How do you like your pancakes? Stacked high and topped with fruit? Smeared in chocolate and choc-chips? Simple with lemon and sugar? Whatever your pancake passion, Geelong’s brekky game is strong, serving up some of the best dessert-for-breakfast dish you can get your mitts on.
Here’s 9 joints that do the classic dish justice.
The Village Door
This is one of our favourite places to get pancakes. Although they aren’t your regular sized ones, these little Dutch pancakes (or poffertjes) are basically little balls of battery heaven, and we can never get enough! Whatever topping you choose – nutella, maple syrup, lemon sugar or strawberries, jam and cream, you’ll be a winner. Don’t forget the ice cream. Please note, bookings require 24 hours’ notice.
Where: 156 Pakington Street, Geelong West
Blank Space Newtown
A newie but a goodie! Serving up exceptional St Ali coffee daily from 7am, Blank Space has a fierce menu providing flavoursome and fresh dishes… and their Apple Pie hotcakes are seriously next level. Made with stewed apples, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and oat crumble, this dish is just begging to be ‘grammed and eaten, of course.
Where: 4/343 Pakington Street, Newtown.
If you want your pancakes with a view, the newly renovated Sailors Rest is the way to go. Here you have two house-made golden pancakes, with your choice of three different topping options – maple syrup and vanilla ice cream, berry compote and vanilla ice cream or Nutella, banana and cream. I’m not sure if it’s frowned upon if I get one of each though…
Where: 3 Moorabool Street, Geelong
King of The Castle
KOTC never fails to hit the cravings, especially now with their fluffy blueberry ricotta hotcakes, complete with white chocolate sauce, maple syrup, roasted pecans, toasted pepitas – I couldn’t eat mine quick enough. We don’t have a pic of the delicious morsels but instead, here’s an idea of the atmosphere you can expect. Please note, bookings are essentials on weekends.
Where: 24 Pakington Street, Geelong West
Bear and Scoobs
What do you get when you cross one of the best desserts ever with pancakes? You get STICKY DATE PANCAKES – a stack of three sticky date pancakes, topped with ice cream and then smothered in sticky date sauce (yes, this means lots of butterscotch). You can go for their regular pancakes too, but why would you when this is on offer?!
Where: 18 Thompson Road, North Geelong
9 Grams Cafe
With three locations, 9 Grams is a favourite for their tasty coffee, all-day breakfast and mouth-watering pancakes. These aren’t your average pancakes though. We’re talking GIANT pancakes drizzled with butterscotch, fresh berries and topped off with ice cream. This is every sweet tooth’s dream. Brb, going to 9 Grams to indulge.
Where: 1/342 Pakington Street, Newtown; 101 Unity Drive, Mt Duneed & 1 Malop Street, Geelong.
63 Degrees Highton
The always trusty 63 Degrees has your back with these creative Eton Mess pancakes. A traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, meringue, and whipped cream, these pancakes stay true to the name’s origin but adding a twist with berry and rose mascarpone and raspberry meringue.
Where: 87A Barrabool Rd, Highton
Sweet Cheeks Cocktail and Desserts Lounge
This one’s the go to if you’re after a late-night treat, and it’s pretty damn good with a menu completely dedicated to pancakes. You’ll find maple ice cream pancakes, lemon and sugar, banana butterscotch, hundreds and thousands (complete with choccy sauce), salted caramel, blueberry buttermilk, classic choc chip, and strawberries and cream. The only problem you’ll have here is deciding which one to get.
Where: 71 Yarra Street, Geelong.
An institution among locals out in Armstrong Creek, Sullies Kiosk serves up fat, fluffy and delicious pancakes that don’t skimp on the size. Here you get buttermilk pancake topped with caramelised banana, fresh berries, Nutella and maple syrup. Yummo! We don’t have a pic of the goods, but here’s one of the cafe’s loyal customers instead.
Where: Shop 18, Warralily Village
Honourable mentions, often running pancakes as a brekky special:
Winters Café at 330 Pakington Street, Newtown
63 Degrees at 140 Pakington Street, Geelong West
Please call ahead and book with your desired cafe. With current social distancing requirements, capacity is limited.