Central Geelong is fast becoming a serious culinary hotspot and is a must-do weekend break destination (even if you're local). We've hand picked a variety of foodie gems and uncovered some local secrets to make your GeeLONG weekend so great, you may not want to leave (or go home). 

Freckleduck. This trendy, popular corner cafe boast great food, coffee and polite, helpful and attentive staff who are only to happy to help you find a seat and settle in. Their focus is on great healthy food with the menu changing each season.

The Backyard. The Backyard is a laidback, social and upbeat café. The atmosphere is refreshing and inviting, with a rustic yet vibrant décor. It is the perfect spot to hang with friends, play a game of chess and enjoy fresh, healthy and affordable food.

Little Malop Street West. This part of Central Geelong has recently become THE place to eat, drink and be merry. With so many recent additions and many more not far off, this hub of Geelong is what we are calling Eat Street. Here is a small snapshot of what you’ll find.

Caruggi. Simple rustic Italian fare. Caruggi's relaxed Trattoria style environment makes it perfect for a quick bite before a show, an afternoon coffee, Aperitivo or an indulgent three course celebration.

The Hot Chicken Project. Chicken for the people. Choose your chicken (wings, tenders or dark meat), the heat factor (from mild through to "so damn hot" to "evil"), some sides (slaw or fries) and dipping sauce, then finish with a seasonal fruit hand pie. You won’t be disappointed.

Coffee Cartel Brew Bar. If you love coffee, you’ll love the Brew Bar. These guys roast their own beans and supply many cafes in Geelong and Victoria.

The Workers Club. Enjoy live music and a meaty bite from The Workers Geelong Smokehouse.

Pistol Petes. If you're a fan of Gumbo, Burgers, Jambalaya mixed with Southern American, Louisiana and Blues music you need to check out Pistol Petes.

Piano Bar. Our first live piano bar in Central Geelong inspired by New York jazz venues.

Geelong Cellar Door. The newest edition to the street this wine bar is already that place where you stop by for a local wine, catch up with friends and wind down with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie by the open fire.


Union Street Wine. The 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).

IGNI. Award 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.

Bistrot St Jean. A simple, rustic and honest European Bistrot with an open plan kitchen and eating at the 'zinc' counter. French inspired meals and Bistrot style dishes. A selection of very affordable wines local and imported are part of the décor like 'une cave a vin'. A little slice of Paris in the heart of Central Geelong.

Find out what cafes and restaurants are open and near you using the app. Search 'What's Open' and only get results for places that are nearby and open right now by downloading the Love Central Geelong app.