East Market St
|Open every day|
Coffee: The Coffee Collective & guests
Also: Doughnuts, pastries, bagels
|Coolness: Denmark's famous coffee plus a view of monumental Calton Hill|
Baba Budan (5♥) is a coffee and doughnut shop (billed as a 'donuterie') that occupies one of the arches under the Old Town's Jeffrey Street near Waverley Station. It's part of The Arches development which has re-purposed the arches that date from around 1875 into a restaurant, retail and bar area.
Owner Craig has shaped this gem of a coffee shop after much research and travelling - honing his thinking.
His house espresso is a blend from Denmark's The Coffee Collective - Colombian, Ethiopian and Brazilian. And he often has equally highly pedigreed guest beans to tempt you.
Baba Budan whip up their doughnuts in the arch next door. They offer 5 or so varieties each day using locally produced flour and cold press rapeseed oil, and they're delightful - chocolate, earl grey, strawberry, blackberry & vanilla, guava, you get the drift. Other food items include pastries, scotch eggs and filled bagels. Australia's T2 teas are also on the menu.
The decor is elegant, primarily using black and white, contrasting with the sand-coloured stonework of the arches. Inside the shop are a couple of long wooden tables and there's also seating outside that means you can sip your coffee and ponder the crazily monumental Calton Hill, filled with buildings and follies that reflect architectural styles of the last 300 years or so.
(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.)