The Village Door


Although not evident during my visit to The Village Door (I found out later from their website), this cafe is trying to be different in arguably the most cafe-focused part of the region – Pakington Street, Geelong West. Opening in mid-December 2016, and located in the shop that used to be Warren and Hutch, they offer a different European theme on each week day they are open – Polish Tuesday, Hungarian Wednesday, German Thursday and Belgian Friday – with the menu reflecting that country on the particular day of the week.

The main part of the cafe is set up with some smaller tables and one community table (becoming quite the trendy thing to do, it seems) with an additional open room at the back containing couches and coffee tables. This back area seems an ideal location if you want to drink coffee in a quieter zone and read the paper or catch up on some work.

The coffee that I was given could best be described as “good”. Nothing outstanding, nothing amazing. Just good coffee. The staff were friendly enough and brought my coffee within a reasonable amount of time.

As I have said elsewhere, in such a competitive environment, you have to either be really good or offer something different. The European themed days provide that point of difference and I hope it works for them.


Address: 156 Pakington Street
Suburb: Geelong West 3218
Web Site:
Telephone: 03 5221 1571
Open: Five days per week (closed Sunday and Monday)
Price: $3.50
Coffee Suppliers: Unknown
Headline: The Village Door is to be congratulated on trying to bring a new style of cafe to Pako Geelong West. Maybe one to try in a week or two when they have settled into their work a little better.
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars
Stick-Around Factor: Four stars

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