Looking for the best cafe Geelong has? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Finding great places to eat in Geelong is a ‘piece of cake’ since there are heaps of great Geelong cafes.

But it’s a bit trickier if you want to find the best Geelong cafe as there are so many options to choose from. Including the excellent cafes found in Pakington Street that we wrote about here.

The good news is with so many fab Geelong eateries, eating out in Geelong has never been better. And most importantly they all serve amazing Geelong coffee.

To make things easy for you we’ve put together this list of the 15 best cafes in Geelong.

So no matter whether you’re after the best breakfast Geelong has, the best lunch Geelong has, or the best brunch Geelong has to offer, we’ve got you covered.

If you are looking for healthy food options we also list these along with a map showing the location of each cafe.

Cafe Geelong: 15 Cool Geelong Cafes

Best Cafes Geelong

1) Freckleduck

Serving Melbourne favourite Five Senses coffee, Freckleduck is a smart, modern cafe with a busy friendly vibe.

The cafe’s sunlit space is warm and inviting with a beautiful interior of timber and exposed brick. Located next to Westfield,  you’ll often see people loaded up with shopping bags escaping the hustle and bustle of CBD shopping.

With a menu that caters to all tastes including vegan and gluten-free, Freckleduck is a great place to enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch. It has a good balance between healthy and indulgent options to satisfy the pickiest of foodies.

Freckleduck donates 10 cents from every coffee to Melbourne charity One Girl, which funds the education of girls in Sierre Leone. That alone is reason enough to visit this fabulous Geelong breakfast cafe.

Freckleduck Geelong

131 Malop Street Geelong

Phone: (03) 5298 2262

Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm

Saturday 8 am – 3 pm

Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

Pic of people sitting at tables and window bench at Freckleduck Cafe Geelong

2) James Street Bakery

This popular James Street cafe is a delightful bakery, cafe, and store serving scrumptious sweet and savoury treats.

Offering decadent delights (Macarons!) and homemade goodies, James St Bakery is a favourite with locals. Everything this little gem creates is made with only the highest quality ingredients and the utmost attention to detail.

James Street Bakery isn’t just about sweets though, they also offer All Day Breakfast and delicious lunches. I love the “Half ” small soup and toasted sandwich option, which is sometimes just what you’re looking for when it’s cold and windy outside. There’s an awesome kids menu as well.

The cafe has an elegant interior with huge windows that let the sun shine in. Grab a coffee and cake, pull up a stool and sit back and watch the world go by.

James Street Bakery Geelong

10 James Street Geelong

Phone: (03) 5221 3909

Monday – Friday 7 am – 4 pm

Saturday 8 am – 3 pm

Diners at James Street Bakery.

3) Coffee Cartel

If you’re looking for the best coffee in Geelong then you can’t go past the Coffee Cartel Brew Bar.

Cartel Roasters is a true speciality coffee roaster, dedicated to providing the highest quality, traceable coffees. The company prides itself in only dealing with quality producers who deliver transparency and traceability throughout the whole process from crop to cup.

These guys are serious about their tea too. And there’s an impressive selection of tea that’s been sourced using the same philosophy.

Sitting pretty on the corner of Little Malop and James Streets, the tiny cafe has just one communal table and a few seats by the window. However, patrons can also enjoy their cuppa at the curbside tables outside. If you’re feeling peckish there are light snacks available such as muffins, toasties, and bagels.

Cartel Coffee also hosts a range of classes including latte art and barista training, as well as cupping and roasting experiences.

Coffee Cartel Geelong

1/80 Little Malop Street Geelong

Phone: (03) 5222 6115

Monday – Friday 7 am – 5 pm

Saturday 8 am – 4 pm

Sunday 8 am – 2.30 pm

Exterior of Cartel Coffee Geelong.

4) Little Green Corner

Little Green Corner is located in a delightfully renovated 1850’s building that features a takeaway window, communal dining area and cosy fireplace.

The cafe has three core values that underpin all aspects of the business: simplicity, operating sustainably, and thinking and acting locally. The aim is to serve seasonal Geelong food with the least amount of waste.

Their organic milk is delivered in stainless steel pales instead of plastic cartons. Most of the fresh produce and eggs come from the family farm. And locals are encouraged to drop off their homegrown goodies in exchange for a cup of coffee. The building has sustainable features too, with solar panels on the roof and toilets with a water-saving integrated basin.

The menu is intentionally simple with four breakfast and four lunch options that change with the seasons.

Little Green Corner Geelong

42 Little Ryrie Street Geelong

Phone: (03) 5273 0229

Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm

Little Green Corner cafe building

5) A Spot For Joe

Some of the best coffee Geelong has to offer is hidden away in a city car park.

