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HOT: Pod at Post Industrial Design (PID), 638 Barkly Street, West Footscray

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The cafe/retail store is not a new combination but it works beautifully at POD at Post Industrial Design (PID). It’s also a kid-friendly destination!

The front half of the Post Industrial Design, thumb a cool homewares and furniture store, was carved out into a cafe last year by a couple who are friends with the owners of PID.

As befitting a cafe in a designer furniture store the dining space is lovely to look at, with the whole fit out made by PID co-owner John Van Hulsen (an industrial designer) mostly using recycled and reclaimed materials. I loved the repeated circle motives on the walls and the lighting and there were lots of curious knick knacks, including a freaky waving Mona Lisa by the coffee machine.

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If you sit at one of the small tables by the door then you can spend your time window-shopping from the comfort of your seat. PID stocks lots of local designer goods, including the Make Me Iconic in Lady AB’s bedroom to drool-worthy lamps.

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The cafe menu focuses on seasonal food that’s simple and healthy. For autumn the menu is warm and earthy, such as the mushroom risotto with truffle oil and a poached egg ($18) It came out hot from the oven and was comfort food in a ramekin.

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Lady AB and Baby 2.0 hoed into their Sourdough Kitchen toast with gusto ($5.50) while sipping on matching berry smoothies ($6 divided into two) and flipping through the basket of kids books provided by the cafe. The staff had thoughtfully poured the smoothies into takeaway containers with straws for spillproof sipping.

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Note that this weekend is your last chance to visit the fabulous Christmas windows adorning Post Industrial Design. Lots of fun details and moving parts and they even set up a little stool so that kids can climb up to view the work.

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  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • kids menu;
  • standard menu suitable for kids; and
  • toys and books.

POD at Post Industrial Design (PID), 638 Barkly Street, West Footscray 03 9362 7703

Tuesday to Friday 7am-4pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm

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Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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