Pastry chef Carina La Delfa worked the rolling pin at The Hamptons Bakery, the now-closed Dinner by Heston, Press Club and Gazi before opening her own bakery. The neighbourhood spot (which translates to “to light” in Latin) offers high-quality sweet and savoury pastries, bread and coffee.

Inside you’ll spot La Delfa’s husband, Daniel Rosenow, greeting customers and bagging up inventive pastries. There’s the crowd-favourite Brownie Bomb – a fudgy brownie encased in a croissant. The hazelnut croissant (think Ferrero Rocher in a pastry) and classic almond croissant are also winners. Lumos has even had a crack at the "crookie", a Parisian cookie-croissant hybrid that went viral on Tiktok.

For lunch on the go, pick up a ham and cheese toastie with a confit garlic surprise. There’s a best-selling white country loaf, an olive loaf and chocolate babka. But La Delfa’s favourite is the rye baguette for earthy, crusty goodness.

In keeping with the name, Lumos is light-filled, bright and airy. The space is full of big windows, including to the kitchen, so customers can stickybeak behind the scenes. Large communal tables extend the invitation to stick around. La Delfa is passionate about keeping it local – she gets single-origin flour from the father-son duo at Provenance Flour and coffee from Symmetry Coffee Roasters.

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Updated: May 2nd, 2024

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