By Oceana Setaysha
September 7, 2020 | 4 minute read
For people in the know, Apollo Bay is a much-loved town along the Great Ocean Road that never fails to delight. If you're looking for a great weekend away, take the time to visit the town and its surrounds and you won't be disappointed - particularly when it comes to breakfast. After an early morning beach walk or a sleep in, try one of these great spots.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Café 153 has been a part of the Apollo Bay breakfast scene for a while now, and it’s not hard to see why. Warm and inviting, the café owners and staff are passionate about food that’s healthy and delicious, using ingredients that are free range and as local as possible.
The menu is simple, and there’s a mix of classic and vegetarian breakfast options, including some killer omelettes. Pair these with their tasty coffee and great customer service and you’ve got a perfect Apollo Bay breakfast experience. There’s a ‘homemade’ feeling about everyone on offer at Café 153, and that suits us just fine.
Hello Coffee is definitely the unexpected surprise (and secret) of Apollo Bay. Unlike every other location on this list, Hello Coffee is tucked away at the back of the Apollo Bay township instead of on the foreshore. However, this doesn’t mean this cafe is not a stunner.
On the contrary, Hello Coffee has some of the best coffee in the region, and offers a seasonally changing menu utilising produce and products grown and made locally. Having evolved from a shed into Apollo Bay’s newest vibrant coffee house, Hello Coffee also sells their own roasted coffee beans for those wanting to take something from Apollo Bay home with them. Talk about having it all.
The Sandy Feet Café, and associated health food store, fit Apollo Bay like a glove. The café is a great spot for breakfast and lunch, with something to suit any appetite. Open every day of the week, starting early, and with breakfast being served until 3pm, there’s so much on offer at Sandy Feet. Vegetarians will find a number of great options on the menu, including a tofu scramble, and there’s also ample classic breakfast to keep everyone happy. Pair it with the Sandy Feet Café’s coffee, and you’ve got a tasty start that will keep you going all day.
Waves is a popular stop on the Great Ocean Road tourist trail, frequented by tours and regulars alike. Admittedly, it’s not your traditional breakfast spot, but if you want a ‘break’ from bacon and eggs it might be just what you're looking for. Specialising in sweet and savoury crepes, as well as focaccia, Waves have a good variety of dishes on offer alongside their smooth coffee blend. The crepes are well sized, with sweet crepes accompanied by cream and savoury with salad. Oh, and and there are also cakes on offer!
For the early risers looking to fill their bellies with an Aussie classic, the Apollo Bay Bakery is a worthy breakfast choice. Open from 6am, the bakery is the home of the famous scallop pie. While it’s not traditional breakfast fare (unless you’re really ‘true blue’) it's a tasty alternative to more traditional fare.There’s also an wide selection of other pies and pasties for you to choose from, as well as loads of sweet treats that will have you drooling.
Whilst the Bayleaf Café is well known for serving dinner, if you're looking for a bright and early breakfast it's also the place. In business now for over two decades, The Bayleaf has become something of an Apollo Bay icon that is known for its great food and service. Pop in for a coffee and check out what's on the menu. If you’re looking to tackle a hunger, this spot is one to remember.
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