For cafe lovers that want a great coffee on the waterfront, Down the Alley Geelong is the place to be. Hidden away down the side of Edgewater across from the Novotel (which would explain the name), Ben and Christina have injected their own personalities into the small space and created a cozy alternative to the other restaurants and cafes in the area.
The giant graffiti monkey and penguin set the tone as you sit down with the choice of regular cafe chairs or the comfy orange couches. There are other touches like vertical wall gardens and a small collection of books in case you need something to read.
Their own ‘Down the Alley’ fair trade blend of coffee makes a for a chocolatey 5-star long black and the cakes are absolutely scrumptious.
While Down the Alley Geelong doesn’t quite have a view of the waterfront, it’s very close by making it a great location to stop while out at The Carousel with the kids. Even though it’s tight there’s still room for prams. The challenge on weekends is whether you’ll be able to get a table or not. There’s seating outside as well but again, because of the popularity of the place, it can be tight. Luckily they do takeaway food and drinks.
The food is cooked by Ben himself in generous portions and they source as much of the ingredients as possible from local sources. The menu features all-day breakfast, lunch, gluten-free options and of course a bunch of tasty treats. There’s also local craft beer if coffee isn’t your thing!
Located at 6-8 Eastern Beach Rd, they’re easy enough to find, just turn in down the alley way near the Novotel. Scroll down for more pics and past them you’ll find the rating and contact details.
Rating for Down the Alley Geelong
|Kid/Pram Friendly:||Yes – Little bit tight when busy|
|Table/chair height ratio for working from a laptop:||Great|
Contact Details for Down the Alley Geelong
|Address:||6-8 Eastern Beach Rd Geelong|