The story of the Common Galaxia fish is one that details a stubborn little whitebait surviving the change of its Maribyrnong River environment. The story of Common Galaxia café in Seddon may just follow the same path as it’s finned namesake.
Originally a venture from the Dead Man Espresso duo Luke and Kylie, Paul and his family took over the reigns last October 2013. The interior, from Fido Projects, merges the textures of concrete and ply to create a very sinuous space; clean panels, symmetric lines and uniform detailing. The full warehouse windows provide floor to ceiling views of the street that now holds additional café tables. Other changes include a re-jigging of the fittings to accommodate prammed-mothers and an extension of the menu adding freshly squeezed juice, gluten-free baked goods, and an incidental amount of dishes that include avocado. Whether the avocado is a side or the hero, I’m told crates of avocado are purchased weekly to satiate our obsessed café community.
Paul had actually retired from his long string of hospitality businesses, including pubs, restaurants and various cafes, but retirement just wasn’t his gig. The year of being idle not only added a couple of kilo’s but also produced a couple of itchy feet. A quick look around and a fallen negotiation with another café, soon lead to the signing of paperwork for Common Galaxia, bringing his family with him, notably his daughter who manages the floor.
A local to the western suburbs, Paul talks of it’s earlier years when he had to drive his employees home as it wasn’t safe for women to walk the streets of Seddon. Today, the Seddonians congregate around the strip of cafes and shops, sipping coffee, running to or from yoga classes and stopping into the organic grocery to pick up lite milk. Look around the strip and there are still traditional remnants such as the Macedonian church and the rows of post-war, canary yellow brick houses, but the tide is different.
There are many new fish in this old river, but the water seems fresher and the emerging coral is certainly a lot brighter. Common Galaxia café has a strong hold at the helm of this growing strip and no doubt will stand by to watch more changes flow by.
Where: 130 Victoria Street Seddon
When to go: Tuesday to Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm.
What to order: Home baked gluten free
Coffee highlight: Seven Seeds