Cafe Botticelli


Cafe Botticelli is located in a small shopping strip is suburban Herne Hill. My guess is that 30 years ago, this little strip of shops would have consisted of a small supermarket, two milk bars, a butcher, a greengrocers, a post office, a hairdresser, a sub-newsagency and a chemist. Like all similar shopping strips, they have been changed dramatically by the advent of the major supermarkets and shopping malls that now dominant the retail landscape. As a result, these areas are now typically housing a couple of small, start-up businesses, maybe a couple of professional services firms, maybe what we used to call a “hot bread shop” and a couple of cafes.

Cafe Botticelli is one such cafe and seems to be less of a special “one-off” location and more the sort of place that you’d see the same people day after day. It seems like a really friendly environment where people might go after dropping the kids off at school each day. The decor is kind of funky, kind of retro in a understated way. The level of chatter and laughter when I was there suggests that this is a place where the regulars really like to be.

From a coffee perspective, it seemed to line up with the whole vibe – nothing startlingly amazing but the kind of coffee that you’d be happy enough to share with friends three or four days per week. If I were to become a regular, I would invest in my own cup – a proper coffee cup. It has been said before but I’ll say it again – what is it about Geelong coffee drinkers that encourages cafes to serve long black coffees in large cappuccino cups? And if that’s not enough, my option is to pay and additional thirty or forty cents and get a mug. I get it that people who have 2/3 milk and 1/3 coffee can afford to have these large cups. I don’t get it that all coffees – milk or otherwise – can only be served in these buckets. I wonder what they serve their espressos in?

Is the best coffee I’ve found in Geelong? No. Would I go back to Cafe Botticelli? Probably. If I lived in Herne Hill (and maybe I do!), would I be comfortable making it my default cafe? Sure.


Address: 7 Minerva Road
Suburb: Herne Hill 3218
Web Site:
Telephone: 03 5229 8292
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $3.90
Coffee Suppliers: Holy Goat
Headline: Funky meets retro meets suburban cafe in small shopping strip. The kind of place where regulars would enjoy meeting.
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars