As soon as you step through the doors of the Galaxy Café the smell of fresh inviting, flavours surround you. The décor is bohemian art-café meets home-made, antiquarian comfort.
Walk in to find vegetarian goodies baking and being prepared literally in front of you. The food is spread out all through the Café, you may literally have to watch where you step, however this poses no inconvenience to the experience you will have at Galaxy.
Find a spot on the vintage cinema seating and be surrounded by old editions of Encyclopaedia Britannica, broken-down type writers and oil paintings. Move upstairs to the Gallery where you will find inspiring, original art and a picturesque view of Rymil Park, or venture to the outside seating where art students and arty wannabees hang out absorbing the creative, old-world vibe this little place exudes.
The café offers food, coffee, teas, juices and smoothies at reasonable, east-end prices. I chose to have an apple and mixed berry muffin for $5, which even when shared between 3 of us offered good sized portions and bruschetta with smoked salmon, fresh avocado, dill, Spanish onion on sprouted sourdough $15. To drink I had a Soy Chai Latte (cow's milk also available) which was deliciously prepared with Manuka honey and cardamom for another $5.
Because this hippy, artsy café only offers home-made fare, the longer preparation time can sometimes be a downfall if you're on the clock and seeking a quick and easy café solution.
Galaxy is said to be the kind of café you can imagine Gertrude Stein, Matisse and Apollinaire hanging out and smelling the existential roses. I strongly recommend a look in. After all a café, is not a cafe, is not a café.