‘Would you like sunshine and fresh air with that?’

Alfresco dining is alive and well in Central Geelong with many cafes and restaurants reopening and as restrictions ease. The days are getting longer, and the weather is warming up which means it’s time to get back to some of your favourite venues and enjoy Central Geelong’s excellent alfresco offering once again.

From urban outdoor spaces to leafy courtyards and stunning Waterfront views, there are so many alfresco dining options in Central Geelong. The only question is.…which one!

The Greek – Customs House
Inspired by Greek traditions and modern styles of cooking, The Greek – Customs House offers family style, beach cuisine. Now open for table service, The Greek has a gorgeous, north facing alfresco courtyard overlooking the Customs Park lawn and a sensational Waterfront backdrop. From delicious spanakopita to mouth-watering, slow roasted lamb and grilled king prawns, The Greek – Customs House is not to be  missed. For more information visit www.thegreekcustomshouse.com

The Arborist
The Arborist has a stylish, urban vibe and offers alfresco dining five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. Designed and built around a stunning ash tree, The Arborist offers comfortable outdoor seating and a fireplace for the cooler spring days. Their ‘feed me’ option allows you to sit back, relax and avoid any tough decisions! Visit www.thearboristgeelong.com.au to view their menu and make a reservation.

Bay View Bar and Grill
The name says it all at the Bay View Bar and Grill on Eastern Beach Road. This bistro style venue is open 7 days a week and is a wonderful spot for an alfresco breakfast or brunch in the sunshine. Fit for a king (or queen!), their Breakfast King Platter feeds 2-3 people and will keep you going for hours. Visit www.bayviewbarngrill.com.au to make a reservation and to view their menu.

The Inn Hotel
Just about everyone loves a good pub feed and The Inn Hotel in Corio Street’s spring menu offers a mouth-watering combination of pub favourites and modern tastes. After recently reopening, The Inn’s beer garden, with outdoor, under cover seating comes alive each Saturday and Sunday with the addition of their ‘Day Drinks’ sessions complete with live acoustic music and flavoursome afternoon eats from 3pm. Visit
www.theinnhotel.com.au to check out their menu and make a reservation.

Sailors’ Rest
The historic Sailors’ Rest building on the corner of Moorabool Street and Western Beach Road offers alfresco dining opposite Geelong’s spectacular Waterfront. Sit street side in the alfresco dining area and watch the world go by or enjoy the relaxed beer garden fronting Customs Park. With a walk-in service for groups with less than 10 people and room for 50 diners outside, be sure to add Sailors’ Rest to your alfresco ‘to-do’ list. Visit their website www.sailorsrestgeelong.com.au for more information.

Westend Geelong
For the ultimate people watching experience, reserve an alfresco table at Westend in the heart of Little Malop Street’s burgeoning arts and cultural precinct. With a pub meets restaurant feel to it, Westend has plenty of alfresco dining tables under large striped umbrellas for you to try out their new Spring menu. Westend caters for little people too so it’s a great option for the whole family. Book a table at www.westendgeelong.com.au 

Café Go
Located right on the corner of Bellerine and Little Malop Street, Café Go’s jungle style courtyard oasis provides safe seating for up to 30 people. With its fun and eclectic décor, Café Go’s all-day breakfast menu and exciting, daily lunch specials are best enjoyed in the sunshine. Visit www.cafego.com.au to view their menu. Bookings are not required but tables fill up fast!

Edge Geelong
Fronting the lush lawns of Customs Park, the alfresco deck at Edge Geelong is a wonderful location to enjoy contemporary dishes and old school favourites. With full table service and kids eating for free every Monday and Tuesday, Edge is perfect for the whole family. Bookings are essential and can be made online at www.edgegeelong.com.au 

Mav’s Restaurant
Named after the owner’s family name Mavromoustakos, meaning ‘black moustache’, Mav’s Restaurant in Little Malop Street, offers fresh, homemade Greek cuisine with a combination of smaller sharing dishes and bigger, heartier fare. Let Mav’s treat you to an authentic Greek lunch or dinner spread in their alfresco space. You will love feasting in the fresh air, amongst their brightly coloured, hanging pots. Check out www.atmavs.com.au to view their menu and book a table.

Novotel Geelong’s Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
Novotel Geelong’s Waterfront Restaurant & Bar boasts a warm and sunny, north facing alfresco space, located directly opposite Geelong’s stunning Waterfront. Diners can relax under a shady umbrella and soak up the atmosphere while sipping a sunset drink and enjoying a Mediterranean inspired menu. View their menu, featuring fresh local produce and seasonal specials and book a table at www.novotelgeelong.com.au 

Geelong Hotel
With its retractable roof and heating if chilly, the Geelong Hotel in Yarra Street’s edgy, rooftop space is perfect for Saturday afternoon drinks and snacks or dinner in any Spring weather. Their recently updated Spring menu and comprehensive cocktail list makes for a lovely afternoon or evening under festoon lighting with friends. Check out their website at www.geelonghotel.com

Wharf Shed
Located right on the water’s edge, Wharf Shed’s view is hard to beat! With plenty of tables in the sun, Wharf Shed diners can practically reach out and touch the bay while enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sip on a latte under towering palms and watch the boats bobbing around on glistening Corio Bay while you enjoy casual dining and an extensive menu. For more information visit www.wharfshedcafe.com.au

Centra Hotel
With historical features of a traditional corner pub, Centra’s leafy, undercover courtyard can cater for the ever-changing Geelong weather – rain, hail or shine! Located on the corner of Yarra and Myers Street, the Centra’s rustic Italian menu including all your favourite antipasti, pizza and pasta dishes are being served in the courtyard, several days a week. Open for lunch from Thursday – Saturday and dinner Tuesday – Saturday, book a table to ensure you don’t miss out on courtyard seating at www.centrahotel.com.au 

So say cheers to warm afternoons, daylight savings and balmy evenings and start planning your alfresco dining wish list. 

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