True North

· Tuesday March 25, 2014

What was once a hair salon complete with Vogue posters and floor-to-ceiling mirrors has been transformed into the north side’s latest coffee/breakfast/brunch/lunch spot. True to its name, True North is located at the 'Coburgia' end of Sydney Road, but jump on a bike (we recommend the Upfield bicycle path over Sydney Road's potholes) and you'll soon be munching on bagels, sandwiches and cake.

Musician Brett O'Riley, his partner Nadia Camus and a few of their friends kitted out the space with reclaimed timber, polished concrete and cosy booths. To tie in with the neighborhood’s history, much of the wood comes from pallets from local factories. “I spent most of Christmas ripping them apart with a crowbar,” jokes Brett.

The US-centric menu is sizable in variety and taste with everything from granola to huevos rancheros and waffles. The tunes are as tasty as the Supreme coffee, with Jason Molina playing on the stereo on our visit.

Milk and eggs come direct from the farmer, while Brett says everything else is sourced as close to Sydney Road and Bell Street as possible. Say what you will about beards and tattoos encroaching on the Nonas and fruiterers of Coburg, True North is a fresh and welcome addition to the neighborhood.