Here’s a list of the best local, independent grocers you can support in and around Geelong

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Here’s a list of the best local, independent grocers you can support in and around Geelong

Words by Mackenzie Pennycook

There’s no better time to support local.

As isolating returns and supply chain issues sweet the nation, we’ve compiled a list of the best independent groceries to try out and support. Think local produce, deli meats and fresh bread these local grocers are providing the goods to get you through this time.

Kilgour Street Grocer

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. Saturdays see $12 hotdog day at the grocer, with Sundays housing $12 waffles. Kilgour Street Grocer has all the essentials of a regular grocer with some seriously epic extra perks.

You can find Kilgour Street Grocer at 164 Kilgour Street, Geelong.


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Geelong Fresh Foods

Geelong Fresh Foods is a grocer connoisseurs dream. With heaps of fresh fruit and veg, deli meats and cheeses, fresh pasta, bread, pastries and a whole bunch of other goodies there’s something for everyone. Geelong Fresh Foods also boasts a café, so you never have to go hungry or thirsty while you’re shopping away. There’s also a bunch of ready-made and take-home meals to go, makes sure everybody is catered for. Think lasagnes, spinach and ricotta cannelloni and veggie burgers to name a couple of the offerings at Geelong Fresh Foods.

Open 7 days a week, you can find Geelong Fresh Foods at 171 Pakington Street, Geelong West.

Soul Geelong

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.

Find Soul Geelong at 58 Charles Street, Newcomb.


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Daily Fresh Pako

Daily Fresh Pako has everything you could possibly need, plus more! With an upmarket deli, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, fine food, international groceries and a café kiosk, this gem is a one-stop-shop for everything you might need to create even the most complex and flavoursome dishes. From canned goods to cheeses and everything in between Daily Fresh has you covered. Daily Fresh Pako also offers a café for you to grab a coffee while you shop. With pre-order available of meat, seafood or deli platters, Daily Fresh has everything under one roof.

Daily Fresh Pako is located at 5-7 Pakington Street, Geelong West.

Wallington’s Local Pantry

Further down the Bellarine sits a hidden gem in Wallington. Situated in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula, Wallington’s Local Pantry offers the finest collection of curated local produce all under the one roof. Think fresh pasta, honey, fruit and veg, brownies from the Bellarine Brownie Company and so much more, Wallington’s Local Pantry has done the hard work for you in sourcing out the region’s best produce. With a huge range of products and produce to choose from there is always something for everyone at Wallington’s Local Pantry, the hardest bit will be choosing what goodies you take home.

You can find Wallington’s Local Pantry within WRG located at 370 Grubb Road, Wallington.

Valerie’s Pantry

If an environmentally conscious lifestyle is what you’re after, Valerie’s Pantry is for you, providing a twist on the regular grocers we all know and love, and promising thoughtfully chosen whole foods and low waste goods. Open 7 days and stocking a huge range of low waste goodies, Valerie’s Pantry is a favourite for whole foods and low waste products. With a range of cereals, pasta, nuts and dried fruits, as well as sweet treats, all you have to do is BYO jars. Low waste cleaning products and everything you will need to DIY some goodies for shampoo bars or cosmetics, Valerie’s Pantry is a new take on your local grocer.

Find Valerie’s Pantry at 138 High Street, Belmont.


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The Fresh Food Merchant

Located in the heart of Geelong’s CBD, The Fresh Food Merchant is making sure Geelong locals are stocked with the very best fruit, veggies and deli meats for the winter season. Platter boxes are available for order, with both pick-up and delivery options, and a café is also located within The Fresh Food merchant making sure you get your coffee fix. Take home sweets also up for grabs, with home delivery available 6 days a week for your groceries meaning you won’t have to travel further than your front door for the best local produce.

You can find the Fresh Food Merchant at 138 Malop Street, Geelong