Ocean Grove
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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. Grab it to go, or sit in and make the most of the social space in the simplistic, relaxed environment this Easter.
The G.W.S.C team will be providing the goods all Easter, open Friday, Saturday and Monday 7:30am-2pm, and Sunday 8am-12pm for those who might need a caffeine hit before heading to Auntie Marg’s.
Where: 1b Yuille Street, Geelong West
That Place Patisserie, Geelong
Perfect for a cup of coffee on the go, That Place Patisserie is the perfect drop in for those looking for a caffeine hit over Easter but don’t want to compromise on quality and taste! They’ll also be serving their delicious hot cross buns, so we’d advise getting in early because they will sell out.
Open Good Friday 7am to 2:30pm, and Easter Saturday, 8am to 2:30pm.
Where: 110B Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont
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 all weekend (Friday to 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, because it is Easter after all.
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 Friday 8:30am-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-4pm.
Where: 1A Jetty Road, Barwon Heads
Ocean Grind, Torquay
A stalwart of Surf Coast coffee culture, Ocean Grind make a mean brew with coffee beans that are ethically sourced from all corners of the globe and hand-roasted with care.
Located in a bright industrial space, these legends are serving up single-origin batch brews, espresso coffees and some fresh hot cross buns both Good Friday and Easter Saturday, from 8am to 1pm. Drop in for some of the best coffee in the world, a yarn and re-up on your coffee knowledge while you’re there.
Where: 10B Sawmills Way, Torquay
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 weekend! They’ll have the deck set up for all your caffeine consuming needs, with a range of pastries, bread, hot cross buns and snacks to take away. Open 7:30am-12pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Where: 175 McKillop St, Geelong
9 Grams, Torquay, Newtown, Mount Duneed and Geelong
Bless those that know Easter should not be devoid of caffeine. If you’re looking for a brew en route to your long weekend destination (and you need a decent coffee hit to deal with the fam who have already started bickering about the right way to structure the annual Easter Egg hunt), 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.
Pickers Union, North Geelong
Serving delicious food every day 9 ’til 3:30 over Easter, 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.
Where: 3 Mackey Street, Geelong.
Untitled, South Geelong
Untitled is a café we’ll never fall out of love with – especially when they tell us they’re open on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
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.
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 from 8am to 2pm, before taking a well-deserved three-day vacay.
Where: 4/343 Pakington Street, Newtown.
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 Good Friday and Easter Saturday from 8am to 9pm, and Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 8am through lunch. They’ll also have their happy hour from 3pm on Thursday if you want to start your weekend celebrations early.
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, the best news is they’re open for all your coffee and brunching needs on Good Friday from 6:30am to 4pm, as well as Easter Saturday from 6:30am until late and Easter Monday 6:30am to 4pm.
Where: 77 Preston St, Geelong West
Here’s a handful of cafes that won’t be open Good Friday, but you’ll still be able to visit over the rest of the long weekend:
Surfside Café, Ocean Grove: Open Easter Saturday from 8am to 3pm, and Easter Monday from 8am to 3pm.
Café Bear and Scoobs, North Geelong: Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 9am to 2pm.
Paper Cup & Co, Geelong: Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 8am to 5pm.
Sodi Cafe, Geelong West: Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday 8am to 2pm.
Sullies Kiosk, Armstrong Creek: Easer Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 9am to 2:30pm.
Bottles & Barrels, Geelong West: Cafe open Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday 8am-3pm, bottle shop open Easter Saturday 9am-9pm and Easter Sunday 9am-7pm.