Picker Union

The Pickers Union has had a facelift since I was last here. Although owners Sev and Bek were not in, I had the ever so friendly Lizzy look after me this time round. A lot has changed since my last visit to this popular café attached to the Geelong Vintage Market.

They’ve done away with the recycled timber furniture and counter, and the industrial fitout has been replaced by a vibrant interior, boasting white walls, gold fittings, and the addition of a stone feature wall surrounding the kitchen. There’s a new Slayer Steam on the bench, and the menu has been totally overhauled. Some things never change though, and I was relieved to see they still serve Cartel Coffee. Today they had a natural Costa Rican on, which was roasted by the legends at Cartel. This was one heck of a sweet cup, with hints of melon and white chocolate.

Much like the venue’s layout, the menu has changed, and went from offering a small selection of Panini & sweet treats, to listing a number of impressive dishes loaded with nutritious and flavour packed ingredients. Breakfast includes Sticky Date Waffles with pistachio praline; Smashed Avo with goat’s cheese whip; and Smoothie Bowls. If you’re after something a little more ‘lunchy’, there’s the Chicken Bao Buns; Beef Massaman Curry; and Lamb Burger with fried Halloumi.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll love strolling through the Antique Market next door after a hearty feed at Pickers, and enjoy a trip down memory lane with all the treasures from yesteryear. Say hi to Sev if he’s around.

Find The Pickers Union at 3 Mackey St, North Geelong.

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