A Foodie's Guide to The Best Cafes on the Surf Coast & Geelong
Not only is Geelong and the Surf Coast home to some of Victoria's most beautiful beaches and surf breaks, it boasts an incredible array of foodie highlights. We share our favourite cafes, restaurants and local producers from Geelong, Torquay, Bellarine and the Great Ocean Road to ensure your trip is full of delicious food and memorable experiences.
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First Stop Coffee
When ever you head on an epic road trip, it's super important to stay fueled throughout your journey. We highly recommend making a pit stop in Geelong where you might be surprised to find the trendy cafe culture this regional city boasts. Our favourite "hipster" hangout is King of the Castle a quirky brunch hot spot set up in a giant shed with loads of natural light pouring in through the skylights. As award winners for best cafe and best coffee, you know you'll be able to pick up a delicious brew here (try their cold brew). A little friendly competition from the baristas at Freckleduck in Geelong's CBD who have developed a reputation for serving some of the best coffee in the city with locals and tourists swooning over their Crompton Road house blend and single origin offering.
King of the Castle - 24 Pakington St, Geelong West
Freckle Duck - 131 Malop Street, Geelong
Ready to kick back and relax on your weekend getaway? Take some time to enjoy a delicious wholesome brunch at the sustainability conscious, Little Green Corner, who promotes their focus on delivering yummy food that comes straight from local gardeners, farmers and growers. A true farm to plate experience which means you can expect to see tomatoes in summer, foraged mushrooms in winter and asparagus in spring! Craving an epic smoothie bowl or a turmeric latte? Look no further than Surf Coast Wholefoods, an organic wholefoods store and café that showcases incredible range of fresh produce, locally made goods and gifts.
Little Green Corner - 42 Little Ryrie St, Geelong
Surf Coast Wholefoods - 41 Bristol Rd, Torquay
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Brekky to Go
Now we know why you're planning a visit to the Surf Coast, to get in touch with nature and hit up some of the world famous beaches along the Great Ocean Road right? No time for a sit down feed? There are some awesome grab and go options available like the freshly pressed juices from Bronx Juice or a coffee from Third Wave Kiosk which sits right on the Torquay foreshore. Or maybe a healthy feast including a smoothie, protein power ball, house muesli, berries and yogurt from Swell Cafe would better fuel your day!
Bronx Juice - 75 Preston St Geelong West
Third Wave - Torquay Foreshore Swell Cafe - 18-20 Princess Tce, Jan Juc
It's Wine Time!
We're strong believers that life is about balance, and what better way to balance out an active day out in the surf than with wine tasting at a venue with a view to die for! You wouldn't necessarily think of the Surf Coast as a wine region, but it's unique climate and oceanic vistas make it the perfect spot for a cheeky wine in the sunshine. With a rich, diverse stable of award-winning, sophisticated cool climate wines Jack Rabbit Vineyard is sure to top the list with a great restaurant and cafe to match. Love a bit of sparkling? Leura Park Estate near the Bellarine coast creates wines that are 100% estate grown and predominantly hand picked and made in ‘methode traditionelle’ boasting a distinctive and delightful French-style subtlety. Plus on Sunday afternoons they host a live band!
Jack Rabbit Vineyard - 85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Leura Park Estate - 1400 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis
Whether you spent a big day out on the surf or not, a craft beer or cider always goes down a treat! The Great Ocean Road is home to some pretty awesome brewers who are passionate about sharing their craft in their eclectic venues. One of our favourite brewery come restaurant in Torquay is Blackmans Brewery, which features brews with quirky names like Regional (IPA) that’ll “jump from the glass and fill your nostrils with every sip” or Ernie (Golden Ale) an “all rounder made with session-ability and Sinatra in mind.“ Can’t choose? Grab the tasting paddle with six choices which can feature their staple brews or limited releases. More of a cider kind of day? Well, Flying Brick Cider will be right up your ally. Their cider is naturally crafted using traditional methods and is made from 100% fresh fruit. Plus it’s free from added sugars, colours or concentrates making it all the more delicious and better for you.
Blackmans Brewery - 26 Bell St, Torquay
Flying Brick Cider - 1251-1269 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington
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Dining at its Finest
Heading to the Surf Coast for a special occasion or just looking for something a little bit fancy? What could be more perfect than a feast at The Shed at Terrindah Estate which boasts one of the most beautiful venues in regional Victoria. In 2013, they were named one of the top 5 Victorian regional restaurants to visit (by Tourism Victoria) making it the top of our hit list for a weekend on the Surf Coast. All items on the menu have been meticulously crafted to pair perfectly with wines from the estate to make your dining experience that little bit more special.
The shed at Terrindah Estate - 90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
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