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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published November 9th 2015
Dining out in Geelong, sometimes when I try out a new restaurant I am pleasantly surprised by "one" thing at the restaurant, cafe, hotel, pub, bar. Café Go is not a new restaurant, however it is a new experience for me, as I have never dined there before.

Main Entrance to Cafe Go
Front door, Cafe Go, Bellarine Street

The one thing which surprised me was the size of Café Go. Out the front you can sit on stools, with small bars (tables) ranged along the front of the footpath looking out over Bellarine Street.

Cafe Go, Geelong
Cafe Go, benches in Bellarine Streeet

When you walk into the café there are benches around the front window, with stools to sit at. Inside the café there are also tables and chairs set up for diners.

Windows overlooking Bellarine Street
Cafe Go, Geelong

Then as you walk further into the café, there is even more seating outside, in a small patch of paradise, right in the heart of the city. The whole back yard is laid out with tables and chairs, and there are plants all over the yard too. It really does resemble a small jungle oasis. And even more surprising, there is a small window cut into the fence, so you can dine in the backyard and watch people walking by on Little Malop Street.

This spacious café is quite deceiving as you wouldn't think there is so much room inside and outside this lovely café. Situated on the corner of Little Malop Street and Bellarine Street, Café Go is close to the Geelong Hospital and a short walk to the shopping heart of the city.

The Menu Board, Cafe Go
Menu Board in the Court Yard

Meals are displayed in the display cabinet. Staff are friendly and efficient. I ordered a pork panini and cappucino. My panini was described as "using La Madre Ciabatta, Pork, fennel, white beans, parsley and carrot relish". Never mind the description, it was just very tasty and filling.

The staff were very attentive. Most customers are handed a small stuffed bear or animal as their table number. I was given "Bananas In Pyjamas" as my table number. See the photo below:

Bananas in Pyjamas
My table number was Bananas in Pyjamas

The café is clean and the food looks good. My panini came out on a plate, heated up and ready to eat. My cappucino was also tasty. I am not much of a coffee aficionado, however I do appreciate a good cuppa. There are also succulents for sale inside the café.

Cafe Go, Geelong
Cafe Go - succulents too

There are magazines to read. Staff regularly clear and clean the tables. I was most impressed with the size of Café Go and by the excellent service I received.

Pork Panini at Cafe Go
Wonderful Pork Panini at Cafe Go

I would describe this café as clean, quaint, roomy (considering how small the whole place looks from the outside) and well managed. If you're walking past this little shop front, walk in and take a look around. It's quite surprising inside, and a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. The coffee and food is excellent.

Cappucino at Cafe Go
Cappucino at Cafe Go

Café Go have breakfast and lunch menus, and they also do take away meals and take away coffee. Café Go do catering and you can book and hold a function there. They are a licensed restaurant. In winter there is an open fire burning.

Table & Chairs, Cafe Go Courtyard
Table & Chairs in the Courtyard

Walk in and order a meal or a coffee. Sit down and dine in the relaxing back yard / court yard area, or sit inside and watch people walk by. Enjoy fine food and coffee at Café Go.

The plants in the Courtyard
Tropical Courtyard at Cafe Go

As more cafés open, it must be hard to present new and fresh ideas in dining and in decorating a café. I would describe Café Go as warm and charming. The chairs are all a little bit different - eclectic. There is the open fire place inside. There are olde worlde trinkets on the walls as well as mirrors and local artwork. And your table number is a cute little stuffed toy, a bear, or bananas in pyjamas. Let me know about your experience after you partake of a meal there.
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Why? For great food and coffee
When: Monday to Friday 7.00am - 4.00pm Saturday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Phone: (03) 5229 4752
Where: 37 Bellarine Street, Geelong
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