Belmont’s favorite cafe, the Paddington Cafe, will also serve as a late-night bar, serving fine liquor and delicious meals


Paddington Cafe continues to bring quality inner-city coffee culture to its local community in new and exciting ways.

Since opening at its first location in September 2020, Paddington Cafe caught Geelong’s attention, the Belmont community was quick to adopt them, forcing the humble and unassuming café owners to outgrow their quaint shop in less than a year.

Taking everything they’ve learned from their hidden back alley, Paddington Café owners and hospitality professionals Molly Shalders and Tom Beattie (and possibly the nicest humans you’ll ever meet!) moved their neighborhood restaurant to a brand new location on the High Street, right in the heart of Belmont late last year. Taking the industrial-chic look that’s common in Melbourne cafes and making it warm, inviting and welcoming, Paddington Cafe might convince you that you’re having coffee at your best friend’s house, rather than Belmont.

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And just when we no longer thought it was possible to love this place, they just gave us one more reason, by becoming a double threat and opening Thursday through Sunday nights as a late-night hangout.

Giving us one more destination to enjoy after-work cocktails and delicious food, Paddington Cafe will transform from an all-day cafe into a casual place to start the night from 6pm each of these nights.

Whether you’re spending the night with best friends or the work crew, delight in their modern European-style menu, featuring fries with truffle aioli and romesco sauce; pork rillettes; bruschetta tomato mix with soft mozzarella and white anchovies; and gruyere croquettes with cheese, among other delicious snacks.

If you fancy something heartier, there’s also a tidy burger menu including a Kiss-Kiss burger, Piglet Smash and One Step Beyond burger, with the option of adding fries.

It’s no surprise that an espresso martini is on the menu, but you can also indulge in a French martini, Negroni, Gimlet, Manhattan, and Tommy’s Margarita. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Isle Of Dogs, made with Japanese gin, yuzu liqueur, yellow chartreuse and lime. Cocktails range from $16 to $18.

A place of community, creativity and old-fashioned customer service, as always they support the locals with FarmDog beers on tap alongside cans of Mount Pleasant Road Brewers, and a small rotating wine list with drops courtesy of Blackhearts & Sparrows in Newtown.

Paddington Nights will operate Thursday to Sunday, 6pm until late.

Paddington Café is located at 134B High St, Belmont.

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