East Market St
|Open every day|
Coffee: Ozone & Coffee Collective
Also: Doughnuts, pastries, soups
|Coolness: Elegant wire sculpture that occupies the high ceiling space|
Baba Budan (5♥) is a coffee and donut shop (billed as a 'donuterie') that takes up one of the arches under the Old Town's Jeffrey Street near Waverley Station. It's part of The Arches development which has repurposed the arches that date from around 1875 into a restaurant, retail and bar area.
Owner Craig has taken a long time to shape up this gem of a coffee shop with every aspect thought through after much research and travelling around the world honing his thinking.
His house espresso is a blend from New Zealand/London roasting company Ozone. He intends to have one or two other espresso coffees on offer and is using Copenhagen's iconic Coffee Collective to kick things off.
He also has two or three filter coffees available. When we visited we sampled Brazil, Kenya and Burundi filters but, as it's very early days, Craig plans to see what customers enjoy, and offer some variety to suit.
Baba Budan is also a 'donuterie' and provides 3-4 varieties of fresh donuts each day, made on the premises. They use locally produced flour and cold press rapeseed oil, and they're delightful. Other food items include their own marshmallows, pastries, bagels from the Bearded Baker and Union of Genius soup. They're offering T2 teas and you'll also be able to get stove top chai tea and iced tea in warmer months.
The decor is distinctive and elegant, primarily using black and white, contrasting with the stonework of the arches. Inside the shop are a couple of neat black tables for two and a high black bench with stools, but there are also plans for seating out the front of the shop.
Baba Budan's occupies a very tall arch and Craig has made excellent use of the height by commissioning a black wire metal cubic sculpture to exactly fit the space. It adds an elegance and interest while keeping the sense of airy space.
This one is an absolute cracker and we look forward to visiting often!
(In case you didn't already know, Baba Badun was apparently a 16th-century Sufi who is famous for introducing the coffee plant to India by bringing seven raw beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen.)