Plate of pastries and donuts

What’s new in the region – May 2024

What’s new…

Geelong, a city renowned for its vibrant culinary scene and cultural heritage, beckons visitors and locals alike with an array of enticing dining and entertainment options. From artisanal bakeries crafting delectable pastries to cultural hubs celebrating Indigenous heritage, Geelong offers a diverse tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored.

Here’s what’s new to the region!

Club Chin Chin

South Geelong

For a taste of Southeast Asian flavors, look no further than Club Chin Chin, the first regional restaurant from the esteemed Lucas Restaurant Group.

Located in the heart of Geelong at GMHBA Stadium, this iconic eatery boasts a year-long pop-up experience, offering its renowned ‘feed me’ menu alongside à la carte options.

Match day patrons are treated to sparkling on arrival, premium seating, and access to a private cash bar throughout the game, promising a culinary journey like no other.

A busy restaurant
Club Chin Chin at GMHBA Stadium

Paddock Bakery

North Geelong

Paddock Bakery Burleigh Heads has garnered fame for its insta-worthy, delectable wood-fired sourdough, indulgent crème brûlée donuts, and an assortment of mouth-watering pastries, and has now set up shop in Federal Mills, North Geelong.

This licensed café, open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, invites patrons to savour its offerings in a pet-friendly outdoor area, making it a perfect destination for food enthusiasts and their furry companions.

The Paddock Geelong has attracted a stellar team of staff, with notable CV’s, including:
Head Baker: Jeremy Manier (ex Le Fournil French Bakery)
Head Pastry Chef: Karen Takizawa (ex Lune Croissanterie)
Pastry Chef: Halley Tozer (ex Ket Baker)

Selection of pastries and donuts
Paddock Bakery

Barwon Edge Cafe


Along the tranquil banks of the Barwon River lies Barwon Edge Café, the final stage of the Barwon Edge transformation led by the ALMA and Felix team.

This family-friendly café, open seven days a week from 7am to 3pm, offers all-day breakfast menu infused with Middle Eastern influences. Guests can relish in the serene riverside setting while indulging in Ket Baker pastries and other delights.

Outside of a cafe
Barwon Edge Cafe

Non Disclosure Bar


For those seeking an immersive drinking experience, Non Disclosure Bar promises an unforgettable journey inspired by the world’s leading hotel bars.

From classic cocktails to bespoke creations, patrons can delight in luxurious concoctions curated by expert liquid chefs. Each dish on the menu reflects the culinary prowess of Head Chef Jackson Wilde, offering a symphony of flavours that excite the palate.

Cocktail sitting on table
Non Disclosure Bar

Griggs Creek Providore

St Leonards

More than just a produce store, Griggs Creek Providore is a place to connect with local and regional growers, farmers, and creative artisans. Explore unique products, including baked goods, homewares, and flowers.

And be sure to keep an eye on upcoming workshops!



Embrace Indigenous culture at Murran, Geelong’s newest innovation space dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, creatives, and individuals.

Situated in the heart of the Geelong CBD on Wadawurrung Country, Murran serves as an iconic cultural hub offering retail, arts, and hospitality support. Named after the Wadawurrung word for Eucalypt Leaf, Murran embodies the spirit of community collaboration and growth, providing a culturally safe space for all.

Inside of shop

Arlo Wine Bar


Arlo Wine Bar presents a pop-up experience from the team behind Pier Street, inviting guests to enjoy a curated selection of wines paired with fresh seasonal fare. With its casual and family-friendly ambience, Arlo Wine Bar promises an evening of relaxation and indulgence for wine aficionados and food enthusiasts alike.

Vue Apartments


Experience the newly renovated Vue Apartments, located in the heart of Eastern Beach. With its light, beach-themed décor and family-friendly amenities, Vue Apartments offer the perfect retreat for comfort and convenience. Choose from a selection of studio, one, or two-bedroom apartments and enjoy complimentary secure parking when booked directly.

Inside of hotel room
Vue Apartments Geelong

Coming soon…



Anticipation builds for the launch of Woolstore, the latest hospitality venture from the esteemed Hamilton Group. Situated at the 400 Pakington St precinct, Woolstore promises a modern dining experience in a split-level, glass-encased space. With seating for up to 150 guests, this upcoming establishment will offer a diverse menu featuring light meals and share plates, providing yet another exciting culinary destination in Geelong.

frankie. Bar


Keep your eyes peeled for frankie. Bar’s new bar. Located above the current restaurant, promising to offer a fresh and innovative drinking experience, adding to the city’s diverse drinks scene.

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