Restaurants

Top Choice Modern Australian in Geelong

IGNI

Creating a buzz among food lovers across Melbourne is this latest venture by well-lauded chef (and local boy) Aaron Turner. The set tasting menus change on a whim, incorporating a mix of indigenous and European flav…
Cafe in Geelong

Little Green Corner

Using fresh produce hand-picked from its kitchen garden or sourced from its family farm in nearby Waurn Ponds, the menu here is highly driven by what's seasonal and what's local. They also use foraged ingredients, a…
American in Geelong

Hot Chicken Project

Slotting in perfectly along Little Malop is this cosy, welcoming diner specialising in authentic Nashville chicken. Choose from a menu of wings, tenders or dark meats – or hot fish or tofu – in a spectrum of heat le…
Modern Australian in Geelong

Tulip

One of only two hatted restaurants in Geelong, unassuming Tulip on 'Pako' St delivers a gastronomic experience with its mix of inventive small and large plates designed to share. Dishes may include native items such…
Italian in Geelong

Caruggi

Bringing a taste of fine dining to hipster Little Malop is this Ligurian-inspired trattoria. It hasn't missed a beat since relocating from its acclaimed restaurant in Anglesea to the 'big smoke' of Geelong. The sign…
French in Geelong

Bistrot St Jean

Here at Bistrot St Jean they manage to pull off the Parisian theme, creating a delightful 'joie de vivre' ambience, minus the stuffiness or tackiness. Its menu is contemporary French cuisine, featuring the likes of …
Cafe in Geelong

Son of an Elk

The offspring of the former Elk Horn Roadhouse on the Bellarine, this equally popular new spot is in Geelong's city centre. Most dishes on the original, fresh menu are made from scratch: expect pumpkin-and-kale frit…
Cafe in Geelong

James Street Bakery

Featuring an elegant interior of retro wood panels and light fittings, this popular cafe bakes its own sourdough and delicious cakes. They do great breakfasts too, such as chilli scrambled eggs with Manchego cheese …
Korean in Geelong

Donco

Owners Don Koh and Yunie Choi bring a slice of Korea to Newtown at this contemporary eatery. Start with small plates, known as anju, – deep-fried tofu kimchi balls are a winner – then fill up on a sizzling plate of …
Cafe in Geelong

King of the Castle

Down the gritty end of Pako is this industrial-chic cafe with hanging pot plants and dangling light features. It does modern cafe cuisine such as matcha breakfast trifle; vegan fry-ups with scrambled tofu, facon and…