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Our two families have collaborated to bring discerning readers and drivers a new fortnightly series – MINI Fave 5s. The must-try guide to Melbourne, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!
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SO WHERE SHOULD YOU BE BREAKFASTING IN GEELONG?
Geelong has long been associated with motorcycles and maritime ports. But peel back the layers and you’ll quickly discover the bustling regional metropolis has so much more to offer than just cats, cars, and Corio bay. Veer off the beaten track and you’ll find a vibrant culinary culture that rivals even the trendiest Melbourne suburbs. And breakfast in Geelong is where it’s at.
Geelong’s bustling brekkie scene is a melting pot of raw-food hippies, almond milk latte-sipping hipsters, and craft-coffee enthusiasts, all keen for a slice of the city’s delicious, gastronomic pie. At just 50-minutes drive from Melbourne, it’s worth jumping in the car to taste what all the fuss is about.
Stop salivating and wrap your tastebuds around our fave 5 breakfasts in Geelong.
Coconut Quinoa Porridge at John Doe Specialty Coffee
With the cooler weather setting in, there’s nothing like the lure of a big, comforting bowl of porridge to help get you out of bed in the morning. If, like us, you like yours a little on the sweet side, the coconut quinoa porridge from John Doe Specialty Coffee in Geelong’s CBD is just the ticket.
Picture this: creamy coconut-milk-infused quinoa topped with crushed pistachios and stewed rhubarb, and sprinkled with vibrant violet sugar powder. This, Listers, is colour-loading at its finest. And just like a warm hug, it’s also gluten-free, vegan friendly, and gives off some seriously good vibes.
If coffee is your thang, then John Doe has your back. With award-winning beans from specialty Geelong roaster, Roastcraft, on pour—which was recently awarded a silver medal at the 2015 Melbourne International Coffee Expo—the friendly folk at JD have Geelong breakfast fuel all figured out.
Spanish Omelette at House Iberia
What’s green, gold, and scoring some serious breakfast wickets? The Spanish omelette with confit potato and kale from Geelong cafe newcomer, House Iberia. This Mediterranean-inspired breakfast comes with all the trimmings—silky, house-smoked salmon, peppery pickled radish, and velvety crème fraiche, served atop some fresh, crunchy sourdough from the nearby Born & Bread Bakehouse in Newtown.
If you’ve got any room left and wanted to give the two-course breakfast trend a go, we highly recommend the watermelon, strawberry, and mint salad with musk, mascarpone, and a drizzle of Pedro Ximenez syrup for dessertfast. As well as being deliciously refreshing, it is an explosion of pretty. You won’t regret it, we promise.
Cinnamon Crumpets at Three Little Figs
They may sound simple, but these cinnamon crumpets from Three Little Figs are anything but boring. Humble heroes, these soft pillows of spiced, wholemeal crumpety goodness will have you whispering sweet nothings to your brekkie bowl in no time. A match made in breakfast heaven, the subtle sweetness of roasted pear, combined with the textural crunch of the walnut granola, will romance the crap out of your tastebuds. Add to that the creamy mascarpone and you have yourself a tall, dark, and dreamy crumpet dish that ticks all the boxes.
For those looking for a boast-worthy Instagram post as well as one of the best breakfasts in Geelong, this is the place for you. The hashtags you’ll be looking for are #foodporn and #foodgasm. You’re welcome.
Breakfast Smoothie Bowl at Winter's Cafe
Smoothie bowls are having their moment in the morning sun and this fresh, colourful creation from Newtown institution Winter’s Cafe is worthy of the spotlight. Theirs is a mouthwatering melting pot of raw nuts and seeds blended with fresh autumn fruits and topped with juicy figs and succulent strawberries. After some serious Easter indulgence (aka four day chocolate binge), this bowl of raw garden goodness is a refreshingly welcome palate cleanser. Add some toasted coconut, raw cacao nibs and fresh mint et voila—healthy breakfast fare at its finest.
As well as showcasing fresh local produce, the seasonal menu at Winter’s also features a revolving gallery of artistic talent, with works by local illustrators and artists gracing the reverse side of the A3 sheet.
Like everything on it, the menu is pretty enough to eat, and the food is a deliciously exquisite extension of the Geelong cafe’s creative philosophy. Talk about sensory overload.
Sweet Potato Smash at Box Office Cafe
Move over avocado, there’s a new superfood set to steal the breakfast spotlight. Another stellar addition to the best breakfast in Geelong lineup, it’s all about sweet potato smash at Box Office Cafe, accompanied with a hard-to-beat assemblage of crumbled Meredith goat’s cheese, house-made dukkah, and seeded Zeally Bay sourdough sprinkled with microherbs from the cafe’s own vertical garden.
Not your typical space, this west-side servery is housed in a converted shipping container, so you can expect to pull up a cable drum and park yourself on a milk crate. But don’t be fooled by its quirky fitout—this industrial-inspired open-air Geelong cafe is about serious brunch business. We’re talking specialty Axil Coffee blends and spiced donuts with burnt butter custard.
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Image Credits: John Doe Specialty Coffee, Three Little Figs, Box Office Cafe, Winter's Cafe, House Iberia - all Simon Shiff.