These are the top brunch cafes in Geelong

These trendy coffee shops are not only perfect for a caffeine fix, they serve up amazing food too (cue Buddha bowls and smashed avocado)!

A group of women have coffee and food at The Pickers Union.
  • Samantha Alleman
  • November 2019

The vibrant dining hub that is Victoria’s second-largest city offers plenty of opportunities for Insta-worthy outings. Here are the six best cafes in Geelong.

The Pickers Union

North Geelong is an industrial area and home to the popular Geelong Vintage Market, where this adorable café is located. Fittingly, it was built from recycled timber and is kitted out with vintage pieces from the market, resulting in a bright, cheerful vibe. The menu includes classic and hearty dishes such as mac and cheese and warm almond and brown rice pudding with poached rhubarb.
Tenancy 2, 287-307 Melbourne Road, North Geelong, 0447 531 844, thepickersunion.com.au opens in new window

Little Green Corner

Backyard littered with lemons? Exchange your homegrown produce for coffee at this down-to-earth café. Located in the centre of Geelong (look out for the green building on the corner, as the name suggests), it has a kitchen garden as well as a farm in nearby Waurn Ponds. They produce fruit, veg and eggs, which are used in seasonal dishes like broccoli and cauliflower omelette and caramelised onion tart.
42 Little Ryrie Street,(03) 5273 0229, littlegreencorner.com.au opens in new window


Pako Raw

Housed in an old auto paint shop in Geelong West, Pako Raw is a great place to grab a drink and a meal – be tempted by southern fried chicken burgers, steak sandwiches and, on Fridays from 5pm, AUD $5 pizzas. Feeling virtuous? There are also healthy dishes like Buddha and poke bowls.
26 Pakington Street, Geelong West, (03) 5222 8122, pakoraw.com.au opens in new window

Freckleduck

Nestled in Geelong’s shopping district, this corner café is a refuge from the hustle and bustle, serving classics such as smashed avo or pulled pork on seeded sourdough. Ten cents from every coffee sold goes to One Girl – a charity educating girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda – so indulging your caffeine craving here feels good.
131 Malop Street, (03) 5298 2630, freckleduck.com.au opens in new window

A plate of food from Freckleduck.
Freckleduck donates 10 cents from every coffee sold to charity.

King of the Castle

Next door to Pako Raw is another garage-turned-eatery. The industrial look is softened with hanging plants and the kitchen-garden bent is echoed in the menu – try the brisket burger with sweet tater fries or the vegan tahini bowl. Perfectly styled, the food is waiting to be Instagrammed.
24 Pakington Street, Geelong West, 0418 227 366, kingofthecastlecafe.com.au opens in new window


Analogue Academy

Enjoy a hot dog at this art gallery, creative studio and film lab hybrid – while you develop your photos, old-school style.
23 Cuzens Place, 0432 702 047, analogueacademy opens in new window