A Spot For Joe is a Melbourne/New York style cafe located in the Little Ryrie Street car park. The owners do little to no promotion preferring to rely on their quality product and word of mouth to draw patrons to this Geelong coffee hotspot.

The exterior is deliberately understated with minimal signage. And it takes a little determination (and Google Maps!) to find this chic cafe. But once you walk in and taste their coffee you’ll be glad you made the effort.

Tip: Look for the black and white striped umbrellas out the front.

The small but fresh and trendy cafe has a simple menu that’s fast, easy, and delicious. Think New York style bagels, yummy sweet treats, and mouth-watering breakfasts and lunches.

A Spot For Joe is one of the few cafes in Geelong city centre that opens on Sundays and public holidays.

A Spot For Joe Geelong

33 Little Ryrie Street Geelong

Phone: 0451 419 855

Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 3 pm

Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 2 pm

Geelong cafe A Spot For Joe

6) Fuel Cafe

Fuel Cafe sits behind the TAC building in Gore Place just a few metres from The Inn Hotel.

Housed in a converted garage the cafe has a contemporary industrial theme and inviting atmosphere. The bare brick walls are adorned with an ever-changing array of custom and vintage bicycles.

Serving distinctive Campos coffee, Fuel is popular with CBD workers and uni students and proves irresistible to shoppers and passersby.

The menu showcases a range of delicious choices including vegetarian and gluten-free options, and scrumptious cakes and pastries created by a local artisan baker.

Fuel Cafe Geelong

2 Gore Place Geelong

Phone: 0423 224 808

Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 4 pm

Outdoor seating area with tree at Fuel Geelong cafe.


7) Cafe Go

One of the best places to eat in Geelong, and a definite contender for best cafe Geelong, is Cafe Go.

Calling a converted weatherboard house home, it simply oozes character and is a firm favourite in Geelong. The cafe has a unique and quirky feel with stuffed animal table markers, unusual artworks, and personal touches.

There’s a secluded courtyard at the rear of the cafe that’s filled with lush plants and an abundance of heaters and fans. Inside, diners will find comfy corner spaces, long share tables, and a beautiful fireplace to warm the whole area.

Serving some of the best food Geelong has to offer, Go is passionate about using local, free-range, and organic produce. And no matter who is behind the coffee machine, the coffee you get is the same high quality cup every time.

If you’re wondering where to eat in Geelong, then give Cafe Go a go!

Cafe Go Geelong

37 Bellarine Street Geelong

Phone: (03) 5229 4752

Monday – Friday 7 am – 4 pm

Saturday 8 am – 4 pm

Two people drinking coffee at the outdoor tables at Cafe Go Geelong

8) Botanical On Ryrie

Looking for good places to eat in Geelong?

Then head to Botanical On Ryrie and treat yourself to tasty food and mouthwatering desserts. The coffee is excellent and for tea lovers, there is a wide selection of top-quality teas to choose from.

Located in an old milk bar this East Geelong cafe has been stylishly renovated and it retains much of its traditional charm. It’s a bright open-plan space with light streaming in the stained glass windows and warm timber flooring.

From the moment guests walk in the door they’re made to feel welcome and relaxed making this the perfect place to stop on your way to The Bellarine. 

Botanical On Ryrie Geelong

404 Ryrie Street East Geelong

Phone: 4222 9094

Monday – Firday 7 am – 3 pm

Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 4 pm

Botanical On Ryrie

9) Pickers Union

The back of a vintage market is an unusual place to find a great cafe, but that’s where you’ll find the Pickers Union Geelong.

Part of the Geelong Vintage Market complex, it’s a bright and sunny cafe with a relaxed family-friendly vibe. There are timber tables, lots of greenery and a huge window where you can have a sneak peek at the goods inside the market.

I love the swinging chairs out the front that are perfect for chilling out with a book on a sunny day.

Along with great coffee, the Union serves a range of fun food with exciting flavour combinations. The focus is on breakfast and lunch with weekly specials adding variety to the menu.

A visit to the Pickers Union cafe makes a great morning out when combined with a trip to the nearby markets.

Pickers Union Cafe North Geelong

Mackey Street North Geelong

Phone: 0447 531 844

7 days a week 8 am – 3.30 pm

People having breakfast at Pickers Union Cafe amongst potted plants and a dog.

10) Geelong Botanical Gardens Cafe

The Tea House Cafe Geelong is a little patch of paradise in the heart of the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Nestled in a fern glade the beautiful setting is a great place to bring the family. And it’s easily the most dog friendly cafe Geelong has. As the cafe itself is tiny and most of the seating is outside.

