Pakington Street in Geelong runs parallel to the Western Beach on the other side of the Geelong to Melbourne Highway. It is a long street that runs all the way to the Barwon River. It starts out industrial, graduating into a long stretch of trendy cafes and shopping. This is a fascinating street to shop and dine which is only minutes from the CBD.
The middle section of Pakington Street (known affectionately as Pako) was the centre for Greek and Italian immigration in the 50s and 60s and had a major influence on the shops and cafes. Fortunately this influence is still represented in the bakeries, cafes and smallgood outlets. If you are looking for continental goods this is the best place to go.
Towards the far end of Pakington Street approaching the Barwon River we get to the section they named the Paris End of Pako. This section is a collection of trendy restaurants, cafes and outlets. This is a very good area for great burgers, takeaway foods, cosy cafes and upmarket dining.
Pakington Street is a very busy shopping hub so you might manage to get parking in the street but more likely you will do better parking in the carparks at the back of the shops. The great thing about Pako is that all parking is free.