Meet Mat and Laura. Mat, a local footballer, who has worked in construction and alternative teaching, opened the doors to Ryrie Street Melbourne-Inspired cafe The Backyard in December '15, with partner Laura Ballantyne by his side. Laura, is a qualified nutritionist and studying Master of Dietetics. 


"The friendly nature of the pair has already won over customers" -Geelong Advertiser 

Mat always wanted to own a business in the hospitality industry. With a love for engaging with the community and a passion for healthy food, Mat found a niche in Geelong's market.  

"We lead active lifestyles, so we were always looking for cafes in Geelong with fresh, healthy food" -Mathew Dyer

The Backyard is a laidback, social and upbeat café. The atmosphere is refreshing and inviting, with a rustic yet vibrant décor. Featuring bright white walls, distressed timber furnishings and a statement horizontal plant wall.

About The Backyard 

“omg, the cutest cafe in town with the most gorgeous happy staff”


Reviews from our amazing customers

“Have finally found my go to cafe in Geelong - the food is to die for and the atmosphere and guys working there are so cruisy and friendly, can't recommend this place highly enough, I just want to try everything on the menu....oh and the green cleanse smoothie is heaven in a jar!”



“Best coffee this side of Melbourne, fantastic food, customer service is great, vegan slices are so yum!!!! ”

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