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HOT: Lux Foundry, 21 Hope St, Brunswick

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Lux Foundry is one of the friendliest establishments I’ve been to recently and I can’t rave about it enough.

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The cafe is housed in a heritage listed building, an old stove foundry, and the decor has retained some of the rugged industrial elements while updating the look with enamel pendant lamps and classic Thonet chairs.

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Inside the building gasp-inducing cathedral ceilings give lots of light to the brushed concrete and exposed brick factory floor while the huge outdoor area in front means no fighting for seats and lots of space for kids to roam when the weather is warm.

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Besides your usual hip cafe crowd you’d expect in Brunswick the place draws cyclists, pram-pushing parents and dog owners all in need of a drink and some food. I found the staff to be welcoming and accommodating for all – the kind of place where you feel like they’d know your name if you were a regular.

A and I converged onto the cafe with kids and bikes in tow and on a weekday lunch hour it was like a pram convention. After a bit of faffing by us and patience from the waitress we finally ordered lunch – an Asian shredded chicken salad, cabbage, snow peas, peanuts with chilli, lime and sesame oil dressing ($16.50) and an egg and bacon La Madre panini with tomato relish ($10.50).

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My salad was a fresh and crunchy affair, full of exuberant health with a kick of chilli to liven things up. A’s breakfast panini was fairly stock standard though good quality ingredients equals a sandwich that’s better than average.

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For dessert I trawled the glass cakes cabinet indecisively before one of the staff came to help me. His advice was to go for the berry coconut slice ($4) as it was his favourite – and my advice is to do the same! Indulge in a layers of sugar with your Genovese coffee ($3.50) or the creamy and fragrant LUX Chai Latte ($3.70).

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The folks at Lux Foundry are so nice that they even let another business take up shop in their courtyard on Fridays! The Gumbo Kitchen food truck parks there every Friday night, serving gumbo, po’ boys and other Louisiana inspired food. Yet another reason to visit.

Lux Foundry, 21 Hope St, Brunswick +61 3 9387 8075

Mon-Fri 7.30 am -4.00 pm 
Sat-Sun 8.00 am – 5.00pm


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