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Published April 18th 2016
Edgy Lonsdale Street cafe with upstairs retro seating
Lonsdale Street Roasters is a Canberra icon, with locally made coffee attracting crowds to their outlets on a daily basis. Their coffee is made on Lonsdale Street itself in Braddon, where they roast their own beans for their cafes as well as their wholesale clients. In previous years Lonsdale Street was Canberra's caryard capital, with auto shops and petrol stations up the entire length of the street. Lonsdale Street Roasters owner Alastair Evans saw potential in this industrial street - for it to become an industrially edgy café and restaurant experience just a short walk from the CBD. In 2010, he joined forces with foodie Paul Hutt, and their Lonsdale Street Roasters dream began.
Lonsdale Street Roasters 7 - also with level above
There are now a number of outlets where you can enjoy the Lonsdale Street Roasters coffees and creations along this strip and around the city. Firstly there is the most well-known Lonsdale Street Roasters Eatery (23) at the far end of Lonsdale Street, with high ceilings, retro seating and takeaway window. There is also Remedy outlets at Belconnen and their new location on the Kingston Foreshore. Lastly there is Lonsdale Street Roasters 7 down the other end of the trendy Lonsdale Street - closest to the CBD.
This café is a little more hidden than its larger café (no 23) at the other end of the road, which adds to its charm. From the road it looks quite small, however when you walk inside and up the stairs, there is a spacious dining area looking out to the green leaves of the trees out the front. There is also an office area in the far corner, known as The Studio, for diners to do some work whilst enjoying a Lonsdale Street coffee.
After you have found a table, take a walk back down the stairs to order. The stairs themselves are a feature in themselves, with hot pink cord stretched over the top into patterns, an owl or two sitting on the window ledges and grassed reindeers decorating the menu table. There are also a few tables on the ground floor and outside, to enjoy this industrial and edgy café.
The All Day Breakfast Menu and Lunch menu are both available until 2pm during the week and 3pm on weekends, so there is no hurry to get up early to enjoy this casual café. The prices are reasonable, with everything on the menu less than $18. You can also choose a lighter option from the display cabinet, with a variety of different delicious rolls, salads and quiches to choose from.
If you enjoy your coffee, you can also buy your own beans to take home. Lonsdale Roasters sell 16 blends and single origin bagged coffee to take home or give as gift.
Lonsdale Street Roasters 7 is a firm favourite on the popular Lonsdale Street. It is a well-priced café to enjoy a full sized meal or have a quick bite to eat with a coffee. With friendly service, casual atmosphere and artwork to grab your eye, it is the perfect place to meet a friend, enjoy a good cup of coffee and simply relax.
Why not give it a try this weekend? Just look for the iconic Mandalay bus artwork on the inner wall as you walk along (arguably) the best café strip in Canberra - all thanks to Lonsdale Street Roasters.