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Hoboken Cafe in Hosier Lane

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published May 23rd 2012
Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
Outside Hoboken


Deep in the street art laneway known as Hosier, there are many hidden corners and crevices that conceal a plethora of outlandish scenes and characters; sprayed, stencilled and pasted on the walls.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
Hosier Lane Street Art


Although many people have heard of the notorious street art in Hosier Lane, few know of the Café Hoboken that lies inside of the laneway.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
Outdoor Area


As you make your way up this brightly coloured street, you may just spy the Hoboken tricycle-wagon, full of leafy greens, which is a sure indication you have reached the main entry of the café and it is in fact open.



During the hours Hoboken is closed, you may not even realise it exists. In fact, I have been past it several times (clearly the wrong times) and never noticed it before. However, today it stood, lights aglow inside beckoning me to enter with an aroma like mama's kitchen wafting out the door.



As I walked through the door, the warm and friendly staff (whose casual service style made me feel as if I'd known them for a lifetime) greeted me. I was immediately captivated by the raw, arty vibe that radiated from the entire room. The furniture is that plain timber on metal legs, the kind that you might still find in some high school art rooms. This only adds to the feeling that art is born in this space.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
Inside Hoboken Cafe


The entire set up of this place sung out to the troubled artist within me and I felt moments away from making a mad dash to the nearest art store, buying some spray cans and adding my own contribution to the surrounding buildings.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
The View from the Inside- Out


I selected a cosy corner where we could admire the entirety of the room, and began browsing the menu. Knowing two coffees were already on their way, I turned my attention to the lunch options.

My husband had already set his sights on an American Style burger, which boasted an organic, hand ground beef patty served in a biodynamic brioche bun.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
The Burger


I ordered 'The Balls', and hoped I had made the right decision, as I could feel acid burning a hunger hole in my stomach and needed sustenance ASAP.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
Wall Memorabilia Odds and Ends


As it happens, it was a wonderful choice. A tin plate loaded with meatballs, rice and beans in a deliciously spicy tomato sauce, landed in front of me, complete with wilted greens and Bulgarian fetta. A hearty serving for $16.50 and the flavour did not let me down either. I couldn't help but wonder if my wilted greens had been picked fresh from the cart in front of the café, and I enjoyed the thought that they may have. With every bite, I was questioning whether I could replicate something similar at home for dinner that night.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
'The Balls'


The coffee is rich and robust with an almost fruity twang to it, a strong blend that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. From my vantage point, I could see out to the street art and enjoy the free exhibit while I sipped.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
The Coffee


I noticed several new pieces had sprung up on the walls since my last visit to Hosier Lane, but that is part of the beauty of this place. It is its own creature, always changing and growing - surprising its followers with an ever-new array of things to see and discover. Hoboken Café captures the essence of this feeling and will delight young and old, from the most rag-tag street artist to the humble homemaker.

Hoboken Cafe, Hosier Lane
Street Artists Captured at Work
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Why? Have your next brunch surrounded by the street art of Hosier Lane
When: Mon-Tue: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Wed-Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: (03) 9078 2869
Where: 3 Hosier Lane Melbourne
Cost: Coffee: $4 Meals: Under $20
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Love this place.
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