Laneways in Central Geelong are fast becoming vibrant places to discover something new. So we thought we would hand pick a variety of gems and help you uncover some local secrets.
Analogue AcademyIt’s a coffee shop, a film lab, a gallery, a hot doggery and one of the coolest venue you’ll find (80s board games and working Super Nintendo unit included) in Central Geelong. They also run regular events, exhibition openings, camera walking tours and offer a not so disposable camera service.
0481 396 085
FuelTucked down a side street, this little cafe is brimming with personality, energy and passion. Driven by owner/barista Greg Matheson, Fuel dishes up outstanding coffee and simple, yet well-thought out food in a contemporary, industrial interior featuring custom and vintage bicycles and motorbikes on display.
2 Gore Place
0423 224 808
Armageddon CakeArmageddon is a quirky evening dessert bar that can be found in a laneway off Little Malop Street. Armageddon is a great place to go for dessert after dinner, after the movies or a show at GPAC. Menu regulars include the chocolate and salted caramel mousse cake, the vanilla New York baked cheesecake, and the chocolate and raspberry brownie.
7 McLarty Place
0404 400 701
A Spot for JoeDiscover a hole in the wall café with a whole lot of personality. A Sport for Joe is the perfect spot for a cuppa Joe, breakfast or lunch. This kitschy, minimalist cafe features a mural depicting Richard Neutra's Kaufmann's Palm Beach house and makes you feel like you're almost in another world.
33 Little Ryrie St (carpark)
Down the AlleyJust off the Waterfront’s main drag sits this welcoming little cafe where food is lovingly made and served by owner Ben. Locally-sourced food features in all of their menu items made up of home-style cooking with a modern twist. Sit out the front in the lane, inside or cosy up on the couches.
10 Edgewater, 6-8 Eastern Beach Road
Union Street WineThe perfect stop before or after dinner to enjoy a wine by the glass or bottle, with a plate of small goods and cheeses. The bar is loaded with dozens of bottles of wine the owners have carefully selected. It’s also part bottle shop which allows you to purchase a bottle to take with you if you’re going out for dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants (on that note, Lipari is right next door where you’ll find delicious home-made pasta dishes).
8 Union Street
CaptainOn a balmy night, this hidden back-yard-come-bar is the place to enjoy a craft beer, cider or wine. Sit outside around the hip old caravan and enjoy the atmosphere until late.
Tolmie Place (behind There There)
Parkers SteakhouseDown a back alley, in an old building with some moody-lighting this local’s favourite serves up steak perfectly cooked to your liking. Only the finest range of Australian meat products are used here; Prime Australian pasture - fed beef, cut to our exacting specifications, then aged for 28 days at strictly controlled temperatures to maximise tenderness and enhance flavour. Whilst the steak is what you’ll write home about, the sides, wines and vegetarian options are just as delicious. A great place for couples as well as groups.
2 Shorts Place
Koffie HausKoffie Haus is a cosy cafe paying tribute to life in the Netherlands and Austria. It features premium Viennese brand Julius Meinl bio fair-trade coffee, exotic teas, lekker tostis, baked goods and cold drinks at great prices. Nice and close to Deakin.
34-36 Smythe Street
0404 720 463
IGNIAward winning Chef Aaron Turner along with ex-Loamers Andrew Hamilton and Joanna Smith have opened IGNI in Central Geelong. IGNI's focus is on the open kitchen's charcoal grill with a menu based on conversations had with guests. Book your table today.
2 Ryan Place