This delightful teahouse offers light lunch and refreshment options, including scrumptious sweet treats and paninis. All of the food is produced by P&G Bakery in Bellarine Street Geelong.

Enjoy a barista made coffee with a cake or slice before taking a stroll in the enchanting gardens.

Geelong Botanical Gardens Teahouse

Botanic Pl Geelong Victoria

Phone: 0413 706 535

Monday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm

Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Geelong Botanical Gardens Tea House Cafe

11) Chapel On Little Ryrie

Known only to locals Chapel On Little Ryrie is tucked away on the fringes of the Geelong CBD.

It’s housed in an old 1857 Baptist church that has been lovingly restored. The lovely light filled building still retains many original features including stained glass windows and soaring ceilings.

A neat feature of the restoration is the glass floor where you can stand and look down into the baptismal bath that contains artefacts found during construction.

The Chapel has a selection of tempting baked goods as well as a breakfast and lunch menu. It’s a popular spot with nearby office workers, who line up in the morning for takeaway coffee. Which is always served with a treat on the side.

The Chapel On Little Ryrie is a stunning place to enjoy a coffee or a meal and soak up the atmosphere of old Geelong.

Chapel On Little Ryrie Geelong

10 Little Ryrie Street Geelong

Phone: (03) 5222 6905

Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 3 pm

Chapel On Little Ryrie is one of the best cafes in Geelong.

12) Geelong Library Cafe: Public

Located in the Geelong arts precinct Public is a vibrant cafe that sits adjacent to the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

It’s a bright modern space with huge floor to ceiling windows that overlook the lush greenery of Johnstone Park. There’s also a lovely outdoor area that’s perfect for afternoon tea on a sunny day.

The library cafe is a great place to catch up with friends for breakfast or lunch. It has a contemporary menu that’s excellent value and a warm and inviting atmosphere.

For added convenience, patrons can pre-order food and beverages via the Public Cafe App.

Simply download the app onto your phone:   Apple iTunes     Google 

Public Cafe Geelong

55 Little Malop Street Geelong

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Diners at the Geelong Library Cafe Public.

Healthy Food Geelong

13) Skinny Dippers Cafe

Skinny Dippers is an amazing wholefoods cafe in suburban Newtown.

Serving all things healthy the range of options that are available is incredible. No matter whether you want paleo, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan or vegetarian, there’s bound to be something to suit your needs.

Everything is made in-house using the best and cleanest ingredients. The food is always fresh and tasty and the barista nails the coffee every time.

Tip: Everyone raves about the Paleo Donuts but I love the chocolate chip cookies. They’re healthy, I swear!

Skinny Dippers Cafe Geelong

2 Lambert Avenue Newtown

Phone: (03) 4222 9542

Monday – Friday 6.30 am – 3 pm

Saturday 7 am – 3 pm

Sunday 8.30 – 2 pm

Counter at Skinny Dippers paleo cafe in Geelong.

14) Feast Geelong

If you’re looking for a top vegan cafe Geelong, then head to Feast cafe. These guys take their food and coffee seriously!

They’re environmentally conscious too, with a ‘no single-use cup policy’. So if you’re after takeaway Geelong coffee remember to bring your keep cup.

The 100% plant-based menu offers an incredible array of delicious food that’s prepared by a trained Raw, Plant-Based Chef.

Busy customers appreciate the Grab and Go meals that are available in the fridge. And for those with time to relax, this is the perfect place to enjoy lovingly prepared delicious and nutritious food.

Note: Although this is a vegan cafe Feast does have dairy milk available for coffee.

Feast Geelong

5 Ormond Road East Geelong

Phone: (03) 4225 5577

Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm

Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 2 pm

Back entrance to Feast vegan cafe.

15) The Sprout And Bean

The Sprout and Bean is an organic vegetarian cafe in central Geelong.

It serves delicious home-style meals that are created using fresh organic locally sourced ingredients, much of it bought from the Organic Larder next door.

The hearty menu includes warm soups, tasty curries, burgers, wraps and salads. And there are plenty of options for sweet tooths.

The cosy interior simply oozes character with recycled vintage decor and wall murals for a pop of colour. It’s an ideal space to enjoy nutritious food and a chilled-out vibe.

This little gem of a cafe keeps customers coming back again and again.

Sprout And Bean Geelong

163 Malop Street Geelong

Phone: 0447 542 088

Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 4 pm

Street sign of The Sprout And The Bean.

Map Of The Top Cafes In Geelong

I hope you found this list of best Geelong cafes useful. You can find our complete travel guide to Geelong here.

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