Awkward Cafe Geelong - Gnome Watching the Passing Traffic

Is this Geelong’s most awkward coffee experience? Awkward Cafe Geelong review

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When you intend to open a tapas bar and end up with a coffee lounge because Mum doesn’t think your tapas cut it… it’s pretty Awkward.

Awkward Cafe Geelong - Preloved Troll

Awkward Cafe Geelong – Preloved Troll

Natasha has not just embraced this feeling though, she’s bottled it’s essence, put it in a spray bottle and covered every corner of her humble cafe.

Awkward Cafe Geelong - An Awkward Squirrel

Awkward Cafe Geelong – An Awkward Squirrel

There’s no shortage of delightful oddities at Awkward Cafe Geelong. Yet somehow it feels like home. It’s something genuinely different from a lot of the other cafes in Geelong.

Awkward Cafe Geelong - Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Awkward Cafe Geelong – Lemon Curd Cupcakes

It also extends this point of difference to it’s menu. Everything is handmade on site and Tash strives to offer unique options that you won’t find anywhere else. The Nutella Cream Pie and Twix Caramel Tart are just two of the many examples behind the display cabinet.

Awkward Cafe Geelong - Baked Cheesecake

Awkward Cafe Geelong – Baked Cheesecake

Part of the reason the decor makes it feel like home is because a lot of the items are the everyday objects you would have found at your Grandparent’s place. On this point Natasha says that while some of the items were picked up at markets from around the region, as much as possible was sourced from the family home.

Natasha's Grandmother's Mixmaster

Natasha’s Grandmother’s Mixmaster

The lights came from under the house, the bike is her Grandfather’s and the Sunbeam Mixmaster was her Grandmother’s.

Awkward Cafe Geelong - Friends Catching Up

Awkward Cafe Geelong – Friends Catching Up

The detail even extends to areas of Awkward Cafe Geelong that customers don’t often get to see. Out back there’s a secret garden with fresh mint and strawberries in old school desks and cacti in troll heads.

Secret Garden Out Back

Secret Garden Out Back

Space-wise there’s a good amount of room but if you’re travelling with a pram prepare to sit outside or on the front bench, as while it’s not impossible, it can be a little tight getting down to the tables.

From the Back Wall

From the Back Wall

If you’re in Malop Street and looking for a coffee with a theme, Awkward Cafe Geelong is definitely the place to pull up a lounge chair.

Coffee Machine

Coffee Machine

Awkward Cafe Geelong - Hand Poured Natural Soy Wax

Awkward Cafe Geelong – Hand Poured Natural Soy Wax

Books

Books

Rating for Awkward Cafe Geelong

Coffee: Origin Specialty Coffee
Atmosphere: Quirky cool lounge atmosphere
Service: Great
Kid/Pram Friendly: A little tight
Free Wifi: No
Table/chair height ratio for working from a laptop: Bench is a great height

Contact Details Awkward Cafe Geelong

Address: 45 Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: 0422 935 036
Online:
Awkward Cafe Geelong - From the front

Awkward Cafe Geelong – From the front

Originally posted on wholesomefun.com.au. Written and photographed by Patrick Blampied. © 2015 Sequence Digital.

 

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