Owner of Misty in Hosier Lane, Hugh Thorn, has opened the doors to his new cafe this week: Hoboken.

Like Von Haus (also owned by Hugh) the name Hoboken is a play on words, motioning toward the not so savory types who tend to frequent Hosier Lane. The pared back food and design are fitting with the eatery’s name. Groceries line the white tiled wall behind the bar while customers are seated on recycled timber stools and tables with personal cutlery drawers.

The stripped back design compliments the simple menu that includes ‘slave food’ like Red Beans and Rice, bulky cling-wrapped sandwiches, slow cooked porridge and their signature porto piri piri omelette pocket. In keeping with the philosophy, food is served on second-hand enamel plates at very reasonable prices.

There’s not a huge choice of drinks, but manager Rob is convinced he’s sourced the best. On tap is Hoboken’s own brewed beer, complimented by Gypsy cider. There is also a selection of white and red house wines.

Hugh hopes Hoboken will provide “the best coffee south of Bourke Street,” Having succeeded at the cocktail and wine bar, there’s no doubt he has what it takes to tackle cafe culture.

There are still a few loose screws and wood shavings, but Hoboken is up, running and busy. At the moment it’s just a Monday to Friday gig but the boys have aspirations to eventually open up at night.

3 Hosier Lane, Melbourne

Mon–Fri 7am-4pm