James Street Bakery Geelong is a french infused bakery-cafe right in the heart of Geelong. Ben works the coffee machine, alongside his mum Helen who is a part owner with Aunty Trish. It’s one of the original spots for coffee in James Street’s recent revival, opening in 2010.
The inspiration comes from Uncle Laurent, a French pastry chef that’s responsible for the amazing array of cakes and treats on display as well as the regular menu. The theme extends to their decor which has an old world feel to it with directed mood lighting from French style lamps against dark stained timber.
Coffee definitely happens here but looking to the shelves and display cabinets, the focus is fresh goods baked on-site and tea to match. At the back there is a whole area dedicated to tea pots, cups and saucers, and books on high tea and Paris.
On the last Sunday of every month they actually run a full-blown high tea afternoon. Between 2 and 4 they serve a scrumptious and decadent array of sweet and savoury items along with bubbles or a cup of tea served in fine bone china. On weekdays you can drop in anytime from 7am for coffee and breakfast with a full menu available till 3pm.
Even though the cafe itself is dark to set the mood, the huge windows looking out to James Street keeps things bright and is a great place to sit and watch the world pass. If you’re here on a nice day you can sit out on the street on their bright red ‘parklet’ skip.
There’s a lot to choose from in terms of sweet treats but the Flourless Orange and Almond Cake, and the Hummingbird Cake take the prize for most appetising. If savoury is more your thing, how about the mushroom and goats cheese galette or the pulled pork roll?
Rating for James Street Bakery Geelong
|Atmosphere:||French Inspired Mood|
|Table/chair height ratio for working from a laptop:||Great|
Contact Details for James Street Bakery Geelong
|Address:||10 James St, Geelong|
|Online:||Website • Facebook|