Luka is the ultimate neighbourhood café, with everything perfectly complementing each other to create a place of culinary and mental comfort, all seemingly without effort.

Luka’s food veers towards the nostalgic: burritos, meatballs, chunky salads, and baked goods. But if you think greasy diner food, you could not be further from the mark. Luka’s western comfort dishes are made with the finest local and sustainable ingredients, by hand and from scratch, with flavours and freshness shining like spotlights. Coffee is meticulously curated and brewed to order by the coffee-fanatic partner, while tea is also blended and brewed in-house by another tea-devotee owner.

Luka serves the sort of thing you jump out of bed for, or reward yourself after a satisfyingly productive day of work.

Housed in a 50s shophouse owned by 4 siblings, Luka’s home has seen multiple transformations over the years. In the most recent though, walls were knocked down, but stairs connecting 4 floors remain, so the feel is that of a beehive, busy with staff and customers running up and down in productivity and breathless awe of the warm, eclectic décor.

As one looks up and down the neighbourhood on Pan road, towards the devotees at the beloved Hindu temple on one end, the Myanmarese immigrants in front of their embassy on the other, the bohemian gallery, Ayurvedic retreat, the Iranian and Indian restaurants in between, Luka thumps softly with a palpable beat of a cool place you never want to leave.